Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Green. From the natural patina of copper, to the tiniest bits of chlorophyll it is a color that has long symbolized nature and growth. It’s part of our culture: Green with envy, Greenbacks, Going Green, Green M&M’s, Green Thumb, Green Room, and  Greenhorn, just to name a few.  What does “Green” mean to you?

Irish Rabbit ACEO by Patricia Christensen


The Sacred Tree 1 by Michele Carter


Standing Still by Kimberly Vanlandingham

EBSQ has much more “Green” themed art in it’s galleries. You can also check out art for sale in this week’s theme on Artfire, eBay, Etsy, Redbubble, and Zazzle.

To see more from our featured artists please check out their EBSQ art galleries: Patricia Lee Christensen, Michele Carter, and Kimberly Vanlandingham.

~Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ


Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Showcase: Shades of Green

This month’s Team EBSQ-Etsy theme was Shades of Green. For some of us, the Greens of Spring and Summer will soon be a thing of memories as Autumn and Winter approach us in the Northern Hemisphere. Let’s go out with a blast of color!

Green Glass Mug by Barbara Haviland Grannies by Steven King Moon Landscape by Sherry Key Green Dichroic Pendant by Carmen Trueheart Curiosity by Amanda Makepeace Digit Floating in the Milky Way by Sherry Key Sunlight in the Jungle by Stephanie D'Aigle The Forest of Wic by Amanda Makepeace Nereus Favor Ring of Wisdom by Marvin Lee Billings Dragon and Teddy Bear by Melia Newman uspension No. 2 by Sarah John Afana Wave Spiral Necklace by Wandie Ortiz eaded Dome Needle Felted Bracelet by Harlan Butteryfly Kiss by Sherry Key New Leaves by Elibazeth Fiedel

Featured above are: Barbara Haviland, Steven King, Sherry Key, Carmen Trueheart, Amanda Makepeace, Stephanie D’Aigle, Marvin Lee Billings, Melia Newman, Sarah John Afana, Wandie Ortiz, Harlan, and Elizabeth Fiedel.

Next month’s theme: Dia de los Muertos

Just hours left to enter Repurposed

Don’t let this juried show pass you by:

Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials

From 4/1/2010 thru 4/30/2010

Online Art Exhibit:  Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials

Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials. This was one of our most popular shows of the past ten years and we’re happy to bring it back in honor of our 10th anniversary exhibition season. Repurposed is more than getting out old family photos and using them to make coasters or taking a tool box and turning it into a toy chest. This show is about taking things that are destined for the landfill and turning them into art. Yep, we’re talking trash here. This is “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” on steroids and your challenge for this show is to take what would normally never get a second look, what most people would throw away, and create. It can be anything from a coffee filter to a broken chair. An old, spare wheel or an abused and broken toy. Box tops, cans, scraps of fabric, cd cases, jars, coolers, old oven racks… you get the idea. Anything that has found its way into the dustbin or onto the curb is fair game. What you do with your finds – what other things you combine them with, is entirely up to you and limited only by your imagination.

To make things even more interesting, this is a juried show, with a $5 fee-per-entry for participation. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the winner selected by juror Emily Towbin Levenson of the Pittsburgh Craft Collective.

Please tell us what items you used to create your entry, where they came from and how you put it all together. Also include why you used what you did and why it caught your eye. If texture or other small elements are pivotal to your piece, please be sure to include detail shots.

Some additional items of note:This exhibit is open to all paid members of the EBSQ Self-Representing Artist community. Not yet a member? Consider joining today!

Entry fees ($5 per entry) are payable via our Chipin widget.

Eligible entries must meet all points of the prospectus. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to

Entry Instructions: 

This exhibit has special entry requirements

There is a required $5 entry fee per piece submitted, payable via our Chipin widget.

To add an entry to any show:

  • Upload your art or search your artcase for the piece you’d like to enter. 
  • Select “enter show” from the pull-down menu at the right hand side of this item (the default says “edit”) and click the “go” button. 
  • Find the show you wish to enter and read over the prospectus to make sure your piece meets all of the requirements. If you feel you’re good to go, click “enter.” 
  • That’s it; you’re all done! 

Artists may submit up to 5 pieces per show.

