Friday, July 18, 2014

PPF, Lucid Dreaming, Jersey Cow, 4 matted Posies in Pots

What I did this week

A Challenge on PMP:
I painted this for a music art challenge on www.Paintmyphoto.ning.com. There were 8 pieces of music to listen to, and after picking my favorite,  I found a photo reference on PMP and painted while listening to the musical poem. I chose a very serene piece to interpret. The painting is kind of surreal, I think.
12x16 Acrylic on Canvas Board - "Lucid Dreaming"

Another Challenge this week:
In my Aceo on Ebay Facebook Group, the challenge was to paint an ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches, from this photo of a Jersey cow.
I zeroed in on the face, cropped it, and used acrylic on heavy paper for my cow.


Four Paintings for one price:  I painted and matted these flowers this week.

These 4 ACEOs have been matted and come with a free mat board backing, and are sealed in cellophane sleeves. They are ready to frame and hang on a wall. Think of it as a splash of color for that dreary place in your den, kitchen, powder room or boudoir. They could be displayed in groups of 2 or even all 4 together. I am going to sell them as a "set" of four 5x7 matted florals, similar to my "Posies in Pots" series that I have been doing for Artomat. Each one fits nicely into a standard size 5x7 inch frame. I saw some cute 5x7 frames at the dollar store last week, so this would be a great way to start a miniature art collection for a minimal cash investment.

These hand painted acrylic flowers are one of a kind, unique works of art that could be given as presents for Christmas or Birthdays, as thank-you, hostess or housewarming gifts. At $20 for all 4 paintings, including shipping, this is a great bargain.








Monday, July 14, 2014

SOC4: Week 6, Abstract Sailboat Sunset

Summer of Color4:  Week 6
Challenge:  Raspberry, Tangerine and Lemon Yellow

"Abstract: Sailboat in the Sunset" on auction at Ebay
 The ACEO is done on 1/8" thick masonite, not paper.
I had trouble photographing it to show the colors, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the swatches was SUNSET.   Now that I think about the names of the colors, I should have gone with a bowl of fruit.
I have attached magnetic material to the back so this one is an ACEO Magnet Art Piece that can be displayed on your Frig.  


Sunday, July 13, 2014

SOC4, Summer of Color

Red, Royal Blue and a splash of light blue.  Be a Clown

This week's entry, just in time!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Artomat Blocks, 100 ready to ship, PPF

Painted Posies and Painted People for Artomat 
100 Blocks done.  Painted with acrylic, varnished, wrapped in cellophane and ready to ship.

This week I finished 100 Artomat Blocks. They are only 2x3 inches, even smaller than ACEO cards. The 50 Posies in Pots are done and I just finished 50 Painted People.  I then attached them to wooden blocks, glued on my business card, wrapped them in cellophane and will ship them off to Clark this week. Since I have been doing these over the last couple of years, I paint faster and more confidently. Such fun! They will be sold in Artomat Refurbished Cigarette Machines all over the US and AU. I have done several hundred so far, and look forward to doing many more.

50 Painted People, The Process:

First I basecoat the wooden pieces with gesso. People have whitebackgrounds and posies have black backgrounds, for the most part. Depends. Then I sketch out the figures, put clothes on them and add liner work with permanent pen and sometimes some white ink. They evolve as I am painting them. They all have a story to tell, and hopefully the person who gets each one out of the Artomat.org machines will be able to relate to the figures and their narrative.  I don't write the stories.  I just paint the pictures.  The purchaser has to be the storyteller.







50 Painted Posies, Flowers in Pots.








Friday, July 4, 2014

Bugs, Pug, Boston Terrier Dog, PPF

ACEO TW JUL - we were supposed to paint ACEO bugs.  I hate bugs. but then I found this cute little guy,
 a Cross between a Pug and a Boston Terrier = a Bugg dog breed.  So here is my Bug, Acrylic on 140# paper, and he was fun to paint.
For Sale on Ebay

I also finished 100 Artomat Blocks, 50 each of Painted Posies and Painted People and posted some of my progress pictures in another blog post below, participated in Summer of Color 4, painting with pinks and greens, and did a Daily Paintworks Challenge to Paint a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.  


Happy Paint Party Friday, everyone!
  

Monday, June 30, 2014

SOC Week 4, plus an Abstract PBJ on toast

This week the colors are Pink, Apple Green and Dark Greek for
the Summer of Color Challenge.  Here is mine. 4x6 acrylic on heavy paper, mounted into a pink mat, making it 5x7, fits a standard size frame.

AND


Another different Challenge this week:

Abstract Open Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly on Toast. 
Painted for the DPW challenge this week. Impasto Acrylic on Canvas Board.
We were supposed to paint from life, but I don't eat bread, jelly or Peanut Butter, so I had to use my imagination.  I smeared the paint around like it was really peanut butter.  What fun!
Funny thing about Abstracts, they can be displayed in different directions.

