How To Create Interesting Abstract Trees

If you’re looking for some inspiration for this month’s Naked Trees exhibit, take a look at this wonderful video from Jerry’s Artarama and Tom Jones.

EBSQ Friday Five

Four Dogs by Melinda Dalke

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

EBSQ Friday Five

Bluebell Forest ACEO by Janet M Graham


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.


EBSQ Friday Five

Black Persian Cat by Cyra C Cancel

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Cyra C Cancel and her Black Persian Cat. 🙂

2. While we’re on the subject of black, you should read Greg Manchess’ blog post – 10 Things. . . Using Black.

3. Are you subscribed to the EBSQ Newsletter? An important issue went out to subscribers yesterday.

4 Wow! – ‘Flea market’ Renoir returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art six decades after its theft.

5. Another video this week: How Should I Protect My Artwork From Theft? (the Amanda he mentions is not me!)

EBSQ Friday Five: New Art in November

Today’s Friday Five is a taste of the spectacular art created by our artists and shared on their blogs. Featured above is: Go with the Flow by Karen Winters, Rooster No 19 by Delilah Smith, Ice Queen by Jo Hards, Blue Square Plate by Stephanie Amos, and Superb Fairy Wren by Janet M Graham.

EBSQ Friday Five

Across the Street by Christine Striemer

1. Across the Street – This beautiful new painting by Christine E Striemer is available to purchase. Check her blog for details!

2. The Artist’s Magazine Finalist – Congratulations to Sandra Willard, a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 30th Annual Art Competition!

3. 5 Ways to Get Inspired – Delilah Smith offers every day solutions to get inspired.

4. My New Art Studio – Yours truly moved over the summer. I shared my new studio space and goals on my blog.

5. Target Scholarships That Put an Art Degree Within Reach – US News & World Report has a great article on scholarships for artists and goes on to promote the various career opportunities for those with an art degree.

EBSQ Friday Five

Stumpy Runs Away by Vicky Knowles
Stumpy Runs Away by Vicky Knowles

1. Stumpy Runs Away – “He glides through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring tree stump on the flying trapeze…”

2. How I chose my favorite art mediums – Carmen Medlin has a wonderful post on her blog about her introduction to colored pencils and watercolors.

3. Blog Planner Worksheet – Ever have trouble decided on what to write for your blog? Stacey Zimmerman invites you to take some inspiration from her custom planner.

4. Published in Somerset Studios – Congratulations to Michele Lynch for being published in the May/June issue of Somerset Studios!

5. Engage your Facebook Art Fans – The EmptyEasel has a great tip post on keeping your Facebook Fans coming back for more. Check it out!

EBSQ 1:1 – What has influenced your art over the years?

Mary Ogle

The prevailing influence upon my artwork is technology. I was trained as a traditional oil painter, but vision problems forced me to turn to computer technology in order to see fine detail. I continue to draw and paint by hand, I simply use a mouse now instead of a brush.

Well Dressed Raven by Mary Ogle
Well Dressed Raven by Mary Ogle

Tiffany Towland-Scott

I’ve always been interested in artwork my whole life, and as a child I was an avid reader and loved fantasy novels. Now I only really have time to listen to audio books while I work, but I still generally choose fantasy novels. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is my very favorite book, and I usually watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Stanley Tucci as Puck at least three or four times a week. I usually have movies or books playing in the studio while I work, but I also listen to symphonic metal and get a lot of my best ideas from music.

Cursed Lamia by Tiffany Towland-Scott
Cursed Lamia by Tiffany Towland-Scott

EBSQ 1:1 – What two colors are a must have on your palette?

Tracey Allyn Greene

Two must haves on my palette. Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. So many color combos possible….cools and warms…..and together they make a great black and warm greys with white.

Splash Hawaii Series 1 by Tracey Allyn Greene

Kimberly Vanlandingham

The two colors my palette is never without are terra rosa and yellow ochre. I tone all of my canvas with a gray/green and under paint my larger paintings with terra rosa. The contrast really helps me work out composition and value issues before committing to my final work. Yellow ochre is a versatile color that mixes well with other colors to form natural looking hues. No matter what I’m working on, I put them out every time.

Still Life by Kimberly Vanlandingham

Melanie Douthit

I must do this unconsciously, but my two must have colors (besides black and white) are green and red. These naturally complimentary colors create so much visual fun that they shouldn’t be reserved only for Christmas.

