Friday Five: Gray Jacobik

Gray Jacobik is our current featured artist!

I am a landscape painter who interprets abstractly on three planes that may, or may not, occur simultaneously: the lateral plane, the same as the land and sea itself; aerially, as derived from images of the Earth from space; and from a deep space perspective as provided through the Hubble Space Telescope.

See more of Gray’s Abstract Paintings in his EBSQ Portfolio. You can also find his work at


EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Aja Apa-Soura

Who and where are you?

My name is Aja Apa-Soura. My business, Sagittarius Gallery, is run out of my Scotia, NY studio. That’s where the magic happens 😉

How were you introduced to Facebook?

Actually, through Myspace back in the day *laughs*. A couple of my friends were migrating over here and I decided to make the move as well. Hated the sparkle giffs and geocities look that had taken over, and my business page was certainly doing me no favors. It was sort of like walking into an under 18 dance club, setting up in the corner next to a glittery banner and asking people to seriously consider my artwork. I always thought *everyone* had a Myspace. No. They didn’t. But nearly everyone has a Facebook page…even my mom, dad, and grandmother!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Keep it fresh and updated. I have found providing progress shots through the creation of my paintings creates a buzz among my friends and fans, and Facebook ensures that many of these posts show right up in their newsfeeds, instead of them having to seek out my blog for the latest update. I also offer specials that only my facebook fans would be privy to – it really is an invaluable tool, especially considering its mainstream use and broad reach.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I really like the fact that my friends and fans can share my content with others, leading new potential patrons back to my page. Grass roots, word of mouth advertisement at its finest.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I have made a shift in my signature nude work and started adding faces…to anyone who is a fan of my work, this is big, so I am exploring this new avenue and challenging myself in the process. I also have a commission for a local mortgage funding bank to create a painting that will be presented as their award to 50 of their top area employees, which is extremely exciting! Every day there is something new and I love this adventure I call being a fulltime artist!

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. Today’s post is paying tribute to some of the amazing art blogged in May.

Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous

1. Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous


Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner

2. Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner


Summer Cat ACEO by Lisa Nelson

3.  Summer Cat by Lisa Nelson


Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland

4. Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland


Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket Griffith

5. Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Amanda Hone

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing self-taught artist. Her bold paintings easily steal the show!

EBSQ Artist Amanda Hone

Who and where are you?

I am Amanda Hone, an abstract representational colourist, living and working in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia in the UK. I have no formal art education but would probably have been useless at it anyway. I’ve never been terribly good at being told what to do. I’ve been painting professionally for 8 years now and despite the financial ups and downs of this particular career, I wouldn’t swap it for anything.

Caernarfon by Amanda Hone

How did you get started art blogging?

I started mainly so that I could share my work with family and friends. As time has gone on though I have found it to be an excellent way to involve customers and of course, potential customers in the rather hidden world of the studio. Occasionally I upload work-in-progress photographs and I have found that many people find this interesting.

Stanlow Oil Refinery by Amanda Hone

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

The more you put in to it, the more you will get out of it. Be interesting, don’t waffle or ramble too much and pictures are critical. Good pictures. It isn’t difficult to use a paint package on the computer to bring your photos to life. Don’t necessarily accept what you get straight from your camera. Tweak the contrast, adjust the colour balance, cut out the distracting backgrounds. You don’t need to change your work from what is really is, just try and get across the reality of what you see before you.

Harlech Castle b Amanda Hone

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

Generally I don’t have music on when I paint. Even if I did I don’t think I would really hear it as I get totally absorbed with what I am doing. I do have rituals though. Little things like mixing black paint to the right consistency must be done in the correct pot… I’ve been using the same one for years… and water must always be from the same beaker. It makes no difference at all, I just like to do it that way. Also, and this is important to me, once painting starts there is no sitting down. I paint standing. If I sit, I am finished. When I am painting tricky black lines I can’t touch anything. No leaning on the table, no steadying myself against a wall. It has to be totally free-hand and I nearly always hold my breath until the line is finished.

Portmeirion by Amana Hone

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well I have a large art fair on 11-13th November at Windsor racecourse and am planning on taking about 50 paintings to that. I’m also working on my ‘For the Love of Wales’ series and am planning a similar series based on ancient and modern landmarks around the world. But of course I do, very easily, get distracted by other ideas that pop into my head so there is usually one or two sub-themes going on as well. For instance I have just bought some fabulous canvases that are 36″ x 4″. Long and thin. I have so many ideas for those that I may just have to get on and paint a few before I get back on track.

Art á la carte: Caroline Baker

I see how important both cyclical changes and structure are in my life.

Mixed Media Dogwood Study Caroline Baker $25.00
Mixed Media Dogwood Study Caroline Baker $25.00


 I interpret these motifs in my work through imagery that is based on the patterned composition of what seems to be disarray.

Leviathan and the Sinking Albatross by Caroline Baker $150.00
Leviathan and the Sinking Albatross by Caroline Baker $150.00


 Chaos theory has been a large part of my work from the beginning.

Liftoff ACEO by Caroline Baker $12.50
Liftoff ACEO by Caroline Baker $12.50

You can learn more about Caroline Baker on her EBSQ Bio.

To see more of her art please visit her EBSQ porfolio, or one of her online venues:

Caroline is also available for commissions.

If you would like to be featured in future Art á la carte please contact Kris Jean.

Brought to you by Team EBSQ

Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ

Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Splashes of color, seemingly haphazard lines –  skewed perspectives, and unusual textures. Yes you guessed it: Abstract Art! This week’s artists include: Dawn Hough Sebaugh, Kris Carlson, and Diane Casey.

Wipe Out 2 by Dawn Hough Sebaugh


Abstract Foliage by Kris Carlson


Blue Haired Boy (Print) by Diane Casey


You can find even more in our EBSQ Abstract Art galleries: Geometric, Organic, and Repsentational.  Not to mention all the works available for sale now at: Artfire, eBay, Etsy, Redbubble, and Zazzle.

Don’t forget to come by and say hello on facebook!

~Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ

EBSQ Friday Five: Fresh Pressed Art

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week it’s all about February’s fresh pressed art!

1. View from Under the Bridge by Barbara Haviland

View from Under the Bridge by Barbara Haviland

2. New Pet Portraits by Rebecca Collins

Braker a Pet Portrait by Rebecca Collins

3. Fractal Wildflowers by Christi Schwartzkopf

Fractal Wildflowers by Christi Schwartzkopf

4. Abstract Painting by Nataera

Abstract Painting by Nataera

5. Makeup Brush by Pati Springmeyer

Makeup Brush by Pati Springmeyer

What a beautiful month February has been!