Creatures of the Night

This spooky time lapse painting from artist, Mary Doodles, is perfect for Halloween week!

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Team EBSQ May Showcase: Masks

“Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid or something?”
“Oh no. It’s just they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future”
~ The Princess Bride

ed Moon Masquerade Ball by Sherry Key  Monster Mashhk by Dee Flouton

Batman Mask by Dee Flouton  Renaissance Masquerade by Sherry Key

Tinkles Silence of the Lambs by Sherry Key  Masquerade 2 by Dee Flouton

Featured above are: Sherry Key, and Dee Flouton.

Next month’s theme: Facial Features

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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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EBSQ Spotlight on Still Life: Shelly Bedsaul

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.

Shelly Bedsaul

Jam Session - Shelly Bedsaul

I collect teapots. I LOVE coffee, fresh flowers and I hate housework. My still life drawings combine my three loves and provide a place to look, in my home, where everything is neat and tidy. I’ve even called them “fantasy art”. Organization is still a fantasy for me. Seriously, I also enjoy the challenge of pattern, texture and mood. I’d like them to be reminders for us to slow down our day to day and take a moment to savor. – Shelly Bedsaul

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Ann Murray

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.

Ann Murray

Merry Christmas card - Peace Dove by Ann Murray

I’ve been making a hand-made Christmas card for friends, family and art patrons for years. It is a labor of love that I enjoy doing. I start thinking about different designs in September. In October I start sketching, and at the end of November and first of December I put a burn on and start painting the final design. By the time I’m through, the finished card looks nothing like what I started with, but I’m always happy with it. They take many, many hours to design, paint and print and I’ve heard feedback that people look forward to getting my hand-made cards every year. Some people have told me they keep my cards in their art collection after Christmas. Hand-made Christmas cards are really a limited edition fine art print, when it comes right down to it. I especially like trading cards with other artists and art patrons because I know they are the ones who will appreciate all the time and work that goes into them because they’ve been busily making their own holiday cards!

When looking over my past cards, I noticed that I have a theme going. In over half of the cards that I’ve made, I’ve worked in a peace message by using the Peace Dove, Angel, or by working the old Hippy peace sign into the design. Wishing people, animals, and the environment peace seems especially appropriate right now; the world seems to need peace more than ever.

I was particularly happy to find a quote on peace by that great musician, poet and philosopher of my generation, Jimi Hendrix. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will have peace.” Perfectly said, Jimi.

I wish you all Peace, and a very Merry Christmas. – Annie

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