Watercolor Sketching with Cathy Johnson

Cathy Johnson is a long-time member of EBSQ. In 2012 she did a series of free workshops with Strathmore Papers. Those video lessons are now on Youtube!


EBSQ Friday Five

Winter Chickadee by Patricia Christensen

1. Collage Fun & Watercolors – Patricia Christensen shows off her latest creations after completing a watercolor class by Ian Ramsey. Beautiful!

2. One Petticoat Lane Show – Artist Angela Petruncio mixed media creations will be on display from Nov 30 to Dec 27 in Annapolis, MD. Check her blog for details.

3. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Sara Burrier is giving away  12 gifts to 12 winners this month. You don’t want to miss this giveaway!

4. EBSQ Holiday Showcase 2012 – I need entries for the EBSQ Holiday Showcase. Details on the forum.

5. Do you have a news worthy blog post to share in our Friday Five? Email me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.


Free Watercolor Workshop with Cathy Johnson

Cathy JohnsonEBSQ’s very own Cathy Johnson will be hosting a free 4-week workshop on Watercolor Sketching in March 2012. I know March is a little ways off and you’re probably focused on the holidays right now, but sign-ups have already begun and Cathy will be sharing the class supply list on January 23rd! Cathy’s workshop is a part of Strathmore’s 2012 Online Workshop Series. Here’s what Cathy had to say about her workshop on her blog:

I’ve been asked to do a 4-week workshop as part of  Strathmore’s free workshop series, and I was delighted to say yes!  It will focus on watercolor, but we’ll also cover mixed media and journaling.

Register Now

Follow the link above to register for Cathy’s workshop or all three of the free Strathmore workshops. Then they will send you a link where you can sign-up for the class via their Strathmore Online Workshops community. You get your own page where you can upload some of your art, meet other classmates, etc.

Cathy Johnson Strathemore Workshop

I’ve already joined and can’t wait to start Cathy’s workshop. If you decided to join, come sit by me (a.k.a be my friend) and we’ll take the workshop together!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Erika Nelson

Artist Erika Nelson

Who and where are you?

Erika Nelson, but I’d rather be known as ArtByErika since it’s my domain name and it embodies many of my more important accomplishments. I’d also rather be known as an artist online because I seem to be moving from one state to another, but currently I am in Northwest Arkansas, USA, (it just doesn’t feel like home yet).

Tea and Peonies by Erika Nelson

How did you get started art blogging?

I’ve always kept a journal from age 7. I think it’s because I like writing and I like seeing my handwriting 🙂 Growing up in Catholic school in Asia in the Philippines specifically, penmanship, in it’s most legible and tidy condition, was really a worthy skill to master! Journal writing is another art expression of mine that has quickly gone south since I discovered I love computers! Still I am currently on my 2nd 10-year journal book which is quite neglected these recent years due to online blogging.

I remember I saw Robyn Hanzel had a Livejournal and I was so extremely excited that at the prospect of finally having readers (a purpose to expose my thoughts), and I could showcase images of my art as well and feel like a real writer! The rest is history and I’ve since moved to Blogspot because I find it has more traffic. So thanks Robyn for inspiring me!

Portraits by Erika Nelson

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My biggest tip is not to get too wordy and try to have a focus like you need a focal point in your painting. People live busy lives and they’re looking for a quick read and hope to gain something (knowledge, humor, good news, etc). from the 5 minutes they have to spare. Must use IMAGES- they are wonderful baits! But same advise – try not to get carried away; too much of anything is too much.

Watercolors by Erika Nelson

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

The only musical preference I have for painting is radio music As long as I can’t predict what will play and hopefully it’s not music I am too familiar with or I begin to daydream and imagine myself on stage singing and my fans screaming out my name 😀 In most cases I tune into Classical music. But when I need to wake up, I play jazz and classic rock, 70s music. Most of the time I prefer quiet so I can hear the birds outside my window.

Portraits by Erika Nelson

What can we expect to see next from easel?

I just got back from a figurative workshop offered by a master artist Romel Delatorre so I feel very inspired! It’s always a surprise – some watercolors and some oils, some still life, maybe landscape as well. I am providing for 2 local galleries as well as my online artgoddess on Etsy! I also have a couple portrait commissions waiting for more attention and I try to participate in the Daily Paintworks challenge – I love mixing it up as it were! 🙂


Thank you Erika 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jeanne Forsyth

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing watercolor artist. She’s one of those artists who’s skill in the medium inspires us all.

Artist Jeanne Forsyth

Who and where are you?

My name is Jeanne Forsyth, and Queen Creek Arizona is where I call home (about 30 SE of Phoenix.)  Arizona is my native state, and also where I find inspiration for my paintings.   I work primarily with watercolors in a realistic style with an emphasis of high contrast, rich color and simple compositions.

