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Our ISP is experiencing some connectivity issues and we're currently up and down right along with them.  We hope to offer you a much more stable connection soon!

Thanks for your patience!

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This month's EBSQ Live:

Lapidary

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Marvin Lee Billings
Tuesday, August 12th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
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Nuit's Gift to Hor-Aha by Marvin Lee Billings
Nuit's Gift to Hor-Aha by Marvin Lee Billings

A lapidary (the word means "concerned with stones") is an artisan who practices the craft of working, forming and finishing stone, mineral, gemstones, and other suitably durable materials (amber, shell, jet, pearl, opal, coral, horn and bone, glass and other synthetics) into functional and/or decorative, even wearable, items (e.g. cameos, cabochons, and more complex faceted designs). - Wikipedia.

From Billings: "I love creating using stones and I cut and work 99% of everything I use in my jewelry. I work with many types of stones and Recently, the demand for my skull cameos cut from shell and turquoise have occupied much of my time but my lapidary work is extensive and varied. For my LIVE presentation, I will include demonstration with Lapis and if time allows, a carved skull."

About the presenter:

Marvin Lee Billings has taught silver smith and jewelry fabrication. He has a jewelry and lapidary workshop where he designs and creates his jewelry. In addition to making jewelry, Lee also paints and draws. He lives with his family in Huntington, Tennessee.

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Pillow Thoughts by Gina Cochran
Gina Cochran

July was an absolutely crazy month with one crisis after another. We had chaos on the forums. We had chaos at home. My youngest child turned two. We all got the flu to varying degrees afterwards. I've been dealing with what has felt like non-stop migraines all month. It's enough to make you want to throw the towel in and go get a less-stressful job as a cashier at Target. And yet...I get up every morning and start again.

My secret is to stay inspired. And you can find inspiration in almost anything. I've been watching the sun rise over Stockholm via a webcam a lot this past month. Following Google maps to see if it's possible to drive from Malmo to Liverpool (yes!) Listening to an obscene amount of Sigur Ros (my favourite painting music). Taking a mental vacation (much cheaper than the real thing) has been rejuvenating. And I think some good art will come out of the process. I look forward to what August brings.

What do you do to stay inspired and keep creating when life conspires against you? Drop us a line and let us know!

Amie Gillingham
1 August 2008
Get out of the vacuum and express yourself! 

 

In this issue:

Amie Gillingham "Staying Inspired Whenever Life Gets You Down, Mrs. Brown"
Melissa Morton "EBSQ Live: August 2008: Lapidary Workshop with Marvin Lee Billings"
Aja "Live Studio: Knife Painting 101"
Kris Jean "EBSQ Live Studio: Best Practices Part I"
Amie Gillingham "Featured Artist: Shawn Marie Hardy"
Amie Gillingham "Featured Artist: Mystele Kirkeeng"

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This month's EBSQ Live:

EBSQ Portfolio Best Practices

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Kris Jean
Monday, July 14th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
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That Was A Mistake by Kris Jean
That Was A Mistake by Kris Jean

No matter how beautiful your artwork is - if it's not being shown in a professional manner, chances are your work will not be taken seriously. Professionals can get the job done.

In this presentation we will go through many of the mistakes and omissions new EBSQ members (and established ones) make every day. We'll cover why these practices hurt you (as an artist), your reputation, and your sales. Learn how to put a pleasing professional portfolio together, revamp your existing one, and strategize your presentation practices for optimal success with EBSQ.

About the presenter:

Kris Jean is an active mentor within the EBSQ community, and long standing artist with EBSQ. Her work has been seen all over the world, and has a very wide fan base.

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June gave us 4 fantastic shows, including our first EBSQ Juried Member exhibit since 2006. 

Creation Myths: An EBSQ Juried Exhibition: June 2008

This show juried by:

Dan Duhrkoop

About The Juror:

After diving headlong into the internet in 2006 to start EmptyEasel.com (a prominent how-to website for artists) Dan Duhrkoop has become increasingly convinced that the future of art lies online. As a result, this graphic designer turned oil painter turned art coach now splits his time between painting, writing, consulting, and searching for new ways for artists to use the internet to further their careers.

