Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

This week in honor of the EBSQ exibit “Robots” we are showcasing some mechanized art.

Uncanny Valley by Laura Barbosa
Uncanny Valley by Laura Barbosa
Time Watcher by Rebecca Salcedo
Time Watcher by Rebecca Salcedo
R2-D2 by Aimee L. Dingman
R2-D2 by Aimee L. Dingman

You can see more from our featured artists in their EBSQ portfolios: Laura Barbosa, Rebecca Salcedo,  Aimee L. Dingman.

Next week: Squares

~Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ


EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. Studio Time at Last! – Aimee Dingman is back! Life took over for a bit, mostly in the form of college papers, but now she’s back and you can expect see more of her wonderful art.

Apple, 8 x 10, acrylic on canvas

2. The Would be Prince – Alma Lee shares her very first cubic frog!

3. The Oil Painting Saga Continues – Jennifer Lommers shares how to both clean your brushes and be environmentally friendly.

4. WIP – Handpainted Magnets – Jennifer Williams is on a painting spree! You won’t believe how many magnets she is painting!

5. My Featured Artist – Every month artist Sherry Key is featuring an artist on her blog. Stop by to see who she chose for May. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Aimee Dingman

This week’s EBSQ Blogger is a passionate artist, who’s eclectic interests shine through in her varied paintings of forgotten toys and everyday objects. She has something for everyone, but it especially loved by fellow gamers.

Who and where are you?

I’m Aimee Dingman, and I live in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, near the newly-rejuvenated Market Street area. I’m a largely self-taught artist; I pour myself into a lot of molds these days (archaeology and history student, retro pop-culture fiend, gamer, writer and wife) and all of that affects my art, as well as who I see when I look in a mirror.

A Joystick, 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas

How did you get started art blogging?

Well, like pretty much any young person who went through high school during the beginnings of the Internet as we know it, I’ve dabbled at blogging for many years. However, it’s never really taken with me for very long, until now. Blogging was kind of a natural addition to what I’m trying to accomplish–making my studio financially viable, establish myself with artistic consistency, and more than anything, to become debt free. My blog follows my art and by extension, follows my struggles along the way.

Coffee Break, 5 x 7 inches, acryic on canvas

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Be consistent. Both in your art, and in your entries. In a year, I change from acrylics to pastel to printmaking, often without warning–but the key is continuing to produce, and to share what you’ve done. As a blog reader, I enjoy being able to peruse fresh art from the bloggers I follow with some regularity. The longer between relevant updates…the more likely I am to forget about a blog. If I’m not posting something almost every day, it becomes much easier to let the blog slide. Running a blog takes 20% art, 40% discipline and 40% hustle. Get your name out there!

Garlic, 8 x 10 inches, acrylic on canvas

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

It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m in the studio, painting on something relatively big, I like to listen to music–usually something fun–and that could be anything from David Bowie to Beastie Boys to Tom Petty. When working small, I usually let the TV drone along or put in a TV box set, like M*A*S*H or Futurama. Something I know so well already, I don’t need to actually watch it. Sometimes I paint at night while my husband does paperwork, and we chat with each other the whole time.

Remnents of Childhood, 8 x 10 inches, acrylic on canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’ll be appearing at TooManyGames, a video game convention in Reading, PA, displaying and selling pixel paintings inspired by classic video games, something I started doing six years ago, and hope to continue. I’m also working on refining my painting techniques, and I’ve fallen back in love with the still life. I’ve got to put my own stamp on it, though, which is why I’m focusing on worn-out, vintage objects, like toys from my 80’s childhood and obsolete phones and electronics. Someday I’d love to resume work on some fantasy illustration I began, but after a few years of wild experimentation, I feel I need to find a little more discipline before tackling that.

