Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dinner by Lisa M Nelson
Thanksgiving Dinner by Lisa M Nelson

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends at home and abroad. We’ll be back next week with more amazing art on the EBSQ Blog. It’s time to spend the holiday with friends and family.

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EBSQ Friday Five

Winter Chickadee by Patricia Christensen

1. Collage Fun & Watercolors – Patricia Christensen shows off her latest creations after completing a watercolor class by Ian Ramsey. Beautiful!

2. One Petticoat Lane Show – Artist Angela Petruncio mixed media creations will be on display from Nov 30 to Dec 27 in Annapolis, MD. Check her blog for details.

3. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Sara Burrier is giving away  12 gifts to 12 winners this month. You don’t want to miss this giveaway!

4. EBSQ Holiday Showcase 2012 – I need entries for the EBSQ Holiday Showcase. Details on the forum.

5. Do you have a news worthy blog post to share in our Friday Five? Email me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

 

Post-holiday Art Supplies

I’m still in holiday mode and will be till my daughter returns to school in January. But the blogging (and creating) must go on! One of the things I look forward to most is the post-holiday shopping for art supplies. I always get a few gift cards to my local arts and crafts store. Here’s a snapshot of this year’s post-holiday art supplies. The magazine was actually a gift from my Christmas stocking but the rest I bought. Strathmore Windpower Series is my favorite watercolor paper. I’ve tried a few other brands and always go back to Windpower. The brush is a watercolor mop made by Cotman. This brush has been on my “buy list” for months but they aren’t cheap. Thankfully, I had a 50% off coupon begging to be used. The last little nugget is a tube of Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolor – Indigo. Good watercolor isn’t cheap either, so I often buy one tube at a time when I have limited funds.

Now it’s your turn. I want to know what art supplies you received or bought this holiday/post-holiday season. Is there something you like to stock up on during the sales? What was your favorite artsy gift this year?

 

3 EBSQ Articles for Holiday Selling

Peace Cat and Cardinal Christmas Ornament by Lisa NelsonThe holiday shopping season has already begun, but it’s never to late to get your EBSQ portfolio or shop in shape for holiday shoppers. EBSQ has some excellent articles with tips and tricks for the trade. Here are just three:

The Importance of Online

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by Natasha Wescoat

Most people like to feel like they are actually holding that piece of art. They want to see the texture, the size, the edges; they want to be able to investigate the piece like it was in their hands. This refers to the art on stretchers, but close up details still apply to cloth canvas artworks too, of course.

Besides the fact that some people are already leery about purchasing things online, you want to help demystify them from hesitating from purchasing from you. You want to gain their trust, and help them understand the product/artwork you are offering in full.

They want to know what they are getting! Simple as that.

Read the full article here.

How to Write About Your Art

Melissa Morton

First, let’s look at why we should even want to write anything about what we do. The main reason is to connect with the people who view your work. People like to feel connected. This is true in all aspects of society and it is a valuable tool when it comes to promoting ourselves and selling our art. When I was working in a gallery, I can not tell you how many times people came in and asked for information about an artist or a particular piece.

If you are thinking, “A connection…thanks for the general and not very helpful bit of information,” let me elaborate.

When someone sees a piece of art that they like, they often want to know about the person that created it. A general bio on file takes care of the basics but often people want to know more.

Read the full article here.

How to Price your Art

Sonya Paz

There are so many facets to consider about when creating a work of art, because this category and subject can get very detailed and is quite broad based on each individual and style of medium. Whether you sculpt, paint, sketch, weld, to the many mediums and styles of painting, colors, textures media etc., you can spend more time in trying to determine what the final masterpiece will be priced at that what it took to create it.

First of all, don’t shortchange yourself, YET, be very practical. Now, this is not to say that you should give your art away but at the same time don’t give your potential customers unrealistic sticker shock either. Listed below are a few different methods that may work for you, these suggestions can assist you in some of the wandering questions that we have all experienced at a point in our artistic careers. Try one or all of these, experiment, you may find one that works well for you, based on the size of the piece, time measure and pace yourself. As you get started with this it can give you a better idea of your scale for pricing.

Read the full article here.

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Showcase: Winter Wonderland

It’s a Winter Wonderland here at Team EBSQ-Etsy! We hope you have a magical holiday season!

Ice Skating Kids by Renie Britenbucher Penguin About Town by Beaded Heron Fetch by Diane Casey Candy Corn Winter by Sherry Key

Lunchbox, Lost in Antarctica by Vicky Knowles Surfing Penguin by Beaded Heron Lizard Wings Sherry Key Westie Snow Plow Kim Niles

Snow Sheep by Sherry Key Snow Owl by Sherry Key Winter Trees by Carolyn Schiffhouer Miss Ingrid by Sherry Key

Winter Moon's Guardian by Amanda Makepeace Snowy Night by Lisa Nelson Snowmen Couple by Beaded Heron Making Snow Angels by Betty Stoumbos

Featured above are: Sherry Key,  Amanda Makepeace, Stephanie D’Aigle, Betty Stoumbos, Lisa Nelson, Carolyn Schiffhouer, Vicky Knowles, Diane Casey, Kim Niles, and Renie Britenbucher.

Are you an EBSQ Artist with a shop on Etsy? Why not join the EBSQ-Etsy Steet Team?

EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Misty Benson

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine.  St. Valentine’s Day is February 14th. It’s popularity means that February has become the season of everything love – hearts, flowers, candy and things done up in pink and red. Throughout the month of February, we have taken some time to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that celebrate this holiday by creating art. On this last day of February, we send you into the rest of the year with a wink and a smile.

Misty Benson

Queen's Tart #2 - Misty Benson

In the Morbidly Adorable Creations’ studio, we LOVE (yes love!) anything that celebrates love, infatuation, adoration, worship, and hearts! Whether you are mending a broken heart or feeling the flutter of new love, we try to put a sweetly spooky spin on the emotion any chance we get! When February rolls around, the big eye cuties and their skelly counterparts like to spread equal parts love with equal parts mischief. If it can be shaped into a heart, they’ll attempt it! As the artist and creator of the Morbidly Adorables, it is important for me to allow even my darker children the opportunity to celebrate all things precious. There is something that just melts the heart when you see a skeleton get excited about receiving a Valentine! – Misty Benson

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Christina A. Kapono

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine.  St. Valentine’s Day is February 14th. It’s popularity means that February has become the season of everything love – hearts, flowers, candy and things done up in pink and red. Throughout the month of February, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that celebrate this holiday by creating art.

Christina A. Kapono

Valentine Romantic Blank Book Journal - Christina A. Kapono

I love creating sentimental little works that will hold memories of the day it was received. It will be loved not simply for its own beauty, but for the spirit in which it was given… Love. How beautiful is that!? – Christina A. Kapono

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