EBSQ 1:1 – What’s your most creative time of day?

John Wright

My most creative time of day is early morning. I like get up, make a cup of coffee and get straight down to painting. Still being half asleep seems to make the work and ideas flow much easier than later in the day.

Buttercups by John Wright

So Jeo LeBlond

My most creative time of day is late at night after the kids have been tucked into bed. The house is still and quiet and I know there will be no interruptions. The phone will not ring, no one at the door, even the pets are sleeping peacefully. I can submerge myself wholly in my work and time just goes by without my notice, this is when my best work is created.

War of the Roses by So Jeo LeBlond

Carolyn Schiffhouer

My most creative time of the day is usually when the muse strikes me and I never know when that is going to happen. I will say, though, that many of those times seem to happen when the day is almost over and everything is quiet. Nothing pulls me away from creating and that is nice!

Soaring by Carolyn Schiffhouer


EBSQ1:1 – What’s your can’t-live-without art supply?

Torrie Smiley

The one thing I can’t do without is my shoplight and OttLite. I have a day job and often paint at night. My vision is very poor in the evening and I could not paint without a good light. I have 1000 watt halogen shoplight for the room. I use an OttLite for my small paintings. The OttLite can be very expensive, I bought mine on sale at Christmas and glad I did.

The Random Five by Torrie Smiley

Andrée Chenier

My can’t live without art supply is sterling silver. I could use brass or copper but silver is much nicer to work with than those other metals, and not just because of its colour. It’s smoother to saw through, the solder joints aren’t as obvious and you can do things with it you can’t do with brass or copper, like depletion guild it.

Silver Horse Necklace by Andree Chenier

Christine Striemer

This is a tough question. I am a simple painter. I use paint, water, brushes, palette knives, gesso and canvas. I can not live without any one of those supplies. I really have no tricks or secrets to offer. I can tell you that my most replaced supply would be script liner brushes and detail round brushes of various sizes.

Oranges and Linen by Christine Striemer

Laura Barbosa

My most important art supply are “Oval Poly Sponges” They are synthetic and blend all my background colors better than any brush I have ever used. They are resistant to chemicals and grease and hold only water so they are ideal for acrylic application. I also use one for finishing my paintings with protective varnish because they make an even application. The cleanup is easy, just rinse and squeeze with warm water.

Goldfish Spirits by Laura Barbosa

Lisa Wiktorek

At Crafts Charms and Collectibles, we could not live without our photo CHARMS!!!!! Our jewelry is all about the theme, our theme is encased in our handmade photo CHARMS.

Vintage Cupids Charm Bracelet by Lisa Wiktorek

Sherry Key

Well, I think every new art supply I get is one I can’t do without. I’ll pass up new shoes or clothes for new little art goodies. But if a non-artist came to my studio they would think I had a colored pencil fetish. That’s the basis of two thirds of my artwork over the last couple of years, and the one I would hate to do without.

The Lone Range-er by Sherry Key

EBSQ 1:1 – What inspires you?

Fall by HarlanJeanne Harlan-Marriott

The beauty of nature has always been my greatest source of inspiration, but I find inspiration in many different areas. Sometimes I will just browse photos on the web and other times I’ll go specifically looking for a particular subject matter. Often it is the colors that dazzle me and get my creative juices flowing. Another invaluable source of inspiration is my artist friends! Art inspires Art!

Mats Eriksson

Harvest Time by Mats ErikssonI sometimes get inspired when I take a walk in the city (Stockholm) or in a nearby forest. The majestic trees that partly covers the sunshine on the ground with all green color tones. Mossy roots and maybe some mushrooms. I Stockholm there are quite a few viewpoints where I get a panorama over the city – also very inspiring. I go to a gym a few days a week, and some of the people there have bodies that inspires me to paint nudes. A dream or a sudden inner ‘picture’ can inspire me to make the more abstract works.

Lisa Miller

I am inspired by the simple everyday things that most people don’t notice.

Keys by Lisa Miller

I see the ordinary as extraordinary.

Luiza Vizoli

Tulips by Luiza VizoliI have many things that inspire me. I look at the world around me and whatever grasps me at the moment, I paint. The type of colors, materials and designs also greatly influence me. I love bold colors and try to incorporate them in my art as much as possible. Coming into contact with new materials and new techniques makes me excited to incorporate them in my artwork. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature as well. It is beautifully crafted and I find splendor and inspiration anywhere I look, no matter the season.

