Happy Holidays from Team EBSQ

‘Happy Holidays from EBSQ!’ 

I hope you enjoy this collection of beautiful art from Team EBSQ! EBSQart.com is made up of artists, photographers, crafters, and people who simply love art.


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Christmas Holly Wat…

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Aceo Print Reproduc…

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$15.00

Old St. Nick Acryli…

$299.00

ACEO Kitty Cat Unde…

$5.00

Holiday Penguin & C…

$16.50

Candy Striped DRAGO…

$9.99

Basset Christmas Gi…

$25.00

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$3.50

SALE Large Origina…

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Bird Chickadee Art …

$18.00

Winter trees Art Pr…

$30.00

HAVANESE Dog Reinde…

$50.00

Skeybadge art badge…

$12.50

Cozy Fireplace

$3.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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EBSQ Friday Five

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

Holiday Tree by Gretchen Del Rio

1. Holiday Tree – Cats plus Christmas Trees. Need I say more? Artist Gretchen Del Rio captures the more light-hearted side of this yearly phenomena.

2. Tis the Season “Things with Wings” – Check out the latest whimsical art from Sherry Key! These will be available for Nibblefest in the coming month.

3. Time-lapse Movie: Season’s Between – I never tire of watching Brenda Boylan’s time-lapse movies. It’s fascinating to see her pastel paintings to come to life!

4. Meet Steampunk Edna – Steampunk is cool. Steampunk and Zombies are awesome! Check out the latest creation from Michele Lynch, from beginning to end.

5. Artist’s Journal Workshop – Congratulations are in order for Cathy Johnson, who’s new book on artist’s journals will be out next year. Keep an eye out for the cover; which she will reveal on her blog in the coming months.

 

Happy Holidays!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Cathy Santarsiero

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a holiday season staple. Her fun, and often mischievous Corgi’s always bring a smile. I couldn’t think of a better way for December to begin!

Cathy Santarsiero

Who and where are you?

Thanks for inviting me, Amanda! My name is Cathy Santarsiero. I’m an artist, illustrator, writer and crafter. I work pretty much in a niche market. While I certainly do on occasion create other works, my main focus is Corgi dogs. I just love them so much. They truly are magical little creatures. I mostly create miniature scenes featuring my signature corgi characters. I live in Northern Westchester County, New York with my husband John, children, corgis, cats, chickens and other wee beasties. I am the creator of The Christmas Corgi Blog which can be found at http://www.christmascorgi.blogspot.com.

Bodacious Bone Bonanza by Cathy Santarsiero

How did you get started art blogging?

A friend suggested that it might be fun for me to create a blog. I barely knew what a blog was. I do not pride myself at being the most computer proficient individual so I resisted doing it for quite a while. One sleepless night I played around on the computer and created my first blog post which simply consisted of introducing one of my Corgi dogs. I was amazed that I was actually able to post her photo. I wondered what could I possibly write about and for that matter, who would read it anyway? I did manage to post a few of my paintings that I had offered for sale on eBay and links to my EBSQ portfolio. From there, I spent hours teaching myself how to add other things to the blog. There was a lot of trial and error.  God bless whoever invented html editors. Five plus years later I find myself feeling like I need to have a camera at the ready at all times to capture a blog worthy moment! I’m sure there are easier ways to do some of the things I do. I wish I could bribe a computer geek with lasagna to come over and give me a proper lesson one day.

Cosmopolitan Corgi by Cathy Santarsiero
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Make any photos you put on your blog the best they can be. Don’t be afraid to crop a piece of your art as a ‘teaser’ with a link to your auction or portfolio so your readers can click over to read more about it where you want them to. Try and remember to put a watermark over your artwork or disable right clicks if you don’t want something stolen. It happens, and has happened to me. I’ve read lots of do’s and don’ts about what one should put on a blog. Look at all of those opinions like a buffet, take what you like and leave the rest.

Some people like a ‘clean’ or simple blog. Some people like a more fanciful or ornate blog. Some people loathe having music on a blog. Some love it. I love it and love to hear other people’s playlists too. I get so many emails from people who tell me how much they love the music I post. People can always turn off their speakers. You can’t please everyone. Like your art, try and make your blog an expression of yourself. Then it will be authentic and real and your readers will appreciate the honesty in that. Do what makes you happy.

Don’t worry so much about how many comments you get. Lots of people read blogs from RSS feeds or other links now and it is just a pain to always comment. Put a ‘feedjit’ on your blog if you want to see if people are visiting! You will be surprised.

