EBSQ Friday Five: Houzz Edition

EBSQ is proud to present the first EBSQ Artists of Houzz! <– Follow this link to see all the EBSQ listings on Houzz. In the coming months we will be working with artists to build our gallery for interior designers, decorating enthusiasts, and more. If you’re not familiar with Houzz, check out their testimonials and look for them in the news.

Featured above: Studio Tau, Barbara Haviland, Alma Lee, Victoria Kloch and Heather Sims.

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EBSQ Spotlight on Still Life: Heather Sims

This month’s featured gallery is Still Life. A still life is a collection of inanimate objects depicted in an artistic composition and is a genre that has always been a staple for artists. Setting up a still life is an exercise in composition. Painting or photographing the composition is an exercise in technique. The result of these efforts is a work of art. Throughout the month of January, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s still life artists.

Heather Sims

A Sink Full Of Polish Pottrey L - Heather Sims

What I love about painting a still life is that I have complete control on every aspect of the painting from perspective, to lighting and composition. I enjoy thinking up what I want to include in a still life, often it is pieces from my Polish pottery collection that make up most of my stills, but I plan to do a larger variety of still life’s in 2010. Once I decide what I want to put into my setup I’ll move the pieces around till I find a set up that I find pleasing. I use a lamp to control the lighting; I can really use that lighting to make sure my reflective items really sparkle.  I look forward to the candy show in February. Time to paint some candy preferably candy with a shiny wrapper! – Heather Sims

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A winner in Simon Sez… CHICKENS!

The winner of this week’s Simon Sez challenge is Alma Lee . Heather Sims wanted to see “Chickens” for her turn as Simon and Heather got her wish. When it came time to choose, here is what she said… “I just looked over them again. I love them all but there can only be one Simon. Tough, tough choice!!!!  The next Simon will be…… ALMA!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Beautiful!”

French Country Morn - Alma Lee
French Country Morn - Alma Lee

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Alma! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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Simon Sez… CHICKENS!

This week’s Simon is Heather Sims and she says “CHICKENS”. Why is Heather yelling about chickens? She says it’s because…

“Well you know my thoughts have been on chickies lately..  We are raising chicks right now and look forward to building the coop and one day having our own fresh egg. So… SHOW ME SOME CHICKENS – roosters, chicks, maybe even some chicken’s EGGS! Lets’ see em!  To start off, here’s our new baby chicks… 2 chicks on a log.”

2 Chicks on a Log - Heather Sims
2 Chicks on a Log - Heather Sims

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… CHICKENS! 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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A winner in Simon Sez… Sky!

This week’s Simon Sez challenge people reaching for the sky. Stephanie M. D’Aigle – the Simon in Chief, chose “Sky” for as the theme for her turn as Simon. There were many entries, but it was the sky over a beach in Italy submitted by Heather Sims that got the nod. Here is what Stephanie had to say about her choice… “THIS WAS NO EASY CHOICE! Heather’s beach image gives me hope that warmer days will come. It also serves to remind us to take some time to enjoy what has been given to us.  I am so looking forward to a trip to the beach someday soon! From the land of sky blue waters, I hereby announce that the next Simon will be Heather!”

Heather Sims
Heather Sims

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Heather! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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Simon Sez… Look, something Shiny!

This week’s Simon is Heather Sims and here is what she has requested, complete with definition.

“I am an easily distracted kind of girl.. but SHOW ME SOMETHING SHINY and you have my attention! So come on.. show me something shiny whether its the shine in a still life (maybe with glass object) or the shine in your jewelry.. maybe some copper metal art? Anything  that has a shine.. maybe a shine in the eye..  etc.. etc.. you get my drift!”

Definition of Shiny:

  1. Radiating light; bright.
  2. Bright from reflected light; glistening.
  3. Having a sheen from being rubbed or worn smooth.

Cynthia Gaub
Cynthia Gaub

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To enter Simon Sez… Look, something Shiny! 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.

So go, look, enter.  It’s fun!

EBSQ Challenge roundup

This week we have several challenges running. The newest is the Still Life Challenge With Glass Object hosted by Heather Sims. This challenge can be found on the EBSQ Forum in Challenge Central and entries can be posted in the thread there. This challenge is running until midnight March 15th.

We also have the Holiday Jewelry Challenge.  This challenge is running in Artist Made Jewelery and is open for entries until midnight January 25th.

We have a Drawing Challenge running in Drawing and Illustration. For Drawing Challenge II, the subject is drawing fabric. This challenge runs until midnight on January 10th.

Thanks to people who made the first Drawing Challenge a success. These challenges are shorter, are meant more for practice and don’t have formal winners so it was good to see participation. There were challenges – Muriel was without power for a good spell and had to send her entry image via phone to someone else to post and Kari used her cup to hold her tea and therefore kept messing up her reference every time she took a sip.

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno
Kari Tirrell
Kari Tirrell

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Remember,  information on current challenges and where to find them can always be found on the EBSQ Forum at Challenge Central under Member Group, Challenges & General Art Discussions. Be sure to stop by and check it out!