EBSQ Friday Five: Fresh Pressed in July

1. Silver Symphony by Carmen Medlin

2. Carry by Mark Satchwill

3. Apache by Gretchen Del Rio

4. The Foolish Fairy by Sherry Key

5. Moose by Diane Whitehead

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!



EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Gretchen Del Rio

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates some of the most memorable wildlife paintings in watercolor. Her gentle washes are soothing to soul. You won’t easily forget her powerful paintings.

Gretchen Del Rio

Who and where are you?

My name is Gretchen Del Rio. I live in Crestline, California which is about 70 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino  mountains.

Cat and a Poppy by Gretchen Del Rio


How did you get started art blogging?

A artist friend of mine interested me because of her art blog. For a year I just listed my paintings. Then I began to include my comments. I have met some very interesting people through my blog.

War Horse by Gretchen Del Rio

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I consider myself a beginner blogger. I just discovered tags a few months ago. I always answer comments that other bloggers make about my uploads. I like to acknowledge their interest and the time that has been put into commenting about my artwork.

Midnight Snow by Gretchen Del Rio

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

Enya is my favorite music to play when I paint. I like to ‘plug in’ so as not to hear anything else. It always ‘takes me away.’ I also like Andrea Bochelli, Cat Stevens, sound track of Frida, Jai Uttal, Wa. A friend of mine gave me some most valuable advice many years ago concerning painter’s block. “Always leave your work table with unfinished work on it.” The painting will drag you back and allow you to reinsert yourself into the creative process. It works. I have extended this process to music. When I can’t quite sit down to paint, I listen to the music that I played the day before while I was painting. It works.

Eggs by Gretchen Del Rio

What’s coming next from your easel?

Next painting I have planned is a coyote wearing a blanket. Probably an 8 x 10. I have the drawing and the painting is knocking around in my head pleading to be let out. I have been painting mostly aceos for awhile now and will continue to do so. It’s nice to finish  a little piece in a short amount of time. It is a challenge for me to change size. You know….it alters everything…brush size, amount of paint mixed and technique. However, I miss the stretching and tearing of paper that I don’t do when I paint the miniatures. And I need a challenge right about now. Everything is always changing. What I created a year ago doesn’t look like what I paint today. Involuntary evolution. Keeps things alive and fresh.


Thank you Gretchen for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?