Friday, September 12, 2014

Landscape Phobia PPF

Landscape Phobia, Paint Party Friday

One of the things I rarely, if ever, painted, LANDSCAPES, has been my focus for the past few weeks. I challenged myself to paint 30 of them in 30 days, ACEO size, for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30, my second time for doing her challenge. Now I am swimming in landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and not just 2.5 x 3.5 inches either. I figured it might help me improve if I did something I disliked, probably because I was not good at it. Each one I paint seems to get better, or at least easier, and now I enjoy the challenge.
Last time I chose Food Still Life because I felt it was not my best or favorite subject. I think they turned out pretty good, actually. The collage above has most of them. I left out the really bad ones in the album, but I did finish 30. Hardly any of them sold, even though I had them priced very reasonably. But food paintings are not very popular, I am told.

I have hopes for the landscapes this time, because I read online that they sell better than any other topic, and I do intend to sell my work. My goal is to make more money selling my art than I do collecting my SS retirement benefits each month. I can dream, can't I? I will be making a collage of the 30 (or maybe 25 best ones) on October 1.

You can follow my 30 in 30 landscape paintings on my blog post here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Canterbury Tales, 7 Character Illustrations, PPF

I painted these for my grandson's Narrative Studies project.
Happy Paint Party Friday, Everyone!
7 (seven) 6x6 inch paintings, done in watercolor and pen, each one colorfully matted, with a white backing board, ready to frame in an 8x10 size. These illustrations were done for my grandson during his Narrative Studies program in college, to illustrate a board game he created based on The Canterbury Tales, set in Medieval Times. The characters I drew for him included The Squire, The Knight, The Wife of Bath, The Merchant, The Miller, The Nun and The Friar. These would look great adorning the walls of a children's room or to use in a classroom setting.

In case you are not familiar with Canterbury Tales, it is a collection of over 20 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century, during the time of the Hundred Years' War. The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest was a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return. - per Wikipedia

This is my original art, not prints. Each one is hand painted and drawn by me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Abstract Color Explosion, PPF

I like to paint abstracts to relax my mind.
 The wood is painted on all four sides continuing the design.
This miniature Square acrylic painting is done on a 6x6 inch wooden panel 3/4 inch deep, and the sides are painted with a continuation of the abstract design over the edges. It is varnished with a gloss finish to protect it from dust, but it MUST not be displayed in direct sunlight.  The colors are fugitive so they tend to fade over time if exposed to light.  

These are the brightest colors I could find, neon fluorescent psychedelic acrylics, dripped, splattered, dropped and dabbed, with very thick paint. The Fluorescent colors glow beautifully under black light. Seriously. Homage to the 70's. You really need a black light to get the full effect. I was inspired to use neons after seeing paintings by Francoise Nielly. She paints huge colorful faces that really rock! Look her up to see fabulous portraits of famous people.

I got a new set of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics and I had to try them out.  This is a Skyscape, Cityscape, and/or Landscape but I named it Cloudscape, if that's a word. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO size.  Miniature art, done with a palette knife impasto style, heavy thick paint.

I am thinking about what to paint for 30 paintings in 30 days in September. Landscapes?  Flowers? I am pretty sure they will be ATC size because I don't have much room to store any more paintings.
Here are some I did this week.
ACEO "Vase of Flowers," Watercolor, Loose Style

ACEO Watercolor Landscape, "Bull River 1" Rocks and Rushing River with Green Trees and rocks. Inspired by a photo by Shawn Parker, on Artist Reference Photos, a Facebook Group. 

ACEO "Light and Shadow" Watercolor done for DPW challenge to paint "sky holes" peeking thru the branches and leaves.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NFAC, Nibblefest Art Contest August 20-27, 2014

August 20-27, 2014
That's my Divo Dog on the right, 3rd place last month!

The Nibblefest theme this month is FOREST CREATURES.
This is my entry in the Nibblefest Art Contest, a themed art contest beginning on the 20th of each month. Please be sure to search for NFAC to see more great entries, each starting at just $0.99. Thanks!

Bidding starts at 99 cents for each of the paintings below, by me, and 50+ by other artists. Only 3 days left.  Bidding ends on August 27.

12 x 16 Acrylic on canvas board, Squirrel at Feeder in a tree. Signed Painting, Original art, not a print.  

A Psychedelic Owl I painted for a weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks. Painted on an 11x14 Gessobord, with Acrylic impasto technique using a palette knife in an abstract style with the brightest colors I could find, some neons, and very thick paint. The Fluorescent colors glow beautifully under black light. Seriously. Homage to the 70's. You need a black light to get the full effect. I was inspired to use neons after seeing paintings by Francoise Nielly. She paints huge colorful faces.  
Plus a miniature ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches 
Big Cat, Lioness, done for a challenge on DPW. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Watercolor, pen and ink. Comes with a FREE mat. Ready to mount in standard 5x7 frame.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fluorescents, Landscapes, PPF

Night Reflections, For sale on DPW Auction
Abstract 12x16 Cityscape on the River, with starry night sky and soft reflections of the tall buildings in the water. Looks awesome under blacklight, but striking in daylight as well. Fluorescent Neon Acrylic paints, metallics and interference colors on canvas board. Expressionistic style. Difficult to photograph the full effect. You can see the metallic sky in this one a little better.
A little square canvas portrait I did for a friend. I was inspired by Francoise Nielly's bright neon faces. Her paintings are HUGE. Mine is tiny. 

