EBSQ February Exhibit Winners

Congratulations to our What a Doll exhibit winners!

Member’s Choice:

Nikita Nightjar by Jo Hards

Member’s Mention:

Lady of the Woods by Harlan &  Beryl Moon by Patience

Cloud Choice Awards:

Beryl Moon by Patience & He Only Comes out at Night by Lindi Levison

EBSQ Friday Five: Youtube for Artists

This week’s Friday Five is a collection of just a handful the amazing Youtube Channels to be had for artists.

1. New Masters Academy – Their Daily Life Drawing sessions are what I love most about this channel. Don’t have the time or means to sit in on a life drawing session?  They have both nude and non-nude, timed sessions!

2. Will Terry – Looking for tips and advice on becoming a children’s book illustrator? Will Terry supplies this and much, much more.

3. ImagineFX – Digital Artists and Fantasy Artists will love the invaluable resources from one of the best magazines in the industry.

4. Blick Art Materials – Did you know Blick has been around since 1911? Their Youtube channel offers more than just product reviews. Take look!

5. Strathmore Artist Papers – There are a wealth of tutorials to be found in this channel, even entire workshops!

I’ll highlight more of my favorite channels next month. Do you have a go-to Youtube channel for art learning and inspiration?

EBSQ January Exhibit Winners

Congratulations to our Winter Landscape exhibit winners!

Member’s Choice:

Winter Cattails by Harlan & Sunset over Snowy Creek by CES

Member’s Mention:

The Old Barn In Winter by Penny Stewart & Dust of Snow by Patience

Friday Five: Words of Wisdom

Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims
Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims

1. Whether you Make it or Not is Never about Talent by Yuko Shimizu

There are ALWAYS going to be people who are better than you, and that is totally OK. It is an unnecessary distraction you should never focus on.

2. Ten Rules Every Artist Should Live By by Grant Goodwine

The people who don’t give up, no matter what life throws at them, are more likely to make a name for themselves in whichever creative vocation they choose.

3.  Freedom of Sketch by Lauren Panepinto

Freedom of speech is a right that trumps freedom from being offended. Every time.

4. On Managing Time, Insecurities, and the Magic Mirror Gate by Guiseppe Castellano

I don’t know of any artist who wakes up in the morning and says, “Yeah, I’m as good as I want to be.” There will always be room for growth. The key is to keep moving.

 5. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J.K. Rowling


EBSQ’s December Exhibit Winners

Congratulations to all our exhibit winners!

Flower of the Month: Amaryllis

See all the entries…


Better Late than Never Show 2014

See all the entries….

EBSQ’s 2015 Art Exhibition Calendar

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Calling all EBSQ Artists! The official exhibition calendar is here. Get out your easels, cameras, clay–whatever your creative tools may be–and start planning the year ahead. EBSQ exhibits are open to paid artist members of the EBSQ Self-Representing Artist Community. Not yet a member? Join today!

As a member of EBSQ you decide who wins each month. The Member’s Choice winner receives a $100 cash prize! Let us know in the comments which exhibits you plan to enter this year.


The Winter Landscape  <– Entries being accepted now!


What a Doll  <– Create your own doll. You can paint your design, knit your design, sculpt your design, etc.


Chicken or Goat?  <– Which will you immortalize?


Photography: Raindrops on Roses (and Other Things)  <– April showers make for magical images.


Naturally Blue Flowers  <– No imitators!

Portrait of the Artist: Famous Authors, Artists, & Composers  <– I have a feeling this one will be popular.


15th Annual Ripped Off Collaborative Event  <– If you’ve never participated in this annual event, you’re missing out!


State/National Flowers  <– What is your State Flower?


Zodiac  <– Do you know all the signs of the zodiac?


Day of the Dead  <– The festivals, the make-up, remembering passed loved ones…


Inspired by Tolkien  <– We don’t want to see paintings of movie stars! This is exhibit is your take on the people, places and creatures of Tolkien’s world.


Annual Better Late Than Never Show  <– If you didn’t finish a piece in time to enter one of this year’s exhibits, this is your chance!

Winter Landscape: EBSQ January Exhibit

Winter Landscape

Calling all EBSQ Artists, now is the time to enter the January 2015 Exhibit – The Winter Landscape. This month, we want you to focus on the winter landscape, a time when nature is stripped back and snow makes everything new and pristine. Artists may enter up to 5 pieces.

What will you create in 2015?

Paintbrush by C.E.S.
Paintbrush by C.E.S.

A new year is nearly upon us and like me, I’m sure some of you have been thinking about your creative plans for 2015. I began thinking of my goals for next year a month ago: art shows to enter, direction for my art, conventions, kickstarter plans, continuing education, etc. Let us know in the comments one goal or plan you have for your creative career in 2015. I’ll start us off!

In 2015, I’m going to publish a collection of my sketches, a sketchbook. Here’s a look at the cover (in progress):

Sketchbook Cover by Amanda Makepeace

What do you have planned?