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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mexican Folk Art Marionette Puppets Alcohol Ink PPF

ACEO size art, done for a challenge on Facebook
2.5 x 3.5 inches

This pair of marionettes remind me of my roots as "Penny Puppet" because for 10 years I was a puppeteer doing hand puppets, marionettes and ventriloquism.

All marionettes are puppets, but not all puppets are marionettes. Think about it. There are hand puppets, shadow puppets, etc.

I love working with the bright colorful alcohol inks on photo paper (cheaper than yupo) and this time I did not trace or sketch beforehand. I just picked up a brush and started painting. They sort of appeared like this. I think I will not put any background since they are hanging in mid air, like marionettes do, but most of the time these are all tangled up and it can take a lot of time to get them straightened out!

I am leaving the bits of color outside of the lines as well, because the liner work was done last, so it defines the figures, and the extra dashes of color are part of their charm!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Castle Painting, Mixed Media

One of the challenge groups I belong to offered this one for painting.
Challenge 71 - Boldt Castle Entrance Tower on Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River

About the photo reference
At the boundary between Canada and US, along the St Lawrence river there are more than 1000 islands. Some are as small as a few rocks together and some big enough to have an entire castle built on it.
On the US side, there is an island called Hart Island, where the Boldt castle was built by a husband for his wife who unfortunately did not live long enough to see it. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction,  in the process of being restored and finished.
The photo above shows one of the entrance towers at the edge of the island. I love the architecture and old aged stone bricks against blue sky and blue running water. I hope you would enjoy painting and drawing it.

Anyone can join the challenges at They are usually fun but this one was difficult for me.

Artist: Penny Stewart
Size: 12x12 inches
Medium & Support: Canvas
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Painting Technique : Mixed media acrylic and ink

Friday, November 3, 2017

Alcohol Ink, my new obsession. A Few ACEOs. PPF

I haven't posted since Friday, Nov. 13th, so here are a few of the things I have done since then. These are mostly ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and all done with Alcohol ink, and some AI pens, on photo paper. They are mostly for sale in my Ebay Store.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th PPF

This is the SPOOKY day we post ACEOs for 31 cents on auction at EBAY.
Search for ACEO Halloween31 and see lots more inexpensive art!  
Once a year these crazy artists make Halloween Art and sell it on Ebay for cheap!
Get 'em while they're still around, because they are 7 day auctions.

Here are mine. All Alcohol Ink and Pen "Practice" pieces. I am still a beginner in AI.

Witchy Poo in flight. Bid on Ebay

The Evil Eye is watching YOU. Bid on Ebay

Graveyard RIP Ghostly Beings. Bid on Ebay

Transparent Ghost Pumpkin. Bid on Ebay.

Three Young Ghosts. Bid on Ebay.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Alcohol Inks, Pebbles, Rocks and Stones, PPF

Alcohol Inks - Painting Pebbles, Rocks and Stones 

My latest obsession (yes, a new one) is alcohol ink. It's a fussy medium, and I am learning to get some control with it now. These are two of my latest ACEO AI (that's short for Alcohol Ink) paintings of Pebbles, Rocks and Stones under water. I watched a Youtube video and sort of followed instructions, but did my own thing. I am using Photo Paper for a surface to paint on. It works pretty well. I think it is about the same as Yupo.

We also had Dragons for a theme on ACEO TW on October 1, 
and I made 4 really scary ones. Available in my Ebay Store.
They started out as acrylic pours and I embellished them.

And a little ACEO watercolor I did for a challenge on DPW.

Friday, September 29, 2017

To Resin or Not To Resin, PPF

These 6x6 Acrylic Pours on cradled wood panels all have clear resin poured on top. They are not perfect, a few bubbles here and there, and I even poured them twice. I love the look of resin, but I do not like the way it is so fussy. I cannot seem to get it right. So I am back to giving my artistic Acrylic Pours 2-3 coats of Minwax Varnish.

