EBSQ Friday Five

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

365 Days of Art - Day 185 by Kathleen Ralph

1. Day 185 – Through a glass (bottle) – Artist Kathleen Ralph divulges her weakness, but commits to keep trying till she gets it right. I personally think she’s closer than she realizes.

2. Paint America Top 100 – Help us congratulate artist Pat Burns for making it into the top 100 for her painting “Tethered.” WooHoo!

3. A Very Busy Week – Cathy Johnson has been writing an article for Early American Life on the art of miniatures. She shares some of her research and her own miniatures!

4. From doodle to inkle of Toussaint the Teethy -Doodler extraordinaire Keven King shares the sometimes long process of doodle to illustration.

5. Color Scheme Designer – Brenda Boylan shares an incredible online tool for sorting color schemes. Thank you!

Have a wonderful and hopefully creative weekend!


EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Mark Satchwill

I’m proud to introduce this week an artist most known for his vivid portraits. But in truth his paintings reflect many aspects of the world around us. Painting in watercolors, he captures images from nature and the imagination. He is a juried member of EBSQ and a dedicated blogger. Without further ado…

Who and where are you?

My name is Mark Satchwill and I reside in Watford, a town not too far from London in the UK.

Pansy II - 6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor

How did you get started art blogging?

Well I started a blog nearly four years ago now. Originally I intended to use it like a diary, not so much about my work but about my life etc. The art took over and I realised that it was still a diary of sorts. Though I have a website, to keep it updated is time consuming. A blog takes five minutes to update, so it doesn’t remain static, so it’s a very useful tool. I generally add the work the day it’s finished with a few words on the piece. I’ve also sold though the blog and regular customers can cherry pick the work they want as it gets put up on blog before it’s listed elsewhere.

Sweet Peppers, 10 x 7.5 inches, watercolor

Any tips for other EBSQ bloggers?

Try to direct customers to your blog. While it’s great to have other artists and friends following what we do, it’s generally non-artist’s that are the buyers. Think of it as a tool so make sure you have links to any places you sell and tag the posts carefully.

Three Squash, 10.5 x 8 inches, watercolor

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

Well, I have an enormous music collection which ranges from the 50’s to now. I rarely don’t have music on whatever I am doing. Recently I’ve been listening to Kap Bambino, Nerina Pallot, Paloma Faith and Fever Ray alot.

Stefan II - 5 x 7 inches, watercolor

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have more still life planned and would like to do more portraits and florals….a bit of everything! I also plan to do some larger pieces this year.


Thank you Mark for the 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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Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday: Carmen Keys

This week’s Featured Friday store is run by the talented Carmen Keys:

The Owl and the Pussycat - Whimsical Original PaintingGarden Dance - Girl and Dog Original PaintingTalisman of Escape - Whimsical Girl Original Painting

Carmen’s watercolors are very whimsical, and transport the viewer to another land.  A land of faeries, cats, and other mystical creatures, situations, and fantasies. Her works are so soft, you are drawn into the amazing details and highlights.  Carmen’s store has original full size works,  and ACEO sized originals.


May Schedule:

April 4-10 Theme Suggestions
April 11-15  Theme Voting
April 16-28 Showcase Postings
May 1 Showcase Runs
Come join us today!

Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

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