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It’s been a while

(dusts off microphone)

Hello, all of you beautiful people of the interwebs! Yes, we’re still here. Long time, no post! Just because we haven’t been vocal in this space doesn’t mean we aren’t still actively working behind the scenes to keep EBSQ moving forward. We have a lot of plans in the works for 2019, including a revival of EBSQ’s exhibition calendar. Keep watching this space!

Onward & upward!

-Amie on behalf of Team EBSQ

In case you didn’t get yesterday’s memo

Are you ready to get “Ripped Off”?

This annual collaborative art event, now in its 15th year, is like no other at EBSQ
Image above: 2014 Ripped Off winner Fractured Fractal Caladium by EBSQ Artist Elizabeth Fiedel

A bit of history:

Ripped Off was started back in 2001 as a direct response to a slew of copiests ripping off EBSQ member art on selling it on eBay, the same venue where they discovered it. We decided to create an event where permission was given to riff on another member’s art to create something new that still related strongly to the original inspiration. We’re hoping this annual event has brought some awareness to how critical PERMISSION is, and a reminder that it’s not cool to simply “borrow” another artist’s vision and repackage it as your own for profit.

How Ripped Off works:

It’s actually pretty simple. EBSQ Artists are encouraged to look for one (or multiple) partners, and gain permission to create something based on a previously existing work done by their partner. The new piece should not be an exact copy, but rather an expansion of the original. In addition to generating new work, we’re hoping new friendships are formed as well.

What happens to the new work?

It’s up to the partners. Some people swap originals or provide a reproduction for their partner. Some people sell their new pieces. It’s completely between the two of you.

How do I find a partner?

You can either contact an EBSQ artist you already know, or put out a call for partners either on the EBSQ in-house forums or in our Facebook group.*

What do I need to include with my show entry?

In your accompanying artist statement, make sure you cite the name of the artist whose work you’ve ripped, the title that served as your inspiration, a write a bit about why you were attracted to the inspiration piece. Optionally, you may include a jpg of the original source work as one of your detail images to give others context for experiencing your work.

What about awards?

It pays to get involved! The Member’s Choice winner receives $100 cash and the artist whose work was ripped off receives $50 cash, simply for serving as inspiration!

What’s my deadline?

All Ripped Off entries must be in by 11:59 EDT on 31 July 2015. Voting starts the next day. Winners will be announced on 8 August 2015.

Speaking of exhibits–entries are still being accepted for Portrait of the Artist through 11:59 PM EDT on 30 June 2015. We’re looking for portraits of artists in the following genres: visual, literary, and musical. I personally know at least a dozen of you have perfect pieces just sitting in your portfolios–go on and enter! It doesn’t have to be brand spanking new to be eligible,simply never used in a previous exhibit.

With gratitude,

-Amie on behalf of Team EBSQ
Supporting living artists since 2000

* Not yet a member of our private EBSQ Facebook group? It’s already proving to be the easiest way to connect with your fellow artists and EBSQ staff. Simply apply through the page itself or reply to this message, indicating your interest in the FB group if you’re a paid member, and we’ll make sure you get an invite!

EBSQ Friday Five

The Sea is my comfort the Moon is my rest Painted Art Quilt

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Lisa M. Nelson. I love the title of this serene Art Quilt – The Sea is my comfort, the Moon is my rest.

2. At first glance, this post on Muddy Colors (The Art of Fitness)  might look like a spoof post, but it addresses a serious concern – Fitness. Keeping our bodies healthy is good for our creativity.

3. Chasing the Hotness – Are you wasting your time trying to update a gazillion online portfolios?

4. Who’s planning on entering an EBSQ exhibit this month? Did you know there’s prize money for the Member’s Choice winner? Take a look at Medieval Inspired Mosaics and Flower of the Month: Bluebells.

5. Take a tour of the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum! – I couldn’t resist sharing this great post from ImagineFX. Sea Monsters have long been an inspiration for artists.

Gearing up for an Awesome Artful 2013

Lo and behold, it’s a new year. What the heck happened to 2012? Or that pesky zombie apocalypse we had on our calendar? The whole year just seemed to whiz by. Anyhow. 2013. It’s here. Time to gear up!

Is your portfolio ready for 2013?

Check out these 7 art portfolio readiness tips here on the EBSQ Blog!

Speaking of  2013…
Our 2013 Art Exhibit Calendar has been announced! Which shows are you most looking forward to?

Finally–New Beginnings

December was a rough month for Team EBSQ. Everybody was down with the flu (and other ailments) multiple times. I think I can count the number of days I personally wasn’t sick on one hand! As a result, the finishing touches on the newest iteration of the EBSQ website is running behind schedule. We’re looking forward to getting back on track in 2013, bringing you a faster site, e-commerce tools, a significantly improved FAQ (I can hear many of you applauding), and hopefully, a site that will be advertising-free.

To achieve these ends, we can also use your help. We still haven’t met our goal of 150 new members to replace the lost advertising revenue. To that end, monthly memberships and permanent accounts are still on sale. Each new (and returning) monthly member helps us meet our monthly bills and expenses. Each permanent account purchase goes toward upgrading equipment, software licenses, and building toward our future so we can compete with the big fish out there. Together, we can make 2013 an incredible year for the self-representing artist.

Wishing you peace, prosperity, and an Artful New Year,
-Amie Gillingham on behalf  of Team EBSQ
Supporting living artists since 2000

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Experiencing downtime (updated)

A few of our servers appear to be down. We’re looking into why now with our ISP. We hope to be back up and running shortly. Thanks for your patience!

Updated 1:29pm EDT: We’re dealing with 2 drive failures. Our data center is troubleshooting now and hope to have us back online shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Updated 6:33pm EDT: We’re in data recovery mode. This will likely be a time-consuming process since we’re dealing with several hundred thousand images files. We’ll update as soon as we have more information available. Thank you for your patience during this outage.

Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

In honor of one of EBSQ’s Exibits, this week we are featuring “Frida” themed or inspired work.

If you are an EBSQ artist you still have time to enter.


Frida Day of the Dead Friends by Cathy Darling on Etsy
Frida Day of the Dead Friends by Cathy Darling on Etsy

You can see more of Cathy Darling’s work in her EBSQ portfolio.
Next Week: Nudes


Art: Tiny Bonsai Tree Silver Pendent by Carmen Trueheart
Art: Tiny Bonsai Tree Silver Pendent by Carmen Trueheart

Uh-oh, we goofed up! We  just learned that today’s Art of the Day selection had a syntax error in the database and the page wasn’t displaying properly. Our extreme thanks to the early birds who wrote to let us know! In case you missed it, here’s Carmen Trueheart’s piece which epitomizes this week’s theme “Little Things.”  Look for more little things via EBSQ’s AOTD all week.

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday Showcase: Butterflies

This month’s Team EBSQ-Etsy theme was Butterflies, and what a stunning display of Spring!

These Spring-a-rific works of art were brought to you by:  Christina A Kapono, Jaishi, Aimee Koester, Lindsay E Cheesewright, Laura Winzeler, Melia Dawn Newman, Windi Rosson, Emmarts, Kris Jean, Shawn Marie Hardy, Sherry Key, Renée Gandy, Torrie Smiley, Elis Cooke, and  Charlene Murray Zatloukal.

Next month: Mother Earth

Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

Technical difficulties aka EBSQ Live, Take 3

It looks like we’re having issues with a recent chat software upgrade and have to reschedule tonight’s EBSQ Juried Artists Q & A chat to next Monday (April 19).  As a consession to our tech bad, we’re extending the submission deadline from April 20th to April 25.

Questions in the interim? Drop by the EJA Q & A Forum at EBSQ!

