Incredible Tabby Cat Scratch Board Speed Drawing

Cat lovers are going to adore this and the rest of you will be amazed too!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Sandra Willard

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates stunning works of art not with a pencil or a paint brush, but with small metal stylus’ and wire brushes (that’s a non-experts interpretation). But I don’t have to be an expert to admire the beauty and skill she has in this medium. I’m excited to have here today an amazing scratchboard artist!

Sandra Willard

Who and where are you?

I’m thrilled to be a part of and honored to be an EBSQ blogger of the week! My name is Sandra Willard and I live in Springfield, the historic capital of Illinois.  In 2004, I moved to Springfield from western Canada to marry my husband, Thomas.  I am a self-taught, professional artist working full-time since April of this year.  I’ve had a passion for art since as long as I can remember and it’s amazing to finally realize my dream of doing this for a living.  For the past two years I’ve concentrated on my work in Scratchboard and I don’t see that coming to an end anywhere in the future.  I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about this medium!

Baby Tiger by Sandra Willard

How did you get started art blogging?

I became really involved with blogs when I was busy with artist trading cards (ATCs).  Since I couldn’t find any local groups to share my ATCs with I turned to the internet for sharing these little miniature art pieces with others.  After reading some of my fellow traders blogs they inspired me to start my own.  I was overwhelmed at first with how much work a blog took but I loved the connections I made with other people who shared my interests.  I eventually switched from a blog about ATCs to one just about my art since that was where my career and passion was leading me.

Bearded Beauties by Sandra Willard

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

The best way that I’ve found to improve my blog is by reading other people’s blogs.  I make notes about what I like about their blogs and then consider doing the same thing with mine.  One of my favorite blogs is usually about art but every so often she interjects personal or interesting comments regarding something she had discovered that day.  It’s fun to see what other artists do outside of their studio.  It helps me to understand what inspires them and where they come from.

The Google Analytics tool has become my new best friend. For example, since following the statistics of readers to my blog, I’ve noticed that the titles of my posts seem to be the reason people find my blog. So I try to make them relevant to the content of the post.

If someone leaves a comment be sure to follow up on it.  There is no better feeling then when I get a response to a comment that I’ve posted on someone else’s blog!

Diapente by Sandra Willard

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

I enjoy listening to all kinds of music (especially indie bands) while working on my art but mostly I like to listen to an old TV show, or a movie or an audiobook. Some days I find myself alone in the studio so it’s nice to hear other people’s voices since my dogs aren’t the greatest conversationalists.

Bowl of Cherries by Sandra Willard
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have this fantastic reference photo I took recently of a still life that I set up in my studio.  It’s of this exquisite, blue hydrangea in a silver creamer on top of a delicate, vintage needlelace that I found at a local antique store.  The lighting and composition are really exciting and I think this is going to be an amazing scratchboard.  I’ll be posting updates of it on my blog as I work on it.

Thank you Sandra 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?

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EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. I’ve Just Been Thinkin – I love the painting featured in this post, though it isn’t related to the question Judy Vars’ is asking. She asks, “Do you feel like it takes a certain solitary selfish commitment and that women inherently and usually have a caretaking role so there is and less time and passion to devote to being an artist?”

Winter Birches by Judy Vars

2. Work in Progress and a lesson in Chops – Theresa Bayer has a fascinating series of posts on her new Wip and the process of regaining her “chops.” What does that mean? You’ll have to go to her blog and find out!

3. Lightest Watercolor Palette Ever – I love it when artists take an ordinary object, something we might normally throw out, and transform it into something new and useful.

4. Reflecting Rose I Wip – Another fascinating Wip, this one from artist Sandra Willard. Scratchboard has always been one of those elusive arts for me. Thank you, Sandra for sharing!

5. 5 Simple Steps to Start your First Blog – No, this doesn’t come from an EBSQ Artist, but it’s a post every artist and would be art blogger should read! Lori McNee’s fine art tips are some of the best around the web.


Have a great weekend, folks!

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 August’s fresh pressed art!

1. The Journey by AJ Lagasse

The Journey by AJ Lagasse

2. Vegetable Basket Scratchboard by Naquaiya

Vegetable Basket Scratchboard by Naquaiya

3. Autumn Black Cat Folk Art Doll by Lisa Nelson

Autumn Black Cat Folk Art Doll by Lisa Nelson

4. Blu Poppies Mug by Stephanie Amos

bLu Poppies Mug by Samos

5. Cassie and Mannie by Mark Satchwill

Mannie & Cassie by Mark Satchwill
Mannie & Cassie

We at EBSQ hope you have a wonderful weekend!