Happy Hour For Two by Melanie Douthit

EBSQ Friday Five

1. Stich ‘in Skelly – Janell Berryman’s sculptures always make me smile. I’m ready for Halloween!!

2. Follow Jasmine at Dragon*Con – That’s right. Jasmine Beckett-Griffiths will be at the Dragon*Con Art Show! I’ll be there too, so check back next week for an exclusive interview.

3. “Ellie” a work in progress – Deb Harvey is sharing images from her latest painting. I can’t wait to see the final painting.

4. PSP Tubes are Back! – Carmen Medlin is once again offering PSP Tubes. Check her blog for details on where you can purchase her tube graphics.

5. Film Review: Pollock – Miriam Schulman has a review of the popular movie, Pollock, on her blog.

Have a great weekend!


EBSQ Friday Five

1. Little Girl Ponies – This recent painting by Angie Reed Garner caught my attention when I read her description, I tried to recreate one of the million endless pony drawings I did as a little kid. I grew up around horses and always had a sketchbook. I had a million endless pony drawings too.

2. June MOTM: Space & Time – Love this month’s mandala by Maureen Frank: This mandala reminds us that while it would appear that we each exist in our own little worlds, our own little “boxes”…in reality we are all the same and we are all connected.

3. Trying out an Idea – Took Gallagher is having fun in her studio this week. I love seeing an artist’s process! Check out this post and yesterday’s for an update.

4. Sell more Art – Delilah Smith has some interesting tips and thoughts on selling more art, something that’s not so easy to do in today’s economy.

5. Do you have a newsworthy blog post to share with EBSQ subscribers? Let me know about it in advance. Email me at: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

Have a great weekend!

14th Annual Venus Envy Juried Exhibition 2012

EBSQ Aritst, Melanie Douthit recently had a painting accepted into the 14th Annual Venus Envy Juried Exhibition 2012 at Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. The juror for the show, titled “Too Much Pink”, is Michaelene Walsh. The title of Douthit’s accepted painting is “Night Flight.” Melanie has been a juried member of EBSQ since 2000. You can view more of her work at

Every year, Baton Rouge Gallery and Venus Envy (a Missouri-based non-profit organization driven by women which positively affects everyone by empowering women through the arts) team up to present an exciting multimedia contemporary art exhibition showcasing the work of female artists in the southeastern United States. The 14th annual Venus Envy Baton Rouge exhibition will run April 17-26, 2012.

The reception for this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is Saturday, April 21, 7-9 pm at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, 1442 City Park Ave, Baton Rouge, LA. The contact number for the Baton Rouge Gallery is 225-383-1470. Website:

Congratulations, Melanie!

EBSQ Friday Five

1. Morning Walk – Artist Jeanne Forsyth shared a scene from her morning walk with her blog readers. Beautiful!

2. Top 10 Ways to Spot a Forgery – We featured this excellent post from EBSQ Artist, Alma Lee, earlier in the week. If you missed it head over to Alma’s blog now!

3. Daffodils and a Trip Down Memory Lane – Patricia Christensen shares a wonderful family memory and a look into her painting process.

4. Some Things to Think about when you Paint – Delilah Smith has a great post on painting, specifically composition and planning.

5. Art Print Pendants – Stacey Zimmerman is now selling beautiful pendants featuring her prints of her paintings. I took a closer look at one on Etsy–beautiful!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Team EBSQ August Showcase Pt 2: Still Life

Welcome to part two of our incredible Still Life showcase!

Promises by Caroline Baker  Ripening by Jeanne Forsyth

Remnants of Childhood II by Aimee Dingman  Ginger Jar by Aimee Dingman  Cupcakes by Aimee Dingman

Onion by Christine Streimer  Paintbrush by Christine Streimer  Bowl of Lemons by Christine Streimer

Inspired by Janet Fish by Heather Sims  Gerbers and Babytop Bottles by Heather Sims  Hershey Kisses by Heather Sims

Signs and Symbols by Amanda Makepeace  Ginger by Amanda Makepeace  Beach Pebbles by Amanda Makepeace

Peppers Five by Ricky Martin  Fiesta Mexicana by Ricky Martin  Juicy Pears by Ricky Martin

Featured above are: Caroline Baker, Jeanne Forsyth, Aimee Dingman, Christine Striemer, Heather Sims, Amanda Makepeace, and Ricky Martin.

Are you an EBSQ Artist selling on Etsy, eBay, Zazzle, Artfire or RedBubble? Why not join Team EBSQ?