Creatures of the Night

This spooky time lapse painting from artist, Mary Doodles, is perfect for Halloween week!

EBSQ Tricks n Treats

Spooky and fun art from the amazing talent of EBSQ!


Leather mask of oak raven, l…

$65

Mysterious Black Cat Autumn …

$15

RESERVED for Mulan240 One of…

$100

Original Daily Painting by C…

$44

Halloween Twilight jack-o-la…

$13.99

LUNA and the moon WOLF aceo…

$8

Day Of The Dead Design Origi…

$22

The Black Queen

$1500

Halloween Girl Original Folk…

$50

Vintage Halloween Black Cat …

$7

Zombie Walking Dead art Pop…

$8.5

Owl – Screech Owl – Night Mo…

$15

AFFENPINSCHER Dog ORIGINAL A…

$40

Padgett Mason Original ACEO …

$15

Aceo on Wood – Skull X-ray P…

$8

Pumpkins, Seasonal Decoratio…

$79

See the Treasury on Etsy – EBSQ Tricks n Treats.

EBSQ Friday Five

 

1. Alla Prima Pumpkin – It wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin and this one by Christine Striemer is a work of fine art!

2. The Painted Bra Art Project – EBSQ artist Windi Rosson is participating in a project to support breast cancer awareness. See her blog for more details!

3. Bringing Home the Herd – Take a look at my blog to learn about an IndieGoGo project that will feature some of my original watercolors. The alpacas are coming!

4. Build Relationships with your Pinterest Followers – Building relationships with any group of people online is the first step toward creating repeat buyers. Take a look at this great article from EmptyEasel.com.

5. Send me your newsworthy blog posts!! You can contact me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

Have a great weekend and watch out for those zombies!

EBSQ Friday Five

 

1. Jail Bull – Melinda Dalke’s Halloween pooches are some of the cutest at EBSQ. Be sure to check out the rest of her blog for other Halloween canines.

2. Licensed KiniArt Westie Scrubs – The title says it all. Delightful Westies of Kim Niles’ imagination can now be found on scrubs!

3. How to Self-Publish an Art Book – More great advice from EmptyEasel.com for anyone who’s thinking of publishing an art book.

4. Sign up for the EBSQ Halloween Showcase – Upload art to the EBSQ Halloween Gallery and then visit the forums to let me know you’d like to be included!

5. Do you have a news worthy post you’d like to see in the EBSQ Friday Five? Email me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

 

EBSQ Friday Five

1. Spooktacular Halloween Showcase – It’s October! Each Friday in October I will be sharing something spooky as the main image. Today it’s Jo Hard’s Strange Little Girls. The doll above and other are going on sale this weekend.

2. ADAA Doll Convention – Registration is open for ADAA (All Dolls Are Art) doll convention  EBSQ’s own Michelle Lynch will be there teaching two classes. Check her blog for details!

3. MOTM: Reaching Out – Here’s what Maureen Frank has to say about this month’s mandala: ‘Rise and shine, folks! The time is now. Stop the excuses. Waiting for things to be perfect before we put ourselves out there…ain’t gonna cut it any more.’

4. Why sell Limited Edition Prints? – EmptyEasel.com has a great article on, you guessed it, Limited Edition Prints. Do you sell them? Are they necessary?

5. Halloween Showcase on the EBSQ Blog – I have a post up on the forum about a special showcase I’ll be hosting on October 31st. Take a look and chime in if you want to be included!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

EBSQ Friday Five

Halloween Still Life by Christine Striemer

1. Halloween Still Life – For this week’s Halloween art we have a creepy still life from Christine E. Striemer.

2. Make your own Oracle Deck – Terry McClary is offering a new class on making your own Oracle or Tarot Deck. Check her blog for details!

3. Art for the Cure – Congratulations to Melanie Douthit! Her painting was featured in the Franklin Sun for a breast cancer awareness event.

4. What’s the Title? – Sara Burrier is looking for a title to her new mermaid painting. Help her and you could win some goodies!!

