1. Art Seen: Lunga pausa di silenzio (Long Silence) is a beautiful, dream-like watercolor by Alessandro Andreuccetti. The contrasting colors pulled me in!
2. Artist Guide: PACT published an excellent article this week by Armand Carbrera on copyright – Protecting Copyright.
3. How To: “How to Video Your Art” Part 1: Camera Guide – I know some of you have been wondering!
4. In the News: The Case Against Art Show Entry Fees – Let me know what you think in the comments below!
5. Exhibits: We have two exhibits this month, Naked Trees and Airships. Don’t miss out!
1. Art Seen: Janet Graham’s Ruby Crowned Kinglet is a little gem. I love her small bird paintings!
2. Artist Guide: How to Multiply your Art Revenue – I don’t think there is any one way to sell art, or increase sales, but this guide by Chris Wilson has some merit. I think everyone could tweak this method to suit their art business.
3. Learning Resources: Tip #14 from Cathy Johnson – Capturing the Effect of Distance and Depth.
4. In the News: 13 things about the man who gave his $500-million art collection to LACMA
5. Film: Mr. Turner will open to limited release (USA) in December, but it has been on tour with film festivals around the world. Have you seen it?
1. Art Seen: This Zombie Pumpkin by Jordana Hawen is soooo creepy cute! He’s on the front page now. Go have a look!
2. Inspiration: EBSQ’s Sherry Key shared a link to Danish artist, Lise Meijer, blog post on how to get unstuck. Her #1 one way is the same as mine: ‘move the body.’ Going for a walk or anything that takes me out of the studio and gets the blood flowing is my best fix for any problem I’m having a with a painting.
3. Artist Guide: Muddy Colors has an excellent post by Greg Ruth titled, The Art and the Artist. The article is a guide for how we present ourselves as creators in this digital age–our online and offline presence and actions.
4. Learning Resources: Tip #116 from Cathy Johnson – Studio in a Backback. This is a must read if you’re planning a holiday and want to bring along some art supplies or if you’re on a mission to capture that hidden watercolor off the beaten trail.
5. In the News: If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white. The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it pretty much doesn’t exist.
1. Art Seen: Halloween is steadily approaching. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share a Halloween Skull by EBSQ’s own CES.
2. Artist Guide: 10 Website Mistakes that Kill Your Art Sales
3. Learning Resources: Tip #84 from Cathy Johnson – Sketching on the Spot in Cold Weather.
4. Exhibits: It won’t be long till the calendar turns over and we are November. Now is the time to start plannings for the November Exhibits at EBSQ. Coming up we have Airships (Zeppelins to Steampunk) and Naked Trees.
5. In the News: Are Over Half the Works on the Art Market Really Fakes?
1. Art Seen: Rose Pixie by Sara Burrier is a magical way to end the week!
2. Head’s Up: Next month is the start of our annual Think Pink Exhibit at EBSQ. Artists submit artworks that are predominately Pink along with a fee for the exhibit. The fee goes into a donation pool for Breast Cancer education, support, and early detection. Read about last year’s exhibit and see the art – Think Pink 2013.
3. Learning Resources: Art Tip #120 from EBSQ Artist Cathy Johnson – Working on Toned Paper: Cathy has some wonderful tips on her site. I’ll be sharing more in the weeks to come.
4. In the News: An Infamous Art Forger on His Most Convincing Works
5. Exhibits: We are nearing the last week of September. Have you entered in one or both of our September Exhibits? Member’s Choice receives a monetary award!
1. This week’s Featured Friday Five artist is April Trice and her entrancing photograph, Undulation. Those blues… The water… Can I go there?
2. Dragon Con is next week in Atlanta, yours truly and fellow EBSQ artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith will be in the 2014 Art Show. If you’re attending don’t miss the Art Show!
3. How to Commission an Illustration – I think this should be recommending reading! Thank you to Mark Satchwill for sharing this with me.
4. We are nearing the deadline for the August Exhibits at EBSQ. Don’t miss out on the chance of winning prize money for Member’s Choice!
5. Making Purple: The Science of Art – Another short but excellent video from The National Gallery in London.
1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Luba Lubin and her Blue Green Abstraction. I can’t resist those blues!
2. Enjoy TED Talks? Check these out: 5 TED Talks to Kickstart your Creativity.
3. James Gurney has a new instructional watercolor video and he’s posted a list of the materials used, with links and notes — Watercolor in the Wild Materials.
4. Looking for a way to improve your figure drawing skills? Sketch Daily References let’s you pick what you want to draw and the time you want to spend on each and then creates a slideshow for you. You can select clothed figures, nude, specific body parts and even animals.
