Simon Sez… Reflections! winner announced!

Amanda Makepeace is the winner of Simon Sez… Reflections! Patricia Lee Christensen – Simon for last week’s Simon Sez, chose Amanda’s photograph because of it’s “great composition and feeling”. She said “I love the subtle misty reflections in the back of the pool and the sky reflection in the foreground.”

Roman Baths, Bath, England - Amanda Makepeace

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Amanda! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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Team EBSQ-Etsy Must Have Monday

Own it today!


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Along Came a Spider
by Lisa Nelson

Butterfly on Manzanita print
Butterfly on Manzanita print

by Heide Hibbard

Please welcome our two newest members: Lynn Dobbins who runs lynndart and So Jeo Katherine LeBlond who runs sojeo.

Be sure to post your “Scary Stuff” for the October Showcase!!

~ Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

Tangent: Pack Pamela’s

Pancake Breakfast by Kelly Sheridan
Pancake Breakfast by Kelly Sheridan

I’d admit this post has absolutely nothing to do with art. Unless you consider crepe-style chocolate chip banana pancakes to be an art.  As you may know, Pittsburgh, home of EBSQ, was also home to the G20 this past week. And like other forums of this nature, Pittsburgh saw its share of protesters and just general rabble rousers out to break stuff because they could. One of the businesses that saw damage was Pamela’s in Oakland.

Now, I take this as a personal offense. My mom worked at Pamela’s many moons ago when she went to Pitt. And when I took my turn at Pitt  roughly 20 years later, this is where my family always went for breakfast when they came to visit me.  Pittsburgers agree this diner is a local treasure.  It makes no sense to me that a family-run small-business would get its front window shattered by people protesting corporate greed.  But that’s unfortunately what happened.

University of Pittsburgh student Heath Curran decided to do something to help. He’s organized a “Pack Pamela’s” event this morning, starting at 11am. According to the WTAE,

Protesters tossed bricks and garbage at several targets in Oakland, including Pamela’s Diner, which had a plate glass window smashed. A local student is trying to help by launching an event called “Pack Pamela’s.” The idea is to have as many people pack the restaurant for as long as possible to help repair the business.

“This is more about being Pittsburghers, and as a Pittsburgher, we don’t let these things happen — and not only that, we get together and fix them,” said Heath Curran, the organizer. 


So if you’re in Oakland (or even if you’re not), I hope you’ll consider stopping by, even if only to have a cup of joe.  But if you have a little more time, try the pancakes.  They’re awesome.

This Month’s EBSQ LIVE: Oil Painting basics with Barbara Haviland

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Barbara Haviland
Monday, April 20th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
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What Is Lurking Beneath In The Bayou - Barbara Haviland
What Is Lurking Beneath In The Bayou - Barbara Haviland

Not comfortable with oils? Want to know more about painting with them? Then join us for April’s LIVE presentation where long time artistBarbara Haviland will take us through the creation of one of her paintings.

About the presenter

Barbara Haviland has been painting for more than 33 years. She enjoys learning anything new about painting and never limits her subject matter so she never becomes bored with what she does. She loves the Cypress trees and the alligators where she lives, so the bayou is a favorite subject. Barbara lives and creates in Groves, Texas.

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Simon Sez… Our Heros

This week’s Simon is W. Kevin Murray. This week he is asking everyone to go a little deeper with his theme “Our Heros“.  Here is what he posted:

4/14/2009 10:31:54 PM

This round of “Simon Sez” came to me because of yesterday’s passing of Harry Kalas.  If you live anywhere near Philadelphia or are a fan of Major League Baseball you are in moaring today. Harry “The Voice” of the Phillies for almost 40 years passed away yesterday at the ballpark in Washington, DC. He also lent his voice to NFL Films and Campbell’s Soup.  I’m almost 50 and can’t remember a game where I didn’t hear his voice broadcasting the play by play.

Harry the K
Harry the K

I certainly don’t want this to be some kind of a bummer thread. I want it to be upbeat and positive.  Who’s your Hero, Mentor, Inspiration. Have you used someones influence to guide your own work?  Well lets see them or the work they have inspired !! Lets say up to five entries. I think I’ll close the show next Saturday the 25th.

This is my father, the man who gave me my work ethic. The kids I grew up with in my neighborhood gave him the nickname “Brick”.

brick - W. Kevin Murray
"Brick" - W. Kevin Murray


All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Our Heros 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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