1. Today’s featured artist is Cyra R. Cancel and her wonderful piece, Violet Bellied Hummingbird in my Garden. Who doesn’t love catching a glimpse of a hummingbird in their garden?
2. Do you love participating in art swaps and challenges? Yes? Then you’ll want to take a look at Art Drop Day, where art and scavenger hunt come together.
3. Have you taken a look at the August EBSQ Art Exhibitions? This month we have Toolbox and Flower of the Month: Summer Veg.
4. Looking for some Art/Anatomy book recommendations? I found this list via a deviantART artist, Qing Han.
5. Summer is a time for conventions and big art shows. They are fun and often full of freebies and entertainment. But did you know you can also learn valuable skills? I’m leading a panel this summer at Dragon Con titled Basics of Digital Painting. My panel is one of many that will teach artists both traditional and digital skills. There’s even going to be a life model panel–bring your own sketchbook! Take a look at my blog post for more info – Conventions: Panels, Art, Books and Leather.
1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is one of my favorites at EBSQ. Gretchen Del Rio’s Spirit Bear stands out on the EBSQ front page this morning.
2. Voting has begun in the July EBSQ Online Exhibits! Cast your vote now for EBSQ Ripped Off 2014, Flower of the Month: Dianthus, and Plein Air: Found Reflections. Voting ends Aug. 8th.
3. Words can inspire and words can kill your spirit. Surround yourself with positive people. – Need a pick-me-up? Read Will Terry’s blog post: Don’t Let Them Crap on your Art.
4. Too incredible not to share – Artist’s newsagent shop made entirely from felt looks sew real – in pictures.
5. How to Draw the Figure in Charcoal with Steve Huston – Free HD Tutorial from New Masters Academy
1. This week’s featured Friday artist is Natasha Wescoat and her magical siren painting, A Little Birdy Told Me.
2. The Art of Copying – a history, a business, and a tool. This is an excellent blog post from Dinotopia creator James Gurney.
3. This week I want to invite my fellow artists to take a look at a Kickstarter campaign – Pictures at an Exhibition. Even $1 will help, but if you can’t donate to the campaign can you share it with a few friends? This is a fusion of Art and Music:
Join us on an adventure as a young woman journeys through the art that inspired Mussorgsky’s classic Pictures at an Exhibition!
4. The deadline is approaching fast for three EBSQ Art Exhibits – Plein Air: Found Reflections, Flower of the Month: Dianthus, and the 14th Annual EBSQ Ripped Off Show.
5. Another great video from Will Terry – How to Get Past Artist Block:
1. This week’s featured art work is Heroin Harlequin by Jenny Berry. I invite you to explore Jenny Berry’s portfolio. It’s rich in texture and moods!
2. Free PDF Ebook: MAKING YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST – A GUIDE TO BUILDING A BALANCED, SUSTAINABLE ARTISTIC LIFE.
3. EBSQ Artists have you found your partner for the 14th Annual Ripped Off Exhibit?! Let us know who you are teaming up with on Facebook.
4. Have you seen the huge parrot sculpture gracing London? Well, take a look at this: Giant Art Picnic Engulfs Swiss Countryside
5. Watch and enjoy!
1. Summers are hot, humid and uncomfortable where I live. Mats Eriksson’s painting Summer Flowers reminds me of trying to stay cool, but also yearning for those summer hues.
2. Apply to an artist residency in the Rocky Mountains – Rocky Mountain National Park Artist in Residency Program.
3. 7 Tips for Creative Success from artist Anita Kunz – You’ll want to bookmark this one!
4. Using Shape and Value for Better Compositions – Excellent article from Dave Palumbo over at Muddy Colors.
5. It’s time for the 14th Annual EBSQ Ripped Off Show! Here’s a snippet from the exhibit prospectus:
If you haven’t done a Ripped show in the past, here’s how it works: you pair up with a fellow EBSQ Artist, and go through their portfolio and “rip off” their artwork. It can be one piece or a combination, or your interpretation of their work, ideas, medium, and technique. We invite you to check out past years’ exhibits to get an idea of the sort of things you can do. You MUST pair up with someone from EBSQ. Rip-Offs of non-EBSQ art, like redoing the Mona Lisa or ripping off Picasso, are NOT allowable for this show.
