Friday Five: Gray Jacobik

Gray Jacobik is our current featured artist!

I am a landscape painter who interprets abstractly on three planes that may, or may not, occur simultaneously: the lateral plane, the same as the land and sea itself; aerially, as derived from images of the Earth from space; and from a deep space perspective as provided through the Hubble Space Telescope.

See more of Gray’s Abstract Paintings in his EBSQ Portfolio. You can also find his work at grayjacobikartist.com.

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Friday Five: Cara Shea Berkeley

Cara Shea Berkeley is our current featured artist!

I am a marketing executive living in Nashville, TN. A self-taught artist, I have sold paintings throughout the country and internationally. My work has been exhibited in retail in LA and even used in real estate home staging. Recently I had a piece pulled for a potential room make-over story in Better Homes and Gardens.

See more of Cara’s Abstract Paintings in her EBSQ Portfolio. You can also find her on Etsy at CaraSheaBerkeley.

EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs

Have you run out of ideas for your next blog post? EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs will feature some of the more creative posts our artists are taking advantage of to spice up their blogs.

Feature an Artist on your BlogToday’s Tip: The Featured Artist

Featuring another artist on your blog is an excellent change of pace to the day in, day out posts about your own art. It’s also a great way to show your admiration for a fellow artist. But did you know it’s a way to drive more traffic to your blog too? When you feature an artist that artist naturally tells their fans, friends and family they’ve been featured. It’s a win for both the blogger and the artist.

What does it take?

A featured artist post doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as introducing the artist, telling your readers why you admire their work, and sharing some of their art. Or you could turn the post into an interview, like our own EBSQ Blogger of the Week features. Prepare a set of questions and approach one of your favorite artists today!

Rules of Thumb

  1. Always ask the artist’s permission before posting their artwork to your blog.
  2. Invite your featured artist to respond to questions and comments on their post.
  3. Have a plan for sharing your blog post across various social networks so you gain the most exposure possible!

A few EBSQ artists who have taken advantage of the “featured artist” post include Miriam Schulman (Blog), Sherry Key (Blog), and Melanie Pruitt (Blog).

EBSQ Friday Five

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

Name this painting by Jeanne Forsyth

1. Look’n for a title – Jeanne Forsyth’s new painting needs your help, it’s without a name! Stop by her blog to learn more about this painting and share your ideas for a title.

2. Letraset Feature – Mark Satchwill’s amazing ProMarker artworks have been featured over at Letraset. Go show your support!

3. As seen on T.V. – Jennifer Lommers has some amazing news!!! That’s all I’m saying, you’ll have to visit her blog for the news.

4. Thoughts about Critics – Maggie Stoller has some insightful thoughts on critics and our peers–other artists. If you don’t like another artist’s work, do you tell them?

5. I’m a Cover Girl – More congratulations are in order for Melanie Douthit, who’s art has been featured on the cover of her home town’s visitor guide. Congratulations!

Have a great weekend folks and keep blogging!

An interview with EBSQ Artist Natasha Wescoat

How long have you been creating?

I have been creating since age 3. Professionally since 22.

What’s your media of choice?

Acrylics on canvas, mixed media for illustrations and vector for design.

What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?

Photography, reading novels outside my own interests, attending small concerts, writing, educating myself through the arts and philosophies, travel.

What are your motivations for creating?

I think I have a form of ADD/ADHD and OCD that forces me to create. I have compulsive energy and creating something helps calm that down. Really!

[read more at Natasha’s portfolio]

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EBSQ Announces Revamped Featured Artist Program

Art: Yarni Girl by Artist Lori Rase Hall
Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall

EBSQ has been doing artist interviews for almost as long as we’ve been online (for those keeping track, that’s almost 9 years!). The one question we’ve been asked time and again is, “I want to be featured; how do I do that?” In the past, it’s always been an editorial decision. But lately, we’ve been wondering, “People actually want to apply; why not let them?” So long as you’re a paid member in good standing, you’re eligible. (not yet a paid artist member of EBSQ?  Join now!)

And so we’re excited to introduce our revamped Featured Artist interview program. Here’s how the application process will work:

Send us a photo of yourself along with 5 jpegs that best represent your art right now as well as answer up to 5 of the following questions:

 

  • How long have you been creating?
  • What’s your media of choice?
  • What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?
  • What are your motivations for creating?
  • What other artists or movements inform your work?
  • How do you know when a piece you’re working on is done?
  • What do you find stimulating right now? How does this influence your creative process?
  • What brought you to EBSQ?
  • What are some of your artistic goals for the future?
  • What would you like your fellow EBSQ artists and our collectors to know about you and/or your work?

Send your jpegs and text via email to featured@ebsqart.com

If it looks like your email will be larger than 6MB, please send additional emails with attachments as needed. The ultimate display size for your work will be 450 x 450 pixels, so if you want to pre-format your images to those size restrictions, we’d greatly appreciate it!

We’ll be featuring one artist per week. Your profile will be displayed prominently on the front page of EBSQ, and your interview will appear both as part of your portfolio and in the EBSQ blog.

Due to the volume of email anticipated, we won’t be able to reply to everyone’s emails, although we’ll certainly drop you a line if you’re selected!

Our next EBSQ Featured Artist spot goes live on Monday, 10 August 2009, so get those applications in today!

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EBSQ 1:1 with Theodora Demetriades


How long have you been creating?

I was aware that I wanted to paint when I was four years old. My Mom was doing a portrait of me in watercolors and when I checked it out to see if it looked like me I remember thinking that I wanted to do that and I had the audacity to think that at 4 I could do it better than my artist Mother. Because my Mom always encouraged me by first grade I was constantly drawing and painting. So I suppose that the creative germ has been in my brain for about 60 years!! Yes I am as old as dirt!!!


What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?

I would have to say that my garden is a great source for inspiration and fulfillment. Just like my paintings my garden is crammed with detail. I keep meaning to have a sign made TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH.

What are your motivations for creating?

I honestly don’t know how or what is the root of my motivation for creating…it is some inner drive. Maybe with all of the artists in my family it is something in our gene pool.My Mom besides being a painter and sculpture also sang Opera,my Dad sang Opera, I have cousins who are artists, an aunt and uncle who are artists,my Husband who is an artist,my Daughter who is a ballerina and now an artist. Plus a cousin who runs a successful gallery in Philadelphia and of course also is and is married to an artist.

[Read more in Theodora’s portfolio]

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