EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. 365 Days of Art – Day 287 – I’ve known about artist, Kathleen Ralph’s 365 Days of Art for some time, but I didn’t know she also has a Postcard Project. Stop by her blog and be sure to click on the links to the project. Hint: Free Art!!

2. Plein Air Georgia Paint Out – Pat Burns and many artist around Georgia will be out in force this weekend painting. See the details on her blog.

3. OPS Paint out in Granbury – Yes, it’s that time of year for sure. Tina Bohlman shares her new Watercolor Palette Shelf, perfect for plein air painting.

4. SRP’s Fridge-a-Thon – Artist Joanne Gallery shares some info on the upcoming Fridge-a-Thon in Phoenix, AZ. Don’t miss out on seeing her and many other artists who’ve used a fridge as they canvas!!

5. Huge Weekend in Chattanooga, TN – This weekend is the annual WHO-FEST, celebrating art and music. Our very own Suzan Buckner will there with many other artist.

Have a great weekend and for you Americans, a safe one too on this holiday weekend.

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EBSQ Friday Five

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

Guardian Angel of Naughty Kitties

1. Guardian Angel of Naughty Kitties – Cathy Darlings newest doll is a delight. It made me think of my own naughty kitty. 😉

2. Kreativ Blogger Award – Jane Glenholmes of the Groovy Pumpkin won a blog award! Congratulations! She bravely shared seven things about herself.

3. Celebrating 200 Facebook Fans – Wow!! Artist Jennifer Lommers is celebrating by offering a special deal on blank notecards.

4. The Dreaded C Word – Not all news is good news, but Vickie sure knows how to handle herself. This should be a warning to those who feel they have to copy other’s work–you will be found.

5. A Toronto Whirlwind – Lastly, I couldn’t resist artist Heather Murray’s visual diary of her day in Toronto. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Have a great weekend and remember art blogging is about more than posting images, it’s about sharing your inspirations, challenges, and triumphs too. 😀

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Patience

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing artist and survivor. Her spirit seems to shine through in everything she creates; whether it’s a painting or sculpture. I can’t wait to see what she dazzles us with next!

Who and where are you?

My name is Patience.  I paint and sculpt and live with my husband and two children in a Midwestern university town amongst the glacier-flattened heartlands of Illinois.

Bloodroot, 9 x 12 in, acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

I admit I do adore writing, and find it therapeutic in many ways — helpful as it often is to me in processing and organizing my experiences and thoughts.  As such I’ve been drawn to keeping online journals over the years — but it was back in 2007, inspired by other blogging artists, that I decided to initiate a blog that was mostly art-dedicated, both as a means to share, interact, and communicate with others as well as to chronicle my own artistic pursuits.  Just recently however, I felt compelled to ‘re-launch’ my journal, so to speak, since most of this past year was spent taking a little unexpected blogging hiatus as I underwent various treatments for breast cancer — indeed, the year 2009 ended up being a bit of a ‘blackhole’ blog-wise (as well as art-wise) while I found myself focusing primarily on health and family.  I’m glad to say it’s all happily behind me now though, here as I gradually ease myself back into all the activities, art and blogging included, that I’d temporarily set aside during that time of medical crisis….
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Scheherazade Shares another Tale, Acrylic

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Mostly I just want to encourage those of my fellow art bloggers whom may struggle with the Technical side of things, as I often find myself.  Lucky are the artists who have natural geek abilities in addition to their artistic talents — they often have such wonderful sites, with all the bells and whistles.  For me computers and gadgets and the technology that comes along with them have always been a challenge for whatever reason, just not intuitive at all — but I try not to let it hold me back.  When I do come up against a tech roadblock of some kind, I get online and surf and read and research, ask my friends — there are so many well written ‘how-to’ tutorials available nowadays, in addition to forums with  folks always willing to answer questions and help.  In any case, it’s all just a big a learning process, and practice really does make it easier!

Daisy, Watercolor and Acrylic, 4.5 x 3 in

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

While my musical tastes could likely be considered fairly eclectic – my ipod stocked with all manner of genre, from Classical to Classic Rock —  I’m probably settling in mostly likely to listen to Alternative or Indie these days, with maybe with a little ’80’s thrown in.  Otherwise if my iPod is not at hand, I will almost certainly have the radio on, tuned to our local NPR affiliate, as I’m a bit of a self-confessed current-events junkie, and like to keep on top of all the latest news, reports and interviews.

From The Wings, acrylic, 11 x 14 in

What’s coming next from your easel?

