Friday, October 17, 2014

Nutcrackers, Dalmatians and PPF

Paintings for this week, October 17, 2014

Still Life done from an actual 14" nutcracker collectible figurine.
so I guess he is life size!

The first batch of 30 ACEO Nutcrackers in 30 Days, Oct 15-Nov15

and Another Doggie Pet Portrait
This was another challenge on Daily Paintworks, working on shadows. It was not easy! LOL. Those spots gave me fits.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Portraits, Puppies and Posies PPF

I finished 30 Landscape ACEOs in September, now on to thinking about Christmas themes. I will be doing a challenge in the Facebook Group 30 ACEOs in 30 Days from October 15 - November 15. Join us to see all the lovely work created by a group of fun artists, and make some of your own.

What I painted this week . . . 

6x6 "Ponytail Girl," Red Hair, up close face portrait. Done with Acrylic on wood panel, 3/4 inch thick, painted black all around so you can sit it on a shelf, or hang it without a frame if you like. Painted in Chantel's Online Facebook Acrylic Atelier, where Chantel Chantel Lynn Barber shares her expertise and offers reference photos to paint, plus gives critiques of your efforts. Thanks, Chantel!

5x7 Acrylic on Wood Panel, painted black on 4 sides, so it can be displayed on a shelf or hung without a frame. 
Old Scotsman Bagpiper, taking a much needed rest, wearing a plaid kilt, beret and highland costume. Done for a challenge on Reference Photos for Artists, FREE reference photo by Heather Whyte.

and I painted two cute dogs this week in a challenge on Artist Reference Photos, another Facebook Group.

from a photo by Paul Beattie on Artist Reference Photos

"Max the Shaggy Dog" 6x6 on Cradled Wood Board
from a photo by Christine Safford on Artist Reference Photos

I guess I am still in a Floral Mood. I finished 100 Painted Posies for Artomat, and now I am still doing flowers on ACEOS 2.5 x 3.5 inches, in Acrylic on heavy paper for collectors.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Halloween ACEOs, 100 Artomat posies, PPF

I only did one this time. The monsters theme is not my fave. But there are some really cute ones in there and some really scary ones, too!

I finished 100 Posies in Pots for Artomat this week.
These are 2" x 3" wooden blocks that are dispensed from refurbished cigarette machines. I have done hundreds of them in the past couple of years. 

30 paintings in 30 days, Landscapes ACEO size

ACEO landscapes, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, Mixed Media 
(Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic and Pen and Ink)
September 1-30, 2014

I finished the challenge, and I did all 30. Now there is another one. 30 ACEOs in 30 Days, with a Christmas/Holiday Theme. It starts October 15 to November 15, 2014. Go to the Facebook Page to sign up. It will inspire you to make lots of ACEOs for your Etsy or Ebay store if you sell online. Or you could make lots of stocking stuffers. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Marbled by Me, 4x4 paper pieces mounted in 8x10 mats PPF

Abstract Marbled Papers
Created by Hand using Golden Liquid Acrylics and Acrylic Inks.

The process was messy, but for my first time I must say I am pleased with the results. However, two of the products used in the making of the marbled papers disturbed me. One is Alum (aluminum sulphate) powder, which is quite toxic and not something I wish to use again. I read afterwards that you are supposed to wear rubber gloves. Oh, well. The other is Oxgall, or Oxbile, which is dehydrated bile from cows, and being a vegan, this one goes against my decision to not use any animal products. I don't even eat honey, so next time I will try the Liquid Starch method and see if that works for me. Kids in school do it and the online pictures looked pretty good. I will post the results next time.