1. At the Sunset Hour – Karen Winters captures perfectly the magic of a southwestern sunset in her latest painting.
2. Art and Artifice – Georgia Papadakis asks the big questions in her latest blog post: What drives an artist to make a given work of art?
3. MOTM: The Other Side of the Shadow – Maureen Frank’s April Mandala is available to download for free. This month she asks you to explore your full self, even the Shadow we like to hide from the world.
4. April Print Giveaway – Yours truly is once again giveaway a free art print. Stop by my blog for details. Deadline is Sunday night!
5. How to handle tough criticism – Criticism can be an invaluable tool for growing as an artist, but it’s not always easy to accept when said criticism may be more harsh than we expect. EmptyEasel.com has some great advice for taking it in but not taking it personally.
1. Zeta from Stillman and Birn – Jeanne Forsyth created the beautiful watercolor above with a new watercolor paper coming from Stillman and Burn in January. Stop by her blog for her review of the paper.
2. MOTM: Infinite Possibilities – Maureen Frank’s Mandala this month is my favorite of the entire year! Download a free copy today!
3. Artistic Temperament – Delilah Smith discusses her drive to paint, and no, it’s not for the money or fame.
4. 7 Top Apps for the Arts – iPhone and iPad users will be inspired by this great article from GeekWire.com Do you own any of these Apps on their list? Share your opinion with us!
5. There’s still time to enter your holiday art into our 2012 Holiday Showcase. Stop by the EBSQ Forums for details. Deadline is 12/14.
1. Winter Sun – Gretchen Del Rio’s Arctic Hair seemed like an appropriate way to start off November. Let’s hope the winter to come is as serene as her watercolors.
2. MOTM: Practice – November’s free Mandala of the Month, via Maureen Frank, is a reminder that practice is an important key to success in new endeavors.
3. Day 306 – Have you ever lost one of your mittens? Don’t fear! Took Gallagher shares her solution in her 365-Project.
4. Strange Little Girls November Events – Jo Hards shares when and where you can buy her Gothic dolls this month.
5. Pinterest Webinar Coming – Natasha Wescoat has an announcement in the EBSQ Forums about a new webinar. She’s seeking your questions. Check it out!
Have a great weekend!
1. Painted Ladies – The painting above by Deb Harvey is only part of a larger, beautiful painting. Check out her blog post for it and a second painted lady.
2. MOTM: Stay Calm – Have you seen Maureen’s free monthly mandalas? They are free to download and color!
3. Is your Art Blog Helping (or Hurting!) your Brand Online? – Excellent article. “If you’re really not up to using a blog, it’s better to not have that feature at all than to have one that’s been left on your website as an afterthought.”
4. How I made $50,000 Selling Art on Facebook – Natasha Wescoat shares some secrets to her success on TheAbundantArtist.com.
5. I’m always looking for great blog articles to share with the EBSQ community. If you have one email me at amanda [at] ebsqart [dot] [com].
1. 29 Faces of May: Scars – Christine Striemer and several other EBSQ artists are participating in the 29 Faces of May challenge. Throughout May I will feature one of those faces in the Friday Five. Today’s face is creepy and captivating!
2. May MOTM: Helpless – Maureen Frank offers an exercise to help with those feelings of helplessness in this month’s mandala. All of Maureen’s Mandala’s are free to download and color how you want!
3. Quillers to join me on EBSQ? – First off, I want to welcome Sandra White to EBSQ! Second, she’s looking for other Quillers to join her. What is Quilling? Check out her blog–it’s amazing.
4. Distance and Time – Niki Soppelsa shares her sketchbook from the 2012 Sketchbook Project. If you love collage don’t miss this one.
5. Arts Goggle in Fort Worth, Texas – Later this month, Melanie Douthit will be participating in a huge art crawl. Check her blog for more details!
Have a wonderful weekend!
1. Lifesong – Sara Burrier’s latest painting, Lifesong, illustrates her personal journey. Check out the post for the full version of the painting and the symbolism she has worked into this beautiful work of art.
2. April MOTM: Hell0 – April’s mandala from artist Maureen Frank is about opening ourselves to new ideas and perspectives. I love her description; which includes a bit about Sherlock Holmes! Maureen’s Mandala’s are free to download and color.
3. Robert Lange Studios Group Show – Pastel artist Kari Tirrell shares her two paintings for this upcoming exhibition in Charleston.
4. A Return to PFATT Marketplace – Lisa Nelson will be returning to the PFATT marketplace to sell her wonderful paintings, dolls and more. Check her blog for details.
5. Day 96 – Took Gallagher is still pushing forward in 2012 with her 365 Project. Don’t miss her latest plaster creation, a work-in-progress.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
1. Red Dress – EBSQ artist, Patience, is participating in the 29 Faces Challenge. Check her blog for all the latest entries.
2. February MOTM: What Lies Beneath – From Maureen Frank’s blog: This month’s mandala of the month encourages us to go beyond the surface to that place that lies beneath.
3. Leaping Ahead of Extinction – Check out the Leaping Ahead of Extinction poster; which features two of my tree frog illustrations!
4. Late the Party – Look who else is participating in the 29 Faces Challenge! I spy with my little eye Wibbles!
5. Do you have a blog post that’s news worthy? Do you have an announcement you want to share with our subscribers? Let me know and I’ll be sure to post it to the EBSQ Friday Five! Contact me at: makepeace.arts[at]gmail[dot]com
1. Two New Pieces – The above painting is just one of the portraits recently painted by Lauren Gray. Beautiful!
2. Legendary Texas Jackalope – It’s not surprising Sherry Key’s latest ACEO sold in the blink of an eye. Who wouldn’t want a Jackalope portrait complete with a Jackalope Hunting License?!
3. September 2011: The Path – This month’s free mandala is available from Maureen Frank’s blog, Mandala of the Month.
4. Help me Choose – I have a mini giveaway on right now. To enter all you have to do is share your opinion, good or bad.
5. Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour – If you live in Washington State or will be there the week of Sept 17th don’t miss Kari Tirrell’s open studio.
Have a wonderful weekend!