Friday, May 1, 2015

Picasso and other Masters, Miniature ACEO size for PPF

Alice in Wonderland, Picasso Style

ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches, in the style of Picasso, based loosely on his painting, "Woman with a Book," I have created this Alice In Wonderland themed card for this month's challenge
Alice is seated in a chair, holding a bottle of Drink Me Potion, and the Cheshire Cat is looking on from the picture above. This is an entry in the Theme Week contest from the ACEO ~ Art Cards Editions and Originals group here on eBay. The contest takes place the first week of each month. To view other listings, search for ACEO TW May on

I was probably inspired to paint this one because I have been doing lots of In The Style of Picasso and other Master Artists paintings in ACEO size. Here are the most recent ones. They are available on Ebay in my store.

Picasso, "Friendship" and Cezanne, Still Life with Fruit and Pitcher 

Caravaggio, Vase of Flowers and Lute Player

Tintoretto, Self Portrait and Leandro Bassoro's Lute Player

Haystack at Sunset, In the Style of Monet

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the style of .. . ACEOs for PPF

My new Series: "In the Style of .. . . "
Acrylic ACEOs, 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Madonna of the Apple Tree in the Style of Lucas Cranach

Woman with a Fan in the style of Picasso Cubism Abstract

Impressionism Flower Garden

Camille in a Garden In the Style of Monet

These two, above, have been sold, so maybe my ACEO Miniature Masters series will be a success! 

My daughter gave me a book of The Masters with bios and examples of their work. It sure is teaching me a lot about famous artists and their various styles. I find a new appreciation for the painter when I try to duplicate the artwork. Of course, my tiny paintings are in no way a duplicate of the "real" masterpiece, or even a tiny portion of it, but I think I have been able to capture the color scheme and general "feel" of the original, so I hope in some small way I have succeeded. This is one project where I will never run out of ideas or inspiration. I like to read about the artists and their lives as I am working on the minis. I admit I know next to nothing about them when I begin, and for me this is an art education with personal experience and hands on learning. Better than a college course!

Monday, April 20, 2015

NFAC starts today! Every Month on the 20th . . 99 cent auctions on Ebay

The theme for this month is Space / Stars / Planets
Click on the link above to see all the other 99 cent art auctions this month!

These are my 3 entries:

ACEO, In the Style of Van Gogh, My Starry Night, Too, Acrylic

9x12 Skyscape Moon Sun Clouds Stars Water Out of this World

12x16 The Stars at Night, Abstract Night Cityscape Reflections in Water 
Neon Acrylics

Friday, April 17, 2015

Picasso, ACEOs, Eagle and Rhino for PPF

In the Style of Picasso ACEO, Painting the Masters.
I love the expressions on these characters! Boredom and hostility?
Twofers, because there is a diamond pattern in his sweater (See April's Theme for 30/30) and my entry for the ACEO Spring2015 Ebay challenge. It's a stretch for me because we all have to list the starting price at $20.15. I have only ever sold my ACEOs for about $10 or $15 at the most, so I am stretching a bit.

I have just passed #900 in my ACEO numbering system, so that means I am well on my way to painting 1000 of these little gems. What fun!

More 30/30 FB challenge theme ACEOs this week. Symbols of April.
The baby with the book is left over from last week's theme.
Daisies and Sweet Peas are April's Flowers

And Diamonds are the Gem of the month
We allow a very loose interpretation of the themes.

More challenges -
Challenge #1 was to paint an ACEO Night Scene, and #2, an ACEO portrait from FREE reference photos on the site.The pictures on this site are awesome, and all are free for artists to use.  

Another Challenge on a group Artist Reference Photos on Facebook was to paint the photos provided, and I chose the Eagle and the Rhino. 
"Eagle Eye" above is an ACEO, watercolor, pen and ink on hot press and
The Rhino below is a little bit bigger, 4x4 inches, Watercolor, pen and ink on cold press. He just did not fit on the 2.5 x 3.5 inch ATC card.

Watercolor class has resumed this week, after a 3-week hiatus, so bigger paintings are in store for next time, I think.

Friday, April 10, 2015

ACEOs, Books, Horse, for PPF

The Theme this week for my 30/30 ACEO Facebook group is Books and Reading.

A Boy, A Book and Glasses

Cherokee, Old Blue Eyes, Pony/Horse
Painted for a challenge on Reference Photos for Artists FB group. The horse had glaucoma, so I tried to capture the look in the eyes.

The Rite of Spring, Abstract
Challenge on DPW to let loose and give the "feeling" of spring.

Citywalk, Man, Boy, Dog.
Something from my imagination. Just scribbles that turned into a scene.

Another Book Theme ACEO:
Apple, Books and Pencils.
Playing with my Tradio Stylo TRJ Pentel ink pen that is NOT waterproof and bleeds in fun ways that I really like. Not trying for perspective here, just loose watercolor and illustration of a theme. Books bring back school days for me. Does anyone read real hardcover books any more? Or write with wooden pencils? Or know what a real paper spiral notebook looks like? These could be relics of the past soon.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ACEOS, Miniature artwork this week for PPF

Lots of tiny artwork this week.

"Water Lily and Bubbles" ACEO

Theme for ACEO TW APR - EBAY Facebook Group: Umbrellas

Some more ACEOS: Vase of Flowers, Trellis and Reading Books

This challenge photo was posted to use for a reference
My ACEO illustration.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring, Abstracts, Flowers and Puppies for PPF

ACEO: "Vanessa," A Baby in an Easter Bonnet and Pearls
Painted from a reference photo on

Abstract Expressionism, Watercolor 5x7
Another "experimental" painting in watercolor class. We painted the outlines first, then filled in with color. Not sure how I feel about this one.

9x12 Watercolor on 140# hot press paper
Done from a photo on a blog challenge. Buildings are not my favorite, but that's what a challenge is for, right? Stretch . . . .

8x10 experiment with watercolor on gouache, 
then sanded with rough sandpaper, torn edges,
and mounted onto a backing board. 

Sunflowers, ACEO size

painted for DPW weekly challenge

Variation of the Morton Salt Girl ACEO
Painted for several challenges, Water, Puppies and Umbrellas!

A couple of Scruffy Stray Sad Eyed Dogs for 30/30 National Puppy Day

An ACEO of "Little Drops of Water in the Rain"