EBSQ Friday Five

Lunga pausa di silenzio by Alessandro Andreuccetti

1. Art Seen: Lunga pausa di silenzio (Long Silence) is a beautiful, dream-like watercolor by Alessandro Andreuccetti. The contrasting colors pulled me in!

2. Artist Guide: PACT published an excellent article this week by Armand Carbrera on copyright – Protecting Copyright.

3. How To: “How to Video Your Art” Part 1: Camera Guide – I know some of you have been wondering!

4. In the News: The Case Against Art Show Entry Fees – Let me know what you think in the comments below!

5. Exhibits: We have two exhibits this month, Naked Trees and Airships. Don’t miss out!

 

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EBSQ Friday Five

Dachshund Fire Dragon  by Tanglewood Thicket Creations
Dachshund Fire Dragon by Tanglewood Thicket Creations

1. Dachshund Fire Dragon – If you’re not familiar with the work of Kasey Sorsby and her magical creations of Tanglewood Thicket you are in for a treat! You can follow her blog via email and she has links to her Etsy shop, Facebook page and more.

2. Inspiration – Michele Lynch discusses where she find the inspiration for her imaginative art.

3. Painting Soundtracks – Soundtracks are not only for films. On my blog I share the albums that inspired some of my recent paintings.

4. On Entering Art Shows – Ann Ranlett discusses the pro’s and con’s of art shows and her plans for the year.

5. Do you have a newsworthy blog post you’d like me to share with our readers? Contact me amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

EBSQ Friday Five

Fabric Art Necklace by Sue Young

1. Fabric Art Necklace – Check out the latest fabric art from EBSQ artist Sue Young!

2. Time to Refuel the Creative Well – Taking time out from creating is vital in keeping those creative juices flowing. Miriam Schulman shares how she spent her time off and invites you to share how you spend yours.

3. Sandra Willard Solo Show – Scratchboard artist, Sandra Willard, is having her first solo show! It opens today at Illini Union Art Gallery at the University of Illinois (Urbana). Check her blog for full details.

4. Has the art world turned it’s back on you – There’s no denying these are hard times for many visual artists. Delilah Smith shares some ideas for staying afloat (creatively) through the rough times.

5. Something New: WibbleyWare! – Hand-painted pendants and cameo necklaces have made their debut in the World of Wibble. Check it out!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

Pumpkins and Shadows by Torrie Smiley

1. Pumpkins and Shadows – I love this new painting from Torrie Smiley. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, you know!

2. Figure Studies – Mark Satchwill shares a great resource for artists who focus on figurative art and those who want to learn or improve their skills.

3. You’re invited – Michele Lynch has a group show coming up. Check out her blog for the flyer!

4. The Art of Emilio Sanchez – Maria Soto Robbins has an interesting post on Cuban artist, Emilio Sanchez.

5. November Mandala – I can’t believe it’s November already! Check out this month’s mandala from a Maureen Frank.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anatomy of an Awesome Art Exhibit Entry

There’s been much debate on the EBSQ Member Forums of late about the quality (or lack thereof) of many recent show entries. And the quality issue has next to nothing to do with the art itself.

Huh?

Let me explain:

1.) Does the piece meet the prospectus?

You’d be surprised how many members enter shows willy nilly. (Or maybe you wouldn’t be if you’re a regular EBSQ exhibit visitor.) Sometimes it’s a rookie mistake. Sometimes, people enter their work in the wrong show accidentally. Maybe they misread something in the prospectus, or latch onto the title of the show without bothering to read what it’s actually about. But other times, people enter something just because they can. The number one thing you need to ask yourself is:

Does your work logically belong in Show X?


If you’ve entered a piece of a happy cat in winter and the theme of the show is self-portraits, then no. Really, no. Just don’t do it. Unsure? Read the prospectus. Still unsure? Ask. Please.

Ok.  So you’ve successfully mastered the number one rule of successful show entries. If you only do one step, this is the most important take away. But if you want to take yourself from appropriate to awesome, read on…

2) Did you include a statement that explains why you feel THIS particular piece belongs in THIS particular show?

Maybe you think your entry’s appropriateness is obvious. But we don’t live in your brain. Give us a little something about your piece as it pertains to the prospectus. This is all the more important if your piece is abstract or if your piece makes an unusual interpretation of the show guidelines. Pieces with relevant text are greatly preferred by members weighing in on this issue in the EBSQ Forums. I cannot overemphasize how important it is to include a quality artist statement. And the inclusion of text also makes your work easier to find both on our site and in search engines, so not including a piece-specific statement can actually be detrimental to your success on EBSQ. It’s food for thought!

