EBSQ Friday Five: Snow Day

We’ve had better weeks here at EBSQ, but up’s and down’s are a part of life, as are snow days. Snow days are those days off allotted to schools when inclement weather hits. They throw everyone off schedule, the schools, parents, work, etc. But sometimes a change of pace can be a good thing, it can open a door to new ideas and creative adventures. Today’s Friday Five invites you to try something new.

Eowyn and Faramir by Aimee Dingman - Linocut print on parchment
Eowyn and Faramir by Aimee Dingman – Linocut print on parchment
Raku Leaf by Deborah Sprague
Raku Leaf by Deborah Sprague
Queen for a Day by Sherry Key - Acrylic, collage on canvas
Queen for a Day by Sherry Key – Acrylic, collage on canvas
Artist Book by Lisa Monica Nelson - Mixed Media
Artist Book by Lisa Monica Nelson – Mixed Media
Amber by Jo Hards - Cloth
Amber by Jo Hards – Cloth
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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Took Gallagher

Artist Took Gallagher

Who and where are you?

I am Took Gallagher, a self-taught artist living in Northville, Michigan. I have a never-ending curiosity and I am very easily entertained and amused. I find a lot of my inspiration in song lyrics and random phrases. I am an active Art-o-mat artist, as well as the host of two Art-o-mat machines in the Detroit area. I love my cats, Detroit Derby Girls roller derby, cotton candy, and playing Magic: the Gathering.

Bingo by Took Gallagher

How did you get started art blogging?

I was first inspired by the multi-talented Elin Waterston (who is also a fellow Art-o-mat artist) who was doing a carving a day for her 365 Project. I followed in her footsteps and my blog began as a way for me to work daily on my various Art-o-mat series. After the first year was completed, I took a little time off from daily blogging and really missed it. This year I returned to the 365 format to do a sort of daily Creative Progress Report.

Chime Cat Visits Cloud City by Took Gallagher

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Photos — links — show us what you are talking about. Don’t get hung up on the writing aspect of the blog. Speak in your own voice…it is much more fun and it helps the words to flow… and your readers will get to know “you”. (P.S. — Spell Check is your friend!)

Finger Puppet Art by Took Gallagher

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I turn my iTunes on “shuffle” and listen to random songs. I love Slade, Arthur Brown, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Laura Nyro, Motorhead, Hall & Oates,The Cure, The Decemberists, A Perfect Circle, Syd Straw, Jethro Tull, funk, Motown, world music, British Blues, British Invasion, metal, rock…actually I like a lot of different music…it would probably be easier to say what I don’t like.

Collaboration Art by Took Gallagher

What can we expect to see next from your studio?

More plaster cloth sculpture, relief prints, collage, mixed media assemblages. Plus plenty of collaborative projects — like my series “Penciled In” — I make the drawings and artist friends add their own special touches with colored pencils.

http://fraughtwmeaning.blogspot.com/

Thank you Took for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Friday Five

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

Divining by Elis Cooke

1. Divining – Elis Cooke’s new painting is part of a series incorporating collage. I love artists who have the gift of blending collage into their paintings. Gorgeous!

2. 10 Ways to Established your place in this World as an Artist – Excellent post by Stacey Zimmerman. I always find it interesting to read another artists outlook on making it in this world.

3. Local Bindery Saves – Sara Burrier takes us on a journey to find the best printer for postcards.

4. Earth Day Sale – Artist at EBSQ are already gearing up for Earth Day on April 22nd. Kylie Marie, of Lotus out Loud, is one such artist. Check her blog for details on the Etsy sale beginning this weekend!

5. Are you an EBSQ artist who blogs? Do you write noteworthy articles? I want you in my feed reader! Contact me at EBSQ.

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five: Fresh Pressed Art

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week it’s all about December’s fresh pressed art!

