EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere, but this week we are going to take a visual tour of art fresh off the easel.

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Cypress Bayou Wetlands by Marcia Baldwin

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Golden Martinis by Torrie Smiley

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Ode to the Gulf of Mexico by Maria Greene

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Fiona and the Unicorn by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith

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Abstract Landscape Painting by Nataera

Have a wonderful weekend!

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Laura Barbosa

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week art is a bold, rich and diverse reflection of the creative mind. She is an artist without limits, one who lets her muse take the driver’s seat.

Who and Where Are You?

Hello, my name is Laura Barbosa and I am a full time fine artist & business owner. I live off the sales of my original paintings and fine art prints. My art is collected on an International Level and my artwork has been featured on HGTV, Published in Hair’s How Magazine, NY ARTS Magazine, Forbes & more.

I am also a mom to 2 wonderful dogs including a therapy dog named Henna. My free time is spent visiting nursing homes and spreading the Joy that only a dog can bring. We live in South New Jersey near the Seaside Boardwalk where they filmed the reality show “Jersey Shore”.

Eagle Feathers 30 x 40 Acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

When I first started selling my paintings over the internet, I read many articles and found out that Art Blogging was an essential key element to getting noticed by the public. I also wanted a place where I could post my artwork and explain my techniques so I had articles for future reference. My first blog post was not very good because I thought about what I would say and put the words down very mechanically. But through the years, I have learned that any article or blog worth reading must come from the heart. This revelation also helped me name my wordpress blog: “The Heart Of Art Blog – A Virtual Meeting Ground For Art lovers” Since then my art blog has become a diary of my artwork, events, commissions, tips on techniques, a place to share my inner thoughts about selling art, and the best place for me to write down my true feelings and interact with the public. The Heart Of Art Blog has gained popularity through facebook and also has introduced me to many other artists who are now great friends and influential clients and galleries.

Steam 24 x 36 Acrylic & Ink

Any Tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My tips would be to keep your blog posts short and interesting and write your true feelings down like you are talking to a best friend. Post at least 3 times a week, something about you as an artist, your new work, your techniques and anything that you think is interesting. Also make sure that your photos are very clear and that you post photos in the majority of your blog posts because people love looking at pictures as a reference to what you are talking about. If you have a face book page, get the app for your blog so you can share your posts automatically with your friends and fans.

Day of the Dead 30 X 40 Acrylic

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

Well, my secret is: I love the Vampire Diaries! I download songs from the soundtrack so I can listen to them while I work. If I am in a more serious mood and creating art with great detail, I might change over to classical music or Andrea Bocelli. The only other ritual I have is clearing my mind before I start working either by taking the dogs for a walk or sitting in the yard for awhile to relax. One thing is for sure: Painting original art on canvas must be done when you have the best desire to do it. I can never force creativity, it just has to flow subconsciously or it won’t turn out very good. I think it is a lot like writing a good blog post from the heart. A good painting must come from the soul.

Uncanny Valley 24 x 36 Acrylic & Inks

What’s coming next for your easel?

I could go on forever answering this question! I have so many ideas, that I literally carry a sketch book with me wherever I go to jot down my future paintings. My next piece is going to involve texture and will include a tropical theme. Maybe some pelicans or ocean art. After that I must paint some fish for the summer. Fish paintings sell out very quickly for me. What I really want to do is a giant abstract for modern interiors, something that includes half faces and industrial mechanisms. There are so many ideas, I usually just decide what I am going to do when I am staring at the canvas, then it happens quickly and finishing it could take any length of time depending on the detail and subject matter. So stay tuned for a lot more art. There is no telling what I will come up with next!

http://laurabarbosa.wordpress.com/

Thank you Laura for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Calico Kitty Hugs by Cathy Darling

1. More Ebay Art – Cathy Darling shares her experiences selling on Ebay in this touch economy.

2. Art Deal of the Day – Artist Alma Lee is having a sale! Catch great deals on many of her signature cat paintings.

3. Bamboo Fine Art Paper – Jennifer Lommers has a follow-up to her discussion on purchasing a new printer.

4. Be Mused Art Giveaway – Melia Dawn is having a wonderful giveaway on her blog to celebrating reaching 100 Facebook Fans! Stop by and congratulate her. 🙂

5. Untold Story – Filomena de Andrade Booth shares a bit about her process and a new experiment.

Are you an EBSQ Artist that also blogs? Do you have a recent post you think is news worthy? Contact me on Twitter @amandamakepeace with details and maybe you’ll be in the next EBSQ Friday Five!

Have a great weekend everyone.

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vera Dennen

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week always has a piece of art in the works. One of things I like most about her portfolio is the diverse subjects she’s explored. There’s always something new and vibrant to be seen and the same can be said for her blog!

Who and where are you?