I usually do the weekly DPW challenge, and this week we painted an "intimate landscape" from a photo. Here is my mixed media 5x7 painting, "Hidden Whirlpool,"
and here it is with a mat. It really looks best with a mat, I think. 
And this is the photo we used for reference. It's amazing to see all of the different artists' take on it. No two alike! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Baby Cow/Calf, Orange Umbrella, Hares not Rabbits, Wet Dogs, Bald Eagle, Spider Web

Paintings for this week, August 15, 2014.Baby Calf Looking for Mama
My first entry for the August Painting Competition on a Facebook site, "Artist Reference Photos" (FREE resource). My version of Raido Holm's calf. This is a 5 x 7 mixed media piece on 300# WC paper. Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, pen and ink. Comes with a free white mat so it fits into a standard 8x10 frame. For sale on Daily Paintworks.
A DPW weekly challenge:  August 9, 2014: Paint "Heather and her Orange Umbrella." Here is my painting
 from this reference photo (I left out the bicycle) 
I used Acrylics impasto (thick paint) style with a palette knife on a 6x6 inch Gessobord.

There were 3 pictures to paint on the Artist Reference Photos this month and I did all of them. This wet dog is Lucky (photo by Debbie Green) with a Ball in his mouth, painted first in watercolor mixed media with ink, and the second one in Acrylic on heavy paper, both come with a FREE mat ready to frame..  5x7 matted to 8x10. The ball is not a baseball or a tennis ball.  It is a sliotar or sliothar used in the game of Hurling, Ireland's national passion. 

Above For sale on DPW 

I entered this one in the challenge because I liked it a little bit better than the watercolor one. SOLD to the photographer and Lucky's owner in Ireland.
Chuck Rondeau's photo on Artist Reference Photos Facebook page inspired this 5x7 gouache painting of an American Bald Eagle. Comes with a FREE mat so you can use an 8x10 standard size frame.

This is not a bunny rabbit, it is a Hare.

I painted it for a woman in the UK who collects Hares, not rabbits. Look it up and see all the differences, from how they are born to what they eat, not to mention hares have longer ears than bunnies.
It is amazing what you learn on the internet from folks you meet.
The top one is for sale on Ebay, and the bottom one is on its way to the UK. The artist I am trading with is going to paint a "surprise" for me because I could not decide what I wanted.

and a Pre-Halloween Painting
Abstract 8x10 Gouache Frozen Spider Web
The mat changes the look of the picture. Colors are more like the one below. It is hard to photograph because there is metallic Gouache/watercolor paint used throughout.  

with FREE mat to make it 11x14

See you next week at PPF.  Happy painting!

Friday, August 8, 2014

A very busy week of Painting

What I painted the first week in August 2014

"Melting!" Auction on DPW
​Ice Cream Cone, done for a DPW challenge. ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, on 1/8 inch thick masonite. Can be displayed on a tiny black easel, included FREE. Start your miniature art collection today.

Auction for this 9x12 Mohawk Pig in Neon colors on Daily Paintworks
According to the California Potbellied Pig Association, "Adult pigs are covered with coarse, dense bristles. Most have a 'mane' or 'mohawk' that runs along the top of the neck and topline. The mohawk bristles can be raised and lowered depending on the pigs emotional state. Upright bristles can indicate aggressive feelings, but the mohawk is also raised when the pig is very content." I prefer to think of this one as a very happy piggy.

"Bruges Canal." 12x16 Landscape done with Acrylics using fluorescent neons, bright colors. Painted on canvas board with thick impasto mostly with a palette knife and a stiff brush. Thanks to the "Reference Photos for Artists 2" Group on Facebook for the FREE inspirational image by Debbie Peaty. I found that the trick to getting the colors to be bright is to first do an underpainting with pure titanium white and then use the neons on top outlining in black.

The theme for this month on my ACEO Facebook Ebay group was Rivers and Lakes. Here are my 3 ACEOs with that theme.

"Peek A Boo Village" 8x10 Acrylic on 140# paper, comes with a FREE mat. Based loosely on the photo PMP site photo Village d'Azur by HARDJANI YORICK. Contemporary style landscape/seascape of red rooftops peeking out from a densely wooded forest area overlooking the ocean. 
Matted and ready to frame

"Alley Cats" 8x10 Acrylic on Canvas Board. For reference I used an old brick wall photo by Paul Sherman, on for the background. The wall was done impasto style with thick acrylic paint using a palette knife, one brick at a time. I was inspired by a couple of challenges in the acrylic group on PMP. I added the cats because the wall was kind of boring, and I have been thinking for months of what to paint on it. I think it works. The Alley Cats are not really friendly, and I think a cat fight is imminent.

The first HALLOWEEN ACEO card
The challenge this month in the ACEO Ebay group on Facebook is to use the above photo as inspiration for a card. Here is my interpretation, in acrylic Neon Fluorescent paint. Get out your black light!