So, go ahead and pair up! If you’d like assistance looking for a partner, sign up in the EBSQ Forums or on our Facebook Page. Feel free to contact someone privately and see if they’d like to partner with you. The artist whose work is being ripped doesn’t have to rip off your work in return, but they do need to consent to their work being a springboard for your own.
1. Vibrant colors and wet petals after a rain is what comes to mind when I look at Ulrike Martin’s latest watercolor painting, Abstract Flowers. It’s a beautiful time of year here in the Northern Hemisphere.
2. There are only a few more days left to enter our June Exhibits. Have you entered? Check them out: Flower of the Month: Ferns and Plein Air: Found Reflections.
3. I Hate Marketing – Sound familiar? I’m sure I may have used that phrase once or twice. Jon Schindehette talks marketing, some simple tricks and lessons learned.
4. Tutorial: Watercolor Tricks with Copic Various Ink & Multiliners
5. What Do Artists Do All Day – Frank Quitely: Scottish comic book artist.
1. I love these Four Pups by Melinda Dalke. Too much cuteness in one painting!
2. How Any Artist Can Price Their Art for Sale – Every artist struggles with this in the beginning.
3. Storybird: A New Opportunity for Illustrators – This looks interesting! Kelley McMorris writes, “Storybird users can make books for free by selecting illustrations from the site’s library, then writing accompanying stories.” If the writer purchases their book, the artists get a percentage.
4. Delaware museum loses accreditation over art sale – They sold William Holman Hunt’s 1868 painting “Isabella and the Pot of Basil” to pay off debts.
5. Making Green: Tempera versus Oil | National Gallery, London
1. Bunch of Carrots by Delilah Smith is this week’s featured Friday Five Artist. The contrast between the carrots and the background gives this such a fresh feeling, like summer gardens.
2. How would you like it if the entire Internet behaved liked Facebook? Big companies got all the views, while artists and indie creators were pushed to the bottom—made invisible. You need to read this easy to understand (written by an artist) article on Net Neutrality and take action today.
3. Calling All Strathmore® Card Artists! We’re looking for fresh fall and winter themed greeting card art. Submit your artwork for a chance to win cash and card products!
4. This month’s exhibits at EBSQ are underway. Have you entered? Flower of the Month: Ferns and Plein Air: Found Reflections are taking entries till June 30th.
5. World’s Street Art Finds Its Gallery With Google – Just wonderful!
This week’s Friday Five features five recent artworks from various galleries in our community. They are a taste of the diverse and amazing talent of our artists. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful weekend!
Paesaggio toscano no15 by Alessandro Andreuccetti
Time Is Relative by Sherry Key
Sea of Clouds by Torrie Smiley
Splatter me with Color by Martha Di Giovanni
Striated Pardalote ACEO by Janet M Graham
Please take a moment to check out the artist’s portfolios on EBSQ: Allesandro Andreuccetti, Sherry Key, Torrie Smiley, Martha Di Giovanni, and Janet M. Graham.
1. It was impossible to miss the encaustic painting, The Crimson Tide by Gray Jacobik, on the front page of EBSQ today. Wow!
2. I became acquainted with a new drawing resource online (Thank you, Chris Oatley) called Drawing Tutorials Online. It’s FREE.
3. There’s another drawing video that’s been making the rounds this week – Contour vs. Gesture – Check it out and then browse the site too. Lot’s of great drawing resources to be had.
4. Here’s another gem from Muddy Colors by David Palumbo – Choosing the best lens for your . . . painting?
5. Do you ever compare you art with other artists and feel discouraged? Do you ever think I’m going to learn to paint just like her (or him)? Don’t fall for the trap.