5. Don’t forget next week is the last Friday in October. If you have some Halloween art be sure to post it on your blog before the 31st for a chance to be in the Halloween Showcase!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Showcase: Dia de los Muertos

This month’s Team EBSQ-Etsy theme was Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday to celebrate loved ones who have passed on from this world. Contrary to what you may think, this is not a morbid, dark day. It’s a day to celebrate life and the memories of departed friends and relatives.

Grave Sitter by Sherry Key

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull by Christi Schwartzkopf Visit by Sherry Key

Come Visit by Sherry Key Señorita by Amanda Makepeace

Crystal Onyx Skull Long Earrings by Sholeh Mesbah

 

Featured above are: Sherry Key, Christi Schwartzkopf, Amanda Makepeace, and Sholeh Mesbah.

Next month’s theme: Harvest

Are you an EBSQ Artist with a shop on Etsy? Why not join the EBSQ-Etsy Steet Team?  😉

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

1. One Last Witch – Andrea Seiler leaves us with the most wonderful witch to end our month of Halloween art!

One Last Witch by Andrea Seiler

 

2. Deliverance –  Rebecca Salcedo shares with us her trip to Las Vegas, the real Las Vegas, and how it touched her heart.

3. Working on the Idea of Practical Art – Let’s face it, the current economy is taking it’s toll on many artists. But Linda Donnelly, like many other artists, is working on ways to stay creative!

4. Art Pendant Giveaway – Maria Soto Robins is having a giveaway! Stop by her blog to find out you can win an art pendant featuring one of her beautiful paintings.

5. Art Journal: Day 1 – Stephanie Amos shares with us her first steps in keeping an art journal. What a great start!

 

Have a great weekend and be safe! Happy Halloween!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Misty Benson

For the month of October, Tuesday’s will focus on EBSQ Bloggers who create imaginative artworks of Fantasy, Whimsy and the Spooky! Today’s artist, and our last special feature for the month, creates both spooky, Halloween inspired paintings and surreal, fantasy paintings too.

Misty Benson

Who and where are you?

My name is Misty Benson (aka. gossamerfaery). I live, breathe, and bring my Morbidly Adorable Creations into being from Gossamerfaery’s Attic in curiouser and curiouser Idaho. From the Attic, the creations and I can smell the sugary scent of coffin cake on the winds. The rustle of leaves sounds like hollow bones rattling on pavement. Rain is actually skeletons tap dancing on the roof. Here we vehemently hold onto the ghosts in our dreams. Faeries may be spotted in the dying light. We are not afraid to muddy our white dresses in order to witness the mysterious lives of bugs. Halloween is our favorite time of year, so we spend Christmas decorating our tree with skulls. This is a place where beauty borders on strange and the strange is beautiful.

 

Everyday Is Halloween
Everyday Is Halloween 16”x16” Acrylic On canvas

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in 2003. I had just started selling my art online. I figured that it would be a great way to document my journey and allow me to connect with other people that were doing the same thing.  It started out with Livejournal, but then it expanded into MySpace, Facebook, Twitter – all the usual suspects. When I started, I didn’t expect anyone to even read my posts let alone find them! Over time, I began to realize that people were really keeping up with the antics of my minions!

 

One Spooky Night
One Spooky Night 12”x16” Acrylic On Canvas

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Just keep updating! Whether you simply want to post a funny picture, a quick status update, or new art, it doesn’t always have to be fancy.  People love even the smallest of the macabre morsels. I like to post nice big updates with all the trimmings every week or so on Livejournal weekly. Then I post lots of little random thoughts, quotes, and such daily on Facebook. I admit, there are some days when I feel too busy to update, but I have found that every time I do, it is extremely rewarding. I was just reading some comments from a few fans the other morning, and I started welling up with tears. I honestly wonder how I ever got so lucky as to deserve all of the divine compliments that people leave for me. It’s like discovering tiny treasures. My fans are all little poets in their own right.

