One on One with Zombie Apocalypse Juror Robb Padgett

Wrong Turn by EBSQ Artist Mark Satchwill
Wrong Turn by EBSQ Artist Mark Satchwill

We did the online version of sitting down with Zombie Apocalypse juror Robb Padgett to get his take on all-things zombie. Since the world might sort-of possibly end soon, we decided to make things fun–just in case.

What for you epitomizes the pinnacle of High Zombie Art?

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – If one defines “Zombie Art” as art created by zombies. If you’re talking about “Art in which the subject matter is zombies” then I’d have to say Night of the Living dead by George A Romero. Sure, that would mean the genre peaked early, but when dealing with Zombies as metaphor, what else is there really to say that George didn’t? Of course, he popularized the genre so much that George himself went on to make a bazillion more zombie movies. But I like to think he made those movies ironically in order to illustrate the point of the first film.

What do you think most influenced the our current zombie aesthetic?

I’d have to say George Romero again. Although, 28 Days Later by Danny Boyle seems to have taken the zombie genre in a slightly new direction. If “faster zombies” can be considered a new direction.

Vampire. Zombie. Werewolf. Who wins in a mud wrestling match?

Werewolf. Absolutely. It would be a long battle since zombies have stamina. But werewolves are scrappy and smarter. They say a dog is about as smart as a toddler. They say zombies are about as coordinated as a toddler. Any vampire worth his bejeweled medallion wouldn’t be caught undead wrestling in mud.

What’s your favourite side dish to serve with fresh brains?

Is “more brains” an option? I think if one is committed to eating brains, it’s best to avoid distractions.

What is the one non-essential food you’re going to hoard prior to Friday’s Apocalypse now that Twinkies are off the menu?

Fluffy Stuff. It’s cotton candy in a bag. It’s delicious and filled with preservatives so it will last long enough for it to become “essential” again. I plan to live well past the apocalypse so I’ll need to hoard a lot of Fluffy Stuff. My horticulture skills are abysmal. If you ever need to find me after Armageddon, I’ll be the guy on the permanent sugar high. Also, my skin will have probably turned pink and blue from the colorants.

What is the single most important tip you could give someone facing a horde of zombies?

Acquiesce. I’ve never heard a zombie complain.

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About the juror:

Robb Padgett is a new-media potentate living in Los Angeles. His webseries Vampire Zombie Werewolf and Life from the Inside have been viewed millions of times and have been liked by dozens.

Entries for Zombie Apocalypse are being accepted through the end of the month, or the end of the world. Whichever comes first. There is a sliding-scale fee per entry, and you could win a $150 cash prize!


EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Keri Colestock

Artist Keri Colestock

Who and where are you?

My name is Keri Joy Colestock. I live in Pingree Grove Illinois. I love my life as I am very blessed by my beautiful family & friends. Most that know me know I am a victim of Lyme Disease that has caused permanent damage. I was crawling & could not focus when I was told that “doing much of anything would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to do” so I began my “Wall Dancers” in bed & I sold 1400 original dolls & vases on Ebay. I can now say with confidence I think they were wrong!

Mixed Emotions by Keri Colestock

How did you get started art blogging?

The internet connected me back to the world. I tried turning my lemons into lemon drop martinis & stay busy & out of bed. On Ebay I could make art in my jammies & made myself a job. You join groups & get to see everyones work & get inspired by their creativity. Many times we traded & got to know each other as years passed. In my heart I was blessed by these wonderful people I crossed on my journey & learned many valuable lessons. Because I still cannot do shows because of the Lyme, I used this inanimate object to promote my work. From Ebay to Etsy, then a vast amount of groups (even though I do not do that much talking prior to Facebook.) & time has opened doors. On Facebook we knew each other from other places where we had no opportunity to chat-we have become friends & love each other dearly now.

Toot Your Own Horn by Keri Colestock

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My tips for EBSQ or any bloggers/artists is love what you do. I accepted change. After making the 1400 “Wall Dancers” I just did a 180 & I am having a BLAST! Ken from Landfill Art decided he wanted to turn 1,041 junk hubcaps into masterpieces! He asked if I would do my polymer work on one. It will be a traveling exhibit & table book. The idea of turning junk into ‘treasures’ I thought was so cool & I am ‘hooked’ & having a RIOT! Have not made a “Wall Dancer” since! Flea markets are where my ‘treasures’ are found & I am also recycling old items. People are also enjoying the whimsy behind my pieces.

