We have a winner!

Click here to open the PrintRunner homepage in a new browserLast week, we hosted a postcard giveaway, sponsored by PrintRunner. We randomly drew an entry number and our winner is: Theodora Demetriades!

Congratulations, Theodora. Let us know how your postcards turn out!

Let me add my thanks to each and every one of you who contributed fantastic ideas on how to use your postcards. We’ll be putting together a best-of list next week.

Stay tuned for more great giveways in the future!

 

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We have winners!

Congratulations to our First Art of 2012 Facebook Challenge Winner, Melinda Dalke! Her name was randomly pulled from our 30 entries. Here’s her first piece of the year, Headed Home:

Headed Home by EBSQ Artist Melinda Dalke
Headed Home by EBSQ Artist Melinda Dalke

 

Melinda joins our Twitter contest winner, Lori Mirabelli, who won a full year of EBSQ on Twitter the week before. Here’s Lori’s first new artof 2012:

Untitled artwork by EBSQ Artist Lori Mirabelli
Untitled artwork by EBSQ Artist Lori Mirabelli

 

Congratulations, ladies! And our hats are off to all of the participating artists. By the look of things, 2012 is going to be an absolutely gorgeous year!

Congratulations to our free account winner!

Not long ago, we posted about a survey about selling art online.  All of the participants had a chance to win a free year with EBSQ by including their email address. We randomly selected a winner this past Friday:

Congratulations, Joan Hall Johnson!

Thanks to ALL of our survey participants! You all generously offered a ton of ideas and insight for which we’re extremely grateful. Look for an upcoming blog post where we’ll be sharing some of our findings.  And keep an eye on your inbox; our tenth anniversary relaunch is just around the corner!

Winner For Simon Sez – Dream Time.

This week’s Simon Sez winner is Muriel Areno. It was her photograph of her daughter sleeping that caught the eye of this week’s Simon, Shawn Marie Hardy.  “Simon Sez – Dream Time” was a special theme for her. When she made her choice, she explained.

“I had a really tough time deciding on just one of these images. I thought I had it narrowed down and then Muriel snuck this in.

I had a little secret when I came up with “dream time” – most of you probably know of my New Zealand connection, but there’s also an Australian connection.  I spent a good month surrounded by the brick red earth and the turquoise sky that is the outback, in a remote place off the beaten path in New South Wales, Australia, and it was then that I became very in tune with myself and began to follow my path as an artist.

I fell in love with my surroundings there, and the indigenous people, their art, and the history they created.  I somehow identify with their Dreamtime, and find myself feeling the importance of our dreams and how they pertain to our reality.  The Aboriginal definition of Dreamtime is: The time of the creation of the world in Australian Aboriginal mythology: “Aboriginal myths tell of the legendary totemic beings who wandered across the country in the Dreamtime . . . singing the world into existence.” It has also been translated as “of the past”.

My own fascination with dreams is why I chose the topic and it was so fun to see what “dream time” meant to other artists.  When I saw Muriel’s photo of her beautiful little daughter, 32 years ago, sleeping and dreaming amidst the subdued red and light blue hues surrounding her, I knew this was what I was looking for.  The blurred background and foreground resemble a pastel drawing, very similar to some of the art I saw in Australia, and they envelope the sleeping girl in a cocoon of color.  The peacefulness that this photograph evokes makes me think of the Aboriginal people, and their peacefulness as a society – or at least their attempts to be such. ”

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Muriel! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

Simon Sez… Spring winner announced!

This week’s Simon Sez winner is Shawn Marie Hardy. Her photograph of caterpillars was chosen by  Simon, aka Amanda Makepeace, because “I just love this photograph and its uniqueness! ”

Shawn Marie Hardy
Shawn Marie Hardy

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Shawn! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

Simon Sez… Stone! Winner Announced

This week’s Simon Sez winner is Amanda Makepeace with her photograph on pebbles on Charmouth Beach, England. Simon, aka Tracey Allyn Greene, said of her choice: “Great composition, I can feel the glistening smoothness of these stones.  The subtle earthy colors.  Just beautiful.”

Amanda Makepeace
Amanda Makepeace

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Amanda! We look forward to your turn as Simon.