Your week on tap for 26 September 2011

Can you believe it’s already the end of September? Here’s just some of what’s going on this week:

It’s your last chance to enter the following exhibits:

Birdhouses EBSQ Art Exhibit: September 2011

Ripped Off EBSQ Art Exhibit: Summer 2011

Flower of the Month Asteraceae EBSQ Art Exhibit: September 2011

[view all exhibits]

Sign-ups are being accepted for our annual Pet Portrait Swap:

Want to participate? Looking for a partner? Let us know on the EBSQ Member Forums.

Forum discussions of note:

Are you unwittingly  sabotaging your Etsy listing visibility?

G+ versus Facebook

Looking for a good source for greeting card printing

Have a great week! 


Scheduled downtime for EBSQ Forum Upgrade

The EBSQ Forums are getting a much-needed make-over and a software upgrade. The forums will be offline starting 1:00pm EDT on Monday, 13 September 2010 and will go back online when the newest version of the full EBSQ website debuts.

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Simon Sez: Trees!

This week’s Simon is Robin McGee and he wants to see trees.  He has very simple instructions:

“Draw, print, or in what ever art form you like make me a tree! Or more than one! Any media, whatever technique, it’s all good.”

You have until the 24th on this one,  so there is plenty of time to create a forest on the EBSQ Forum.

Noelle Hunt
Noelle Hunt

To enter Simon Sez: Trees! or to see  more than just the above entry,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.


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Simon Sez “I’ve got the BLUES…” we have a winner!

Last week’s Simon Stephanie M D’Aigle wanted to see the colour blue and she got what she asked for. There were scads of blues to choose from but she picked Lisa Miller‘s entry as the winner.

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller

If you want to see all the entries for “I’ve got the BLUES…“, you can find them in Challenge Central. You can find Challenge Central on the EBSQ Forum under Member Groups, Challenges and General Art Discussions.

Excellent choice Stephanie and congratulations Lisa!

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Your EBSQ Challenge update

“Island Of Misfit Toys” Altered Doll Challenge winner has been announced! The winner of the challenge hosted by Noelle Hunt, is Heide Hibbard and her entry “Zuma”.


You can see all the challenge entries on the EBSQ Forum. Just go to the “Doll Art” section and check out the “Island Of Misfit Toys” entries thread. You can get information on all currently running challenges in the “Challenge Central” section of the Forum.

Congratulations Heide and thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge and Noelle for hosting it.

Challenge voting – give them your two cents

The “What’s In A Name Challenge” opened for voting yesterday on the EBSQ Forum. Voting is open through Saturday, November 22. What is the “What’s In A Name Challenge“? I am glad that you asked. I have the particulars right here:

What’s in a name, or Avatar depiction challenge!!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what kind of pic would fit my username, “espressojoe”, and notice the different images that come to mind when I see other people’s usernames.

With this in mind, I propose a challenge of art created around your username (handle)!! The more creative the better!!!!

Even if you don’t have a “creative” username, you can still participate, just stretch it a little. If I used my name, Joseph Callahan for a handle, I could go look up the “meanings” of my names and fly with that:

Joseph means: He will enlarge…. (ok, with how my bathroom scale is reading, I guess I’m living up to that…. NOT going to be inspired by the Joseph or the Joe half of my username!)

Callahan means: Lover of Churches or Bright Headed.

Of course, my username is espressojoe, not Joseph Callahan Art, so Ill be using espressojoe to come up with a example. This was just to show that even if your user name is a variant of your name, you can still get creative and enter!!!

The rules:

Any media art allowed!

Art should be inspired by some part of your username, with a brief description of how its inspired if it’s not immediately obvious.

Art does NOT have to become your avatar, so don’t worry about having to change your avatar.

Entries CAN NOT be something you have ALREADY used as an avatar! Let’s get some fresh stuff!!

Whatever media, whatever form, HAVE FUN!!!! (Isn’t that one of the most important reasons we do these?)

I’ll open a thread for submissions with the first piece, my “example” piece, on November 1st and submissions will be open until Midnight November 15th.

I’ll then ask EVERYONE who entered to vote for their favorite submission, either by PM or have admin tag a poll to the top of the post. Only request is that you DO NOT vote for your own piece! Only vote for your favorite submission by someone else. This should help keep it interesting!!

As this challenge is NOT media specific, I am posting it only in the Challenge Central forum.
This challenge was posed by Joseph Callahan and ten people took him up on it. They need your vote, so go to the EBSQ Forum and vote! Of course all the entries are right there for you to peruse before you cast vote but you can see one or two of the entries right here until voting closes.

platypus (Vicky Knowles)
“OK here’s mine, pretty obvious”