EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. Magnolia Art Gallery – EBSQ artist, Pat Burns is now represented by Magnolia Art Gallery. Congratulations Pat!

Eminent Flight by Pat Burns

2. Giclée 101 – Have you ever wondered what exactly the term giclée means? Now you can find out on Helen Janow Miqueo blog.

3. Today’s Lesson – Sarah John Afana shares a summer art project she developed, that’s perfect to inspire you and your children.

4. Dreaming Another Painting – Sometimes it can be difficult to juggle art, family, job, etc. but artist Stacey Zimmerman keeps pushing forward with her art. Check out her new work in progress today!

5. Trying Pan Pastels – Artist Kari Tirrell explores Pan Pastels and shares with us her experiences in this slightly different pastel medium.

Have a wonderful weekend folks!


EBSQ 1:1 with Edward K

We’re kicking EBSQ 1:1 off again, starting with a brand spanking new interview where I talk with Edward K.

What’s your personal favourite image of yours in your EBSQ portfolio. What made you pick this one above all the others?

Art: Gooey Chocolate Caramel Nougat #1 by Artist Edward K  
Gooey Chocolate Caramel Nougat #1 by Edward K

My favorite artwork by yours truly is “Gooey Chocolate Caramel Nougat #1”, although “Sinuosity #1” is a close second. One of the reasons I love ‘Gooey Chocolate’, besides the fact that the artwork actually looks tasty to me, is all of the different things that people see in it. I’ve had comments like – it looks like I’m looking out from inside of amber, I see a sweet tooth in the chocolate, it looks like honey and chocolate, I think it’s all metal, I see an Indian standing there who’s facing away with his arms spread out (that comment from an American Indian), this part looks like lizard skin, I see an Aztec god, that looks delicious, and now I’m hungry! It’s the type of artwork that stops people and they spend quite some time looking at it – what a terrific compliment!

What’s your favourite image from another EBSQ member? Why do you like it?

Art: Original Painting Seascape Storm by Artist Alice Harpel  
Seascape Storm by Alice Harpel

There is so much good art at EBSQ that it’s very difficult to pick a favorite. I’m drawn to seascapes and I love the type of art as painted by Alice Harpel in “Seascape Storm”. I think it’s a wonderful painting. It has a loose flowing style with just enough detail. The artist does a wonderful job capturing the dynamic movement of the sea and the water splashing and cascading off the rocks. The background atmosphere is perfect and the painting has a beautiful center of focus, and the colors and composition make for a striking artwork! Well done!

In addition to being an artist, I also understand that you’re a Mensa member and an inventor! Tell us about how your technical background plays into your personal art.

Art: Sinuosity #1 by Artist Edward K  
Sinuousity #1 by Edward K

I’ve worked with and used computers for decades, even before the first microprocessors came out. I repaired electronic systems of one sort or another for many years, did some electronic design work and learned several programming languages. I’ve been ‘playing’ with digital art ever since the first fractal landscape images were introduced and programs like Bryce became available. Since those days I’ve collected quite a few software programs for creating art and I try to use the best features of each. I usually use 2-3 programs to create any one piece of art. I’ve also read and studied art for well over a decade and I have a large library of ‘how to’ art books. Those help me in creating an actual piece of art, rather than just an interesting 3D object or fractal. Although I’ve been working digitally for the last several years, I’m also an oil painter and will be returning to the easel shortly. I’ll still continue to create digital art, but I miss the feel of paint and brush against canvas. Each method of creating art has it its own set of challenges and advantages.

Which EBSQ artist should we interview next?

Since I’ve recommended Alice Harpel ‘s painting, I’d love to see you interview her and see what she has to say about her artwork. Art seems to carry more meaning if one knows a little about the artist.

Give us a really interesting (but non-embarrassing) question to ask them–does not have to be art related!

Alice talks about working in many layers to create a finished piece. I’m wondering how long it takes her to create her artwork and if she pre-plans the pieces with sketches, or simply has a concept in mind when she begins.

Alice, you’ve been challenged!  Look for her EBSQ 1:1 interview in an upcoming blog post.

[This interview also appears in Edward K’s EBSQ Art Portfolio ]

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