1. Harvest on Hold by CES is this week’s featured art from the EBSQ home page! Every Friday I browse the new art and choose one for this blog post. If you want to be featured here, keep creating, keep sharing!
2. Business 101: Basic Business and Financial Practices for Artists – A must read!
3. 20 Things you can Use your Art For – This blog post from Kiri Østergaard Leonard is from a year ago, but it’s one of those articles that don’t have an expiration date.
4. Our September Online Exhibits are open for entries! Take a look at Celebrating Fan Art and FOTM: Sedums. What will you create?
5. Looking for figure drawing lessons online? Proko has everything from beginner to more advanced, gesture drawing to details of the eye:
1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is one of my favorites at EBSQ. Gretchen Del Rio’s Spirit Bear stands out on the EBSQ front page this morning.
2. Voting has begun in the July EBSQ Online Exhibits! Cast your vote now for EBSQ Ripped Off 2014, Flower of the Month: Dianthus, and Plein Air: Found Reflections. Voting ends Aug. 8th.
3. Words can inspire and words can kill your spirit. Surround yourself with positive people. – Need a pick-me-up? Read Will Terry’s blog post: Don’t Let Them Crap on your Art.
4. Too incredible not to share – Artist’s newsagent shop made entirely from felt looks sew real – in pictures.
5. How to Draw the Figure in Charcoal with Steve Huston – Free HD Tutorial from New Masters Academy
1. It was impossible to miss the encaustic painting, The Crimson Tide by Gray Jacobik, on the front page of EBSQ today. Wow!
2. I became acquainted with a new drawing resource online (Thank you, Chris Oatley) called Drawing Tutorials Online. It’s FREE.
3. There’s another drawing video that’s been making the rounds this week – Contour vs. Gesture – Check it out and then browse the site too. Lot’s of great drawing resources to be had.
4. Here’s another gem from Muddy Colors by David Palumbo – Choosing the best lens for your . . . painting?
5. Do you ever compare you art with other artists and feel discouraged? Do you ever think I’m going to learn to paint just like her (or him)? Don’t fall for the trap.
1. I know it’s not anywhere near Christmas yet, but I adore this Minced Pie painting by one of EBSQ’s newest artists, Jacqueline Gomez. Welcome to EBSQ, Jacqueline!
2. I snagged this from Wacom’s 90 Tips on Pinterest – How to breakout on Instagram. This is specifically for artists, illustrators, crafters, etc.
3. The big news of the week of course was the announcement made by the Met – Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images (be sure to read the press release, not everything in the collection is free to use.)
4. Tips for Creating a Newsletter by artist Julie Ann. Do you have a newsletter? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
5. How to Video: Embellishing Digital Art With Gel Medium
1. Today’s featured Friday Five art is The Incongruous Meeting by Shawn Marie Hardy. If you’re not familiar with her art, I invite you to explore her imaginative portfolio!
2. Drawn Today has an excellent podcast on the benefits and pitfalls of social media for artists and the art industry. Listen to it here: Podcast Episode 46: The Social Network.
3. Hands-On Art at the MoMA – Please Touch the Replicas of Lygia Clark’s Work. Really?? Yes.
4. Why a Color Chart and Color Wheel are a MUST-HAVE for Painters via EmptyEasel.com
5. EBSQ Artists, do you have an upcoming exhibition? Let me know and I’ll feature you in the Friday Five. Contact me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com
1. I’d love to see a forest of bluebells like that painted by Janet M Graham in her ACEO, Bluebell Forest. Gorgeous!
2. Thumbnail sketches are a valuable tool for any artist, not matter your medium. Check out EBSQ’s Cathy Johnson’s Tip #131 to learn all about them.
3. Value, highlights, forms, pigments, strokes and more, all in 10 Things… Applying Paint by Gregory Manchess.
4. David Tracy’s Lego art, furniture on show in ‘A Million and One Pieces’ – Yes, Legos!
5. Entries are now being accepted for the May Exhibits: Under the Sea and Flower of the Month: Columbines.
1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Millie Gift Smith! Her painting Lilac Delight is breathtaking.
2. Maureen Franks free Mandala of the Month is titled Change. “What does it mean to change and why do we often fear it?”
3. The April EBSQ Exhibits are now open for submissions: Medieval-Inspired Mosaics and Bluebells. Are you planning a piece for one these shows?
4. Illustrator Kelley McMorris has her own link salad this week – Helpful Advice for Illustrators. Check it out!
5. What’s the difference between instructors and mentors? via The EmptyEasel.com.