5. Are you an EBSQ Artist with an upcoming exhibition or other event you’d like to share? Get in touch with me to be included in the Friday Five: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.
1. Today’s featured artist is Cyra R. Cancel and her wonderful piece, Violet Bellied Hummingbird in my Garden. Who doesn’t love catching a glimpse of a hummingbird in their garden?
2. Do you love participating in art swaps and challenges? Yes? Then you’ll want to take a look at Art Drop Day, where art and scavenger hunt come together.
3. Have you taken a look at the August EBSQ Art Exhibitions? This month we have Toolbox and Flower of the Month: Summer Veg.
4. Looking for some Art/Anatomy book recommendations? I found this list via a deviantART artist, Qing Han.
5. Summer is a time for conventions and big art shows. They are fun and often full of freebies and entertainment. But did you know you can also learn valuable skills? I’m leading a panel this summer at Dragon Con titled Basics of Digital Painting. My panel is one of many that will teach artists both traditional and digital skills. There’s even going to be a life model panel–bring your own sketchbook! Take a look at my blog post for more info – Conventions: Panels, Art, Books and Leather.
1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is one of my favorites at EBSQ. Gretchen Del Rio’s Spirit Bear stands out on the EBSQ front page this morning.
2. Voting has begun in the July EBSQ Online Exhibits! Cast your vote now for EBSQ Ripped Off 2014, Flower of the Month: Dianthus, and Plein Air: Found Reflections. Voting ends Aug. 8th.
3. Words can inspire and words can kill your spirit. Surround yourself with positive people. – Need a pick-me-up? Read Will Terry’s blog post: Don’t Let Them Crap on your Art.
4. Too incredible not to share – Artist’s newsagent shop made entirely from felt looks sew real – in pictures.
5. How to Draw the Figure in Charcoal with Steve Huston – Free HD Tutorial from New Masters Academy
1. This week’s featured art work is Heroin Harlequin by Jenny Berry. I invite you to explore Jenny Berry’s portfolio. It’s rich in texture and moods!
2. Free PDF Ebook: MAKING YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST – A GUIDE TO BUILDING A BALANCED, SUSTAINABLE ARTISTIC LIFE.
3. EBSQ Artists have you found your partner for the 14th Annual Ripped Off Exhibit?! Let us know who you are teaming up with on Facebook.
4. Have you seen the huge parrot sculpture gracing London? Well, take a look at this: Giant Art Picnic Engulfs Swiss Countryside
5. Watch and enjoy!
1. Summers are hot, humid and uncomfortable where I live. Mats Eriksson’s painting Summer Flowers reminds me of trying to stay cool, but also yearning for those summer hues.
2. Apply to an artist residency in the Rocky Mountains – Rocky Mountain National Park Artist in Residency Program.
3. 7 Tips for Creative Success from artist Anita Kunz – You’ll want to bookmark this one!
4. Using Shape and Value for Better Compositions – Excellent article from Dave Palumbo over at Muddy Colors.
5. It’s time for the 14th Annual EBSQ Ripped Off Show! Here’s a snippet from the exhibit prospectus:
If you haven’t done a Ripped show in the past, here’s how it works: you pair up with a fellow EBSQ Artist, and go through their portfolio and “rip off” their artwork. It can be one piece or a combination, or your interpretation of their work, ideas, medium, and technique. We invite you to check out past years’ exhibits to get an idea of the sort of things you can do. You MUST pair up with someone from EBSQ. Rip-Offs of non-EBSQ art, like redoing the Mona Lisa or ripping off Picasso, are NOT allowable for this show.
So, go ahead and pair up! If you’d like assistance looking for a partner, sign up in the EBSQ Forums or on our Facebook Page. Feel free to contact someone privately and see if they’d like to partner with you. The artist whose work is being ripped doesn’t have to rip off your work in return, but they do need to consent to their work being a springboard for your own.
1. Vibrant colors and wet petals after a rain is what comes to mind when I look at Ulrike Martin’s latest watercolor painting, Abstract Flowers. It’s a beautiful time of year here in the Northern Hemisphere.
2. There are only a few more days left to enter our June Exhibits. Have you entered? Check them out: Flower of the Month: Ferns and Plein Air: Found Reflections.
3. I Hate Marketing – Sound familiar? I’m sure I may have used that phrase once or twice. Jon Schindehette talks marketing, some simple tricks and lessons learned.