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday Showcase: Green

Green. A mixture of Blue and Yellow. It can be bright, dull, dark, lush, or the lightest of light. Green can also be used to describe recycled, re-purposed, or reused style art. This month our showcase features Green in all of it’s glory. We didn’t want to be limited to traditional shamrocks for this time of year. So sit back and relax, enjoy our interpretation of the word “Green”.

This artwork is brought to you by the following talented EBSQ artists:  Beth Fiedel, Windi Rosson, Wanda O’Connor, Sholeh Mesbah, Amanda Makepeace, Muriel Areno, Sherry Key, Vicky Knowles, Tiffany Matthews, Vicki Ann Saunders, Carmen Trueheart, Tracey Allyn Greene, Tamara Erin Lance, Steven King, Kris Jean, and Ingrid.

Next Month: Butterflies

Opt-in today! All you have to do is post the link to your Etsy store, and be a member in good standing with EBSQ. Simple huh?

~Kris Jean Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

Friendly Love My World Upcycled Challenge

Sharing an open-to-the-public challenge from vfem:

Welcome to the ECOChallenge:

Some say I’m a hippy, but I just try to do my part. When it comes to being earth friendly in this house, we do it out of habit everyday. Its easy, but now lets make it fun!

This challenge is for every artist! Every non – artist! Everyone!

I want everyone for this challenge to chose several items (minimum of 2), found items, garbage, used items…. thing that are no longer useful for their intended making. It could be of recyclable materials, or items that still go unrecycled. Take those items and create a piece of art out of them. Whether you make a painting on canvas with some newspaper and old yarn glued to it, or a junk yard statue is up to you!There is no theme to the piece of art you are doing. You can do a still life of fruit, a piece of pottery, functional art like purse or table, something wearable like jewelry. It can be of anything you like, and meets your style.


I would love to see this go into the Work In Progress threads so we can watch it happen. Document your dig for those special pieces of trash!

You don’t have to create with whatever you have laying around… dumpster dive…. see what your neighbors are throwing away…. look on craigslist under the ‘free’ section. People give addresses to where there are piles on the curb headed to the dump.

Now lets talk about time frame. Challenges have been down to Simon Sez Stuff only as of late! So We’re going to do 2 set date limits. I want everyone to come here and sign up ASAP, then go off and collect your garbage recycling pieces.

Everyone who is going to do the challenge needs to be signed up AND will garbage by September 29th. That is when you should post your junk here! WE need to see your found objects… so once you’ve determined what you are working with take photos of ALL you are planning on using and post it in this thread. (You must use ALL items that you share here on that date, you can add more junk… but do not remove anything you have listed here.) The more the merrier….

Then the second date is for the completed art piece. This due date is going to be October 30th. The day before Halloween! This is when the completed item is due and should be posted here.

Yes, there are prizes to be had. I have already determined a prize for first place! I will post photos of it to get everyone interested in a couple of days.

If we have a good turn out of people signing up on time on the end sign up date I will determine what and if we’ll have a second prize. I would love to have more then 10 people doing this. If that happens I will supply a second place prize as well.

OH, and I will not be doing the judging alone… my daughter and husband will be looking over the pieces and helping me determine who the winner will be!!!!

*Bring your friends, post this on Facebook or twitter or where ever you go… get your family to sign up over here and join in.


**P.s. – NON-EBSQ members, this is a public forum this challenge is on, you may sign up with a free patron account to participate in this challenge. You do not need a paid artist account. Here is a good chance to meet the many members of EBSQ who do great challenges like this all the time.

More details can be found on the EBSQ forums.

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Simon Sez… Feet!

This week’s Simon is Elizabeth VanSickle and she wants to see feet. Why? Here is what she said, “Having incurable breast cancer I have challenged myself to live outside of the box.  So, one day, I decided that I would not paint my toenails all one color.  That is the “norm”.  It caught on and all of my family and friends “including men” decided as a support, the would be bold and paint their nails also!  Here is my “Feet” for Simon Sez…My husband would “die” if he new I was doing this….that is what makes it so fun! Good luck!”

Elizabeth Paige VanSickle
Elizabeth Paige VanSickle

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Feet! and to see  the all the entries,  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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