Team EBSQ: Must have Monday

Cherries, a tasty treat and a sign of spring. How can you not love them?

Cherry Arrangement by Christine E. Striemer
Cherry Arrangement by Christine E. Striemer
Cherry Blossoms by the Lake by Rebecca Salcedo
Cherry Blossoms by the Lake by Rebecca Salcedo
Cherry Blossoms Pendant by Jeanne Forsyth
Cherry Blossoms Pendant by Jeanne Forsyth

Check out more artist made earrings from our EBSQ galleries.  Please take a moment to explore art from our featured artists Christine E. Striemer, Rebecca Salcedo, and Jeanne Forsyth.

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EBSQ Spotlight on Still Life: Torrie Smiley

This month’s featured gallery is Still Life. A still life is a collection of inanimate objects depicted in an artistic composition and is a genre that has always been a staple for artists. Setting up a still life is an exercise in composition. Painting or photographing the composition is an exercise in technique. The result of these efforts is a work of art. Throughout the month of January, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s still life artists.

Torrie Smiley

Cherries and Shadows - Torrie Smiley

What do I find compelling about Still Lifes is such a hard question to answer! I had to really think about it and what I discovered, to my amazement, is I love still life paintings. So many times when I set up to paint just for fun, it is still life. Landscapes and portraits seem like work.

When visiting galleries, I always gravitate toward the still life paintings. The different compositions- the setup, the lighting, the everyday objects depicted in a way to capture your imagination. The differences in technique can make the same still life look so different. I love detailed realistic still life and at the same time enjoy loose impressionistic still life paintings.

I often find myself looking at everyday objects the way the light is hitting it, the random placement, and immediately I think “that’s a painting”. I was in eating at a restaurant in Ohio not long ago and from across the room I saw their water table set up, the light was hitting it in such a way it was beautiful. I immediately grabbed my camera and discretely took several photos.

I guess what I am randomly trying to say is, I never set out to be a still life painter – my brain just led me that way. – Torrie Smiley

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