3) This goes hand-in-hand with #2–Is your statement just a sales pitch?

We understand you want to sell your work. We agree that regular show participation is one of THE best ways to get your work seen on EBSQ, improving your chances of selling your work. But we’ve found that statements that are JUST a sales pitch are a big turn off. We recommend including a piece-specific statement, even if it’s short, before going into your pitch. This keeps regular show voters happy, and we’ve found this actually improves your odds of your work selling to that special someone who fell in love with your work in one of our shows. (Psst! This is also good advice for ALL of the work in your portfolio)

4) Is you piece presented in a professional manner?

Here’s where the more objective quality attributes come into play. Is your piece properly cropped? Is there glare? Is it in focus? It doesn’t matter if it’s the most brilliant portrait of Caesar ever painted and epitomizes everything about the prospectus, plus has a pitch-perfect artist statement included. If it’s not a quality jpeg, you’ve just shot yourself in the foot.

And finally:

5) Is your piece any good?

Well…the show voters will certainly weigh in, but in the end, only you can answer that one!

So–did we miss anything? What do YOU think makes an exhibit entry stand out from the crowd in a good (rather than a cringe-worthy) way?

April 2011 Art Exhibit Award Winners Announced

We’re pleased as Punch to announce our award-winning art for April 2011:
1WC: Enigmatic

Member's Choice Winner "Babyface" by Valerie Meijer
Member's Choice Winner "Babyface" by Valerie Meijer

Robots 2011

TIE: Member's Choice Winner "Perl" by John Thompson
TIE: Member's Choice Winner "Perl" by John Thompson
TIE: Member's Choice Winner "Thunder Robot" by George Bryan Ward
TIE: Member's Choice Winner "Thunder Robot" by George Bryan Ward

Cat and Mouse

Member's Choice Winner "Cat and Mouse" by John Thompson
Member's Choice Winner "Cat and Mouse" by John Thompson

Flower of the Month: Amaryllidaceae

Member's Choice Winner "Paisley Amaryllis" by Alma Lee
Member's Choice Winner "Paisley Amaryllis" by Alma Lee

You can view all of our award winners for this month, as well as see what’s coming next, in the Exhibits section of EBSQ.

Time’s running out to enter February art exhibits

If you haven’t yet, you still have a few days left to enter one (or more!) of our monthly exhibits for February 2011:

Art Exhibit The Art of Dance

We invite all works of art depicting dancing in all of its forms. We strongly recommend all artists include in their statement information about why and how they chose to create their piece, as statements can enhance the experience for the online viewer. We also encourage you to include detail shots of your entries. This will allow the viewer to fully appreciate your work as small details can…

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Art Exhibit Paris

Artists have long had a love affair with the City of Lights. Show us your take on Paris. We strongly recommend all artists include in their statement information about why and how they chose to create their piece, as statements can enhance the experience for the online viewer. We also encourage you to include detail shots of your entries. This will allow the viewer to fully appreciate your work as…

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Art Exhibit In the Winter Garden

We have another unusual botanical show for you this month: show us outdoor plants in winter. Evergreens, shrubs with berries, and even winter-blooming plants. We strongly recommend all artists include in their statement information about why and how they chose to create their piece, as statements can enhance the experience for the online viewer. We also encourage you to include detail shots of you…

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Art Exhibit One Word Concept: Plural

This month’s word: PLURAL. Unlike our traditional EBSQ exhibits which are very structured, the point of EBSQ “one word concepts” is to present you a word and leave it totally open to your interpretation. Take your word anywhere you like. Just make sure your finished work relates in some obvious way to this month’s word. There are no media restrictions. Any and all materials may be used…

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The deadline to enter February exhibits is 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 28 February 2011.  Voting runs through March 7th. Winners will be announced on March 8th.

Here’s what you can look forward to in March 2011:

Art Exhibit Rhinoceros

Is there anything more preposterous than an artist-made rhinoceros? Show us yours!

Art Exhibit On the Go: Motion Photography

Show us your best motion captures. Both digital and traditional film photographs are welcome.  Juried by Eric Schmadel

Art Exhibit Bonsai

This month’s focus is the Art of Bonsai. In art

Art Exhibit One Word Concept: Familiar

This month’s word: FAMILIAR

So–8 shows for your consideration, including our first juried show of the 2011 exhibition season.  Go create something awesome!