Cindy Marks from Artizen Magazine did a spread on my work last month & I am to be in a table book on Sculptures that is to come out in November. Part of the attention I believe is partly that my avatar on all sites every May which is Lyme Awareness Month I show my arm with my 11th pikline & people realize what determination can do!

Time To Smell The Flowers by Keri Colestock

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

I load my CD player with 6 CD’s & just rock the music. LOUD! Beatles are a must……so is David Bowie. But I am an old throw back of the 70’s so Prince, Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, The Pretenders, Bryan Ferry to name a few. I wear ‘my paint clothes’ (jogging pants & tee shirts) where I wipe my brushes all over them. Rags are not needed or used ever!

KeRicTures by Keri Colestock

What’s coming next from your easel?

What is coming next? A ton of new things! I will continue making my ‘found object’ art. Getting crazier & the more whimsical the better! I usually do 2-3 pieces a week & hubby & I collaborate on our “KeRicTures” which are 28″ whimsical colorful wood sculptures. They remind me of a ‘greeter’ sitting on my table. Someone enters my house & has a character waving at them! I sketch the faces & Ric turns my sketch into 5-6 layers of masonite for their faces. I do all of the painting. Then we assemble the bodies. Same prototype we chose to use so people can say Keri & Ric did those! Yep-KeRicTures are our names combined!

Thank you Keri 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Barbara Haviland

Barbara Haviland

Who and where are you?

My name is Barbara Haviland and I live in Groves, Texas which is in East Texas.

BC Marsh #2 by Barbara Haviland

How did you get started art blogging?

I really don’t remember when I started blogging but, I thought it would be good to post my paintings and get some sales.

Alligator by Barbara Haviland

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I think the best thing is to post daily and I have been posting every day for almost 2 years.

Dena Tractor by Barbara Haviland

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

I listen to all kinds of music and find that I work best when I am alone. I paint every single day and love doing that.

Bayou Fire by Barbara Haviland

What’s coming next from your easel?

Right now I am working on a triptych Bayou landscape. Each panel is 17″x40″ and it is very large. I am also working on some birds. I always work on several pieces. Oh, I have some elk too that is almost finished.

Thank you Barbara 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Hilary J. England

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a prolific, self-taught artist. She’s recently begun a new series of paintings that cannot be ignored!

Hilary J England

Who and where are you?

I’m Hilary J. England, and I am currently residing in Andreas, PA, USA.

Alejandro on a Swiftly Tilting Planet by Hilary J England
How did you get started art blogging?

I had always been a prolific journaler, since I was a little kid, so this was a natural step for me.  I enjoy looking back over the years through my journals, because you can see the progress through your journals that compliments your artistic evolution.  You see what frame of mind you were in, the circumstances that were conducive to the formation of your art that you may have forgotten about with time.  It keeps your perspective fresh.  I say blogging keeps me grateful!  It helps to keep my compass pointing in the right direction, which is probably why I started and never stopped blogging.

The Thinkers by Hilary J England
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep at it.  I blog because I feel it’s an integral part of explaining (at least on the surface) who I am, and why I create what I do, and the circumstances surrounding those creations, whether it’s something simple, something pleasant, or the exact opposite.  Blogging gives others a window into your creative process, and they cherish that.  It also keeps them up on your latest news, and that’s good for networking with new friends and old admirers of your work.  Even if you don’t see immediate results, it’s like hitting the gym–after a long time of hard work, you will definitely see a difference.

A Brave New World by Hilary J England
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I usually listen to classical music, sometimes I’ll foray into jazz or flamenco guitar.  When I’m creating, for whatever reason, I cannot listen to music with words.  Other people’s words seem to penetrate into the private world I’m in, and “muddy” my thinking process…distract me.  So, I don’t listen to music with any kind of lyrics.  Also, I tend to use the same palette through an entire painting.  Even if I run out of paint, or it gets messy, I still continue to use it.  I will scrape parts of it, but what’s left behind let’s me know the order of things, so I can reorder the way I want it.  Each painting has it’s own unique palette from conception to “birth.”  I don’t abandon the palette unless I abandon the painting, and that is extremely unusual for me.  I like to see things through to the end, even if the painting turns out to be a disaster.  It bothers me if it is a disaster, but I chalk it up to learning…I feel you should always finish what you start, so that is a ritual in itself.

