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EBSQ Friday Five

Cavaliere Errante by Alessandro Andreuccetti

1. Alessandro Andreuccetti mixed media painting Cavaliere Errante was impossible to miss on the front page of EBSQ this morning. I love the burst of colors on top of the text. Magnifico!

2. Did you know the University of California Press has over 770 ebooks available for free to the public? There is a collection of books on Architecture, Art, Art History, Art Theory and many more subjects. Browse the public ebooks by subject here.

3. Ever wondered how often you should be posting to different social media outlets? It could make a difference to how you market you art!

4. Art Installation at J.F.K. Faces Possible Destruction – It would be a crime to destroy this installation. Anyone have a 600 ft wall available?

5. 12 Things You Should Never Say To An Artist ;)

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EBSQ Friday Five

Dreamer by Alma Lee

Dreamer by Alma Lee

1. If you frequent our forums, today’s featured art should look familiar to you. Artist Alma Lee has been creating a series of digital artworks inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. Her latest, Dreamer, is my favorite in the series.

2. Did you know 71 percent of all art collectors having purchased art online? Read: How Mobile Technology is Accelerating Online Art Growth.

3. This year’s Twitter Art Exhibit is taking place in Orlando to benefit the Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes. Deadline to enter is February 21st! I won’t be able to make it to the exhibit, but my art will be there.

4. Have you seen the Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Jessica Chastain as Merida.

5. Ever wanted to learn how to paint digitally? Concept Artist and Illustrator Matt Kohr has a FREE video library at CtrlPaint.com that begins with traditional skills and progresses into advanced digital painting. Did I mention it’s FREE?

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EBSQ Friday Five

Koolaus Haiku by Valerie Woelk

Koolaus Haiku by Valerie Woelk

1. I’m thinking green this morning with Valerie Woelk’s painting Koolaus Haiku, though I know much of the northern US was blanketed in white last night.

2. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has an hour long video of a discussion with Richard Ormond, grandnephew of John Singer Sargent, and Erica Hirshler, co-curator of “John Singer Sargent Watercolors.”

3. How Left-Wing Politics Changed The Way We Make Art – from Jacques-Louis David to the Guerrilla Girls.

4. Register for the new 2014 free online workshops from Strathmore today. The workshops begin in March with Back to Basics
with Earnest Ward.

5. Top 5 Ways to Refresh your Creativity and get Inspiration for Art Making from ArtPromotivate.

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Running in the Holly by Harlan

1. Harlan’s needle felted creations always make me smile and this one sings of the holidays.

2. Illustrator Kelley McMorris shares an excellent tool to help you price your art – Toggl.

3. The Huffington Post has a list of the 30 Best Art Books of 2013. Have you read any? Would you add any?

4. Creating Good Art Karma is another invaluable article, and a must read, on art marketing from EmptyEasel.com.

5. How Our Camera-Phone Nation is Inspiring Artists – “Now that everyone is a photographer, artists are redefining what photography is…” I would love to know your thoughts on this article!

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EBSQ Friday Five

Ballerina by Luda Angel

1. For the last few weeks I’ve been posting winter/holiday artwork in the Friday Five. Can you guess what Luda Angel’s painting, Ballerina, brought to mind this morning?

2. How to Photograph your Paintings – Another gem from Muddy Colors.

3. December’s Mandala of the Month by Maureen Frank is titled Impedimenta–exploring the baggage that halts our creative progress.

4. Fate of Detroit’s Art Hangs in the Balance – Have you been following this story?

5. Artist Transforms Eyelids into Works of Art <– So cool!!

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Snowy Field by Delilah Smith

1. Snowy Field by Delilah Smith reminds me of the countryside here in rural Georgia, especially after the snow storm we had in 2010. Beautiful!

2. You’ve finished a painting just in time for a show, but you need to transport it safely while it dries–what do you do? Check out this great article: How to Make a Wet Painting Holder.

3. Free Video Art Lessons from Jerry’s Artarama – Yes. Free. Enjoy!

4. What qualifies as handmade? Things are changing at Etsy.

5. DrawQuest is now available for iPhone users! What’s the purpose? To encourage daily drawing. Can’t go wrong with that.

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EBSQ Friday Five

First Frost by Louise Mead

1. First Frost by Louise Mead caught my eye this morning for those brilliant blues, but also because we had our first frost of the year just this week.

2. Self-publishing is all the craze right now, so here’s some tips on creating your own art book via Blurb.

3. Blogging isn’t for everyone. I personally believe blogging, when done right, can be a invaluable resource and a way to attract visitors and new fans to your art. But you must be doing it right to see any of the positive effects. Here’s a good list of the do’s and don’t’s.

4. Speaking of blogs, MuddyColors is one of my favorites. It is a treasure trove of both entertaining posts and informative ones. Check out Greg Manchess’ latest post, 10 Things about Value.

5. From Business Insider: 23 Recent Works Of Art That Shook History

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Blue Creek by Millie Gift Smith

1. Blue Creek by Millie Gift Smith feels like November. For those of you with snow on the ground, stay warm and save us some hot chocolate.

2. Time to Vote!  Voting is underway in our Think Pink 2013 Exhibit and the Flower of the Month: Clematis Exhibit. It wasn’t easy to pick my favorite, but it’s done!

3. EBSQ Artist Georgia Papadakis has an excellent How-To post for a DIY Tripod Arm and Video Set-Up.

4. November’s Mandala from Maureen Frank is titled Putting Ourselves Out There, making your dreams a reality. Love it!

5. Lastly, from the New York Times: Excursions in a Digitally Fabricated Landscape -‘Out of Hand,’ a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art

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EBSQ Friday Five

Have you seen Gary?

1. Today’s featured art for the Friday Five is a call for help. Christine E Striemer’s cat Gary is missing. She’s offering an award for whoever finds him: My sweet little Gary went missing Oct 21/2013. An 8″ x 8″ custom pet portrait (or any 8″ x 8″ painting of your choosing) goes to whoever finds her in Eston, SK area!

UPDATE: Gary has been found!! She’s safe and sound at home with Christine. :)

2. We are nearing the end of our fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Don’t forget, when you make a donation of $5 or more I’ll send you an ACEO and you get entered to win a Think Pink bracelet by Lisa Wiktorek. See the full details here: Raising Funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation.

3. Speaking of Think Pink, have you entered EBSQ’s annual exhibit? The clock is ticking. Enter the Think Pink 2013 Exhibit today!

4. EBSQ artist Michele Lynch posted her show schedule for October through December. See it on the Michele Lynch Art Blog.

5. Exhibition Without Walls recently interviewed EBSQ member Michael Glover on his amazing HDR Photography. Congrats, Michael!

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Mummy Terrier by Melinda Dalke

1. If you hadn’t noticed from the last Friday Five, I am in the mood for Halloween Art. This week I spotted Melinda Dalke’s adorable Mummy Terrier on the front page!

2. EBSQ Artist Windi Rosson is donated 50% of the proceeds from the sale of her ThinkPink painting, She will Prevail. The donation is automatic on eBay. Proceeds will go to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Go place your bid today!

3. Debbie Millman’s advice on courage and the creative life. Here’s a quote I love from Millman: If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

4. 3D Printer Bot Creates Perfect Replicas of Classic Paintings <– Amazing!!

5. The EBSQ Forums are down for a few days while the site undergoes a major upgrade. You can still connect with us on Facebook. Check out our page!

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