Needles of Light by Jeanne Forsyth
How did you get started art blogging?

I originally started my blog under the name “Nanny’s Room” two years ago as a result of being chosen to a design team for a digital stamping company.  After 1 1/2 years of design work, I decided to step down and devote more time to my fine art journey.  I changed the name of the title of my blog to My Studio Work.  I have found blogging a great way to not only network, and connect with others, but also it is a great way to record and journal my artwork and achievements.

Cherished by Jeanne Forsyth

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Stay current – I try to post at least once a week.  When I do a work in progress, I will spread that out over several posts.  This keeps my readers interested and checking back for progress updates.

Pictures are a big deal.  Good quality is a must.  Art buyers, and gallery owners are looking at your work. First impressions mean everything.  I edit every picture before putting it on the blog.  Usually the color from the camera is not as vibrant as my painting in real life.  I will do the necessary adjustments needed for the best quality.  Cropping the picture also allows the viewer to see the piece clearly and pleasing to the eye.

I try to keep my articles in my blog on an upbeat and positive note.  I think most people are in looking more than reading, so keeping it simple and directed to the artwork works best for me.

My objective is to motivate and inspire my readers.  The best compliment to me is when a reader takes the time to comment on my work.  I always try to respond back, and pay that blogger a visit if they are keeping a blog.

Single Rose by Jeanne Forsyth
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I cannot paint without music, and my mood dictates what I listen to. I love Pandora – I’ll select stations with instrumental folk, or praise, and sometimes a little Josh Groban;-)   There are many genres to choose.  My paintings also dictate what music I will listen to.  When I’m throwing and spattering paint on for the underpainting – a fast guitar piece does the trick.  When I’m concentrating on details, I tend to like some inspiring worship music.  Music carries me away and allows me to get lost into the work.  There is nothing better than that moment while you are totally absorbed into painting and realize you are in sync with the beat of the music and the stroke of your brush – it’s the perfect marriage~  Sometimes I finish a setting, and will wonder how I even got there – what did I do to create that – hummm… maybe the hand of God had something to do with the results~

Ben ACEO by Jeanne Forsyth
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have recently been juried into the AZ Art Alliance, and am also represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale.  I am currently working on building a portfolio of work for exhibits to these groups.  My next piece that is ready to start is a pet portrait of my big dufus-dog Ben. He is a beautiful white Great Pyrenees. I just completed a portraiture workshop and the instructor had painted a white dog – thought I’d give Ben a try.


Thank you Jeanne 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?

EBSQ Friday Five

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

Aubrey by Catherine Darling

1. UWS Spring Show Entry – I LOVE Catherine Darling’s new watercolor painting for the Utah Watercolor Society Spring Show. Good luck, Cathy!

2. Figuring out just exactly what *do* I want from art – Carmen Medlin discusses her battle to be true to herself and her art.

3. Giggle Dogs Contest – KiniArt is having a contest! Find the Giggle Dogs and win a prize!

4. 7000 Bracelets for Hope – Vickie Miller is participating in the a project to help children who suffer from rare diseases. You can too, check out her blog for details.

5. March Giveaway – Tina Robertson is giving away a wonderful budget book, designed by her. See her blog for details.


Have a wonderful weekend folks, and please take a moment to think of those affected by the quake and tsunami in Japan.

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kathy Jurek

November is not only a time of changing leaves. Traditionally, it is a time for family–gatherings and feasts. Kathy Jurek is one EBSQ artist who’s passion is the painting of family and everyday people, in everyday situations. I’m proud to present her for this week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

Kathy Jurek

Who and where are you?

My name is Kathy Jurek and I live in Omaha, Nebraska.

Harry in the Leaves by Kathy Jurek

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in October 2006. I was selling my work on Ebay and blogging was becoming very popular so I thought it would be a good idea to try it.

Button Pusher by Kathy Jurek
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

If you’ve been thinking about blogging, then try it. Blogging allows you to make a more personal connection with people and it’s very easy to get started. It’s easier and quicker than a website. Even if you are the only one who knows it exists, you will have an online diary of your progress as an artist. It’s fun to look back and see how far you have come. It’s also a great place to send people who are interested in your work. I update my blog more often than my website. I also post smaller artwork, works in progress and illustrations that I don’t put on my website.

You Decide by Kathy Jurek
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I’m addicted to pandora.com and this year I’ve been really hooked on the band, Lifehouse. Sometimes I listen to podcasts. Honestly, I think I’m more productive when I work in silence but that’s no fun.

Missy and Emma by Kathy Jurek
What’s coming next from your easel?

Aside from all the small art I try to get done during the week, I’m getting ready to start a large figurative painting to enter into a national show next year.


Thank you Kathy 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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