Saturday, May 23, 2015

NFAC, Challenges and a Turtle this week, PPF

It's World Turtle Day! Challenges and more . . .

Theme of the week on Facebook 30/30 ACEOs, Turtles and Vegetarian week. My acrylic ACEOs above include " Mr. T." and for DPW we had a window challenge with shadows and leaves and sunlight.

Another ACEO Mini Masterpiece in my series, this time In the Style of Pierre Bonnard, "Bouquet de Fleurs."

And it's time for Nibblefest again, the monthly Ebay contest where we paint to a theme, and the auctions start at 99 cents for a week.  You can get some great buys! Search Ebay for NFAC to find them. This month the theme is "Freak Show" and my two entries are "Rubber Neck Boy" above, and "The Saltimbanques" below, which is In The Style of Picasso in his Rose or Circus period. 
5x7 Acrylic on heavy paper, comes with a FREE mat.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Monet, Degas, Picasso, Cassatt, Whistler, Mini Masterpieces ACEO size PPF

This week, My new Mini Masters Paintings in acrylic, ACEO size
See more of them in my DPW Gallery. The auctions start at $19.99 for 10 days, then I put them in my Ebay Store for $25 each. You could start your own mini gallery!

Monet's Water Lilies

Degas' Ballerina and Picasso's "The Lovers"

Mary Cassatt, "After the Bath"

"Whistler's Mother"

Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" and T. Lawrence's "Pinkie"
They reside at the Huntington Library, not far from my house. I will have to go visit them in real life, one of these days.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Miniature Masterpieces, ACEO size, done this week PPF

More Miniature Masterpieces, ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches, Acrylic
I am painting one or two a day now and having lots of fun!


 These are all FOR SALE in my Ebay Store.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Picasso and other Masters, Miniature ACEO size for PPF

Alice in Wonderland, Picasso Style

ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches, in the style of Picasso, based loosely on his painting, "Woman with a Book," I have created this Alice In Wonderland themed card for this month's challenge
Alice is seated in a chair, holding a bottle of Drink Me Potion, and the Cheshire Cat is looking on from the picture above. This is an entry in the Theme Week contest from the ACEO ~ Art Cards Editions and Originals group here on eBay. The contest takes place the first week of each month. To view other listings, search for ACEO TW May on

I was probably inspired to paint this one because I have been doing lots of In The Style of Picasso and other Master Artists paintings in ACEO size. Here are the most recent ones. They are available on Ebay in my store.

Picasso, "Friendship" and Cezanne, Still Life with Fruit and Pitcher 

Caravaggio, Vase of Flowers and Lute Player

Tintoretto, Self Portrait and Leandro Bassoro's Lute Player

Haystack at Sunset, In the Style of Monet

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the style of .. . ACEOs for PPF

My new Series: "In the Style of .. . . "
Acrylic ACEOs, 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Madonna of the Apple Tree in the Style of Lucas Cranach

Woman with a Fan in the style of Picasso Cubism Abstract

Impressionism Flower Garden

Camille in a Garden In the Style of Monet

These two, above, have been sold, so maybe my ACEO Miniature Masters series will be a success! 

My daughter gave me a book of The Masters with bios and examples of their work. It sure is teaching me a lot about famous artists and their various styles. I find a new appreciation for the painter when I try to duplicate the artwork. Of course, my tiny paintings are in no way a duplicate of the "real" masterpiece, or even a tiny portion of it, but I think I have been able to capture the color scheme and general "feel" of the original, so I hope in some small way I have succeeded. This is one project where I will never run out of ideas or inspiration. I like to read about the artists and their lives as I am working on the minis. I admit I know next to nothing about them when I begin, and for me this is an art education with personal experience and hands on learning. Better than a college course!

Monday, April 20, 2015

NFAC starts today! Every Month on the 20th . . 99 cent auctions on Ebay

The theme for this month is Space / Stars / Planets
Click on the link above to see all the other 99 cent art auctions this month!

These are my 3 entries:

ACEO, In the Style of Van Gogh, My Starry Night, Too, Acrylic

9x12 Skyscape Moon Sun Clouds Stars Water Out of this World

12x16 The Stars at Night, Abstract Night Cityscape Reflections in Water 
Neon Acrylics

Friday, April 17, 2015

Picasso, ACEOs, Eagle and Rhino for PPF

In the Style of Picasso ACEO, Painting the Masters.
I love the expressions on these characters! Boredom and hostility?
Twofers, because there is a diamond pattern in his sweater (See April's Theme for 30/30) and my entry for the ACEO Spring2015 Ebay challenge. It's a stretch for me because we all have to list the starting price at $20.15. I have only ever sold my ACEOs for about $10 or $15 at the most, so I am stretching a bit.

I have just passed #900 in my ACEO numbering system, so that means I am well on my way to painting 1000 of these little gems. What fun!

More 30/30 FB challenge theme ACEOs this week. Symbols of April.
The baby with the book is left over from last week's theme.
Daisies and Sweet Peas are April's Flowers

And Diamonds are the Gem of the month
We allow a very loose interpretation of the themes.

More challenges -
Challenge #1 was to paint an ACEO Night Scene, and #2, an ACEO portrait from FREE reference photos on the site.The pictures on this site are awesome, and all are free for artists to use.  

Another Challenge on a group Artist Reference Photos on Facebook was to paint the photos provided, and I chose the Eagle and the Rhino. 
"Eagle Eye" above is an ACEO, watercolor, pen and ink on hot press and
The Rhino below is a little bit bigger, 4x4 inches, Watercolor, pen and ink on cold press. He just did not fit on the 2.5 x 3.5 inch ATC card.

Watercolor class has resumed this week, after a 3-week hiatus, so bigger paintings are in store for next time, I think.

Friday, April 10, 2015

ACEOs, Books, Horse, for PPF

The Theme this week for my 30/30 ACEO Facebook group is Books and Reading.

A Boy, A Book and Glasses

Cherokee, Old Blue Eyes, Pony/Horse
Painted for a challenge on Reference Photos for Artists FB group. The horse had glaucoma, so I tried to capture the look in the eyes.

The Rite of Spring, Abstract
Challenge on DPW to let loose and give the "feeling" of spring.

Citywalk, Man, Boy, Dog.
Something from my imagination. Just scribbles that turned into a scene.

Another Book Theme ACEO:
Apple, Books and Pencils.
Playing with my Tradio Stylo TRJ Pentel ink pen that is NOT waterproof and bleeds in fun ways that I really like. Not trying for perspective here, just loose watercolor and illustration of a theme. Books bring back school days for me. Does anyone read real hardcover books any more? Or write with wooden pencils? Or know what a real paper spiral notebook looks like? These could be relics of the past soon.