Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Summer, Summer, Summer! We yearn for it, and when it arrives we are too hot! Here in Texas we hit 100 before summer even began! How do you beat the heat?

Orange Tabby in Summer by Lisa Nelson at Etsy
Orange Tabby in Summer by Lisa Nelson at Etsy
Summer of Love Postcard by Ora Moon
Summer of Love Postcard by Ora Moon
Swimming in a Sea of Stars in the Milky Way ACEO by Sherry Key on Etsy
Swimming in a Sea of Stars in the Milky Way ACEO by Sherry Key on Etsy


More Summertime fun can be found in our EBSQ art galleries by searching “summer“. More from our featured artists can be found in their portfolios: Lisa Nelson,  Ora Moon, and Sherry Key.

Next week: FIREWORKS so get those pencils, markers, paints, cameras a moving! If you would like a chance to be featured here use keywords “EBSQ fireworks” in your listings for next week!


EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lisa Nelson

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is most well known for her Halloween inspired artworks. You can’t help but love her whimsical, folk style. As for me, I’m enamored with her feline paintings. Which are your favorites?

Who and where are you?

My name is Lisa Monica Nelson (I use my middle name at times because Lisa Nelson is such a common name!)  and I’m located in SE Pennsylvania.

Pumpkin Thieves, acrylics on canvas board, 16" x 20"

How did you get started art blogging?

Good question – I wish I had an inspiring answer but in all honesty, I don’t recall!  I started a blog years ago before blogspot was so user friendly.  My cats had their own blog too.  Eventually I tired of blogging and deleted them.  When I started my new blog, I committed to blog at least once a week.  Some weeks are easier than others and I admit that I fall short of my commitment when I get busy with deadlines.

Black Cat Resting, watercolors and gouache on Arches, 4" x 6"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Leave comments on other blogs (preferably nice ones)!  The proper etiquette is for the recipient to leave a return comment for you on your blog although not everyone seems to be aware of this.  I usually leave a return comment in about a week.  It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others and I’ve been told that readers have ‘found’ my blog by comments I left on other blogs.  There are so many interesting souls in blogland!

Consider monitoring your comments to avoid porn links and that sort of thing.

List your new art on your blog – all of the time, as often as you can.  Exposure is the name of the game.

If you’re on Facebook, network your blog.  I admit, I’m not a big FB fan but some of my clients are – they even set it as their homepage.  By networking your blog, you gain a lot of exposure even when you aren’t on FB!

Halloween Party at the Crone's, acrylics on canvas board, 8" x 10"

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

I have my stereo and CDs right next to my drawing table and rarely make use of them.  I love to listen to my cats snoring (or whining), the rain against the windows and, when the windows are open, the numerous songbirds that inhabit the large lilac bush outside my studio window.  “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) pretty much suits me and I hope to incorporate this quote into a piece of art one of these days.

Potted Kitten, watercolors on Arches, 4" x 6"

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well, here it is March and everything seems to be Halloween in my studio (in preparation for a Halloween show the end of April). This is odd because I’m really not in Halloween frame of mind at the moment – after all, it’s Spring!   However, I also have a few mermaids lingering about waiting for faces and some oil paintings in various stages of drying.  Landscapes, cats, a box of ACEO blanks, some watercolor paper waiting for life, a stack of new distress inks that I’m dying to try on something…  To say I’m eclectic is probably an understatement.  I’m allowing myself to do something non-Halloween every time I finish a Halloween piece and all of this stuff is precariously stacked on the easel which is now more of a storage unit than a functional painting surface.

Thank you Lisa 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?

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