Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

When you call them Koi, it sounds so fancy. If you were to refer to them as ornamental carp – it just looses all glamor.  So we will stick with Koi. In schools, pairs, or alone they are looked upon as a object of beauty. From the yellows, whites, blacks, and oranges the colors mix and meld to unique works of natural art. Here are some of our takes on Koi for your viewing pleasure.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Muriel Areno
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Muriel Areno
Everybody Loves Koi by Naquaiya
Everybody Loves Koi by Naquaiya
Koi Pond Mermaid by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Koi Pond Mermaid by Jasmine Becket-Griffith Print

More koi can be found in our EBSQ art galleries by searching “koi“. More from our featured artists can be found in their portfolios:  Muriel Areno,   Naquaiya,  and Jasmine Becket-Griffith.

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

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A winner in Simon Sez… Red!

Lisa Miller is the winner of Simon Sez… Red! Muriel Areno – Simon for last week’s Simon Sez, asked for red because “Today is a gloomy day, so I thought I’d pick a color for the Simon challenge.” Out of the many entries, she chose Lisa’s photograph. Muriel said of Lisa’s red barn “Lisa’s photo has such a dreamy feeling, and it is both hot and cold. You captured the essence of a barn. Just a wonderful image.”

Lisa Miller

 

 

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Lisa! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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Winner announced in Simon Sez… Shadows!

The winner of Simon Sez… Shadows! is Muriel Areno. Amanda Makepeace – Simon for last week’s Simon Sez, said this of Muriel’s photograph: “I really can’t explain it, but the combination of the shadows of the bowls and the sunlight hitting the wall captivated me! Yay!”

Back Porch, Early Morning - Muriel Areno

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Muriel! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

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Simon Sez… Body Parts!

This week’s Simon is Shannon Girouard-Fogl and she says “Simon Sez… Body Parts!” Shannon was dubbed Simon by Stephanie D’Aigle who felt her entry depicting summer in Simon Sez… Show Me Your Favorite Season was “a wonderful catch”.

Everything Is Better On The Beach - Shannon Girouard-Fogl
Everything Is Better On The Beach - Shannon Girouard-Fogl

For her turn as Simon, Shannon wants to see body parts. To be specific, “I want to see individual body parts… eyes, nose, ears, arms… not the body as a whole but the whole of each of its parts!”

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Body Parts! 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 Member News: Muriel Areno Artist’s Reception

Join Muriel Areno and the Pahrump Arts Council for an Artist’s Reception at the Pahrump Community Library on Friday, May 22nd from 1 – 3 pm.

Evening Shadows - Muriel Areno

This show featuring the work of  Muriel Areno opened Friday, May 15th at the Pahrump Community Library in Pahrump, Nevada and will run through Friday, June 9th. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

For more information please contact:

Pahrump Community Library
701 East Street
Pahrump, NV 89048
775.727.5930

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Winner For Simon Sez – Dream Time.

This week’s Simon Sez winner is Muriel Areno. It was her photograph of her daughter sleeping that caught the eye of this week’s Simon, Shawn Marie Hardy.  “Simon Sez – Dream Time” was a special theme for her. When she made her choice, she explained.

“I had a really tough time deciding on just one of these images. I thought I had it narrowed down and then Muriel snuck this in.

I had a little secret when I came up with “dream time” – most of you probably know of my New Zealand connection, but there’s also an Australian connection.  I spent a good month surrounded by the brick red earth and the turquoise sky that is the outback, in a remote place off the beaten path in New South Wales, Australia, and it was then that I became very in tune with myself and began to follow my path as an artist.

I fell in love with my surroundings there, and the indigenous people, their art, and the history they created.  I somehow identify with their Dreamtime, and find myself feeling the importance of our dreams and how they pertain to our reality.  The Aboriginal definition of Dreamtime is: The time of the creation of the world in Australian Aboriginal mythology: “Aboriginal myths tell of the legendary totemic beings who wandered across the country in the Dreamtime . . . singing the world into existence.” It has also been translated as “of the past”.

My own fascination with dreams is why I chose the topic and it was so fun to see what “dream time” meant to other artists.  When I saw Muriel’s photo of her beautiful little daughter, 32 years ago, sleeping and dreaming amidst the subdued red and light blue hues surrounding her, I knew this was what I was looking for.  The blurred background and foreground resemble a pastel drawing, very similar to some of the art I saw in Australia, and they envelope the sleeping girl in a cocoon of color.  The peacefulness that this photograph evokes makes me think of the Aboriginal people, and their peacefulness as a society – or at least their attempts to be such. ”

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Muriel! We look forward to your turn as Simon.