EBSQ Friday Five: New Art in November

Today’s Friday Five is a taste of the spectacular art created by our artists and shared on their blogs. Featured above is: Go with the Flow by Karen Winters, Rooster No 19 by Delilah Smith, Ice Queen by Jo Hards, Blue Square Plate by Stephanie Amos, and Superb Fairy Wren by Janet M Graham.

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Barbara Haviland

Barbara Haviland

Who and where are you?

My name is Barbara Haviland and I live in Groves, Texas which is in East Texas.

BC Marsh #2 by Barbara Haviland

How did you get started art blogging?

I really don’t remember when I started blogging but, I thought it would be good to post my paintings and get some sales.

Alligator by Barbara Haviland

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I think the best thing is to post daily and I have been posting every day for almost 2 years.

Dena Tractor by Barbara Haviland

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

I listen to all kinds of music and find that I work best when I am alone. I paint every single day and love doing that.

Bayou Fire by Barbara Haviland

What’s coming next from your easel?

Right now I am working on a triptych Bayou landscape. Each panel is 17″x40″ and it is very large. I am also working on some birds. I always work on several pieces. Oh, I have some elk too that is almost finished.

http://barbsgarden.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. Today’s post is paying tribute to some of the amazing art blogged in May.

Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous

1. Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous

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Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner

2. Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner

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Summer Cat ACEO by Lisa Nelson

3.  Summer Cat by Lisa Nelson

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Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland

4. Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland

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Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket Griffith

5. Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

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Up the Creek Again by Fawn McNeill

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Haley by Joanne L Gallery

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Custom Vampire Portrait by Christine Striemer

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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: Lori Levin

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is simply an amazing woman and artist. She’s taken her passion and turned it into a thriving business. I’m so thrilled she could take the time to share some of her magic with our readers.

Who and where are you?

Now that’s a loaded question.  Just kidding.  My name is Lori Levin and I’m a full-time artist living and working in Salem County, New Jersey.  I’m blessed with a beautiful, supportive family, I have a gorgeous studio in which to work and I love what I do.  Painting since I was nine, art has always been a big part of my life.  Little did I know that when I was making car money in high school by painting pet portraits on sweatshirts that I would be doing something similar as my main means of income as an adult.  As a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, I always thought children’s books would be my calling because illustration was my major.  However, throughout my career in art, I’ve done everything from designing for retail spaces, print design for textiles and flooring, as well as fine art and commission work.  Though I’ve been painting for 30 year, I feel I’m just getting started in the world of art.  I don’t think the really good stuff will be created for at least another 10 years.  Only now at age 40 am I beginning to trust myself and my work shows this.  Perhaps it might take me 40 years of painting to become an overnight success.

How did you get started art blogging?

Blogging for me started as a business move in December of 2005.  I left my corporate design job to do pet portraits and small paintings full-time.  During that time I was an active member on another artists’ message board and saw that everyone there was a member of EBSQ and most of them blogged.  Joining the crowd seemed to be the right thing to do as I wanted to promote my business.  Back then selling my work via the auction sites was part of my business plan and to keep public interest, blogging was a great help.  As the years went on, my life and plans changed, blogging became more of a public journal, though I have less time for it now.  Still, I like sharing my motivations and thoughts as it makes me feel connected to others.  This is important when you spend most of your time alone in a studio.  Actually, I’m never truly alone because “Brady” the studio dog is always by my side.  He gives good critics too.

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Write from the heart and the rest will follow.  When you have something interesting floating in your head jot it down, later you can tweak and post it.  Don’t feel it is something you must do: blogging is not about pressure but rather sharing.  People love to feel like they’ve been let in on your personal secrets.  Just don’t give it all away, always maintain some element of mystery.  From a business standpoint, always make sure you mention your main website if you have one and include the link in each post.  Do the same for other artist friends and EBSQ as well.  EBSQ really helps with search engine recognition.  Spread the word about good things.  It all comes back to you in the end.

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

Music and rituals are what I’m all about.  Much like everything else I enjoy, my music tastes are a mixed bag.  You could come in and hear classical, especially Tchaikovsky, or The Cranberries, Red Hot Chili Peppers, India Arie, Dio and a varied list of other artists.  Usually for my pet portraits I play something upbeat to help me keep them cheerful but for my landscapes I push the lonely feeling with sadder melodies.  Some days I cannot tolerate any sound so I will sit in silence and just listen to the variety of birds singing outside my studio.  Part of my creative ritual is to feed the birds, then sit down to a cup of green tea and stare at the images to be worked on for the day.  During that time I do deep breathing exercise to try and help my mind open to the creative energy.  Seriously…I do.

What’s coming next from your easel?

This could better be answered by telling you what won’t be on my easel.  My art business has two parts, pet portraits as seen on www.soulfulstudios.com and landscape paintings for galleries.  Generally I work on 3 to 4 pieces at once.  I always have one or two pet portraits on my large antique drawing table and a couple of landscape paintings in the works on the easels as well.  This keeps me from getting too bogged down in any one piece.  Even though I love detail, too much can kill.  At the moment I’m working on a huge portrait in oil of 3 dogs, an acrylic painting of birds in the marsh and a drawing for a commission of an eagle painting.  Currently, I’m booked with pet portraits for 2 years and am constantly adding to the waiting list, so there is never a moment where the easel is empty.  Again, I’m very blessed.  Thank you for the honor of an interview.

http://soulfulstudios.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Laura Barbosa

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week art is a bold, rich and diverse reflection of the creative mind. She is an artist without limits, one who lets her muse take the driver’s seat.

