EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Catherine Darling Hostetter

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.

Catherine Darling Hostetter

Merry Christmas to Ewe - Catherine Darling Hostetter

As an artist, I love to illustrate feelings – they may not actually be what the painting is about, but more what the painting might stir in the viewer. So I guess I would have to say that I paint for myself, because I can’t exactly control what others are feeling! Generally my art brings to me happiness, a peaceful feeling, or something to think about.  Although I often paint realism, I can’t help but infuse my art with whimsy. I couldn’t stay away from painting whimsical if I tried. I love to paint light-heartedly. Frequently, my art follows the seasons and I love to paint with holiday themes. I had a very contented childhood and loved the holidays and was fortunate to have wonderful traditions in our family. I guess I have never quite grown up mentally in that respect (though it’s a shock to look in the mirror these days) because every element of celebrating a holiday still brings excitement and joy to me which I share in my art. I am blessed to be so happy and an artist too! – Catherine Darling Hostetter

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Ann Murray

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.

Ann Murray

Merry Christmas card - Peace Dove by Ann Murray

I’ve been making a hand-made Christmas card for friends, family and art patrons for years. It is a labor of love that I enjoy doing. I start thinking about different designs in September. In October I start sketching, and at the end of November and first of December I put a burn on and start painting the final design. By the time I’m through, the finished card looks nothing like what I started with, but I’m always happy with it. They take many, many hours to design, paint and print and I’ve heard feedback that people look forward to getting my hand-made cards every year. Some people have told me they keep my cards in their art collection after Christmas. Hand-made Christmas cards are really a limited edition fine art print, when it comes right down to it. I especially like trading cards with other artists and art patrons because I know they are the ones who will appreciate all the time and work that goes into them because they’ve been busily making their own holiday cards!

When looking over my past cards, I noticed that I have a theme going. In over half of the cards that I’ve made, I’ve worked in a peace message by using the Peace Dove, Angel, or by working the old Hippy peace sign into the design. Wishing people, animals, and the environment peace seems especially appropriate right now; the world seems to need peace more than ever.

I was particularly happy to find a quote on peace by that great musician, poet and philosopher of my generation, Jimi Hendrix. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will have peace.” Perfectly said, Jimi.

I wish you all Peace, and a very Merry Christmas. – Annie

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Delilah Smith

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.

Delilah Smith

Christmas Mints - Delilah Smith

Christmas is special to most of us. As a child, making the trip into town for the holiday shopping with my parents was an adventure of lights and store fronts.  In those days, trips to town were rare. The streets were decorated in lights and all kinds of Christmas finery. It was a child’s adventure.

Today every house has a yard full of Christmas plastic stuff. Then only Christmas trees were in most homes, and sometimes a wreath on a door. These were in the days before the big box stores; a day when shop keepers decorated their stores with all kinds of wonderful joys to trigger the imaginations and dreams of children. Downtowns were alive.

There were times in my childhood when money was tight; as it is now for many families. Daddy and Mom would make our gifts. I wonder if artists are the only ones who still make gifts. I remember one Christmas when the dollies we saw and wanted could not be purchased. Daddy made a cradle for the one we had and Mom sewed new clothes for our dolls and a bed spread for the cradle. We were so excited Christmas morning with all the new things for our dollies; there was no disappointment we loved our gifts. We had had our dreams of new toys, but loved the things we had gotten just as much because wanting was as much fun as getting.

Maybe someday when I grow up, I will no longer need Christmas. For now I still live in the dreams of Christmas past, Christmas now and all the Christmas’ in the future, when wanting is as important as getting. It is the dream that is important.

As artists we are the dreamers. We live in the Christmas of our soul and like Santa we create. – Delilah Smith

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EBSQ Server Migration and Support Holiday Hours

Merry Christmas from EBSQ!
Two little reindeer (EBSQ kiddos Abbey & Liam) wish you a very Merry Christmas!

EBSQ will be migrating to shiny new servers on Saturday, 26 December 2009 starting at Noon Eastern Standard Time. The current estimated total downtime is between 1 & 2 hours. We picked a weekend we hoped you all would have other plans, so hopefully we chose well! You can stay posted on our progress by following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EBSQ

And one more service-related note: Customer Service  and Tech Support will be limited on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day so our staff can spend the day with their families (and try not to eat all of the Christmas cookies!). If you have a general question, you’re always welcome to stop by our member forums. It’s likely some clueful person will be about to help if they can!

From all of us here at EBSQ, we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday Season and an Artful New Year!

-Amie, Bill, Melissa, Kris Jean, & Natasha

Two days left to give the gift of EBSQ + Permanent Account SALE

TO PROVIDE FREEDOM IS A GIFT WE SHOULD ALL EXPERIENCE by Artist FABIO J NAPOLEONI 

Give the gift of EBSQ this holiday season!

Who says it’s too late to purchase gifts online in time for holiday delivery?  Support your favourite artist by gifting them with a membership to EBSQ. Available as a one-time fee for an annual, biennial, or permanent account. (This is also a great option if you’d like to purchase an account for yourself without an automatic recurring payment.) And what’s better, we can deliver TODAY.

Plus, by popular demand we’ve back our half-off permanent account sale. You’ll be able to purchase a permanent account now  through December 23, 2009 for just $325.  A permanent account means you’ll never have to pay dues again.  Ever. That’s a pretty good value for an unlimited-upload art portfolio! 

With prices scheduled to go up for new memberships in 2010, this is the ideal time to lock in at 2009 rates.

So–finish up your holiday shopping with EBSQ. The artists in your life thank you in advance 🙂

EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Juli Ryan

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.

Juli Ryan

Twelve Days Of Christmas - Juli Ryan

Winter is by far my favorite season because of the holidays.  Holidays have always been a very important part of my life.  I grew up in a troubled family, but somehow Christmases were always perfect!  We lived in the country and we would walk in the snow from house to house caroling.  Our neighbors would then supply us with plenty of Christmas sweets and hot chocolate.  Pure joy!  Our house was always brightly decorated, we would eat wonderful meals together and of course there was Santa!  I would many times be the first child up (I am one of eight) and wait by the tree searching through the presents!

To this day Christmas is a big deal in our house.  I try to pass on this love of the season to my kids.  We bake cookies, make gifts together, and decorate our home. The spirit of giving and love is in the air!  The only thing that is missing is the caroling…I’m still working on that! – Juli Ryan

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Ulrike (Ricky) Martin

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.

Ulrike (Ricky) Martin

Pink Poinsettia - Ulrike (Ricky) Martin

Growing up in Germany, we would usually have snow during the holidays, and snow meant building snowmen! To me it also meant being home by a warm fire and drawing pictures of snowmen and children sledding – to my heart’s content. Christmas was greatly anticipated , since I knew that I would receive more Art supplies and books. (My mother never repeated her mistake of giving me a doll one Christmas – I never gave it a second glance – I was only interested in the colored pencils and drawing paper!)

Now I live in SW Florida , and the temperatures often reach the eighties in December. None the less , when the end of November rolls around, I get the urge to paint snowmen, Santas and my beloved Poinsettias. The warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia and memories of wonderful family Christmas days  are with me – as I paint and paint and paint! – Ulrike (Ricky) Martin

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