Juror's Statement:

All of us, as artists, have an instinctive understanding of what it means to create. It's very fitting, then, that artists take an active role in describing how the world (and everything that lives on it) came to be.

Juror's Choice:

The Water Teems by Carolyn Schiffhouer

The Water Teems by Carolyn Schiffhouer

Of all the entries, I felt that Carolyn's artwork most clearly showed the moment where "nothing" becomes "something." Its energy and movement drew me in from the first moment I saw it.

Plus 3 Honorable Mentions:

Eve by Peggy Garr

Eve by Peggy Garr

The fact that Peggy painted Eve in a world with brilliantly tempestuous skies made me feel like I was looking at a world still shuddering from the aftermath of its own creation.

Adam Bites the Apple by Mark Satchwill

Adam Bites the Apple by Mark Satchwill

This image was taken from the traditional Genesis story - Mark picked the perfect moment to depict and did so in a great illustrative style.

First Woman by Naquaiya

First Woman by Naquaiya

I really enjoyed reading about the Huron creation myth for the first time and seeing how Naquaiya represented it. The two birds and the first woman are simply, yet beautifully, drawn.

-Dan Durhkoop


And don't forget to check out the winners from our other three shows:

Under the Knife: The Knife Painting Show

Online Art Exhibit:  Under the Knife: The Knife Painting Show

Catch the Breeze: The Art of Fans

Online Art Exhibit:  Catch the Breeze: The Art of Fans

Flower of the Month: Fuchsia

Online Art Exhibit:  Flower of the Month: Fuchsia

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Evanston Fountain Square Art Fair June 28-29

Visit Anne in Booth #76 at the 29th Annual Evanston Fountain Square Art Festival. She will be on the northwest side of Sherman, just North of Church Street.

29th Evanston Fountain Square Art Festival

June 28-29, 2008

10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday

Sherman & Church Streets, Evanston, IL

This year's fair spans six downtown blocks and features wares from more than 220 juried artists in a variety of media, plus food vendors, live music from Kathryn Gauthier (Saturday), Craig Brenner (Sunday) and more plus kids' arts and crafts.

Sneak Peek: Anne's Fields Project Photos!

Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to publicize in this space? Drop us a line and let us know!

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We are busy getting ready to welcome the new EBSQ members. This does not mean that artists already EBSQ members are not welcome. You are and we hope that many will come to help introduce EBSQ to our new artists. If you are not a member but have an interest in EBSQ, please join us!

EBSQ's Monthly New Member Reception


 
This month marks the first month EBSQ will be hosting a reception for new members. This will give new members a chance to meet other EBSQ members - both new and established, as well as ask questions and get a feel for what goes on here at EBSQ. The New Member Reception will be held on the fourth Monday of every month in the EBSQ Chat Room from 8PM to 10PM EST. The reception is open to all EBSQ members and I hope everyone will drop by. I look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces!

Please join us Monday, June 23 for our inaugural gathering! 
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We are still working on our security update (and taking advantage of this downtime to update our forum software as well)

In the interim, to celebrate the Summer Solstice, I'd like to share the following videos from the glassblowing workshop I took back in April:









Your turn next...show us something HOT! (and keep it family friendly, please!)

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EBSQ is currently down for a crucial security update. We should be back up and running shortly. Thanks for your patience!

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I thought it was worth a reminder! Be sure to check the time - it's earlier than LIVE! Just read to the end of the post and you will find the time by Time Zone and a handy dandy link to help you figure it all out.

EBSQ's Monthly New Member Reception


 
This month marks the first month EBSQ will be hosting a reception for new members. This will give new members a chance to meet other EBSQ members - both new and established, as well as ask questions and get a feel for what goes on here at EBSQ. The New Member Reception will be held on the fourth Monday of every month in the EBSQ Chat Room from 8PM to 10PM EST. The reception is open to all EBSQ members and I hope everyone will drop by. I look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces!

Please join us Monday, June 23 for our inaugural gathering! 
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