Try and acknowledge comments and emails as much as possible. You may not be able to devote a lot of your time to blogging if you are a working artist, and people know that, but do try to at least answer questions if you can. I read every comment and try and answer every email. I must admit that I am especially partial to emails that contain photos of reader’s Corgis!

Make friends with other artists and be generous with linking to their work and they will do the same for you. A rising tide floats many boats.

Little Corgi Ornament by Cathy Santarsiero
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I have such eclectic taste in music. You could walk in and find me listening to anything from Vivaldi to Metallica to Country music to Gregorian chants depending on my mood and what I’m working on.  I find it fun and inspiring to listen to Christmas music when I’m working on holiday themed art, so you could very well find me painting to Carol of the Bells with the air conditioner blasting in the middle of July. I’m kind of hooked on iTunes too. I just downloaded Jackie Evancho’s little Christmas album. 10 years old? Seriously? Wow. Right now I am listening to Blackmore’s Night Winter Carols. Sometimes when I’m painting I have audiobooks on. I feel like I’m combining two loves when I do that, painting and reading. Now if I could just figure out how to cook while painting and reading I’d be all set. Oh wait, I guess I could break out the old crockpot.

Flying Lessons by Cathy Santarsiero
What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m finishing up a piece with Corgis and hedgehogs and a few commissions right now as well as a few more requested Christmas items and then a few more commissioned pieces for January. I wish I had a clone. Or a butler. Or a clone and a butler. Or a few more hours of energy and daylight each day. I’m not complaining though. I’m so blessed to be a working artist and be able to do what I love.

http://www.christmascorgi.blogspot.com/

Thank you Cathy 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.

A Baby Changes Everything by Betty Stoumbos
A Baby Changes Everything by Betty Stoumbos

1. New Christmas Angel Painting – Above is just a snap shot of Betty Stoumbos’ new Christmas angel! It’s definitely that time.

2. What Stop Animation Taught Me – A must read, whether or not you are a fan. Personally? I love Stop Animation, especially the holiday classics like Rudolph. Read what The Smelly Rhino artist, Rebecca Salcedo has to say.

3. Studio Update – The lovely Torrie Smiley has a new show coming up; which will mean new paintings too! Read all about it.

4. Gadgets for Photographers – This has to be the most awesome gadget I’ve seen for photographers and would make a great gift. It’s called Gorillapod. I want!! Thank you’s to Stacey Zimmerman for sharing it with us.

5. The Happiest of Holidays – I’ve probably saved the best for last. Check out Sarah John Afana’s Christmas spirit. 😉

 

Have a great weekend!!

EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. The 2010 Great Penguin Invasion – Some of us at EBSQ are already thinking of the holidays, including the talented Stephanie D’Aigle. I do believe these are the cutest beads I’ve ever seen!

Penguin Beads by the Beaded Heron

2. November 2010: Allow – Did you know EBSQ has their own Mandala Guru? Every month artist, Maureen Frank posts a Mandala of the month. This month’s theme is “Allow.”

3. A Corgi Puppy’s Christmas Surprise – Cathy Santarsiero, a Corgi artist and lover, has artwork in the upcoming Christmas book, The Watching. Check her blog for preorder details.

4. It’s a Left-Handed Thing – Are you a left-handed artist? Sherry Key is, and she’d love to hear about your experiences!

5. More on Sales – Many of us are talking about it, behind the scenes, the state of sales and the outlook this holiday season. Claudia Roulier has a three part discussion on sales, prices and how far will you go?

 

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Rebecca M. Ronesi

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Rebecca M. Ronesi

Hot Pink Dragon Fly Ball Candle Holder - Rebecca M. Ronesi

For the holiday season I paint glass “Dragonfly Balls” They’re ornaments that can be hung on a tree or keep around all year long. I have different themes every year. Besides loving to paint, it gives me the opportunity to play with sparkle…I love sparkle. This idea came from my own desire to collect unusual holiday ornaments from other artists and different parts of the world. – Rebecca M. Ronesi

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Lisa Monica Nelson

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Lisa Monica Nelson

Martha, a Black Cat Cookie Angel Art Doll Ornie - Lisa Monica Nelson

As much as I love the holidays, I love making a few pieces of holiday art each year. Be it Halloween or Christmas or even Fourth of July, it’s a fun endeavor that adds to the richness of the season. Now that I have grandchildren, it’s wonderful to see the older two (ages 4 and 2) making glitter stars and cotton ball snowmen. I’m a member of two juried holiday art groups — both of which sell on Etsy — American Holiday Artists (AHA) and Magical Holiday Artists (MHA).   Please come visit us, or perhaps consider joining us, if you too enjoy holiday art. Happy Holidays! – Lisa Monica Nelson

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