 

Comfort In Being Sad
Comfort In Being Sad 20”x16” Acrylic on Masonite

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

I don’t really listen to music while I’m working. Music is so emotive and absorbing that it tends to distract me from my painting. Instead, I watch a lot of TV. People have asked me how I can look at the TV if I’m looking at my paintings. I don’t really watch so much as I listen. I pick programs where there is a lot narration or talking. The TV becomes my little storyteller. I also listen to a lot of eBooks and books on CD. If I just sit in silence or listen to music, I tend to get restless. This doesn’t mean that music doesn’t influence my work though! I’m actually working on a series of paintings that are inspired by various music titles. The painting “Comfort In Being Sad” was inspired by Nirvana’s song “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.” I love all kinds of music, but I have a special place in my heart for a lot of the alternative and grunge that was so big in the 90s like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mother Lovebone, Smashing Pumpkins , Blind Melon, and the list goes on. I also listen to a lot of A Perfect Circle, afi, Tori Amos, and just about anything that strikes my fancy at the time.

 

Morbidly Adorable Tarot Fool
The Fool, from Morbidly Adorable Tarot 16”x20” Acrylic On canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Soooooo many things! I never work on just one thing at a time. I’m simultaneously working on the Morbidly Adorable Tarot Deck for U.S. Games, a series of Zodiac paintings for a gallery, and my music themed project.  Right in the midst of all that, I just finished customizing a Munny vinyl toy for a local charity auction. There is always a project popping up somewhere!

http://gossamerfaery.livejournal.com/

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

Join Today!

EBSQ Friday Five: Fresh Pressed Art

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week it’s all about October’s fresh pressed art; which means, Halloween Art!

1. Ghost, Pumpkin & Cat by Theresa Bayer

Ghost, Pumpkin & Cat by Theresa Bayer

2. Month of Pumpkins Day 19 by Kathy Jurek

A Month of Pumpins by Kathy Jurek

3. Cemetery by Christine Striemer

Cemetery by Christine Striemer

4. Black Cat and Jack-O-Lantern by Lisa Nelson

Black Cat and Jack-O-Lantern by Lisa Nelson

5. Halloween Black Bird by Tiffany Matthews

Halloween Black Bird by Tiffany Matthews

 

Have a great weekend folks!!

 

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Janell Berryman

For the month of October, Tuesday’s will focus on EBSQ Bloggers who create imaginative artworks of Fantasy, Whimsy and the Spooky! Today’s artist is the embodiment of all things Halloween (and Christmas). The holidays wouldn’t be the same without her!

Who and where are you?

My name is Janell Berryman.  I currently live in the pacific northwest and I am a folk artist.  I create unique frightfully sweet sculptures from clay.  Mostly based around my favorite holiday, Halloween.


How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging and connecting with other artists approximately 5 years ago.  Once I started the blog it quickly became a great source of sharing on a more personal level.  I mostly use the blog as a place for posting current information on when new art will be added to my personal website.  It offers a heads up to the ones who subscribe.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I would suggest posting weekly information on either what you are doing or newest items available. This keeps you in customers minds.  I personally try and keep my blog strictly with just work related information.  Once in a blue moon I break this rule but I do keep it basically directed about art.


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

Music is a huge part of my day.  Not only does it take away the sounds of distraction in the home but it also is so comforting.  I have a collection of candles that I also burn while sculpting.  Not just one but several.  I mostly listening to artists who keep it on the mellow side.  Soft instrumentals and vocals is what I prefer.  Occasionally letting some good old fashioned rock n roll to get the day started.


What’s coming next from your easel?

Next in my book of sketches are some Halloween sculptures.  I am thinking about what new twist to add to this skeleton man I am working on.  On paper I have a skeleton crow rider carrying a few pumpkins, a tall pumpkin figure holding a skull and a few graveyard angels.  Excited to get these ready October.

http://pumpkinseedsoriginals.blogspot.com/

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

Join Today!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

1. Halloween Series Continues – Artist Christine Striemer has an amazing series of chilling paintings you don’t want to miss. Here is one of her latest, but check her blog to see all of them in their spooky grandness.

Break Me by Christine Striemer

2. Getting a Handle on It – EBSQ artist and now student, Kathleen Ralph, is a busy woman. Here’s a slice of what’s on her plate these days.

3. Free Halloween Desktop – Melia Newman has a wonderful Halloween desktop background for you computer, and it’s FREE!

4. October Fiction Frenzy – Mark Satchwill has been painting illustrations for the magazine Dark Valentine. This month features six of his wonderful illustrations.

5. Big Head, and a Word about Water – Theresa Bayer has some wonderful advice for the eco-conscious artist when it comes to painting with acrylics. I’ll be putting some of these to use myself!