Mobile Studio: Supplies for a nomad artist

by Natasha Wescoat

In 2009, I took on the path of exploration and travel, connecting with others in the web-business/technology industry as well as venturing into opportunities that would open up for my art. In so doing, I’d learned many ways of supporting my work while on the road. Read more of Mobile Studio: Supplies for a nomad artist…

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday Showcase: Ornaments

Lovely original designs from our Team EBSQ-Etsy members. We took the word “ornament” in it’s broadest terms for inspiration to bring you these goodies.

These wonderful little works of art are brought to you by: Christina A Kapono, Beaded Heron, Andréa Dodwell, Charlene Murray Zatloukal, Tiffany Matthews, Kim Niles, So Jeo Katherine LeBlond, Aimee Koester, Catherine Darling Hostetter, Robin Cruz McGee, Loredana Mariotto, and Lisa Nelson.

Also please welcome our newest member: Steven King (His Etsy Shop).

~Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

Simon Sez… Reflections! winner announced!

Amanda Makepeace is the winner of Simon Sez… Reflections! Patricia Lee Christensen – Simon for last week’s Simon Sez, chose Amanda’s photograph because of it’s “great composition and feeling”. She said “I love the subtle misty reflections in the back of the pool and the sky reflection in the foreground.”

Roman Baths, Bath, England - 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.

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Tangent: Pack Pamela’s

Pancake Breakfast by Kelly Sheridan
Pancake Breakfast by Kelly Sheridan

I’d admit this post has absolutely nothing to do with art. Unless you consider crepe-style chocolate chip banana pancakes to be an art.  As you may know, Pittsburgh, home of EBSQ, was also home to the G20 this past week. And like other forums of this nature, Pittsburgh saw its share of protesters and just general rabble rousers out to break stuff because they could. One of the businesses that saw damage was Pamela’s in Oakland.

Now, I take this as a personal offense. My mom worked at Pamela’s many moons ago when she went to Pitt. And when I took my turn at Pitt  roughly 20 years later, this is where my family always went for breakfast when they came to visit me.  Pittsburgers agree this diner is a local treasure.  It makes no sense to me that a family-run small-business would get its front window shattered by people protesting corporate greed.  But that’s unfortunately what happened.

University of Pittsburgh student Heath Curran decided to do something to help. He’s organized a “Pack Pamela’s” event this morning, starting at 11am. According to the WTAE,

Protesters tossed bricks and garbage at several targets in Oakland, including Pamela’s Diner, which had a plate glass window smashed. A local student is trying to help by launching an event called “Pack Pamela’s.” The idea is to have as many people pack the restaurant for as long as possible to help repair the business.

“This is more about being Pittsburghers, and as a Pittsburgher, we don’t let these things happen — and not only that, we get together and fix them,” said Heath Curran, the organizer. 


So if you’re in Oakland (or even if you’re not), I hope you’ll consider stopping by, even if only to have a cup of joe.  But if you have a little more time, try the pancakes.  They’re awesome.

Team EBSQ-Etsy “Must Have” Monday

Own it today!


Mother Earth by Heide Hibbard


Sour Times by Aja


Off The Cuff 2 by Gabriele


June Schedule:

May 2-8 Theme suggestions

May9-15 Theme Voting

May 16- June 2 Theme  Posting

June 5th Showcase Runs

108 stores and growing strong! If you have an Etsy store and are a member of EBSQ in good standing – come by and check us out!  Join us today!

Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ-Etsy

This Month’s EBSQ LIVE: Oil Painting basics with Barbara Haviland

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Barbara Haviland
Monday, April 20th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

What Is Lurking Beneath In The Bayou - Barbara Haviland
What Is Lurking Beneath In The Bayou - Barbara Haviland

Not comfortable with oils? Want to know more about painting with them? Then join us for April’s LIVE presentation where long time artistBarbara Haviland will take us through the creation of one of her paintings.

About the presenter

Barbara Haviland has been painting for more than 33 years. She enjoys learning anything new about painting and never limits her subject matter so she never becomes bored with what she does. She loves the Cypress trees and the alligators where she lives, so the bayou is a favorite subject. Barbara lives and creates in Groves, Texas.

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