Simon Sez… Our Heros

This week’s Simon is W. Kevin Murray. This week he is asking everyone to go a little deeper with his theme “Our Heros“.  Here is what he posted:

4/14/2009 10:31:54 PM

This round of “Simon Sez” came to me because of yesterday’s passing of Harry Kalas.  If you live anywhere near Philadelphia or are a fan of Major League Baseball you are in moaring today. Harry “The Voice” of the Phillies for almost 40 years passed away yesterday at the ballpark in Washington, DC. He also lent his voice to NFL Films and Campbell’s Soup.  I’m almost 50 and can’t remember a game where I didn’t hear his voice broadcasting the play by play.

Harry the K
Harry the K

I certainly don’t want this to be some kind of a bummer thread. I want it to be upbeat and positive.  Who’s your Hero, Mentor, Inspiration. Have you used someones influence to guide your own work?  Well lets see them or the work they have inspired !! Lets say up to five entries. I think I’ll close the show next Saturday the 25th.

This is my father, the man who gave me my work ethic. The kids I grew up with in my neighborhood gave him the nickname “Brick”.

brick - W. Kevin Murray
"Brick" - W. Kevin Murray

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All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Our Heros and to see  the all the entries,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

If your monthly dues renewal date was 4/8/2009

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Don’t forget – EBSQ LIVE tonight at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific

Please join us tonight at 9PM EST (6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Kris Jean’s EBSQ LIVE presentation on how to recycle junk mail and scrap paper – along with adding petals and other pretties, to make your own artisan paper. It is going to be a comprehensive presentation that will include how to use additives and drying times. It’s time for spring cleaning and this is a unique way to clear out the clutter and it’s certainly more interesting than carrying the recycling and trash to the curb.

When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean
When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean

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Reminder – EBSQ LIVE Tonight!

Please join us tonight at 9PM EST (6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Noelle Hunt’s presentation on how to re-root doll hair. Her altered dolls are unique and creative and her presentation are always interesting and informative.

Big Eyed Zombie Girl Of The Apocalypse-Noelle Hunt
Big Eyed Zombie Girl Of The Apocalypse - Noelle Hunt

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February’s EBSQ LIVE!

This month’s EBSQ Live: Re-rooting Doll Hair

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Noelle Hunt
Monday, February 23rd, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Alice In Wonderland by Noelle Hunt
Alice In Wonderland by Noelle Hunt

Giving your doll a whole new head of hair can not only save a vintage doll your trying to restore, but can also give an art doll a whole new look! It takes some time and patience but can be incredibly rewarding!

About the presenter: Noelle Hunt gathers inspiration from retro kitsch items such as pin-up girls, big-eyed children, pity puppies and tiki bars, she studies the objects of her affection and reshapes them in a modern style, dubbed “nouveau retro.”

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February’s EBSQ LIVE on 2/16 rescheduled for 2/23

Due to unexpected conflicts, February’s EBSQ LIVE will not be on Monday, February 16th. The new date is February 23rd. The time will still be the same so please join us at 9PM EST(6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Noelle Hunt’s presentation on how to re-root doll hair. Her altered dolls are unique and creative and this will be an interesting presentation even if you don’t work with dolls. If you do work with dolls or are thinking about doing so, February’s LIVE will be indispensable. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Reminder: February’s EBSQ LIVE on a different Monday, 2/16

February’s EBSQ LIVE will not be on it’s usual second Monday of the month. This month LIVE will be on the third Monday, February 16th. The time will still be the same so please join us at 9PM EST(6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Noelle Hunt’s presentation on how to re-root doll hair. Her altered dolls are unique and creative and this will be an interesting presentation even if you don’t work with dolls. If you do work with dolls or are thinking about doing so, February’s LIVE will be indispensable.

Noelle Hunt
Noelle Hunt

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This Month’s EBSQ LIVE: Art, The Economy and Survival

This Month’s EBSQ LIVE:

Art, The Economy and Survival

Hosted by EBSQ Self Representing Artists
Monday, January 12th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Kari Tirrell
Kari Tirrell

In this economy, everyone is cutting back and the first things to go are luxury items. For many, art is a luxury item. What actions are you taking to keep your art business solvent – or are you hunkering down and hoping to ride it out? Like those in other professions that provide “expendable” services, we need to adapt to survive. What can we learn from the salon owner and the restaurant owner? How do we as artists, convince people that art is necessary and worth a part of tight budgets?