Misbehaved by Hilary J England
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have started a new series.  Actually, I have just moved into a different direction with a series I had been working on, which is a social/expressive realist series of teenage girls in rural America, and I have branched out to show their extended networks, families, and commentary regarding their “roots.”  These paintings will be larger in size, and also, the images will be looser in terms of the focus on the subject matter, less constrictive, kind of like moving back a bit in the picture plane.  The first paintings were sort of “in your face.”  These will be a little less immediately confrontational, and a little more mysterious.

Thank you Hilary 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Laura Barbosa

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week art is a bold, rich and diverse reflection of the creative mind. She is an artist without limits, one who lets her muse take the driver’s seat.

Who and Where Are You?

Hello, my name is Laura Barbosa and I am a full time fine artist & business owner. I live off the sales of my original paintings and fine art prints. My art is collected on an International Level and my artwork has been featured on HGTV, Published in Hair’s How Magazine, NY ARTS Magazine, Forbes & more.

I am also a mom to 2 wonderful dogs including a therapy dog named Henna. My free time is spent visiting nursing homes and spreading the Joy that only a dog can bring. We live in South New Jersey near the Seaside Boardwalk where they filmed the reality show “Jersey Shore”.

Eagle Feathers 30 x 40 Acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

When I first started selling my paintings over the internet, I read many articles and found out that Art Blogging was an essential key element to getting noticed by the public. I also wanted a place where I could post my artwork and explain my techniques so I had articles for future reference. My first blog post was not very good because I thought about what I would say and put the words down very mechanically. But through the years, I have learned that any article or blog worth reading must come from the heart. This revelation also helped me name my wordpress blog: “The Heart Of Art Blog – A Virtual Meeting Ground For Art lovers” Since then my art blog has become a diary of my artwork, events, commissions, tips on techniques, a place to share my inner thoughts about selling art, and the best place for me to write down my true feelings and interact with the public. The Heart Of Art Blog has gained popularity through facebook and also has introduced me to many other artists who are now great friends and influential clients and galleries.

Steam 24 x 36 Acrylic & Ink

Any Tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My tips would be to keep your blog posts short and interesting and write your true feelings down like you are talking to a best friend. Post at least 3 times a week, something about you as an artist, your new work, your techniques and anything that you think is interesting. Also make sure that your photos are very clear and that you post photos in the majority of your blog posts because people love looking at pictures as a reference to what you are talking about. If you have a face book page, get the app for your blog so you can share your posts automatically with your friends and fans.

Day of the Dead 30 X 40 Acrylic

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

Well, my secret is: I love the Vampire Diaries! I download songs from the soundtrack so I can listen to them while I work. If I am in a more serious mood and creating art with great detail, I might change over to classical music or Andrea Bocelli. The only other ritual I have is clearing my mind before I start working either by taking the dogs for a walk or sitting in the yard for awhile to relax. One thing is for sure: Painting original art on canvas must be done when you have the best desire to do it. I can never force creativity, it just has to flow subconsciously or it won’t turn out very good. I think it is a lot like writing a good blog post from the heart. A good painting must come from the soul.

Uncanny Valley 24 x 36 Acrylic & Inks

What’s coming next for your easel?

I could go on forever answering this question! I have so many ideas, that I literally carry a sketch book with me wherever I go to jot down my future paintings. My next piece is going to involve texture and will include a tropical theme. Maybe some pelicans or ocean art. After that I must paint some fish for the summer. Fish paintings sell out very quickly for me. What I really want to do is a giant abstract for modern interiors, something that includes half faces and industrial mechanisms. There are so many ideas, I usually just decide what I am going to do when I am staring at the canvas, then it happens quickly and finishing it could take any length of time depending on the detail and subject matter. So stay tuned for a lot more art. There is no telling what I will come up with next!

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vera Dennen

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week always has a piece of art in the works. One of things I like most about her portfolio is the diverse subjects she’s explored. There’s always something new and vibrant to be seen and the same can be said for her blog!

Who and where are you?

Vera Dennen, and I live in middle America, right in the heartland with lots of open space! Have lived on both coasts, which I will never regret having done, but am glad to be back with my roots now as well.

Weeds, 24" x 30" oil

How did you get started art blogging?

