Friday, December 19, 2014

Reptiles, Toad in the Road and Iguana, plus Abstract PPF

It has been a fun week for me in my painting world. I might call it "Reptile Week:  Unusual Pet Portraits," since I painted two really odd critters. 

Here is My Iguana, which I call  "Here Lizard, Lizard."
Painted from a photo by Hazel Lewry on Reference Photos for Artists.
9x12 Mixed Media, Watercolor (Brusho), pen and ink, gouache and acrylic on heavy paper. These are my first amphibious reptilians. LOL.

"Toad in the Road" was painted for a challenge on It had to be a photo from their site, and the title had to rhyme. I was going to paint a frog on a log, but the toads were more interesting. Acrylic on canvas board 11x14.

"Bold and Bright" Abstract Landscape, beautiful luminous colors using Brusho and Bleach. I like the purple mat because it sets off the mountains in the background. Done on 140# watercolor cold press paper.

Jinx the Orange Tabby Cat. 5x5 Illustration, Watercolor and Pen. 
This was a commission for a Christmas Gift, so it is SOLD. It was done from a really tiny photo, but I guess it looks enough like the actual cat to please the owner.

I plan on doing more watercolor and pen sketches like these because they are so much FUN. And the buyer wants me to paint another one after the 1st of the year. 2015 will be a banner year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sunflowers, Trucks and Santa, PPF

What I painted this week . . . 

I usually sketch with watercolors and a pen when  I have to wait for stuff to happen, like the bus to arrive, or the doctor to call my name. These little sketches are usually flowers, so I guess the series could be called "Flowers in Waiting."
ACEO, 3 Sunflowers
ACEO 3 Sunflowers, Watercolor and Pen - Sold
These old rusty Trucks For Sale were painted for a challenge on DPW.
Here it is matted. I love mats.

From this reference photo . . . 

 And another challenge, Santa and Me
on a Facebook group, to paint our interpretation,
of this photo.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Challenges and Strawberries, PPF

Another week of Painting!

Challenges this week:

It's Theme Week on Facebook ACEO/Ebay group,
and here are my entries for the Winter Theme: 

A white mat comes with each one of them, so you can mount them into a 5x7 frame for Christmas gift giving. They are for sale in my Ebay Store

If you are interested in spicing up your creative juices for the Holidays, and if you like to paint ACEO cards, then please stop on by our Facebook Group 30/30. The3 challenges from now till Jan 1, 2015 are Gingerbread houses, Holiday Food, and New Years. You just create your card, and post the picture in the appropriate album. Fun! No pressure to create a bunch of them, just one of each, or more if you feel like it.

 Here is my entry for one of the current challenges on Paint my Photo, a free site for Reference Photos: Paint a scene on a painting of an ornament using a PMP photo.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Cards and Watercolors PPF

Watercolor Week

I seem to be in a watercolor mood this week. The class I have been taking for 3 years is on hiatus for Thanksgiving week, so I am not doing any assignments, just playing with fun stuff.  My daughter took a photo of an old teddy bear at the swap meet because she thought I might like to use it for a reference.  I think it would look great in a baby's room, but there are no little ones in our family right now so I am auctioning it on Ebay.

The Red Tulip was fun because it was painted upside down, from a lesson I found online. I love the way watercolors in the background blended using the wet in wet technique.    

Here are some Christmas/Holiday cards I painted for the Pasadena Senior Center art show on Dec 3. They will be sold for $5 and the money donated to the center. My weekly Watercolor Art Class is held at the PSC every week, and we have a lovely bunch of artists in the group. 

I also entered 3 of my paintings in the judging, which are also for sale.
Baby Raccoon, Framed,

Old Man and His Donkey

Leo the Colorful Lion

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.