Do you have questions to ask or information to pass on? This month’s LIVE is an opportunity to share and discuss how to get by and succeed in a world of tight purse strings.

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Simon Sez… Tis’ The Season!

This week’s Simon is Lisa Miller and her theme is one word simple – “Holiday”.  As always, any media is welcome and encouraged.  To quote Lisa, “Holiday…any media…3 dimensional, paintings, mixed, photography, metal, jewelry… surprise Simon – let’s be festive. 5 entries…. blow me away with your fabulous art please!”

Stephanie M DAigle
Stephanie M D'Aigle

To participate or to see all the festive contributions, go to Simon Sez… Tis’ The Season in the Challenge Central section of the EBSQ Forum.

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EBSQ LIVE December 8th @ 9PM EST

This month’s EBSQ Live:

Holiday Potluck

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists
Monday, December 8th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Tree Topper by Melissa Morton Woodall
Tree Topper by Melissa Morton Woodall

It’s a Potluck! Bring a recipe and join in the fun. This month, LIVE is more of a gathering. Since we can’t actually share food, we are going to share our favorite recipes for the season, so please be sure to bring yours. If you have a great holiday craft or tip we hope you will share those, too. In addition to the “potluck”, there will be a couple of ideas and quick how-to’s that may come in handy for holiday entertaining. This is a great way to meet fellow EBSQ members and Patrons as well as a chance get to know others better. We hope that everyone will come and enjoy this remarkable, creative community that we all have created.

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Open Thread-Is art on eBay over?

Smallest Painting on eBay by Jim Harrington
Smallest Painting on eBay by Jim Harrington

I got a rather meaty set of questions in my inbox the other day from EBSQer Catherine LaChance. I’m re-posting it here (with her permission) :

Hi Amie!

I have a question. I was wondering if the “old” ways of selling art on eBay are obsolete. It seems there have been many changes since the past few years, and I used to successfully sell art on eBay, while nowadays it’s harder.

A few years ago, I used to put EBSQ in my title – nowadays, it seems almost nobody does that anymore. Also, I used to add watermarks to all my pictures. Is it still a thing to do?

I saw that my big paintings aren’t selling, but if I sell ACEO’s, they seem to be the most popular format and they sell better. Are there still people (for example in the EBSQ Juried category) who still start their art at 99$ and sell? Or are we now reduced to sell ACEO’s only?

I know I’m asking “big” questions, it’s just that I’m a bit confused as to how the art market has changed on eBay.


Can you tell me if what I’ve been observing is right?

Thank you!

Catherine

So–I figured you all are smarter about this sort of thing than I am since I’ve been on an active-selling hiatus for a while and all of my knowledge is second hand.  I’ve heard a lot from former eBayers who are now selling their originals almost exclusively on Etsy, via their EBSQ portfolios, their personal websites, etc. But what about those of you who have stuck it out at eBay? What’s it like out there? Any strategies you’d like to share for finding success on eBay without going broke in the process? Or is the heyday of great sales for independent artists on eBay finally at an end?

Your EBSQ Challenge update

The Confident Loon Challenge” and the “Altered Art Doll Challenge: “The Island Of Misfit Toys” have been extended. The Confident Loon Challenge has been extended until November 29th and “The Island Of Misfit Toys” is now running through November 30th.

Elizabeth Fiedel
Elizabeth Fiedel
Amethyst Lobster
Amethyst Lobster

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The “What’s In A Name Challenge” has announced a winner. Vicky Knowles aka Platypus garnered the most votes. Be sure to stop by and check out all the entries and congratulate VIcky.

Vicky Knowles
Vicky Knowles

EBSQ LIVE! October 20th, 9 PM EST

This month’s EBSQ Live:

Altered Art Dolls

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Noelle Hunt
Monday, October 20th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Dime Store Dollies is a project I started last year to save ugly, misused dolls and turn them into something “beautiful.” I work only with dolls that are in great need of help! Vintage dolls beyond restoration, or cheap dime store dolls that would normally be thrown away quickly by uninterested children. Learn to repurpose vinyl toys into art.

About the presenter:
Noelle Hunt is a self taught artist who gathers inspiration from retro kitsch items such as pin-up girls, big-eyed children, pity puppies and tiki bars.She studies the objects of her affection and reshapes them in a modern style, dubbed “nouveau retro.”
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EBSQ Juried Artists Q & A Tonight 9PM EST

This is just a reminder that the EBSQ staff as well as some current EBSQ Juried Artist members will be in the EBSQ chat room tonight at 9PM ESTfor a question and answer session regarding submitting your work for EBSQ Juried Artist process. This is a great opportunity to get answers, insight, and guidance on submitting your art for the 2008 Fall EJA selection. Any and all questions are welcome regarding any part of the submission process. We look forward to seeing you there!

