Friday, February 27, 2015

Chinese New Year ACEOs, Black and white Wedding Picture for PPF

Watercolor, Chinese or Lunar New Year ACEOs
For sale in my Ebay Store, done for a challenge
Every week we change the topic and Feb is the start of the Lunar New Year, so these are my interpretations of the symbols and festivities of the holiday.

I made twofers out of a larger watercolor painting, and these are the matted pictures ready for framing in a standard 8x10 size. For sale in my Etsy Shop.

Another challenge this week, this one on Daily Paint Works, to forget about color and paint using only black and white. I took a photo of my daughter's Victorian style wedding many years ago and did it in watercolor, using only black paint and the white of the paper.
The exercise helped me to see the values in the picture.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mardi Gras ACEOs and Heidi's Dogs for PPF

Bright, Colorful Miniature Watercolors

It's a Mardi Gras theme this week in my Facebook ACEO 30/30 group. I love the bright colors after a week of painting dull presidents! All of these were done with watercolor and pen.

 I painted my friend's Dog three times in Watercolor, Pen and ink.
6x6 above and 5x7 below 
and 8x10 below
She gets to choose her favorite, and then the other two will be listed for sale.

Monday, February 16, 2015

An Apple or two a Day. Failed Watercolors, Cropped for Sale as ACEOs

An Apple a Day

Do you have any watercolor paintings that are duds? I sure do, and sometimes I find a little portion of the art that is worthy of saving. I do a lot of ACEOs, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, more than 850 as of this writing. These two apples were part of a failed 9x12 exercise done in my weekly watercolor class. As a large painting, it was unremarkable. So, I used a mat with a cutout made for ATC cards to find the paintings I wanted to preserve. I like the still life food paintings as miniatures.
With a little line work and chopping, I have two apple paintings to sell

Since I have so many art cards in my inventory, I have a section in my Ebay Store where I offer over 50 Artist Trading Cards for $5 each. That way people can buy art at a reasonable price and become a collector of my art. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Past Her Prime, A Real Old Doll

"Past Her Prime: A Real Old Doll," 12x16 Acrylic
This was a fun one! I was inspired by a contest on to paint a doll. I searched the internet and found a free reference photo on 
The hair was done with heavy body white structural acrylic paint impasto style and the cracks in her arms and face were done with Crackle Medium. I used an old 12x16 canvas board that I had painted on before, so it had lots of texture. I added more brush strokes with heavy acrylic and then painted the doll on top of that. It gave the whole thing lots of texture.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Horse, Birds, Presidents and Flowers for PPF

Some WC Birds and Flowers, a Horse and a couple of Presidents!

4x4 Robin, Watercolor, SOLD

5x7, "The Odd Couple, Lovebird and Budgie"

9x12 Impressionistic Purple and Pink Flowers in a Vase, Watercolor

ACEO, Challenge on Facebook, from a horse photo reference, above and 3 Impressionistic Floral ACEOs below.

30/30 ACEOS Group, for Feb, Week 2, President's Day Theme

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dogs, Rodents and Tulips, PPF

Playing with Paint

9x12 Watercolor on Yupo Paper, loose style, with lots of drippy wet paint. If you haven't tried painting on yupo, it will be an experience to loosen up and let the paint do the work. I like yupo when I feel like playing. It reminds me of fingerpaints. But be careful not to touch the paper because the oils from your hands will prevent the paint from sticking. You can see where I held the paper on the lower left side, my thumb print is there.  But I usually leave things like that because somehow it feels like a happy accident.

ACEO sketch card, Field Mouse with Flower, a little 2.5 x 3.5 inch painting done in watercolor with a little bit of pen linerwork. He has a bid already. Just a little sketch card for the mouse collectors.

English Springer Spaniel 5x7 mixed media on 140# cold press
painted three times from different photos but one dog. I think this one is sold.
5x7 Same dog, watercolor on 140# cold press paper
and the same dog below, 
8x10 Watercolor and Higgins White Ink on 140# hot press paper

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Collages of Artwork done with a FREE online program

Watercolor Paintings of Animals, by Penny Lee StewArt

This week I finished two challenges to paint 30 paintings in 30 days, so that's 60 paintings completed in January 2015. One was for a Facebook group, 30 ACEOS in 30 Days, and the theme was LOVE. It's the pink collage below. I included all 30 of them to show that it is possible, but not as easy to see as when adding about half of them to the finished montage. The second one, above, is about half of the 30 paintings I did for Leslie Saeta's blog challenge. Not all of them were animals, so this worked well. 

I used for the creation of the project. It is actually supposed to be a blanket, I think, but they allow you to make a FREE collage and save it to your computer as a jpg file. They also send you a FREE postcard of the finished collage, so that's cool! 

The trick to creating the collage is to keep all of your photos that you want to use in your collage in a separate folder on your computer, so you can upload them all at once, and then move them around to make a pleasing presentation. It takes a little practice, but I just love it! You can also get calendars, pillows, mugs, and more with images of your art, for a fee.

Why not give it a try? It is FREE, after all! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

ACEOs Valentines Miniature Art for Paint Party Friday

A few of the 30/30 Valentine ACEOs I have created for the Facebook Challenge. See more in my Ebay Store

Cowgirl Valentine

I am Smiling! Persian Cat In Love.

Art is my One True Love!

The 30/30 ACEO group is doing 4 different topics/ themes for February 2015, and the first one is Ground Hogs, squirrels, rodents, etc. 

ATC size Gouache and Acrylic of my son's German Shepherd.
I have painted so many of his pets, and this time I tried lots of colors. German Shepherds are pretty much neutral brown, black, white, but this is my interpretation.  

"Marsala" The Watchful Kitty Cat, 6x6, watercolor, pen and ink.
Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015
I did this for a challenge at the Dick Blick website/Facebook Page using the best match I could make with watercolors. It's the brownish red mauve looking tone.

Fancy Cuppa Joe, 6x6 watercolor, done for a challenge on a blog I just joined, the Paint and Draw Together Blog which has challenges every 6 weeks. More fun! Painted from a reference photo.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pets, Cats and Dogs PPF

More Pet Portraits for 30/30:  Cats and Dogs
See the whole menagerie at my DPW Gallery

5x7 I'm Mr. Blue, Watercolor, Pen and Ink

6x6 Fluffy Grey Cat, Sealpoint Ragdoll Watercolor, Pen and Ink
Matted to 8x10

Mini Australian Shepherd, 5x7 Watercolor, Pen and Ink

6x6 Orange Tabby Cat

5x7 Watercolor, Old Dog

5x7, watercolor, White Poodle