4. Tutorial: Watercolor Tricks with Copic Various Ink & Multiliners
5. What Do Artists Do All Day – Frank Quitely: Scottish comic book artist.
1. I love these Four Pups by Melinda Dalke. Too much cuteness in one painting!
2. How Any Artist Can Price Their Art for Sale – Every artist struggles with this in the beginning.
3. Storybird: A New Opportunity for Illustrators – This looks interesting! Kelley McMorris writes, “Storybird users can make books for free by selecting illustrations from the site’s library, then writing accompanying stories.” If the writer purchases their book, the artists get a percentage.
4. Delaware museum loses accreditation over art sale – They sold William Holman Hunt’s 1868 painting “Isabella and the Pot of Basil” to pay off debts.
5. Making Green: Tempera versus Oil | National Gallery, London
1. Bunch of Carrots by Delilah Smith is this week’s featured Friday Five Artist. The contrast between the carrots and the background gives this such a fresh feeling, like summer gardens.
2. How would you like it if the entire Internet behaved liked Facebook? Big companies got all the views, while artists and indie creators were pushed to the bottom—made invisible. You need to read this easy to understand (written by an artist) article on Net Neutrality and take action today.
3. Calling All Strathmore® Card Artists! We’re looking for fresh fall and winter themed greeting card art. Submit your artwork for a chance to win cash and card products!
4. This month’s exhibits at EBSQ are underway. Have you entered? Flower of the Month: Ferns and Plein Air: Found Reflections are taking entries till June 30th.
5. World’s Street Art Finds Its Gallery With Google – Just wonderful!
1. It was impossible to miss the encaustic painting, The Crimson Tide by Gray Jacobik, on the front page of EBSQ today. Wow!
2. I became acquainted with a new drawing resource online (Thank you, Chris Oatley) called Drawing Tutorials Online. It’s FREE.
3. There’s another drawing video that’s been making the rounds this week – Contour vs. Gesture – Check it out and then browse the site too. Lot’s of great drawing resources to be had.
4. Here’s another gem from Muddy Colors by David Palumbo – Choosing the best lens for your . . . painting?
5. Do you ever compare you art with other artists and feel discouraged? Do you ever think I’m going to learn to paint just like her (or him)? Don’t fall for the trap.
1. I know it’s not anywhere near Christmas yet, but I adore this Minced Pie painting by one of EBSQ’s newest artists, Jacqueline Gomez. Welcome to EBSQ, Jacqueline!
2. I snagged this from Wacom’s 90 Tips on Pinterest – How to breakout on Instagram. This is specifically for artists, illustrators, crafters, etc.
3. The big news of the week of course was the announcement made by the Met – Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images (be sure to read the press release, not everything in the collection is free to use.)
4. Tips for Creating a Newsletter by artist Julie Ann. Do you have a newsletter? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
5. How to Video: Embellishing Digital Art With Gel Medium
1. The soft colors and swishes in Alma Lee’s digital artwork, Birth of the Butterfly 1, is an exquisite dance.
2. While I’m on the topic of digital art, Wacom has a great board on Pinterest – 90 Tips in 90 Days!
3. I downloaded a great resource this week via Muddy Colors – Art Business Bootcamp: Getting your Found (Social Media, Self-Promotion, and More). The download is free!!
4. We are half-way through May now, have you entered one of our online exhibits? This month EBSQ is hosting Under the Sea and Flower of the Month: Columbines. The Member’s Choice winner receives prize money too!
5. In the news: Is it art or is it craft? Two Boise Art Museum exhibits blur the lines.
1. Today’s featured Friday Five art is The Incongruous Meeting by Shawn Marie Hardy. If you’re not familiar with her art, I invite you to explore her imaginative portfolio!
2. Drawn Today has an excellent podcast on the benefits and pitfalls of social media for artists and the art industry. Listen to it here: Podcast Episode 46: The Social Network.
3. Hands-On Art at the MoMA – Please Touch the Replicas of Lygia Clark’s Work. Really?? Yes.
4. Why a Color Chart and Color Wheel are a MUST-HAVE for Painters via EmptyEasel.com
5. EBSQ Artists, do you have an upcoming exhibition? Let me know and I’ll feature you in the Friday Five. Contact me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com
1. I’d love to see a forest of bluebells like that painted by Janet M Graham in her ACEO, Bluebell Forest. Gorgeous!
2. Thumbnail sketches are a valuable tool for any artist, not matter your medium. Check out EBSQ’s Cathy Johnson’s Tip #131 to learn all about them.
3. Value, highlights, forms, pigments, strokes and more, all in 10 Things… Applying Paint by Gregory Manchess.
4. David Tracy’s Lego art, furniture on show in ‘A Million and One Pieces’ – Yes, Legos!
5. Entries are now being accepted for the May Exhibits: Under the Sea and Flower of the Month: Columbines.