EBSQ will be accepting applications for EBSQ Juried Artists between October 5 – 20, 2008.

EBSQ Juried Artist Q&A

Please join EBSQ staff as well as some current EBSQ Juried Artist members on September 6th at 9PM EST in the EBSQ chat room for a question and answer session regarding submitting your work for EBSQ Juried Artist process. This is a great opportunity to get answers, insight, and guidance on submitting your art for the 2008 Fall EJA selection. Any and all questions are welcome regarding any part of the submission process. We look forward to seeing you there!

EBSQ will be accepting applications for EBSQ Juried Artists between October 5 – 20, 2008.

October 2008: The Silent Majority

Yesterday, I attended a webinar that addressed best practices for community moderators. Since I’ve been doing community moderation for just under 8 years, so I was curious to see how EBSQ’s style of community management compared. Overall, I’d say pretty darn good. The community of regulars on the EBSQ Forums is pretty-darned harmonious. There are a lot of great topics and conversations going at any one time. We also do our very best to get to all of your questions/comments quickly, and as fast as we are, very often one of our veteran members will beat us to the punch and shower you with all kinds of help and advice. Many of our members cite “community” as their main attraction to EBSQ. And yet…the larger percentage of you here has never visted the forum, let alone participated. And we’d like to understand what we can do to better serve your needs.

If you’ve never been to the forums, we’d love to see you there. Stop in. Say hello! Or simply come soak up the knowledge vicariously. If you’re among those who used to go to the forums regularly, or even occassionaly, but you haven’t been in a while, we’d love to see you again!

Regardless of how active you are with the community, we are truly happy to have you here. Let us know how we can do better. (And if we’re doing great, we’d love to hear that, too!)

Amie Gillingham
1 October 2008
Get out of the vacuum and express yourself!

Don’t forget–EBSQ Live is TONIGHT!

This month’s EBSQ Live:

 

Dyeing to know?

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Lori Rase Hall
TODAY Monday, September 8th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall
Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall

Kool Aid isn’t just a kids drink, it’s a BIG kids best friend if they are into dyeing wool yarn! Check out the fun fruity smelling bright colored yarn dyeing tips from me on September 8th EBSQ LIVE. You will see the simple step by step instructions that you can even do with your kids. Everything is non-toxic. If you don’t want to dye yarn…you can always dye your hair! (No, I’m not kidding you can!) Let’s here it for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade hair—See you on the 8th!

About the presenter:

Lori Rase Hall’s beautiful and highly stylized watercolours have been exhibited in galleries throughout California & the Western US. Her work is also in the permanent collection in the E.B. Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. Her work can be described as intricate, vibrant, balanced, some times abstract, and always clever. In addition to watercolours, Lori creates using any media, tool or item that sparks her imagination to create fun, interesting, sometimes practical art. Lori has a fine arts degree in Painting, Drawing and Design. She and her husband, artist Kiplan Hall, reside in northern Californina.

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If you have an area of expertise and are interested in submitting an idea for conducting a future EBSQ Live! presentation then please contact Melissa Morton at edu@ebsqart.com

Mark your calendar–EBSQ Live is Monday, September 8!

This month’s EBSQ Live:

 

Dyeing to know?

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Lori Rase Hall
Monday, September 8th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall
Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall

Kool Aid isn’t just a kids drink, it’s a BIG kids best friend if they are into dyeing wool yarn! Check out the fun fruity smelling bright colored yarn dyeing tips from me on September 8th EBSQ LIVE. You will see the simple step by step instructions that you can even do with your kids. Everything is non-toxic. If you don’t want to dye yarn…you can always dye your hair! (No, I’m not kidding you can!) Let’s here it for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade hair—See you on the 8th!

About the presenter:

Lori Rase Hall’s beautiful and highly stylized watercolours have been exhibited in galleries throughout California & the Western US. Her work is also in the permanent collection in the E.B. Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. Her work can be described as intricate, vibrant, balanced, some times abstract, and always clever. In addition to watercolours, Lori creates using any media, tool or item that sparks her imagination to create fun, interesting, sometimes practical art. Lori has a fine arts degree in Painting, Drawing and Design. She and her husband, artist Kiplan Hall, reside in northern Californina.

Please Make a Note of the Time by your Zone: