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This month's EBSQ Live:

Scratchboard: Black and White


hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Naquaiya
Monday, February 12th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
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"Sheep and Crows" by Naquaiya

"If you ever had any questions about how to go about doing a drawing in scratchboard, follow along with me, Naquaiya, as I take you through the process from line art to finished product. This is a versatile and neat medium and most of all, it's fun. If you like watercolor, pen and ink, or silkscreening, you will most likely enjoy scratchboard. Aside from a different "look", it can reproduce very well which gives you, the artist, all kinds of options. This presentation will be on creating black and white art, using both black scratchboard and white scratchboard. You will learn how to achieve a half tone grey without using half tones; just black and white and a trick of the eye. I will also provide you with resources for materials.

In April's Live presentation, I will cover a variety of ways to color your scratchboard. I will show you what I have learned over time and trial. I will share method, coloring techniques and materials, as well as preservation and presentation methods for your scratchboards."

Naquaiya has been drawing seriously in the scratchboard medium since 1996. She has exhibited in galleries and juried art shows across southern California and the Southwest as well as the Bay area. Her scratchboard drawings have won numerous awards and her portfolio includes corporate art collections as well as international sales. She has worked for Ampersand Art demonstrating claybord black at trade shows and has also demonstrated for many Los Angeles art clubs throughout southern California. Some of her zebra art appears in Charles Ewing's book, "The New Scratchboard" (under the name Michele Wise).

Naquaiya is presently writing several books on scratchboard and children's books using her scratchboard illustrations.

LIVE! is open to members and non-members and we encourage all who are interested to attend. The evening starts at promptly at 9 PM EST so be sure to arrive a few minutes early.

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This month's EBSQ Live:

Chasing and Repousse` Uncovered: A Cursory Examination of Two Old Techniques


hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Robin C. McGee
Monday, August 14, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
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"Polynesian Island Pin" by Robin C. McGee

Chasing and Repousse` are two old traditional techniques for working metal. Chasing is the use of chisels and punches to form an image in the surface of a sheet of metal. The image may be flat or in low relief and is mostly a series of incised lines. The metal retains most if not all of its original contours. Repousse` uses similar tools to achieve a different effect. The metal itself is stretched and pushed into a three dimensional image, mostly high relief, sometimes fully in the round. EBSQ Live! will present "Chasing and Repousse` Uncovered, A Cursory Examination of Two Old Techniques" by Robin C. McGee. He will present a comparison and contrast of these ways of working, some of which he learned, some of which he discovered and some of which he just makes up to keep things interesting. Don't worry, those parts will be labeled. You've seen bits and pieces of it in the threads, now see it in some kind of organized form. At the very least, it should be fun.

Robin C. McGee has been a jeweler, metalsmith and artist for 28 years. He has been teaching at college level for 18 of those years. Repousse` and chasing are specialties among the techniques he teaches and uses for his art.

LIVE! is open to members and non-members and we encourage all who are interested to attend. The evening starts at promptly at 9 PM EST so be sure to arrive a few minutes early.



If you have an area of expertise and are interested in submitting an idea for conducting a future EBSQ Live! presentation then please contact Melissa Morton at
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    Charlotte Talks on WFAE

"Shut Up And Dance"*

This is an email I wrote to a few friends but I thought that I would share everybody.

I was surfing around while I eating my dinner and I came across a list of 
the top ten songs played at weddings for a couple's first dance. There were
the expected tunes, Whitney Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" was
number ten. Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" was number two.
The number one song, however, was a bit more unexpected. Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing".
Beg pardon? Aerosmith? The bad boys from beantown? The band that has
been played at more parties unable to be recalled by those in attendance?
Number one on the list of wedding first dance songs?
You just know that there are fathers out there, watching their little girls dance
to this on their wedding day, who can't help but remember getting amazingly,
incredibly wasted while listening to Aerosmith.
The list - in case you were wondering.
#10. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
#9. "Angels" by Robbie Williams
#8. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
#7. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
#6. "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison
#5. "From This Moment" by Shania Twain
#4. "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain
#3. "Amazed" by Lonestar
#2. "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" by Bryan Adams
#1. "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith
*From "Get A Grip", should you be wondering about that, too.
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    Patti Smith Masters - Disc One

Lifted from evilari

Your Dominant Thinking Style:


You are very insightful and tend to make decisions based on your insights.
You focus on how things should be - even if you haven't worked out the details.

An idealist, thinking of the future helps you guide your path.
You tend to give others long-term direction and momentum.

Your Secondary Thinking Style:


You thrive on the unknown and unpredictable. Novelty is your middle name.
You are a challenger. You tend to challenge common assumptions and beliefs.

An expert inventor and problem solver, you approach everything from new angles.
You show people how to question their models of the world.

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    The dryer

The Ten Commandments

I have never fully understood why The Ten Commandments is shown at Easter time. Other than that Passover was the reason Jesus was in Jerusalem, there really is no reason. And goodness knows, that's a bit of a stretch.
Usually, Easter and Passover fall about the same time, so it really doesn't seem out of place. This year, however, Easter was in March and Passover is this week. What makes it even more disjointed is that The Ten Commandments was aired the
Sunday before Easter. Perhaps, it is just that it has become tradition.

Why do I wonder every year? Because I am a Ten Commandments junkie. I watch it every year. Religiously. Easter Bunny?? Yeah, he's ok but I wait eagerly for The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston as Charlton Heston... er - Moses, Yul Brynner and let us not forget Anne Baxter... Mo-zes, Mooo-zes.
Oh, Moses! Moses! You stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!
So let it be written. So let it be done.

Anyway... I was just wondering.

(can i really be like this? just ask wickedgillie)
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Why Old Maids?

Oddly enough, I had a conversation about this yesterday whilst snacking at work.

Experts Solve Mystery Of Unpopped Popcorn

Published - Apr 21 2005 09:28PM EDT || AP

INDIANAPOLIS(AP) Eat your way to the bottom of almost any bag of popcorn and there they are: the rock-hard, jaw-rattling unpopped kernels known as old maids.

The nuisance kernels have kept many a dentist busy, but their days could be numbered: Scientists say they now know why some popcorn kernels resist popping into puffy white globes.

It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center _ about 15 percent _ to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull.

Unpopped kernels, it turns out, have leaky hulls that prevent the moisture pressure buildup needed for them to pop and lack the optimal hull structure that allows most kernels to explode.

"They're sort of like little pressure vessels that explode when the pressure reaches a certain point," said Bruce Hamaker, a Purdue professor of food chemistry. "But if too much moisture escapes, it loses its ability to pop and just sits there."

The findings may help popcorn breeders select the best varieties _ or create new ones _ with superior hulls that yield few, if any, unpopped kernels. But for now, there's no way to screen out potential old maids before they end up in bags of popcorn.

Hamaker and his associates compared the microwave popping performance of 14 Indiana-grown popcorn varieties and examined the crystalline structure of the translucent hulls of both the popped kernels and the duds.

In the varieties popped, the percentage of unpopped kernels ranged from 4 percent in premium brands to 47 percent in the cheaper ones.

The findings could be good news for people who savor the snack and those who grow the 17 billion quarts of popcorn sold each year in the United States.

Wendy Boersema Rappel, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based Popcorn Board, said popcorn processors are always looking for ways to improve their product, including reducing the number of old maids.

"It's one of life's annoyances _ it's not rocking anyone's world, but our members always like to improve their product," Rappel said.
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    Lazarus barking at the cat.