For my more religious paintings, I use my faith as my muse.

Roy Alba

Wave Runners by Roy AlbaWhen I decided to dedicate my website to The Greatest Generation I thought I would mostly play 1940’s music from the time they were young. Also, the salute I gave to the pretty lady with the magical voice wasn’t yet born, nor were many of us. So I temporarily removed my painting of her. However, I still paint to her music and thought which musician could inspire more than Sarah Brightman and her orchestra? She has so many songs I could still pick them to go with the 1940’s scenes. This web site gives credit where its due. Why not tell the truth and at the same time give credit to the generation that so well deserves it?

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Nico Niemi

Who and where are you?

My name is Nicole Marie Winkelman, but I still use the nickname Nico and my maiden name Niemi for my artwork. I have loved creating artwork for as long as I can remember. My mother is an artist as well and was a source of inspiration for me from a young age. I’ve traveled the country but always reside in Wisconsin, and currently live in Waukesha.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I joined Facebook to keep in touch with distant friends and relatives who already used it. After exploring other art pages I realized how easy it is to create one, I made one for myself.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Invite your friends to your page when you first start out, let anyone else who is interested in your artwork know you have the page, and post artwork as often as you can. People love pictures! Have information about where to find your artwork if they’d like to own some, and how to contact you. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t always get the ‘likes’ you’re looking for-getting going can take a little time.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

My favorite feature would have to be sharing. When people share your artwork it broadens your reach and brings so many more people in-some who might never have looked for your artwork in the first place. Facebook makes your art so easy to find for anyone who has it, and makes interaction with anyone who is interested easy as well. I really like just about all the features it has.

What’s coming next from your studio?

All sorts of things! There will be fantasy creatures, and brilliant colors, some holiday items, but definitely more cat-themed artwork. I have a new kitten in my home and he is a source of inspiration I literally can’t ignore.

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EBSQ 1:1 with Dawn Hough Sebaugh

Who and where are you?

I was born in North Carolina and currently live in the San Diego, California area. I received a BA in Marketing from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina and a Degree in Color and Design from Parson’s School of Design in New York and also attended fine arts programs at Denver University in Colorado. I have been painting organic abstracts for over 30 years. My muse is PASSION…using Color and Texture. I paint in both acrylic and oil. I also believe in giving back so I donate paintings to numerous charities.

How did you become involved in the RAWards?

I actually got an email from the director of Raw Artists (who had seen my painting on line) asking if I would participate in their next show. I looked at the venue and thought “wow…I’ll be displaying my work on a 12 foot long chain link fence. I’ve never done that…how cool! ”. I also love the fact that Raw Artists supports the art, music, fashion, and entertainment community!

What happens if you win and how can fans vote for you?

The semi-final event is Friday November 16th at 7:00 until 12:00 am at 4th and B St San Diego. This is a LIVE VOTE event so you must attend to vote. I really hope if you are in the area you will stop by and VOTE!


There are some great prizes!

Write up in Arts N Fashion Magazine, write up in the Upchuck Magazine, Print package from Impact Visual Arts, Gift Card from Visual Shop, Placement at an Artist Show at Graffiti Beach, Photo Studio time at Industry Showroom, Placement on Gallery Wall at Industry Showroom, Placement at the San Diego Indie Fest 2013, Placement at an Atre Fresca, Winners interview from Charles Thi, and a Placement at a RAW: San Diego Show 2012 plus even more perks!

When the awards are over, what’s next for you?

That’s a hard one! If I would be lucky enough to win…”Look Out! The skies the limit!” I will of course continue to create and sell my paintings at shows, galleries and on-line. I believe I will start helping to mentor more young artists and get them involved in the San Diego art culture.

Thanks to all who have supported my art and to all of you who can attend this event and hopefully vote for me!


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EBSQ 1:1 with Windi Rosson on The Painted Bra Project

Who and where are you?

Windi Rosson, Owner/Artist of Winjimir Studio in Ga.

How did you find out about the Painted Bra Project and what made you want to participate?

I first found out about the Painted Bra Art Project last year, when fellow EBSQ artist Tracey Allyn Greene (Tag’s Cats) participated. But I had missed all the dead lines and vowed to submit work to it this year.

I wanted to do it, because there are many people in my life that have been affected by various forms of cancer, this was my way of being able to help out. Even if it is just a little bit, it’s all for a common goal and good cause…plus I got to figure out how paint on a bra.

Tell us a little about the bras you painted. Was there anything special you had to do to prepare them?

