EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Christina M. Givens

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 M. Givens

The Siren's Key... Temptation - Christina M. Givens

The month of February for some symbolizes love and for others it can symbolize the opposite. A lot of people have mixed feelings about the valentines holiday. With my work I try to capture the one thing that is constant year-round. It is the one emotion that can not be faked, that can not be put into a greeting card. And that emotion is passion. With out passion we would not strive to create works of art from our soul. This is my driving force of creating. With every piece of jewelry I make or every brush stroke my hand creates, there is a piece of my passion flowing into the finished piece. Valentine’s Day is a day for use to celebrate the love, passion & devotion we have for our loved one’s and our creative pursuits. There is a passion, obsession & devotion most artists feel when creating. This month just amplifies those emotions and the end result is very moving and heartfelt pieces. – Christina M. Givens

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Valerie A. Brock

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.

Valerie A. Brock

Valentine Delivery - Valerie A. Brock

I create Pembroke Welsh Corgi themed paintings. Many of my pieces are created in art card form. Small pieces of sunshine to brighten the day. I enjoy painting through the seasons. Each season is unique and presents opportunities to create something special, suited just for that particular time of year. My little corgi world is a happy place, it is a pleasure to create sunny little glimpses into an imaginary world. Valentines Day presents a particularly fun theme. I love Victorian ephemera and all things old and well loved.  I try to pull in ideas from the Victorian era of romance in my paintings throughout the year but most especially at Valentines! Corgi’s & Romance… they just seem to go together.  – Valerie A. Brock

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Kim Niles

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.

Kim Niles – KiniArt

"Cupid Westie" Kim Niles - KiniArt

Valentines Day for me, has always been a day of celebrating the love in my life; but not just romantic love! As a child, my Mom would always have a special little gift for each of my sisters and myself as a token of how much she loved and thought about us.  This gesture gave a deeper meaning to the holiday for me and I continued the tradition with my own kids as they were growing up. I’m certain I’ll do the same with my grandkids someday.

I hope my art continues to bring smiles and joy to collectors. I’m always happy when I know it has been given as a memento of love and affection on Valentines Day! – Kim Niles

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Simon Sez… I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Donna Gill Colestock. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)”. This is what Donna said about her theme: “I want to see moods, holidays, and dreams. If you can relate it to Mondays or a Monday holiday, it works for me. Go ahead and wow me with up to 5 entries. All media welcome.” The original end date was January 25th, but Donna has extended the deadline.

Waiting for the Monday Holiday - Sherry Key

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…) 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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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Rebecca M. Ronesi

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Rebecca M. Ronesi

Hot Pink Dragon Fly Ball Candle Holder - Rebecca M. Ronesi

For the holiday season I paint glass “Dragonfly Balls” They’re ornaments that can be hung on a tree or keep around all year long. I have different themes every year. Besides loving to paint, it gives me the opportunity to play with sparkle…I love sparkle. This idea came from my own desire to collect unusual holiday ornaments from other artists and different parts of the world. – Rebecca M. Ronesi

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Lisa Monica Nelson

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Lisa Monica Nelson

Martha, a Black Cat Cookie Angel Art Doll Ornie - Lisa Monica Nelson

As much as I love the holidays, I love making a few pieces of holiday art each year. Be it Halloween or Christmas or even Fourth of July, it’s a fun endeavor that adds to the richness of the season. Now that I have grandchildren, it’s wonderful to see the older two (ages 4 and 2) making glitter stars and cotton ball snowmen. I’m a member of two juried holiday art groups — both of which sell on Etsy — American Holiday Artists (AHA) and Magical Holiday Artists (MHA).   Please come visit us, or perhaps consider joining us, if you too enjoy holiday art. Happy Holidays! – Lisa Monica Nelson

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Catherine Darling Hostetter

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Catherine Darling Hostetter

Merry Christmas to Ewe - Catherine Darling Hostetter

As an artist, I love to illustrate feelings – they may not actually be what the painting is about, but more what the painting might stir in the viewer. So I guess I would have to say that I paint for myself, because I can’t exactly control what others are feeling! Generally my art brings to me happiness, a peaceful feeling, or something to think about.  Although I often paint realism, I can’t help but infuse my art with whimsy. I couldn’t stay away from painting whimsical if I tried. I love to paint light-heartedly. Frequently, my art follows the seasons and I love to paint with holiday themes. I had a very contented childhood and loved the holidays and was fortunate to have wonderful traditions in our family. I guess I have never quite grown up mentally in that respect (though it’s a shock to look in the mirror these days) because every element of celebrating a holiday still brings excitement and joy to me which I share in my art. I am blessed to be so happy and an artist too! – Catherine Darling Hostetter

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