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Friday, July 21, 2017

4 Fridas, learning to Loosen Up. PPF

Challenges on Daily Paint Works

Happy Birthday Month, Frida Kahlo!

The challenge was to paint the same subject 4 times on one sheet of paper, divided up into 4 sections. Each time, loosen up, get sketchy. I learned a lot. Each time I used a bigger brush. Acrylic paint. The last two were done using a 1 inch angle brush. It is easier to get loose if you paint larger, I think.

I then cut up the individual pictures, and reworked most of them.
Also made one more. 

ACEO Size.

When the eyes gave me trouble, I just closed them.  LOL.

This was my favorite, and I did not have to fix her at all.

Hands are not my favorite part of the body to paint.

Her nose looks large, but the photo I worked from was sort of like that.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Painting from Videos Online, PPF, A Busy Week

Painting from Videos Online

Here is my 8x10 Crazy Bright Colored Calico Cat painting, done from a video on YouTube, on 140# hot press paper, varnished front and back. I love trying new styles and taking classes in art. Since discovering the awesome multitude of videos online FREE to watch and paint, I am now overwhelmed on what to do next! This one was FUN to paint. Really fun. He looks a little bit cranky to me. But I do love him. Of course, he is for sale on Ebay in my store.

Have any of you tried painting along with videos online?


Another one done from an Online Video class, "Houses on the River," after Monet. I used loose canvas and adhered it to mat board. This 5x7 acrylic artwork comes with a white mat and backing board, so it will fit into an 8x10 frame.  For Sale on Ebay

My inspiration for this painting was Houses on the Achterzaan, by Claude Monet. He painted in Oil, but this is a tiny acrylic piece. 

NOTE: Artists have long been copying the masters to learn the art form. I am attempting to make tiny replicas of the actual paintings that I like, which I discover in books or online, but I certainly do not try to pass them off as the "real" thing, since my art is only 5x7 inches. As I am studying the master's works, I gain a real appreciation of each one. They painted in oils, and I use acrylic. As I find a painting that I want to reproduce, I read about the artist, his life, and his methods of creating art. I choose colors that are close to the original and paint my "version" of it.

Here are a couple more I did this week, from online videos (check out Ginger Cook on Youtube).

And a couple of horsey pictures I painted for the Different Strokes Challenges on Facebook.

And a few ACEOs, too. Done for Challenges on Facebook and DPW.
A field of Daisies


Abstract Calla Lilies

Contented Cat

Friday, July 7, 2017

Zebras, Mama and Baby, ACEOs for PPF

Zebra Challenge

My beginning of these zebras 5x7 watercolor and pen went pretty well, and then I overworked it and it was awful. I liked the mama so I cut her out and made her into an ACEO card. Then I went back and did the baby again as an ACEO. The watercolor of the two of them no longer exists. LOL. But I did learn a lot and completed the challenge on Different Strokes Art Challenge, a Facebook group. Whew!

I could paste them back together, but the colors don't match. LOL.

These are for sale individually in my Ebay Store

This week I also did these challenges:

What did you have for breakfast?

Paint the frog's reflections (Sold)

Wild Sunflowers

A painting of a Paint Horse

All ACEO size, mostly watercolor and pen.

And during the last few weeks I finished these:

These little cards are fun to paint, don't take lots of time or stress, and give me a great deal of satisfaction to complete each one. 2.5 x 3.5 inches is challenging, but with tiny brushes and a little bit of paint and pen, they come to life.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Painting on Masonite with Acrylics - PPF

ACEO TW Theme Week on Facebook group:  Moonlight.
Search for more Moonlight ACEOs on Ebay. Just put ACEO TW in the search bar.

These are ACEOs, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, acrylic on 1/8 inch thick masonite. I use thick paint and a palette knife or a stiff brush. They were done for a theme week challenge on Facebook/Ebay, and the subject this month is Moonlight. 

Usually I paint on paper, but I have a bunch of these masonite ones, so I thought they would hold more paint, and be a bit more sturdy for the waves. For sale on EBAY, Easel included.

I am including a 5" easel with these so a person can display them easily.

I scratched off a lot of paint to display the colors underneath to give it an eerie spooky look.  For Sale on Ebay, Easel Included.

Hint: With these easels, if they seem to want to collapse, just put a drop of glue on the hinge and it will stay in place. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inspiration for Paintings, A Facebook Group, PPF

Different Strokes Art Challenge on Facebook

I am really into painting from photographs (free reference ones) that I find on the internet. There doesn't seem to be anything in my head to paint from, and I am not inspired by painting from life, so photos it is! I just discovered a new Facebook Group, where they post a different picture every month for you to paint from, in any style, using any medium (except digital) and any size. I usually paint ATC size 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so this is a fun little challenge for me. It's called Different Strokes Art Challenge and the people are really nice! I don't get out much, so the internet is a wonderful asset for me. I meet such great people and my days just fly by when I am painting.

So far I have done this month's challenge (A Macaw) twice, and am starting on doing the rest of the challenges they have already completed. You can go back and use any of the previous photos for inspiration and post the resulting artwork on the page. I love going through the albums and trying different things I would never usually choose to paint. And I use different styles and mediums to challenge myself further. 

Here are the Macaws:

My first one was done 4 x 6 with a palette knife, acrylic paint, and I struggled. Not fond of painting birds. For sale on Ebay. 

The second try is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ATC size, Mixed media, acrylic and Felt Pen, and I did it in a stained glass style. He seemed to adapt well to that! Oh, and the background is watercolor. 

And this is the FREE reference photo provided.

I am working on a still life with fruit now. Will post next time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NIBBLEFEST NFAC JUN Art for 99 cents

Nibblefest Art Contest just started for this month. Every month on the 20th for 7 days you can find really great art bargains on EBAY. The starting price for bidding is 99 cents. I usually participate and this month the theme is Under The Sea, so here are my two entries. Search for NFAC to find lots more entries!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ACEO TW JUNE Theme is Owls PPF

My 3 ACEO Owls, done with acrylics impasto style (heavy paint)
with a tiny palette knife.

I have actually started painting again after more than 6 months of rest. I always seem to need a challenge, so these were done for a Facebook Challenge in the ACEO EBAY group I belong to. It feels good getting back to art. 

Search for ACEO TW JUN for more tiny owl paintings this week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

NFAC February 2017 - Begin Again.

Where have I been? My last post was August 20, 2016, about a week before I fell and broke my hip. Since then I have not painted or made any new art, but I am healing well, using a cane to walk, and basically trying to get back to "normal" activities.  I started crocheting again a couple of weeks ago, and maybe I will make more art soon. In the meantime, I have been selling on Ebay and have started to get back into the swing of things by joining the latest NFAC NibbleFest Art Contest, so here are my entries for this month. It's a wide open theme, covering all of the topics that were used in 2016.

These are paintings I did during a watercolor art class that I took at the Senior Center for a couple of years. They are for sale on Ebay, starting bid of 99 cents for one week. Search EBAY for NFAC to see lots more great Art Bargains.

Each of these come with a FREE mat so they are ready to frame.

Enchanted Forest, Watercolor: Ebay Listing
Abstract Fruit and Vines: For Sale on Ebay

Saturday, August 20, 2016

NFAC, Nibblefest, August 20, 2016, PPF

Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC) starts on the 20th of every month. This month, August 2016, the theme is Feline Nation. Here are my entries, all ACEOs, and the bidding starts at 99 cents, so you can get some great deals if you are starting an art collection. Just search on Ebay for NFAC and see all the entries.