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

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EBSQ Spotlight on Hand-pulled Traditional Printmaking: Aimee Dingman

This month’s featured gallery is Hand-pulled Traditional Printmaking. No two prints are ever the same, even if pulled from the same plate. Each print, regardless of technique, is an entirely individual piece of art. It is this aspect combined with the variety of print-making techniques that have made printmaking a versatile and popular art process for thousands of years. Whether dry point, block print, collagraph or lithograph, creating hand pulled prints is often a labor intensive but unique and interesting way of creating art. Throughout August, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists that work to create hand-pulled prints.

Aimee Dingman

Socially Acceptable Portrait of Karl Marx - Aimee Dingman
Socially Acceptable Portrait of Karl Marx - Aimee Dingman

Printmaking has always been a fascinatingly tedious process–one of careful drawing, carving, pulling, carving again, pulling again, examining proofs and deciding when enough is really enough–and yet the end result, the finished print, is a gloriously spontaneous, one-of-a-kind moment in time. I am personally attracted to printmaking for its process; carving is an almost completely irreversible process, making it a dangerous investment of time. One slip of the gouge and your entire day’s work may be lost. That is the dramatic nature of printmaking–and why I love it.
In my prints, I love exploring contrast. This is especially well-suited for printmaking. Whether it’s Marx’s beard or fruit on a sunny counter-top, printmaking allows me to break shapes into light and dark; to explore pattern and color without worrying about the gray areas– and that is a wonderful feeling. – Aimee Dingman

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EBSQ Printmaking Challenge

We often have member created challenges on the EBSQ Forum. One of the challenges running at the moment is the Printmaking Challenge. Why print making? Host Aimee Dingman had this to say… “the reason I’m in the forum and hosting the challenge there is that printmaking is cathartic, surprisingly easy to start, and incredibly addictive. Because images must be first made in reverse, it is an excellent method for testing and refining techniques, as you must think about the image in two aspects.” There is also the small matter that the process can be quite enjoyable.

The theme of the challenge is Mythology. It started in October and runs through December 7th and artists may enter up to three prints so you don’t have to pick just one mythological subject. This challenge is open to everyone.

Interested yet? Did I mention there are prizes?

Here are the Printmaking Challenge particulars:

The printmaking challenge rules will be simple and the subject will be very loose, so we can get lots of people participating. There will be a prize for the winner and the runner-up.

First Place Prize: $25 Gift Certificate for either Daniel Smith or Dick Blick – Winner’s Choice!
Runner Up Prize: $10 Gift Certificate for Dick Blick or ASWExpress – Winner’s Choice!

1. The challenge is open to entries from October 7 – December 7. I realize that this is a busy time for most people, so hopefully this gives everyone a weekend or block of time somewhere to work.

2. The challenge is open to all methods of printmaking, but I think a special emphasis will be made of linocuts as it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to participate in printmaking without having experience or lots of equipment.

3. The challenge entries will be limited to 3 per artist, and should be made in an “Entries” thread which I will open tomorrow. I ask that that thread be used only for actual entries, and that comments be reserved for either this thread or for any individual thread devoted to the making of a particular entry made by the artist. Please scan or photograph your entry. Post it in the “Entries” thread, or send it to me directly and I will post it for you. You should include an explanation of your piece in accordance with the theme, and any notes about the process you wish to include.

4. There will be a popular vote after the close of the entry period. I’m willing to extend the voting past the holiday season if required, but I hope to have it close before the end of December.

With the particulars out of the way, here’s the theme:

Mythology. Greek, Roman, Norse, Judeo-Christian, Mesoamerican, or anything in between. You should embrace some aspect of mythology, whether it is a symbol, a pattern, a story, a deity, or all of the above, and create a print which embodies that idea.

I will be posting a piece inspired by the theme, but I will naturally not compete. I encourage you all to ask questions and discuss here. I think it would also be great to get some discussion going on process and inspiration. I hope we can all inspire each other!

Aimee Dingman

Click Printmaking to get to the Printmaking section of the EBSQ Forum.
This is where you enter you prints, ask questions, chat about printmaking and get information and tips on all things printmaking.

Now that I’ve got you are all fired up, get it in gear and go forth and print!