Began to blog as a way to share my work after having numerous requests for more information through my web site. Do have a few blogs with more deeper thoughts of my own, but mostly try to add some interest is trying new media, new methods, and new artistic horizons for follow artists as I believe this is the way we all grow.

Mustang II, 20" x 34" oil

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Speak from the heart. There Julia and Julia was not wrong (although I think that title is), just let your feelings roll as if off of your tongue; then others can better relate. Not only about what you did to achieve such and such new affect, but perhaps what caused you to try this style to begin with, or what trials and errors were involved before final achievement.

Feeding Time at the Zoo, 21.5"x28.5"x2" Watercolor

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

I have on major news networks, where I can keep up with what is going on in the world, but do not have to look at the TV while doing it. This is not for everyone however, as all of the news is not good. CNN being my favorite, and Hardball on MSNBC. Because I have lived in such a variety of settings in my life, guess my need to be broadly informed may be greater than many. To tell the truth, do envy those artists who turn up the music and paint while they listen.

Growing Season, 18" x 24" x 3/4" Watercolor mounted on Canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Am working on a second Mustang, smaller in size this time, and pre-stretched on Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Mustang III, about a week away from finish yet I would guess. But have many paintings lined up in different stages of work, watercolors receiving glazes, others being mounted, several oils in the works, drying, etc., and some having floater frames being added as well. What ever pops up and yells “finish me” the loudest will be next. Anyway, that’s the way it usually works best for me.

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Stephanie D’Aigle

I have the pleasure of introducing to you this week an EBSQ artist whose stunning creations can’t be duplicated with a pencil or a brush. She is an amazing jewelry artist and a sculptor of unique beads. Who am I talking about? The Beaded Heron, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Stephanie and I live in the Wisconsin north woods, near the south shore of the Great Lake Superior.


How did you get started art blogging?

I first started blogging on April 1, 2003 as something to do just for fun.  I’ve always enjoyed nature photography so my blog was a place I could post my photographs and blab about what was on my mind, what I was up to, and pictures of places I’d go.  An art blog was not my original intention, but it ended up happening that way.    I think blogging just for fun was fuel for the fire that started me on my path to become a serious beadaholic.  It definitely helped me become aware of it all, since I was writing and posting about it as it was happening.   Having a blog to show my beadwork also helped me become a better photographer.   I had to learn how to represent my work and show it as best I could and I’m still working on that and I think I always will be!  I’ve always had an interest in nature photography and have a whole section of my blog devoted to photos where I post often, sometimes daily.  I spend a lot more time updating that section than I do my main bead section.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I have a lot of different sections on my blog and they all generate hits. Things that I like a lot, I make a section.   I check my stats to see where the traffic comes from and it comes from all of my subjects, or sections if you will.   Update your blog regularly.  When I don’t update, it shows right away in my stats.  Also, Use Stumble Upon, it’s a great tool.   I use Goodblogs as well, and get regular traffic from there.

Photography is a great tool to generate hits.   As example, I live in an area that is a tourist Mecca.  I have loads of photographs that people may come across while searching information for their vacations.  Many of them end up visiting my blog because of a few well placed key words in my posts.    Use key words that will be picked up by crawlers but don’t use the same words excessively, doing that will backfire.  It will cause the crawlers to filter your site out as it appears like spam to them so be creative in your descriptions. .  A high page ranking is nice but getting to the number 1 on Google search is much more important, or at least on the first page.  I’ve done a few wip’s on my blog as well and they get regular traffic.

Poodles on Parade

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

I bead to the blues.  I love BB King’s Bluesville and Blues Women Radio as well as my local college public radio station and I have it piped into my shop.

Sunshine in the Jungle

What’s coming next from your bead studio?

I want to start making my poodles again and I’m sure to do that soon.  I have other ideas floating around in my head but when it comes down to it, I’ve found I cannot dictate to the muse.   I may go out to my shop with one plan, but what ends up happening may be something else all together.   Basically, this is the time of year I do a lot of bead weaving and have less time at the torch.  When the weather gets warmer it takes less wood to heat the shop so I can get out there more often and I’ll make beads to go with jewelry parts that I’ve been in the process of making, such as my beaded spirals.  Once I’ve done that, it’s anyone’s guess.  There is so much I want to try with glass I wonder if I will get to it all in my lifetime!

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

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