Start your week off with a dose of inspiration

Art: A Monday Morning in Barichara 9 (B&W) by Artist Alan R Estes
A Monday Morning in Barichara 9 (B&W) by Alan R Estes

Like most typical Mondays, I started my day with a nice warm cuppa and some quality time with my feed reader to ease into the work week.  I saw two fantastic posts today that I simply had to share.

The first is over at Empty Easel. Kate Harper has posted a very motivational interview with Rice Freeman-Zachery, author of Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art.  

QUESTION: What is the most common reasons artists give you, to explain why their art is “on hold”? How can we avoid this before it happens?

Everyone likes to talk about how their families couldn’t adapt if they took over the living room for painting, or quit cooking dinner, or didn’t do carpool duty several days a week.

The one, single, biggest problem, is that people don’t take their creative lives seriously.

What you need to think about is what you want to remember as you’re lying on your deathbed. Do you want to remember mounds of snowy, neatly folded sheets, or do you want to remember painting a tree?

And how do you think your family wants to remember you? As someone who always had shiny tableware, or as someone who was joyously mixing pigments and singing at the easel?

Your family loves you; they want you to be happy. If you’re an artist, you can’t be really happy unless you’re creating.

Check out the full interview:   10+ Ways to Make Time for Your Art: An Interview with Rice Freeman-Zachery

The second comes from Alyson Stanfield:

Not too long ago, I was using the Art Biz Blog to post short snippets of information. For instance, in an October 2007 post, I mentioned a blog entry by someone else and encouraged you to read it. I wouldn’t do that today. Instead, I’d use Twitter and tweet it. Or I’d write a longer blog post that went more in-depth about the original post: what was good about it, what I disagree with, etc. Social media has evolved and changed the way I approach blogging. Here is how I see the missions for the top three social media platforms I use.

Read Alyson’s full post where she discusses her personal strategies for blogging, Facebook, and Twitter: Outline a Social Media Mission

Have you read something that really inspired you today? Feel free to share it in the comments!

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DIY: Scary Photo Pumpkins – via Photojojo

Halloween is a fantastic time for artists to put their creative skills to practical use. Tired of banal triangle eyes and noses? Want to do something a bit different, or even personal, with your jack-o-lanterns this year? Photojojo has a great tutorial on how to make a scary photo pumpkin pattern that is sure to make your pumpkins the toast of the neighbourhood.

Do you have a favourite artsy-pumpkin technique? Tell us about it in the comments!


Photo credit by Photojojo

EBSQ Weekend Reader

A look at some of the links we liked this past week, found via our feedreader:

DIY: Organic Painting

Painting doesn’t have to be toxic. If you give this a go, we’d love to see your results!

via Crafting A Green World

Vintage Halloween

Get inspired by this gorgeous vintage Halloween ephemera!

via Bad Banana Blog

Maybe you can’t make money doing what you love

another gem from Seth Godin. Read it now; you’ll thank me later.

Radiohead’s numbers are in, and yes, the experiment worked -Mashable

Further proof that the self-representing artists model is one that can work. Let the public decide what is and what isn’t good art…or music. This also frees the artist to be truly creative, experimental, and to throw multiple things at the wall to see what sticks rather than follow the industry’s formulaic script to “success” on their terms.

further reading on EBSQ:

Radiohead Embraces the Self-Representing Artists Movement

EBSQ Weekend Reader

Here’s a look at some of the interesting articles in EBSQ’s feedreader this past week:

Are you spamming without realizing it?

TET takes a look at artist newsletters from the recipient’s point of view.  His article purely addresses the frequency issue, but I have one other point to add in regarding the “spamming” aspect: did everyone on your email list request to be there? If not, please reconsider how you gather names and make sure folks have an easy way to opt-out!

The Sustainability of Vintage Suits

In the past, EBSQ has presented articles on repurposing old clothes into new clothes. Etsian thistledownandfinch shows you how to reclaim a single suit into multiple projects.

related articles at EBSQ: 

EBSQ Live Studio: Repurposed: From Shirt to Skirt

EBSQ Live Studio: Repurposed: From Jeans to Skirt


The Best Investments for Turbulent Times

Toni Sikes of The Artful Home makes a powerful argument for why art is more important than ever.

Natasha’s Geek-to-Real-World Translation Guide

EBSQ Contributing Author Natasha Wescoat de-technos our frequent “Geek Speak” with this handy dandy guide on her personal blog 

Ulrich Selling Basquiat Painting

I included this link because it was both timely and also because our name and roots are tied to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art. “Untitled (Boxer)” is considered by many to be Basquiat’s finest work. Others think it’s utter tripe. I’d love to know what you all think of it!

related article at EBSQ:

EBSQ Confidential: Who we are & how we got here

Inspiration while waiting for our servers to come back online

The tech team for our service provider are still chugging away trying to diagnose whatever is making our server cluster so unhappy. Since the problem is still unknown, there is no ETA as of yet. 

In the interim, might I share an inspiring link?

Guest writer Clay Collins shared the following gem about great habits for creative people on Zen Habits the other day: Living the Prolific Life: A How To Guide

Zen Habits in general is always a great read, but this particular post really struck a nerve with me. Perhaps you’ll find it inspirational as well. 

What are you reading right now?