I repurposed, recycled an old clock that had stopped working. It is now a wall decoration.
It is 10 inches across, and I really like it - a very "fall" feel to it. Halloween maybe?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lion with a Rainbow Mane PPF

A change of pace. NOT an acrylic pour. LOL

Regal Lion, King of the Jungle, sporting a Rainbow Colored Mane. 
12x12 canvas done with acrylics. I was inspired by a girl I saw at an art show the other day, and her hair was very short, but she had dyed it all of these bright colors. The photo was supplied by Different Strokes an art group on Facebook that provides a challenge once a month for anyone to paint. Leo is October's challenge, but I started early.

I also did a bunch more abstracts for #30paintingsin30days. I will be making a collage for all of them together October 1. That is always fun! This is my 4th 30 day painting challenge. I always have a theme.

Friday, September 15, 2017

#30paintingsin30days Challenge half way done. PPF

The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 
Started Sept 1. Half Way Done

You can see my 15 paintings on I post one every day and also Tweet, Instagram, List them on Ebay or Etsy, and do this blog weekly. Keeps me busy.

This week I was experimenting with more Acrylic Pour Painting. I saw someone on Facebook who had poured onto an old metal outdoor table, and I knew we had two of them, so I asked permission to revitalize the rusty furniture with my abstract art. My daughter took a video of a little bit of the process, but the end result was nothing like what I had planned. I am not sure if I like them.

This one looks the same wet or dry. But does need varnish.

This one looked good when wet, but dried dull and ugly. I hope it will be okay when I varnish it in a week or so. I painted the legs and the edge with black spray paint enamel. That helped with the overall look.

Still not varnished. Waiting for them to "cure."

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cabochons made from Acrylic Pouring on Paper PPF

The Process

Watch the Cabochon How to by Deliberately Creative on for more info. She used acrylic skins left over from pours, but I used some very thin paper that accidentally became available when I dipped some tiny mat board pieces into the paint, and then varnished them. The varnish caused the top layer of thin paper on top of the mat board to peel off, and my initial thought of making them into magnets was now transformed into finding out how to use them for jewelry.

The hardest part was picking out the ones I wanted to mutilate for the jewelry pieces and how I wanted to cut them up. I could get 3 out of each piece if I just cut it straight, but there are so many interesting designs and figures in the art that I kept changing my mind about how to do it. This took all morning!

The first one I found was this DRAGON - WOW! I knew I had to make this one, but I may not be able to sell it. I love him so much.

The supplies I used (except for the acrylic pour papers) all came from 

Here are the four samples I made. My first attempts at jewelry making. 
I will probably list them on Ebay at some point, but right now I am just enjoying their beauty. They have tiny imperfections, but that is part of the handmade aspect for me. No two alike. I can never duplicate them. Once they are gone, they will never be mine again. And I don't even wear necklaces.  LOL. I just like to look at them.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Lots and Lots of Art PPF

Acrylic Pouring, Illustrations, Paintings, ACEOs and more

Sometimes I am amazed when I try to post some of the things I have done in a week, but if it were not for PPF I would probably just forget how much I have accomplished lately.  Every Friday I post the week's work and I feel so blessed that I have the time and energy to do art. If you want to see more of my art for sale, check out my Ebay Store or my DPW gallery.

This is a 6x6 Edge canvas that started out as a dull pink pour and then I decided to add the greens and blues with negative painting to carve out the roses the I saw in the paint. Fun. 

An ACEO illustration done for a DPW challenge to paint upside down. Hmmm.

One of my entries in this month's ACEO EBAY TW Challenge on Facebook. 
Theme is Fall leaves, changing of seasons, etc.

This is an ACEO done on Masonite with colors that reminded me of Pansies.

NFAC this month had a Fox theme. Here is my entry. ACEO Sold.

I saw this Goldfish in this ACEO acrylic pour dip and could not resist outlining him!  LOL.

Pinks and Purples, ACEO acrylic pour/dip.

Two of my favorite 5x7 acrylic pours on Yupo, matted to 8x10.

Well, these are my favorites also, and I am trying to sell them as a grouping of 3 because they do not want to be separated.  They are enlarged below. 5x7 matted to 8x10. 

Here is one of my 12x16 Ocean pours, and the ACEO below was made from the runoff.