Currently I’m working on a large-scale (literally!) 3-D commission for a West Coast customer — I’ve been asked to create a 10-foot tall, papier mache replica of Lady Liberty…!  Quite the project indeed, but a fun and challenging one.  Once that wraps up, I’m planning to continue my explorations into papier mache — I just adore the medium and am still continuing to learn about it’s many qualities and potential (not to mention how it speaks to my recycling sensibilities).  I’m also looking to eventually process my experiences as a recent breast cancer Survivor through my art one of these days — it’s all a bit fresh for me yet, and I may need a little more ‘step back’ time , still, it’s definitely something on my mind.  In addition, I would also like to get back into entering EBSQ’s monthly shows on a more regular basis this year.  In any event, I do know that whatever artwork I do in the future will involve ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ in some capacity — in light of our growing environmental problems, I feel strongly about these concepts, and made a self-imposed moratorium for myself some time ago against buying any new art supplies, aside from a few essential basics here and there (such as brushes and paint. Or duct tape!) as necessary.  I’m feeling ever more strongly that if I can’t effectively express myself and create compelling and meaningful work using the myriad of materials and resources that I either already possess, can acquire second-hand, or which pass through my hands and home daily on its way to the landfill, I just couldn’t call myself an artist worth her salt….

http://art-of-patience.blogspot.com/

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lauren Abrams

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates magic with her polymer clay and if that wasn’t enough, she also is a skilled Trompe L’oeil painter! I feel blessed to have such a talented artist in my midst.

Who and where are you?

I’m Lauren Abrams and I live in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Polymer Pendants

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in the last year or so to try to connect with other artists working in polymer clay. In fact, that’s the name of my blog “Find my way with Polymer Clay”….I know of others who work in this medium and I love their blogs. Some of these bloggers post work by other polymer artists, and of course, their own work. I’ve found that people who work with this relatively new medium are very generous with advice and inspiration.

Kimonofly Pendant

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I try to post as often as possible, which is usually when I’ve done some work I’m happy with, or have been mentioned in someone else’s blog or an Etsy treasury. My goal is to post every day lol…

Brass and Polymer Bangles

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

My ipod contains pretty much nothing but classic rock…a guilty pleasure when I’m working.

Levenger

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m almost finished with a brand new studio space. It’s been in the works for a few months and I’m just now moving supplies in and setting up work space. I’m very excited…in all my years as an artist, this is my first real studio that I’ve been able to design from the floors(literally)on up…and I’m thrilled.

I’ve just recently joined the instructors at CraftEdu.com and I’ll be teaching some polymer classes as well as the trompe l’oeil painting I’ve done for over 25 years.  It’s an unusual teaching platform, with slideshow and text, narration and a forum site where students will be able to interact with the instructors. They’ve just launched a closed Beta and hope to work out any bugs and get it open to the public very soon.

http://laurenabramspolymerclay.blogspot.com

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vickie Miller

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is another amazing jewelry artist, specializing in lampwork beads and pendants. I find her work so bright and refreshing, it’s like an embodiment of Spring!

Who and where are you?

My name is Vickie Miller and I’m a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer from Camano Island in Washington State.

Hearts Delight, Lampwork Glass

How did you get started art blogging?

Over the years as I’ve followed the blogs of some of my favorite artists I’ve found it fascinating that these creative and talented people were people just like me. They made me feel as though they really wanted to share and connect with me personally and allow me a glimse of their day to day existance. By sharing their photos they invited me into their homes, and introduced me to their families and friends, and they also shared other interests they have outside of their art. I came to realize that I wanted to share in this way also. To show people not only what I do, but that I have a life in addition to my art. I love it when people stop by my blog and leave a comment. It makes me feel approachable as a person and not as just the art they see on their computer screen.

Caribbean Rhythm, Lampwork Glass

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I would recommend regular updates to your blog. Even if it’s only a few sentences. Show photos of not only your finished art but maybe the process of you creating your art, steps along the way, or photos of your studio or supplies that you use. People like to have a peek inside your life. Treat them as if they
were a visitor to your home.

Hollow Cone Pendant, Lampwork Glass

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

Ahhhh, what music inspires me? It could be anything from vintage rock…Foreigner, Elton  and Fleetwood Mac, to contemporary jazz…..David Sanborn and Wynton Marsalis……to Christian artists such as Mercy Me, Jars of Clay, and Amy Grant.

Flip Flopped Feet, Lampwork Glass

What’s coming next from your easel?

What’s coming next from my “easel” or “torch” in my case? I would love to try some of the newer silver laden glass that’s been developed in the last couple years. There are so many beautiful choices I just don’t know where to begin.

http://www.rubysshoes.blogspot.com/

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

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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!

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week I pulled blog posts about EBSQ show entries and Nibblefest entries. Enjoy!

Daffodils and Yellow Bird by Patricia Christensen

1. Daffodils and Yellow Bird – Artist Patricia Christensen shares a little more about her delightful entry to the March FOTMshow.

2. Kahlua and Cream – Gwen Bell shares her favorite cocktail and her entry to the March Beverage show.

3. Spring Daffodil plus Fairy – I love this whimsical creation from Leola Walker!

4. Pen and Ink Tutorial – Sherry Key not only shares her Pen & Ink show entry, but also shows us how it’s done.

5. Happy Cows – EBSQ artist, Alma Lee, gives her take on whether cows really are happier in California.

Have a wonderful weekend and Easter for those of you that celebrate! 😀

*Don’t forget to check out the EBSQ Shows! Voting is now through April 8th.