Who and Where Are You?

Hello, my name is Laura Barbosa and I am a full time fine artist & business owner. I live off the sales of my original paintings and fine art prints. My art is collected on an International Level and my artwork has been featured on HGTV, Published in Hair’s How Magazine, NY ARTS Magazine, Forbes & more.

I am also a mom to 2 wonderful dogs including a therapy dog named Henna. My free time is spent visiting nursing homes and spreading the Joy that only a dog can bring. We live in South New Jersey near the Seaside Boardwalk where they filmed the reality show “Jersey Shore”.

Eagle Feathers 30 x 40 Acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

When I first started selling my paintings over the internet, I read many articles and found out that Art Blogging was an essential key element to getting noticed by the public. I also wanted a place where I could post my artwork and explain my techniques so I had articles for future reference. My first blog post was not very good because I thought about what I would say and put the words down very mechanically. But through the years, I have learned that any article or blog worth reading must come from the heart. This revelation also helped me name my wordpress blog: “The Heart Of Art Blog – A Virtual Meeting Ground For Art lovers” Since then my art blog has become a diary of my artwork, events, commissions, tips on techniques, a place to share my inner thoughts about selling art, and the best place for me to write down my true feelings and interact with the public. The Heart Of Art Blog has gained popularity through facebook and also has introduced me to many other artists who are now great friends and influential clients and galleries.

Steam 24 x 36 Acrylic & Ink

Any Tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My tips would be to keep your blog posts short and interesting and write your true feelings down like you are talking to a best friend. Post at least 3 times a week, something about you as an artist, your new work, your techniques and anything that you think is interesting. Also make sure that your photos are very clear and that you post photos in the majority of your blog posts because people love looking at pictures as a reference to what you are talking about. If you have a face book page, get the app for your blog so you can share your posts automatically with your friends and fans.

Day of the Dead 30 X 40 Acrylic

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

Well, my secret is: I love the Vampire Diaries! I download songs from the soundtrack so I can listen to them while I work. If I am in a more serious mood and creating art with great detail, I might change over to classical music or Andrea Bocelli. The only other ritual I have is clearing my mind before I start working either by taking the dogs for a walk or sitting in the yard for awhile to relax. One thing is for sure: Painting original art on canvas must be done when you have the best desire to do it. I can never force creativity, it just has to flow subconsciously or it won’t turn out very good. I think it is a lot like writing a good blog post from the heart. A good painting must come from the soul.

Uncanny Valley 24 x 36 Acrylic & Inks

What’s coming next for your easel?

I could go on forever answering this question! I have so many ideas, that I literally carry a sketch book with me wherever I go to jot down my future paintings. My next piece is going to involve texture and will include a tropical theme. Maybe some pelicans or ocean art. After that I must paint some fish for the summer. Fish paintings sell out very quickly for me. What I really want to do is a giant abstract for modern interiors, something that includes half faces and industrial mechanisms. There are so many ideas, I usually just decide what I am going to do when I am staring at the canvas, then it happens quickly and finishing it could take any length of time depending on the detail and subject matter. So stay tuned for a lot more art. There is no telling what I will come up with next!

http://laurabarbosa.wordpress.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vera Dennen

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week always has a piece of art in the works. One of things I like most about her portfolio is the diverse subjects she’s explored. There’s always something new and vibrant to be seen and the same can be said for her blog!

Who and where are you?

Vera Dennen, and I live in middle America, right in the heartland with lots of open space! Have lived on both coasts, which I will never regret having done, but am glad to be back with my roots now as well.

Weeds, 24" x 30" oil

How did you get started art blogging?

Began to blog as a way to share my work after having numerous requests for more information through my web site. Do have a few blogs with more deeper thoughts of my own, but mostly try to add some interest is trying new media, new methods, and new artistic horizons for follow artists as I believe this is the way we all grow.

Mustang II, 20" x 34" oil

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Speak from the heart. There Julia and Julia was not wrong (although I think that title is), just let your feelings roll as if off of your tongue; then others can better relate. Not only about what you did to achieve such and such new affect, but perhaps what caused you to try this style to begin with, or what trials and errors were involved before final achievement.

Feeding Time at the Zoo, 21.5"x28.5"x2" Watercolor

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

I have on major news networks, where I can keep up with what is going on in the world, but do not have to look at the TV while doing it. This is not for everyone however, as all of the news is not good. CNN being my favorite, and Hardball on MSNBC. Because I have lived in such a variety of settings in my life, guess my need to be broadly informed may be greater than many. To tell the truth, do envy those artists who turn up the music and paint while they listen.

Growing Season, 18" x 24" x 3/4" Watercolor mounted on Canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Am working on a second Mustang, smaller in size this time, and pre-stretched on Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Mustang III, about a week away from finish yet I would guess. But have many paintings lined up in different stages of work, watercolors receiving glazes, others being mounted, several oils in the works, drying, etc., and some having floater frames being added as well. What ever pops up and yells “finish me” the loudest will be next. Anyway, that’s the way it usually works best for me.

http://veraoriginals.blogspot.com/

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

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