Friday, November 21, 2014

Nibblefest Art Contest, Chimera for NFAC, PPF

Chimera for Nibblefest and PPF

It's Nibblefest Art Contest time again. This month the topic is "TWO OR MORE CREATURES MIXED TOGETHER" which inspired me to do a little research on the internet. I found this definition: "The Chimera, in mythology, is a Greek monster with the body and head of a lion with a snake for a tail and a fire-breathing goat head coming from its back." That sounded a little scarey, so I decided to make my creatures whimsical. These are ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. All auctions start at 99 cents for one week, so this is a great opportunity to start your ATC collection, or add to it if you already have one.

Visit the Nibblefest Blog if you want more info on how to enter the contest
or if you want to bid on all the great Chimera, 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last of the Nutcrackers, PPF

This week I finished the last of the nutcracker series for this year. Here they are! 

The Pink King

Basketball Guy

Open Wide!

(Sold) Happy Guy

Soccer Guy

The two below are the last of the nutcracker series for this year, I promise! Santa and the Mouse King will be added to a Special Auction on Ebay starting Sunday, Nov 16. "The new year is approaching quickly and as a special way to commemorate this past year, the eBay group ACEO~ Art Cards and Editions is having our “WINTER WONDERS” 2014 Challenge. We are offering our best of the best! For your convenience all ACEO listings in the challenge will start at the same low price of $20.14 along with free shipping. Please search ACEO WONDERS2014 for all of our best of the best aceo entries." Wish me luck!
The Mouse King

Santa Nutcracker

Friday, November 7, 2014

Barn Collage, Lemon, Mouse and Bowl, More nutcrackers PPF

Here is what I have been doing this week . . . 

This is the final result of my watercolor class this week. First we painted white tissue paper and masa papers with bright watercolors. Then we sketched our scene on heavy paper and used Gel Medium to collage the torn and cut pieces of colored papers onto the painting. It's like painting with paper bits. I used a scissors to cut many of my strips because the barn needed the boards to look even. The trees in the background were done with salt on the masa paper before knowing what they would be. It is a very intuitive process. After class the next day, I added some shading with dark watercolors to emphasise the interior of the barn, and some white gouache for highlights on the roof and door frames. I hate getting glue all over my hands, but this was fun. I may even do it again.

This is large for me. 12x16 acrylic on canvas board.
I usually paint ACEOs. LOL.
The challenge last week on Daily Paintworks was to paint something in a bowl. I did the lemon, larger than life, in a blue and white ceramic rice bowl. I added the little mouse because the painting needed something in that corner. And he was cute! I guess this would qualify as a still life, too. And maybe an animal painting.

More Nutcracker ACEOs done this week for my 30 paintings in 30 days. They are all sketched from real nutcrackers that actually exist.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Greeting Cards and Prints of My Paintings, PPF

Another week of painting Nutcrackers for my 30 ACEOs in 30 Days. Here's Dracula especially for today.
Happy Halloween!

Prints and Greeting cards:
You can NOW purchase reasonably priced PRINTS and GREETING CARDS featuring some of my favorite Paintings. I will be adding more choices soon. Right now there are over 40 different paintings to choose from. I have lots more to add.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Skull, More Nutcrackers and PPF

What have I been doing all week? Paint, Paint, Paint.

Meet Mr. Bones, A Skull Painting, 5x5 inches, acrylic on heavy paper.
Done for this week's challenge on


I painted more Nutcrackers, now we are up to Day 10 
of 30 ACEO Holiday Paintings in 30 Days, Oct 15 - Nov 15, 2014
Only 20 more to go!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nutcrackers, Dalmatians and PPF

Paintings for this week, October 17, 2014

Still Life done from an actual 14" nutcracker collectible figurine.
so I guess he is life size!

The first batch of 30 ACEO Nutcrackers in 30 Days, Oct 15-Nov15

and Another Doggie Pet Portrait
This was another challenge on Daily Paintworks, working on shadows. It was not easy! LOL. Those spots gave me fits.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Portraits, Puppies and Posies PPF

I finished 30 Landscape ACEOs in September, now on to thinking about Christmas themes. I will be doing a challenge in the Facebook Group 30 ACEOs in 30 Days from October 15 - November 15. Join us to see all the lovely work created by a group of fun artists, and make some of your own.

What I painted this week . . . 

6x6 "Ponytail Girl," Red Hair, up close face portrait. Done with Acrylic on wood panel, 3/4 inch thick, painted black all around so you can sit it on a shelf, or hang it without a frame if you like. Painted in Chantel's Online Facebook Acrylic Atelier, where Chantel Chantel Lynn Barber shares her expertise and offers reference photos to paint, plus gives critiques of your efforts. Thanks, Chantel!

5x7 Acrylic on Wood Panel, painted black on 4 sides, so it can be displayed on a shelf or hung without a frame. 
Old Scotsman Bagpiper, taking a much needed rest, wearing a plaid kilt, beret and highland costume. Done for a challenge on Reference Photos for Artists, FREE reference photo by Heather Whyte.

and I painted two cute dogs this week in a challenge on Artist Reference Photos, another Facebook Group.

from a photo by Paul Beattie on Artist Reference Photos

"Max the Shaggy Dog" 6x6 on Cradled Wood Board
from a photo by Christine Safford on Artist Reference Photos

I guess I am still in a Floral Mood. I finished 100 Painted Posies for Artomat, and now I am still doing flowers on ACEOS 2.5 x 3.5 inches, in Acrylic on heavy paper for collectors.