My “Moundnet” bra was treated with a few layers of fabric paste. Since I am an impressionist painter with a fondness of texture it was important that I be able to create that on the bra. The pink hues in the sky and the texture made me think of Monet, hence the name.

The “snowflake” bra was spray painted a few times until I figured out how to get the depth of color I wanted for the background and the snowflakes were created using a stencil from some left over scraps from a card making class I took, which coincidentally is taught by a cancer survivor.

I understand your bras were accepted into a juried online auction, how does that work for folks who’d like to bid?

At first the call was to submit BRA’sterpieces and 100 would be chosen for the auction. This year due to overwhelming response they ended up with about 200 BRA’sterpieces included in the auction. The online auction is held at ThePaintedBraProject.com and anyone can register to bid on items.

There are many other items besides bras available at the auction so please have a look. All of the proceeds will be donated.

Here’s a link to my items: Windi Rosson Painted Bra Project

I have also donated an ArtSkrap™ Pendant and Earring set to the auction.

For those interested in participating maybe next year you can follow the Facebook page, or sign up for the email list on the website.

I would also like to ask that everyone reading this pass on the links to the auction, via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, email,….the more eyes this event gets in front of the better outcome for a great cause.

Thank you Windi and best of luck in the auction!

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EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Melody Cole-Gates

Who and where are you?

My name is Melody Cole-Gates, I am a Visual Artist, mother and wife from Dayton, Ohio. I like to make expressionist figuratives, florals, landscapes and abstracts. I mostly paint positive images of women of color in intimate scenes that reflect motherhood, relationships, African American culture and spirituality for everyone to enjoy.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I was introduced to Facebook by Twitter, lol. I had been a self-represented artist online for about 3 years back then, and decided to do research on the best websites to sell my artwork. Well, I didn’t have far to Google, because the artists I was following on twitter were all tweeting about the new Facebook Fan pages. They liked Facebook, because it was (and still is) a great place for artists to show their work, link to other websites and receive instant feedback from their fans, not to mention reunite with old high school buddies, lol. Of course, I had to sign up! I started my first Facebook Fan page in 2009, as “Studio Meco“. In July 2012, I decided to create a new Facebook page to establish my art under my God-given married name.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

If you have a personal profile page on Facebook, you’re half way there, because you can’t create a Facebook page for your art without having one for yourself. Once you have a page, upload a nice profile picture of you or your artwork to connect instantly with your audience. Make sure to include your bio, email address and the link to your website or art shop to let people quickly find out who you are, what you do, how to contact you and where they can see more of your work. Treat your Facebook photo album like an art portfolio. Title each album, include your best artwork and write details about each piece. Keep your posts short, sweet and simple. I like to post (at least once a week) about my recent sales, latest creations and paintings in progress. Other ideas may be to let everyone know about upcoming shows, events, features and awards you’ve won, etc. Talk about anything you think your audience would be interested in art wise. Engage with your audience in a friendly, upbeat and professional manner, as though you were talking with them one on one inside your studio or over the phone. Answer comments and questions as soon as you can, they’ll appreciate you for it. To get your first few likes, Facebook has a feature that allows you to invite your friends and email contacts to your page or perhaps you’d like to tell them all on your personal Facebook wall (hey that rhymed 🙂 Another way to promote your new Facebook page is by letting everyone know how excited you are about it in your next blog post, maybe tweeting a link to your followers, or leaving a link on all those cool artists’ sites, you’re hanging out in. Remember not to take it personally or get discouraged if everyone you’ve asked to Like your page… doesn’t actually click the Like button. Who knows? They could be admiring your page from a distance 🙂 Hope this helps!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page Feature?

My favorite Facebook page feature is the MESSAGES. Only because potential buyers or someone interested in your artwork can contact you privately if they want. Plus, let’s say you’re working on a commission portrait for a fellow facebooker, through messages you’re allowed to attach and receive photos from your clients without leaving Facebook. How cool is that?

What’s coming next from your studio?

From my studio, you’ll be seeing a lot of warm colors in my palette, like rich beautiful Wines, Limes, Chocolates and Caramels! Right now, I’m working on a bold new series embracing natural beauty. Also, I have a new website and blog that I’ll be launching next month. In 2013, I plan to start displaying my paintings locally here in Dayton, and I’m very excited about it. I have some great new paintings in mind, so be sure to watch out for my freshest art right here on EBSQ.

Thank you!!

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