EBSQ Friday Five

Witch Ornie by Michele Lynch

1. Witch Ornie – EBSQ mixed media artist, Michele Lynch has been busy creating cute creepy ornaments for Halloween!

2. 4th Annual Art Auction – Stop by Jennifer Lommers blog for details on her winter art auction.

3. Selling Art in Hard Times – Artist Delilah Smith has some insightful thoughts on being an artist and your own business manager.

4. Anabelle – Are you a fan of Steampunk Art? If so, then you mustn’t miss Melia Newman’s video of paintings Anabelle.

5. 11 Whimsical Ways to Clear your Creative Block – Terry McClary has some wonderful, and fun, ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Team EBSQ-Etsy: Must Have Monday (is baaaaaaack!)

Ah it’s good to be back! (hugs and kisses all around!)

I thought I might warm things up a little bit with some Steam – Steampunk that is! Keep nice and toasty everyone!

Tess by Michele Lynch
Steampunk Mermaid by Lynn Dobbins
Shattered Dreams And Broken Promises by Mandarin Moon
This is just a small taste of the artwork available for sale from EBSQ artists on Etsy. You can find more by searching Steampunk Team EBSQ on Etsy, plus there is a wealth of Steampunk art on EBSQ. You can also see more artwork from the featured artists on EBSQ by viewing their portfolios: Michele Lynch, Lynn Dobbins, and Christina A Kapono.
~ Kris Jean Team EBSQ-Etsy Mod

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Holiday Tree by Gretchen Del Rio

1. Holiday Tree – Cats plus Christmas Trees. Need I say more? Artist Gretchen Del Rio captures the more light-hearted side of this yearly phenomena.

2. Tis the Season “Things with Wings” – Check out the latest whimsical art from Sherry Key! These will be available for Nibblefest in the coming month.

3. Time-lapse Movie: Season’s Between – I never tire of watching Brenda Boylan’s time-lapse movies. It’s fascinating to see her pastel paintings to come to life!

4. Meet Steampunk Edna – Steampunk is cool. Steampunk and Zombies are awesome! Check out the latest creation from Michele Lynch, from beginning to end.

5. Artist’s Journal Workshop – Congratulations are in order for Cathy Johnson, who’s new book on artist’s journals will be out next year. Keep an eye out for the cover; which she will reveal on her blog in the coming months.

 

Happy Holidays!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week it’s all about July’s fresh pressed art!

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Bucket of Bows by Gwen Bell

2.

Up the Creek Again by Fawn McNeill

3.

Haley by Joanne L Gallery

4.

Custom Vampire Portrait by Christine Striemer

5.

Steampunk Unicorn Damask by Jayde Hilliard

The talents at EBSQ are so diverse you can find just about anything you can imagine.  Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Melia Newman

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week has been creating art in one form or another since she was young child. From steampunk to the simply whimsical, her art speaks to all ages.

Who and where are you?

The where is the easy question – Texas just East of Dallas.  The who? Gosh, that depends on the day, time and who is asking most of the time.  Artist, Illustrator, serious fantasy literature fan, wife, mom to 2 kids, a cat, a dog and a brand new barely weaned kitten foundling.  Irritating in my amusement with word play. And someone who is maybe a little too obsessed with fabric and scrapbooking paper since I use neither for any sort of regular crafting.  But the patterns and colors are so cool! You can just call me Melia (Muh-lee-uh).

How did you get started art blogging?

I found this wonderful magazine at the book store called Artful Blogging and fell in love.  My husband had already been encouraging me to blog and even set everything up to make it as easy as possible for me to use my website for that.  But I am not really a digital person.  I do my art with real paint and brush (or pen and ink), so using the computer to share my thoughts wasn’t what I thought of first. It seems silly to me now since I love EBSQ to show my work and started selling on eBay long before I started with art festivals and other more traditional venues, and then Etsy is just a heavenly way to put my work out there.  But it took having something on paper that I could hold in my hand to introduce me to the wonderful world of blogging and the amazing work so many other artists were putting out through their blogs.

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

To coin a popular advertising slogan – Just do it.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be particularly witty, or brilliant. My blog certainly isn’t any of that. Folks just want to see the art and maybe learn a bit of what is going on behind the scenes.  I know that is why I read other artists’ blogs.

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio? Or if you don’t listen to music, do you have any rituals associated with your creative time?

Much to my husband’s chagrin, music isn’t a big part of my life.  He thinks that I am either very weird or tone deaf. My only real ritual is that I carry my art supplies everywhere.  Sometimes it is just my sketchbook and a pencil, but most often it is a huge tote with drawing and watercolor supplies and I work in every spare moment I can.  I sketch while waiting on my daughter to get out of school, in restaurants, at family gatherings, waiting for movies to start, at gatherings of friends.  I never know what is going to spark an idea or where I will be when it happens.  I swear my muse is a magpie and finds the smallest bit of shiny to set it off at the oddest moments.

But when I want to do something on canvas or too large to be done on the go, that is done late at night after everyone is in bed.  Maybe an episode of Dr. Who playing to keep me company at 2am.

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have no clue.  I have several things in my sketchbook begging to become something more, but something else might come up before I can get to it.  Fairy cats and whimsical baby dragons seem to be what is emerging in my sketchbook the most these days. Whatever it is, it will be something that makes me smile, or maybe even giggle.  I have to keep that magpie muse amused.

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

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EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Christina M. Givens

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Christina M. Givens

Triskelion - Christina M. Givens
When I was a kid I always took everything apart. From the TV’s to furniture, nothing was safe! My parents always found it funny, that’s only because I would put it back together again. I naturally gravitated to watches and taking them apart.
When I first discovered the steampunk movement, I was dazzled! All the gears and cogs, metal, clock, aviation, I loved every bit of it! I began making pendants with tons of trial and error. But once I got the hang of it each piece had a purpose or a reason for it.
I’ve always felt that it was the sentiment and the reason behind a piece of jewelry that made it special, even if it was aesthetically pleasing. So this is what I try to create with every piece I touch. – Christina M. Givens

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EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Aimee Koester

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Aimee Koester

Ties That Bind Copper Cuff - Aimee Koester
I don’t know about you, but I’m a different person everyday. Jewelry gives me the opportunity to showcase the facets of my personality. Even when I’m creating I’m able to use that to my advantage. The artist sculpts in metal, the rebel works in copper, the princess with stones, and the child lives in fantasy. And the best part…. There’s nothing beyond the scope of jewelry. – Aimee Koester

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