1. Sunny Journey by Fawn McNeil

Sunny Journey by Fawn McNeil

2. Dylan Reading by Kathy Jurek

Dylan Reading by Kathy Jurek

3. Kelly by Drusilla Kehl

Kelly by Drusilla Kehl

4. Purple by Vickie Miller

Purple by Vickie Miller5. Heart Collages by Janell Berryman

Heart Collages by Janell Berryman

 

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: PQ Ribber

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

PQ Ribber

Among - PQ Ribber

The medium of digital has opened up whole new possibilities for me and my art. I’ve always wanted to do collages of classic, old, imagery. Digital has allowed me to ‘gut’ the best of old illustration/advertising/Victorian trade cards and other materials that previously were not the sort of thing one would take a scissors to. It is paint without paint, light in the darkness, halls of mirrors and worlds of magic. The other amazing thing about digital is that it ‘democratises’ art – everyone can have a copy that is every bit as ‘good’ as anyone else’s. Art is meant to be seen and appreciated (hopefully), after all. – PQ Ribber

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EBSQ Spotlight on Digital Art: Kevin Wells

This month’s featured gallery is Digital Art. Digital Art is not defined by one genre or style but rather the means used to create it. With the advance of digital tools and software, anything is possible. Like any medium, Digital Art requires the talent, patience, skill, and creativity of the artist to come alive. Digital Art is limited only by the imagination (and skill) of the artist. This month we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Digital artists.

Kevin Wells

Bomber #2 Kevin Wells

The art I’ve made in digital mediums is creating collages with my photographs in Photoshop by taking each photo and manipulating them, sometimes radically, changing the hues, cropping, etc., and layering them within a composition as transparencies. Also adding line art that I’ve scanned and again manipulated to get the colors and effects i want. Finally “painting” on the piece with Photoshop’s airbrush and paint software that’s built-in. It’s a technique i discovered in college that i became comfortable with because of the total freedom it allows. It naturally turned me toward these modern graphic pop Robert Rauschenberg type of images because that what hit me when i first discovered Photoshop. Earlier than this, on Microsoft Paint, standard on all PC’s, I began literally drawing or painting with the program much the same way I would do an oil painting, with an underpainting, and then building it up in blocks of color and using the “airbrush” tool to soften edges in certain places. When you say “Digital Art”, you’re really describing art made with computer software and photography, where said software is just another tool or medium, the same as oil paints or pastels. – Kevin Wells

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Maria Greene

This weeks EBSQ blogger of the week is a well of creativity. She takes her love of color and shapes then applies it to painting, jewelry, clay, mosaics, you name it! Her whimsical designs are an inspiration to all.

Who and where are you?

My name is Maria Greene and I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Art has always run like a red thread through my life, during my years as a full-time writer, and now, a home decor shop owner.  Art influences all the areas of my life, my sense of vision of the world around me, my gratitude for being alive, and my ability to express myself through various art forms.  Art adds appreciation of shapes and color, especially in Nature, one of my favorite places to be!

Heart and Soul, mixed media 12 x12"

How did you get started art blogging?

I was reading a lot of art blogs and decided to start one myself a couple of years ago.  At first I thought to write it through the viewpoint of my cat, but he’s too flippant!  I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs, and I walk around with my camera for good pictures to share.  Pictures sometimes inspire posts that I might not have thought of before.

Polymer Clay Mosaic Tile Mirror, 9.5 x11.5"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Write about your passion!  If you don’t know what that is, blog to excavate that from your inner self.  Many people  can relate to that search, and feel inspired from reading about it.  How-to’s about the process of your work are good to blog about, or any kind of tip pertaining to your area of expertise.  Don’t be afraid of the personal touch; that’s what will bring in your readers.  Blogging will bring you a lot of new wonderful friends all over the world!

Sands of Time, mixed media 14x18"

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I like Blues artists a lot, but to be honest, I don’t listen to music that often when I work on my art.  I find that it distracts me.

Balance, acrylic 24 x 36

What’s coming next from your easel?

My passions are too many count.  One day I’m painting, the next, collaging.  Then I move on to jewelry design and torch-fired enamel beads.  I also make unique polymer clay mosaic tiles that I use in a variety of projects. My next finished art piece will be (I hope) a collage-mermaid-painting-mosaic tile adventure, an 18×24” wall art project. I’m about half way there!

http://greeneearthoriginals.blogspot.com/

Thank you Maria for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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