 

Have a great weekend folks!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

1. Saint of Turning Back Time – This is the latest in Cathy Darlings new series of paintings featuring Saints. Though they are not your ordinary saints, I think you’ll agree these are saints we all need in our lives.

Saint of Turning Back Time

2. Happy Halloween – Two Ornaments Published – Congratulations to Lisa Nelson for having two of her spooky Halloween ornaments published in Celebrate 365’s 2010 Halloween Edition!

3. Framing for the Budget Conscious Artist – At some point every artist is faced with framing for an exhibition. Jennifer Lommers shares her budget conscious invaluable tips for getting the job done.

4. Magic Mushrooms – I’m in love with these new beads from none other than the Beaded Heron!

5. Sunday Practice – Jeanne Forsyth is our newest EBSQ art blogger. Stop by and Welcome her today!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lisa Nelson

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is most well known for her Halloween inspired artworks. You can’t help but love her whimsical, folk style. As for me, I’m enamored with her feline paintings. Which are your favorites?

Who and where are you?

My name is Lisa Monica Nelson (I use my middle name at times because Lisa Nelson is such a common name!)  and I’m located in SE Pennsylvania.

Pumpkin Thieves, acrylics on canvas board, 16" x 20"

How did you get started art blogging?

Good question – I wish I had an inspiring answer but in all honesty, I don’t recall!  I started a blog years ago before blogspot was so user friendly.  My cats had their own blog too.  Eventually I tired of blogging and deleted them.  When I started my new blog, I committed to blog at least once a week.  Some weeks are easier than others and I admit that I fall short of my commitment when I get busy with deadlines.

Black Cat Resting, watercolors and gouache on Arches, 4" x 6"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Leave comments on other blogs (preferably nice ones)!  The proper etiquette is for the recipient to leave a return comment for you on your blog although not everyone seems to be aware of this.  I usually leave a return comment in about a week.  It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others and I’ve been told that readers have ‘found’ my blog by comments I left on other blogs.  There are so many interesting souls in blogland!

Consider monitoring your comments to avoid porn links and that sort of thing.

List your new art on your blog – all of the time, as often as you can.  Exposure is the name of the game.

If you’re on Facebook, network your blog.  I admit, I’m not a big FB fan but some of my clients are – they even set it as their homepage.  By networking your blog, you gain a lot of exposure even when you aren’t on FB!

Halloween Party at the Crone's, acrylics on canvas board, 8" x 10"

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

I have my stereo and CDs right next to my drawing table and rarely make use of them.  I love to listen to my cats snoring (or whining), the rain against the windows and, when the windows are open, the numerous songbirds that inhabit the large lilac bush outside my studio window.  “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) pretty much suits me and I hope to incorporate this quote into a piece of art one of these days.

Potted Kitten, watercolors on Arches, 4" x 6"

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well, here it is March and everything seems to be Halloween in my studio (in preparation for a Halloween show the end of April). This is odd because I’m really not in Halloween frame of mind at the moment – after all, it’s Spring!   However, I also have a few mermaids lingering about waiting for faces and some oil paintings in various stages of drying.  Landscapes, cats, a box of ACEO blanks, some watercolor paper waiting for life, a stack of new distress inks that I’m dying to try on something…  To say I’m eclectic is probably an understatement.  I’m allowing myself to do something non-Halloween every time I finish a Halloween piece and all of this stuff is precariously stacked on the easel which is now more of a storage unit than a functional painting surface.

http://lisanelsonart.blogspot.com/

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

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

Join Today!

Winner announced in Simon Sez… Halloween!

This week’s Simon Sez challenge winner is Patricia Lee Christensen. Harlan – this week’s Simon, chose Halloween as her them. She had something to say about all the entries and wished she could have chosen them all, but ultimately, she decided to “pass the baton” to Patricia.

First Pumpkin - Patricia Lee Christensen

 

 

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 Patricia! We look forward to your turn as Simon.

Like what you see here?  We hope you’ll consider leaving a comment or subscribing to one of our feeds. Never miss another cool post from EBSQ. Subscribe to EBSQ: Art Meets Blog v2.0 by Email today!