Team EBSQ July Showcase: Sunsets

At sunset, Nature is painting for us… day after day… pictures of infinite beauty. 

John Ruskiin

Fountain in the Night by Carolyn Schiffhouer  Tropical Sunset by Melanie Pruitt  Forgotten Summer by Melia Newman

Uncharted Territory by Elis Cooke  Gulf Shore Dreams by Windi Rosson  Sunset Hula by Melanie Pruitt

3 Martini Sunset by Diane Casey  Shakin at Sunset by Diane Casey  Wooded Serenity by Dee Flouton

Abstract Print by Claire Bull  Florida Keys by Dia Spriggs  Sunset over Binigaus by Dee Flouton

High Power Sunset by Nancy Denommee  Sunset Sail by Dee Flouton  African Sunset by Dia Spriggs

Featured above are: Carolyn Schiffhouer, Melanie Pruitt, Melia Newman, Elis Cooke, Windi Rosson, Diane Casey, Dee Flouton, Dia Spriggs, Nancy Denommee, and Claire Bull.

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Team EBSQ May Showcase: Masks

“Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid or something?”
“Oh no. It’s just they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future”
~ The Princess Bride

ed Moon Masquerade Ball by Sherry Key  Monster Mashhk by Dee Flouton

Batman Mask by Dee Flouton  Renaissance Masquerade by Sherry Key

Tinkles Silence of the Lambs by Sherry Key  Masquerade 2 by Dee Flouton

Featured above are: Sherry Key, and Dee Flouton.

Next month’s theme: Facial Features

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Team EBSQ: Down by the Seashore

Melanie Pruitt of The Creator’s Palette is a new member of EBSQ, but she’s already making her mark. Check out this beautiful treasury she curated at Etsy, featuring some of the talented EBSQ sellers!

‘Down By The Seashore’ by TheCreatorsPalette

Enjoy these wonderful creations from EBSQ artists! Search EBSQ Team for more great art!

Memories Beach Pebb…


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Nautilus Shell 68 -…


3 Happy Starfish Ne…


Shell Tribal Neckla…


Treasured Conch – 8…


Zen Spiral, by Caro…


Lilac Sea Foam ACEO…


Aqua Blue Druzy Aga…


Original Landscape …


Fantasy Fish In Ora…


The Ocean is Callin…


2 Pewter Nautilus S…




Queen Conch, origin…


Mermaid Cat Origina…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Technology – a wonderful thing. With the invention of microchips, circuit boards, and digital data – artistry took a high-tech step to a new realm. It opened creative doors with another way to express ones artistic nature. Who knows what will be the next outlet for our creativity – anyone care to guess?

White Orchids Digital Print by Carolyn Schiffhouer available on Artfire
White Orchids Digital Print by Carolyn Schiffhouer available on Artfire
Time Flies digital print by Charlene Murray Zatloukal available on Etsy
Time Flies digital print by Charlene Murray Zatloukal available on Etsy
Winter Winds digital print mousepad by Christi Schwartzkopf available on Zazzle
Winter Winds digital print mousepad by Christi Schwartzkopf available on Zazzle

More Digital Art can be found by  browsing the EBSQ Digital Art Galleries or searching “digital” in all of our EBSQ galleries.

Our talented pool of EBSQ artists also have a healthy amount available sale on the following sites: Artfire, Etsy, Fine Art America,  Redbubble, and Zazzle.

You can find out more about our featured artists on their EBSQ bio pages:  Carolyn Schifhouer  , Charlene Murray Zatloukal and Christi Schwartzkopf.

*If you would like to see your artwork featured on the EBSQ blog, you can find our theme and keyword search list here. (team is only used for Etsy) This is open to all EBSQ artists account holders. You can find out more about signing up here.

Next week: Ferns

Kris Jean, Team EBSQ

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 February’s fresh pressed art!

1. View from Under the Bridge by Barbara Haviland

View from Under the Bridge by Barbara Haviland

2. New Pet Portraits by Rebecca Collins

Braker a Pet Portrait by Rebecca Collins

3. Fractal Wildflowers by Christi Schwartzkopf

Fractal Wildflowers by Christi Schwartzkopf

4. Abstract Painting by Nataera

Abstract Painting by Nataera

5. Makeup Brush by Pati Springmeyer

Makeup Brush by Pati Springmeyer

What a beautiful month February has been!


EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Ruth Jamieson

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an inspiration. It makes so difference what medium she chooses to work in, her art speaks to the heart.

Ruth Jamieson

Who and where are you?