Vera Dennen, and I live in middle America, right in the heartland with lots of open space! Have lived on both coasts, which I will never regret having done, but am glad to be back with my roots now as well.

Weeds, 24" x 30" oil

How did you get started art blogging?

Began to blog as a way to share my work after having numerous requests for more information through my web site. Do have a few blogs with more deeper thoughts of my own, but mostly try to add some interest is trying new media, new methods, and new artistic horizons for follow artists as I believe this is the way we all grow.

Mustang II, 20" x 34" oil

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Speak from the heart. There Julia and Julia was not wrong (although I think that title is), just let your feelings roll as if off of your tongue; then others can better relate. Not only about what you did to achieve such and such new affect, but perhaps what caused you to try this style to begin with, or what trials and errors were involved before final achievement.

Feeding Time at the Zoo, 21.5"x28.5"x2" Watercolor

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

I have on major news networks, where I can keep up with what is going on in the world, but do not have to look at the TV while doing it. This is not for everyone however, as all of the news is not good. CNN being my favorite, and Hardball on MSNBC. Because I have lived in such a variety of settings in my life, guess my need to be broadly informed may be greater than many. To tell the truth, do envy those artists who turn up the music and paint while they listen.

Growing Season, 18" x 24" x 3/4" Watercolor mounted on Canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Am working on a second Mustang, smaller in size this time, and pre-stretched on Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Mustang III, about a week away from finish yet I would guess. But have many paintings lined up in different stages of work, watercolors receiving glazes, others being mounted, several oils in the works, drying, etc., and some having floater frames being added as well. What ever pops up and yells “finish me” the loudest will be next. Anyway, that’s the way it usually works best for me.

http://veraoriginals.blogspot.com/

Thank you Vera for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jennifer Lommers

This weeks EBSQ blogger of the week is another exceptional artists who’s paintings seem to sing off the canvas. She also has one of the best artist blogs I’ve ever seen. You can’t help but be inspired by her rich creativity!

Who and where are you?

I am a Northwest native recently settled in Corvallis, Oregon. As an avid hiker and camper, I love the Northwest for its mild climate and its amazing variety of scenery and parks – great inspiration for painting! I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a full time artist in this beautiful little part of the world.

One Red Posie

How did you get started art blogging?

While moving to working on my artwork full time I realized that many people don’t understand what that entails, and have a very different, and romantic, view of life as an artist (which may be true for some, but not for the majority of working artists). I took up blogging at first to promote my artwork but became more involved with it once I realized the opportunity it afforded to educate people about what it is I do. I have since been pleasantly surprised by all the support and shared experiences I found though blogging.

Pear Tree

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

First of all, when I started blogging I found it important to separate most of my personal life from my art blog. I often see blogs that try to add a little of their art experience into their personal blogging monologue including a large dose of family photos. While this is wonderful for close friends and family, it doesn’t always speak well to a larger audience. Although I’m still working out the kinks of what I want my blog to be going forward (since I’m now using Facebook for most of my promotional posts and working to keep my art blog more focused on the routines, the ups, and the downs of being an artist), I find it is an important question to ask yourself, and ask again over time: “What is the purpose of my blog?” Other tips would include: posting regularly; organize the title and side bars to enhance, not detract, from the overall appearance; and engage in other art blogs!

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

I was trained as a Classical Pianist, and I will typically choose a little Mozart, Bach, Haydn, or Debussy to keep me energized and focused. I do also enjoy an eclectic range of other music, though, from Elvis to Michelle Shocked and Coldplay, but usually listen to that when running, not working.

The Land of Milk and Honey

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have recently been doing a lot of work with the image transfer process, creating gel skins from sketches and/or photocopies of sketches and incorporating them into my paintings. I am working to have a series of them ready for a show in April/May.

http://www.jenniferlommers.blogspot.com/

Thank you Jennifer for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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Simon Sez… I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Donna Gill Colestock. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)”. This is what Donna said about her theme: “I want to see moods, holidays, and dreams. If you can relate it to Mondays or a Monday holiday, it works for me. Go ahead and wow me with up to 5 entries. All media welcome.” The original end date was January 25th, but Donna has extended the deadline.

Waiting for the Monday Holiday - Sherry Key

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Simon Sez… Warm Me Up!

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Amanda Makepeace. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “Warm Me Up!” Amanda said this of her choice: “I thought it would take me longer to come up with a theme, but with my hands so cold it’s difficult to type, there was only one theme to suit the week. Warm Me Up!!

This is open to all mediums, limit 3 entries. Lot’s of possibilities here…could be images of some place warm, or images of things to warm me up, or even abstracts of colors to thaw my frozen fingers! Be creative!

Here’s my contribution. Doesn’t that steaming hot water look inviting?

Oh, and the challenge ends this Sunday at midnight. I’ll pick the winner next Monday while sipping on my HOT coffee.”

Amanda Makepeace

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Treats! 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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