I cannot decide which way I like it, so I will not sign it on the front.

See more of my art at www.pennyleestewart.com





Painted People, The Process and the results, Artomat Blocks

50 Painted People, The Process

First I basecoat the wooden pieces with gesso. People have white and posies have black backgrounds, for the most part. Depends. Then I sketch out the figures, put clothes on them and add liner work with permanent pen and sometimes some white ink. They evolve as I am painting them. They all have a story to tell, and hopefully the person who gets each one out of the Artomat.org machines will be able to relate to the figures and their narrative.  I don't write the stories.  I just paint the pictures.  The purchaser has to be the storyteller.









Friday, June 27, 2014

Nibblefest Auctions and 10 More Rainbow Kitties PPF

This week in Watercolor class we worked on Negative Painting.

My Autumn Trees All In a Row works well for NFAC this month because the theme is, "All In a Row!"  So I am entering it in Ebay Auctions starting for 99 cents.  I do this contest every month.  Search on Ebay for NFAC and find lots more bargains from talented artists.

 with mat it is 8x10, ready to frame.

and I entered this one Watercolor on Yupo Paper, also 5x7 matted to 8x10.

And . . . 


Here are the last of the 30 ACEOs in 30 Days in June 2014
Rainbow Kitties Days 21-30. For Sale on Ebay




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOC4 Week 3

 Summer of Color, Week 3  - a challenge using a limited palette

This week: Lavender & Grey with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Plum

Here are the colors we were supposed to use. My lavender is too pink and my plum is too red, not to mention that there is too much of it. Watercolors did not seem to work for me to achieve this color palette. So I switched to Acrylic.  
Here is my Door Hanger, without words. I am not good with hand lettering. Who would think "Welcome" would be so hard to paint? I must have painted over it 3 or 4 times. That's one of the advantages of acrylics, very forgiving. I used to do a lot of tole painting on wood and I had some of these wooden pieces left over from years ago, so I thought it might work for SOC. But I kept wanting to add green leaves, colorful flowers and vines. These colors are too dull for me, I guess. Oh, well. The acrylic colors are closer, yes?
Here is a Black Cat, and the colors are better, but I don't like the background.  LOL.  I give up.  Maybe the next palette will suit me better.

P.S.  In case you are wondering about the cats, I have been painting 30 ACEOs in 30 days for June 2014.  I chose Rainbow Kitties as a subject.  If you want to see all the colorful felines I have done so far, go to my Ebay Store.  



Friday, June 20, 2014

Landscapes and 10 more Rainbow Kitties for PPF

Since last week's PPF I have painted bunches of stuff.  Too many paintings for one blog post, so go here if you want to see the rabbit, the truck (SOLD) and the lion, and my Summer of Color 4 post for this past week.  

I got a ton of mats on Etsy all different sizes, so I can paint on paper and mat the results to sell and hang.  This is a 5x7 acrylic on 140# paper, painted for a challenge on Daily Paintworks.  I matted it with the orange and now it is 8x10 so it fits in a standard frame.  I don't do landscapes usually, but it's a nice change of pace.
This is the photo they provided to inspire us.
I painted it twice.
Both are for sale, auction style, at www.pennyleestewart.com
Here is my first one.
And another version I did for the same challenge
There is no prize.  It's just a way to stretch yourself by trying something new.

10 More ACEO Rainbow Kitties.  Days 11-20.  
My challenge is to paint 30 ACEO Rainbow Kitties in June 2014.  I am on track so far, but getting a little bit tired of the colorful cats.  Only 10 more to go.  You can see them all in my Ebay Store here. I think my favorite so far is the Calico Quilted Cat Patches.  The Picasso-esque cubism Kitty is my 2nd fave.  I may do another one of that style.





Monday, June 16, 2014

SOC4, Week 2, plus Silly Rabbit, Rusty Old Truck and a Lion's Head

(Still time to sign up to win a FREE abstract on my blog.  
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SOC 4, Week 2: Coral, Teal and White
Acrylic on 140# paper, on Ebay, with Mat, ready to frame


Plus my Watercolor Rabbit, which is almost the right colors, 
Silly Rabbit!
5x7 Watercolor Rabbit Pet Portrait Painting, on 300 lb. paper, embellished with white ink and pen liner, loose style, colorful, fun silly rabbit. FREE white mate included, ready to frame in 8 x 10 standard size. Painted from a reference photo by Steve Meisler on Artist Reference Photos. DPW Auction

. . . and in WC class this week, I painted the Old Truck
8.5 x 11 Watercolor of an old abandoned rusty truck with Bullet holes, obviously used for target practice out in the country. Painted from a photo by Gail Klett on Artist Reference Photos.  DPW Auction

and an 8x10 Mixed Media Lion Head with Colorful rainbow mane
 Inspired by Debra Spence's photo on Artist Reference Photos
Done for the June Art contest.
Watercolor, Gouache, pen and ink.