EBSQ Friday Five

1. Pastel Still Life: Banana Bread – As usual, pastel artist Kari Tirrell blows me away with her incredible detail!

2. Paint is Thicker than Water Part II – Abril Andrade Griffith and family are exhibiting at the Gallery at Ninety-Seven, beginning on June 9. Check her blog for more details!

3. Best in Show – Sandra Willard won Best in Show at the 2012 Art in the Square in Belleville, IL. Congratulations, Sandra!

4. Call Me Crazy – Delilah Smith shares 5 creative ways to share you work on Pinterest.

5. InStep2Souls – EBSQ artist Stephanie Amos has a new project in the work. To be a part of it you only need to send her a photo of your feet! Seriously. Check out her blog!

Have a great weekend!


EBSQ Friday Five

1. Lifesong – Sara Burrier’s latest painting, Lifesong, illustrates her personal journey. Check out the post for the full version of the painting and the symbolism she has worked into this beautiful work of art.

2. April MOTM: Hell0 – April’s mandala from artist Maureen Frank is about opening ourselves to new ideas and perspectives. I love her description; which includes a bit about Sherlock Holmes! Maureen’s Mandala’s are free to download and color.

3. Robert Lange Studios Group Show – Pastel artist Kari Tirrell shares her two paintings for this upcoming exhibition in Charleston.

4. A Return to PFATT Marketplace – Lisa Nelson will be returning to the PFATT marketplace to sell her wonderful paintings, dolls and more. Check her blog for details.

5. Day 96 – Took Gallagher is still pushing forward in 2012 with her 365 Project. Don’t miss her latest plaster creation, a work-in-progress.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Brenda Boylan

This week’s EBSQ Blogger is a pastel artist who’s not afraid to take her art on the road. You might find her on a street corner, a city park or even out in the countryside. Her pastel paintings are vibrant, colorful impressions of the beauty all around us.

Who and where are you?

Hi!  I’m Brenda Boylan (also known as “Lil’ b”, by my closest friend).  Painting with soft pastels in the studio or en plein-air is what I LOVE to do!  I’ve been painting professionally for 16 years and am a member of the Northwest Pastel Society and a few other regional organizations.  I have won a few awards with my work and more recently my work was published in the Best of America Pastel II Series.

I’m also married to the man of my dreams and a mom of two very busy kids, so you could say I’m pretty fulfilled.  I live in the Great Northwest, Portland, Oregon, where tree huggers and salmon run free.  This region offers artists a lot of beautiful areas to gain inspiration from.

Albrights Donuts, 12x9 inches, Pastel

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging mostly out of curiosity.  Visiting my favorite artists’ websites, (some from EBSQ) I noticed that a lot of them had really cool blogs which kept me coming back for more. From their example, I figured out how and what I would blog about.  Also, I was told that Blogging is a simple way to market my work to a wider market and that I can easily build relationships with my visitors.  Sounded easy to me!  So I jumped right in, and have been posting weekly since September of ’07.  Blogging keeps me accountable to my art and motivates me to paint on a regular basis which can sometimes be hard with my busy life.

Rise From Water, 5x5 inches, Pastel

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep it simple and have interesting things to write about that others may learn from.  Also, post regularly!  I have found bloggers who don’t post regularly don’t give me any reason to return.

Being Sour Has it's Benefits, 6x6 inches, Pastel

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

I love to listen to a lot of different stuff.  Currently, I use Pandora.com and have created a “station” I mixed with 80 punk/new wave music as well as the other side of the spectrum of Classical and new age instrumental sounds.  More recently, the background sounds of jazz are beginning to appeal to me more and more.

Buoy Dance, 18x12 inches, Pastel

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m getting ready to create a larger version of a study I did last November ’09, called “Evening Reflections“.  I have been working on a series of 24×24” scenes of my family’s farm, but have moved beyond that idea to include other property lines filled with moody color. This one study is just what I’d like to make on a larger scale.  Sometimes a study doesn’t translate into a larger piece, so I will be trying to capture the mood more than the exact likeness of the study.


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

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