I’m Ruth J Jamieson and thank you for featuring me as blogger of the week.   I’m a visual artist and potter, though I have been on hiatus from clay for a number of years.  I live and work in a little house my family and I built on the beautiful north shore of Lake Nipissing, in northern Ontario, Canada.  My dining room is my studio and I watch the sun travel the sky and watch glorious sunsets many evenings while I work.  I would say my current artistic focus is on photography and fractal art.  I also create many digital art images by combining various elements including my photographs and fractals.

Butterfly Garden by Ruth Jamieson

How did you get started art blogging?

I never really thought about blogging until 2009.  I had begun reading various topical blogs on a semi-regular basis, but felt it was more of a commitment than I was able to make at the time.  Finally though I set up a blog on Blogger and began featuring my artist friends periodically.  My posting frequency dwindled off and my blog languished while I dealt with other issues until late 2010 when I decided that if I was going to blog, I was going to blog regularly.  So now I have my original blog, remixed as “Isn’t This a Fine Kettle of Fish”, in which I now intend to chronicle what is happening in my studio and shops.  I have added two new blogs, THE ZAZZLE REVIEW, and THE ETSY TIMES which feature a Zazzler or an Etsian weekly.  As well I now do an artist feature weekly on my website blog.  So Monday, Wednesday and Friday are now blog posting days at my house.

Time Travel by Ruth Jamieson

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Blog regularly, at least once per week, preferably more often.  Posts don’t have to be long or complicated but they should be genuine and share a little of you with your readers.  Think about the kinds of things you like to read about in other artist’s blogs, what kind of posts keep you coming back to your regularly visited blogs.

It is VERY important to have pictures in every blog post.  Readers like to see what they’re reading about.  Keep your text in short, easy to read paragraphs with white space between them.  Save the fancy flourishy text for titles or effect, the main text should be in a clear, simple, easy to read font, in a color that contrasts with the background.  Be sure to activate links for anything that has a web presence.  CHECK THE LINKS, make sure they work properly.

CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT!  Your blog should link to the rest of your online presence and the rest of your online presence should link to your blog.  This gives you an organized, competent, professional web profile.  Be sure to have easy access for people to join, follow or subscribe to your blog, have a search feature on your blog and make it easy for visitors to share your blog via email, twitter, facebook and other sites if possible.

Be sure to reply to every comment made on your blog.  Check out your followers and their blogs, if they have one (or more).  Network with those blogs and others to build your visibility and draw traffic to your blog and your business.

Summer Kite Flight by Ruth Jamieson

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

I rarely listen to music while working.  I work in my dining room which adjoins the kitchen and living room, so I get to listen to The Weather Network or whatever the family has on television and the sounds of activity in the kitchen.  When everyone is out or elsewhere in the house, I prefer quiet.  The only time I really feel like having music while I work is when I am working on Christmas themed art.  Then I like to have Christmas music playing quietly.

Vessel of Light by Ruth Jamieson

What’s coming next from your easel?

What a question!  I have so much to do this year it boggles my mind.  Currently I am working on a 72 image series, which I want to complete before Pesach begins on April 18.  The series is of the 72 Names of God.  This is a Kabbalistic series.  The images are digital collages of vector graphics, fractal images, photographs and Hebrew and English text.

I have set hefty goals for building my Zazzle shops this year.  In particular I will be tackling more ‘occasion’ oriented images and designs for my newest shop.  This is in addition to building a more robust inventory in my two original Zazzle shops.

I am also trying to keep up with the new EBSQ Fractal Challenge.  I’m liking the challenge as it has prodded me to create some new fractal images.  I have a very large library of existing fractals that I created and work with, but it is good to add more for future use.  Photographically, I continue to follow the seasons as I do each year and add to my inventory of images to draw from when I am creating digital works.  I think I need an assistant just to manage my image inventory.

This is turning into a busy, busy, busy year!

Thank you Ruth 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?

EBSQ Friday Five

Excuse the delay. I like to have all the EBSQ Artist Blogs in my feed reader and that feed reader is not cooperating today. Don’t fret! The show must go on, right?

Lady of the Forest by Sara Burrier
Lady of the Forest by Sara Burrier

1. Lady of the Forest Wip – I love watching an artwork come to life. Check out Sara’s latest WIP!

2. Blue and White – Photography by Micheal Lewis Glover. We saw his work in the recent Classic show at EBSQ and with any luck we’ll see a lot more soon! 😉

3. My Art Day Job – Cathy Darling shares her plan on selling art and also growing as artist behind the scenes.

4. Thinking of Kentucky – Kimberly Vanlandingham is nice and cozy in her Florida home, so why is she thinking of Kentucky?

5. To Catch an Artist off Guard – Yes, I’m plugging my own blog! If you haven’t heard my latest news, check it out! 😉


Have a great weekend!