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Flying the Flag by EBSQ Artist Ian Bertram

Flying the Flag by EBSQ Artist Ian Bertram

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: PQ Ribber

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

PQ Ribber

Among - PQ Ribber

The medium of digital has opened up whole new possibilities for me and my art. I’ve always wanted to do collages of classic, old, imagery. Digital has allowed me to ‘gut’ the best of old illustration/advertising/Victorian trade cards and other materials that previously were not the sort of thing one would take a scissors to. It is paint without paint, light in the darkness, halls of mirrors and worlds of magic. The other amazing thing about digital is that it ‘democratises’ art – everyone can have a copy that is every bit as ‘good’ as anyone else’s. Art is meant to be seen and appreciated (hopefully), after all. – PQ Ribber

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

1. “All American” is a Winner – Congratulations to EBSQ Artist Pat Burns, who one second place at the Georgia  in Bloom Fest for her painting All American!

All American by Pat Burns

2. First Post on Blogspot – Illustrator Natalia Pierandrei has moved blogs. Be sure to update your bookmarks so you don’t miss her updates.

3. Updates – Bethy Williams is new to EBSQ and I just wanted to welcome her to our community. :D

4. Big 25% Sale – Little Gorjuss is having a sale on prints and original artworks! Sale ends May 9, so hurry!

5. Digital Painting & Video Tutorials – Ever wondered how Brigid Ashwood creates her stunning digital art? Wonder no more with this great tutorial.

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: Deanne Flouton

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

Deanne Flouton

Sail Away - Deanne Flouton

First of all, I love digital art because it allows me to take my art in myriad directions, based on what constantly emerges as I work. Digital art has allowed me to see the world through my own rose colored glasses. I enjoy the fact that I can do detailed editing by adjusting hundreds of different parameters that affect the look and feel of the digital paint tool and the final result.

I was always frustrated with the desire to be able to paint well, but was never happy with the results. Then traditional (analog) photography satisfied my artistic curiosity for many years, until digital photography came along. A digital camera opened up a whole new world for me in conjunction with Photoshop. But somehow that did not seem enough. I wanted more, to be able to create more than what Photoshop or other paint programs offered. A review of Studio Artist sparked my interest and I immediately began working with an early version of this very sophisticated software whose learning curve (huge!!) frustrated me even more. However, I persisted and over the years have tweaked my art to suit my needs and visual aesthetic. The software is constantly evolving and I continue to learn but have not yet mastered all the technical aspects that I would like to due to the complexity of the software.

My work may be rendered as realistic or abstracted output, often times having no direct relationship to the content of the original source image. It is creativity ‘on the fly’ at times, and can result in a happy accident or a meticulously planned outcome. Its possibilities are endless, which makes it so exciting to work with. Guided by the image and imagination it is the magic of the transformation that inspires me at every step. Many versions of the same source image can be rendered, making it difficult to settle on one or more ‘best’ versions as keepers.

What I find compelling about this form is that Digital Art differs from Traditional Art, but because of technology and sophisticated digital brushes, Traditional Art can be emulated through brushes and other software tools which apply oil, acrylic, pastel or pencil “paint strokes” to the digital canvas. These are tools just as a brush, palette knife or pencil is to a traditional artist. It is the skill and vision of the artist that makes the art.

To sum it up my digital art is the creation of an image which reflects my vision through an organized and/or spontaneous process which evolves at its own pace. It is my personal interpretation realized through modification, and/or enhancement of a photograph. My original photographs are used as a point of departure for creation, taking creativity to the next level as an extension of the original photo. It is what keeps me going and on an even keel. – Deanne Flouton

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: Kevin Wells

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

Kevin Wells

Bomber #2 Kevin Wells

The art I’ve made in digital mediums is creating collages with my photographs in Photoshop by taking each photo and manipulating them, sometimes radically, changing the hues, cropping, etc., and layering them within a composition as transparencies. Also adding line art that I’ve scanned and again manipulated to get the colors and effects i want. Finally “painting” on the piece with Photoshop’s airbrush and paint software that’s built-in. It’s a technique i discovered in college that i became comfortable with because of the total freedom it allows. It naturally turned me toward these modern graphic pop Robert Rauschenberg type of images because that what hit me when i first discovered Photoshop. Earlier than this, on Microsoft Paint, standard on all PC’s, I began literally drawing or painting with the program much the same way I would do an oil painting, with an underpainting, and then building it up in blocks of color and using the “airbrush” tool to soften edges in certain places. When you say “Digital Art”, you’re really describing art made with computer software and photography, where said software is just another tool or medium, the same as oil paints or pastels. – Kevin Wells

