Friday Five: Words of Wisdom

Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims
Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims

1. Whether you Make it or Not is Never about Talent by Yuko Shimizu

There are ALWAYS going to be people who are better than you, and that is totally OK. It is an unnecessary distraction you should never focus on.

2. Ten Rules Every Artist Should Live By by Grant Goodwine

The people who don’t give up, no matter what life throws at them, are more likely to make a name for themselves in whichever creative vocation they choose.

3.  Freedom of Sketch by Lauren Panepinto

Freedom of speech is a right that trumps freedom from being offended. Every time.

4. On Managing Time, Insecurities, and the Magic Mirror Gate by Guiseppe Castellano

I don’t know of any artist who wakes up in the morning and says, “Yeah, I’m as good as I want to be.” There will always be room for growth. The key is to keep moving.

 5. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J.K. Rowling

 

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EBSQ Friday Five

Blue Green Abstraction by Luba Lubin

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Luba Lubin and her Blue Green Abstraction. I can’t resist those blues!

2. Enjoy TED Talks? Check these out: 5 TED Talks to Kickstart your Creativity.

3. James Gurney has a new instructional watercolor video and he’s posted a list of the materials used, with links and notes — Watercolor in the Wild Materials.

4. Looking for a way to improve your figure drawing skills? Sketch Daily References let’s you pick what you want to draw and the time you want to spend on each and then creates a slideshow for you. You can select clothed figures, nude, specific body parts and even animals.

5. Are you an EBSQ Artist with an upcoming exhibition or other event you’d like to share? Get in touch with me to be included in the Friday Five: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

 

EBSQ Friday Five

Tuxedo Dreamin' by Christine Striemer

1. Before I saw the title of Christine Striemer’s Code’s latest painting, I thought, what a lovely dream-like quality. Spot on! Cat lovers will fall for Tuxedo Dreamin’.

2. Don’t forget to download Maureen Frank’s January Mandala – Confidence. “Our confidence comes with remembering and celebrating our past and present accomplishments regardless of how trivial.”

3. The clock is ticking for our January Art Exhibits. Have you entered? Check them out today – Penguins and Flower of the Month: Snowdrops.

4. An interesting article from EmptyEasel.com – Are you over-sharing your artwork?

5. Artkick founder brings Bill Gates’ digital art dream to life – Read about the project and check out the Artkick App. What do you think about this new way to bring art to the public?

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Cavaliere Errante by Alessandro Andreuccetti

1. Alessandro Andreuccetti mixed media painting Cavaliere Errante was impossible to miss on the front page of EBSQ this morning. I love the burst of colors on top of the text. Magnifico!

2. Did you know the University of California Press has over 770 ebooks available for free to the public? There is a collection of books on Architecture, Art, Art History, Art Theory and many more subjects. Browse the public ebooks by subject here.

3. Ever wondered how often you should be posting to different social media outlets? It could make a difference to how you market you art!

4. Art Installation at J.F.K. Faces Possible Destruction – It would be a crime to destroy this installation. Anyone have a 600 ft wall available?

5. 12 Things You Should Never Say To An Artist 😉

EBSQ Friday Five

Ballerina by Luda Angel

1. For the last few weeks I’ve been posting winter/holiday artwork in the Friday Five. Can you guess what Luda Angel’s painting, Ballerina, brought to mind this morning?

2. How to Photograph your Paintings – Another gem from Muddy Colors.

3. December’s Mandala of the Month by Maureen Frank is titled Impedimenta–exploring the baggage that halts our creative progress.

4. Fate of Detroit’s Art Hangs in the Balance – Have you been following this story?

5. Artist Transforms Eyelids into Works of Art <– So cool!!

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BYOBa by Sherry Key
BYOBa by Sherry Key

1. BYOBa – I can’t get enough of Sherry Key’s whimsical and often surreal art. Can you guess the meaning of BYOBa?

2. Hollyhock Painting Started – Take a peek inside Kimberly Vanlandingham’s studio to see how she gets started painting.

3. MOTM: Our Bodies –  This month’s free mandala by Maureen Frank encourages us to listen to our bodies and slow down!

4. It won’t be long before my local convention, DragonCon, is underway. This year both Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Tiffany Toland-Scott will be at the Art Show!

5. Tips on Pricing your Art for Licensing – I see this question pop up in the forums often. So here you go. EmptyEasel.com dishes out a few tips to help you with the process.

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Still Life with Hardanger by Sandra Willard
Still Life with Hardanger by Sandra Willard

1. Still Life with Hardanger -Sandra Willard and her extraordinary talent have amazed me again.

2. Lowe Mill Art Studios and Grumpy Cat – The talented artists of this large studio in Alabama, including EBSQ’s very own Tracey Allyn Greene, have been featured in The Huffington Post! Congrats, Tracey!

3. Controversies: eBay and Adobe – Tiffany Toland-Scott shares some very important information concerning this two giants. This is a must read for anyone who uses eBay to sell their art and for all Photoshop users.

4. MOTM: Simplify – Maureen Frank’s mandala for May is all about simplifying our lives. Stop by her blog to download this month’s mandala for free.

5. Fostering Friendly Familiarity – EmptyEasel.com has a superb article on how to market your art by building a relationship with your viewers, not just seeing them as buyers.