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: Carolyn Schiffhouer

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

Carolyn Schiffhouer

Red Tulip - Carolyn Schiffhouer

I was drawn to digital art by the challenge of creating art using a computer.  To be able to wrestle with the limitations of the technology and come out successful is the greatest fun to me.  I love taking an image and seeing just what can be done to it using the computer.  It is exciting fun to experiment and see  what happens when you do this or that to a bare photo or scanned image. It is a total experience to take an idea, find an image that might work and create something new within the boundaries of the computer.  The challenge of creation and the beauty of a final image drew me to digital art and keeps me exploring and exploring. – Carolyn Schiffhouer

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: Ruth J. Jamieson

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

Ruth J. Jamieson

Casting A Spell Of Death - Ruth J. Jamieson

Digital art is a recent addition to my creative repertoire, and my process is exploratory and sometimes experimental. In 2007 I discovered Print on Demand sites and as I prepared images of my paintings and pottery to be printed onto cards, mouse pads, mugs and other items I experimented with graphics software and all the wonderful things I could do with it. I create composite digital images using many various components, including fractal images.

I admired the ethereal beauty of the Fractal images that one my colleagues created and she introduced me to Apophysis, an open source program which generates random images based on mathematical formulas, which are called ‘flames’. These flames are swirls or sprays of colour. Using the software interface I change the mathematical formula and the image. Colourways and backgrounds can be changed and doing so can radically change the image by changing light values. The random abstract patterns and delicate quality of Apophysis fractals entrance me. I manipulate the flames until I create a representative image that pleases me. Each flame is a gift waiting for me to reveal what it contains. – Ruth J. Jamieson

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Aimée Marie Wheaton

This weeks EBSQ blogger is an incredibly talented artist who spreads her creative inspirations across several mediums. Whether she’s working in digital media or collage and paint her art always provokes a sense of whimsy and recalls the power of color. I’m sure you’ll love her as much as we do!

Who and where are you?

My name is Aimée Marie Wheaton and I am a stay-at-home working mom and mixed media artist. I live in the Adirondack region of Upstate NY. It’s like driving through a post card at times. I’ve been selling on Etsy for 3+ years and also on ArtFire. I found EBSQ around the same time I found Etsy. I won a permanent EBSQ account through a blog contest last year! I fit art in with my daily life. If I’m not creating I’m not happy. It’s part of me and who I am. I even get my 3 year old daughter involved. She LOVES making art. I’ve been doing mixed media art for about 3 years now and before that I did graphic design for 14 years.

Spring - Digital/Photo-manipulation

How did you get started art blogging?

I got started blogging a few years ago after seeing some of my favorite artists promoting their work through their blogs. It was a better way to connect with art fans and buyers and also a great way to vent if need be. I’m so glad I did because I’ve connected with so many people that way. I love blogging and wish I had more time to devote to it.

La Robe - 6 x 12 inches, mixed media

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep it interesting. I still have a hard time not just posting what I’ve been up to. It’s great to promote other artists, shops or even post recipes. Lots of photos always draw me in to blogs. One pet peeve of mine is music on a blog, I find it distracting and usually turn it off if I’m trying to read the blog.

The Bride - 12 x 12, mixed media

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

Depends on my mood. Some of my greatest times of creating where I feel really into it is when I listen to A-ha, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Elbow, Enter the Haggis or jazz and classical. I have such an eclectic mix on my iPod sometimes I just let it shuffle through. Music plays a HUGE role in my creativity, it gets me started. Sometimes a song spurs on a new piece or just a word in a song. I feel like I connect with my music and it connects me to my art as well.

Fly Dragonfly - 36 x 24, mixed media

What’s coming next from your easel?

A few different things, I’m still creating for the Bad Girls Project 52 Team so there will be a few more challenge pieces. I am also going to do a smaller series of mixed media paintings with my long legged birds in various colors and sizes. I’m also working on some darker vintage pieces at the moment. I’m trying to change things up so my stuff doesn’t get stale. I hope you like what you see!

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Thank you Aimee for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Tiffany A. Toland

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Tiffany A. Toland

Birth - Tiffany A. Toland

Birth - Tiffany A. Toland

Fantasy art has no limits.  The subject doesn’t have to be real or even believable, so I’m free to paint whatever I can imagine. – Tiffany A. Toland

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Simon says… The 60′s, Hippies, Psychedelic

This week’s Simon is Alma Lee and her theme for Simon Sez is The 1960′s. Alma presented her theme like this – “1960′s were a time of change. Where radicals had a reason and love was of the highest order. Hippies danced in daisy speckled fields long after the establishment cried “experiment failed”. I am craving a cause, a reason, a statement, a time when art and music did more than decorate your house or tinkle in your ear while in the elevator. So Simon says the 60′s, whether it be art, photography, fashion, cars, signs or idealism. Get radical and let me have it! Sad as it is this is the only thing I have to show you. That is why I want to see what you’ve got!”

Alma Lee

Alma Lee

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… The 60′s and to see  the all the entries,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

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