Hopefully this blog will inspire you to have confidence in your creative abilities and give you courage to learn and try new things. Try something NEW. It could be just what you need to make you a better artist, or a better person. My latest obsession is Amigurumi Crochet, and my favorite subjects right now are Hollywood Icons, Famous People and Characters.

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 paintmyphoto.ning.com 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!


  1. As always Penny you make beautiful art. Happy PPF, Annette x


  2. You have the most unique and unusual style. I love the colors you use--your artwork fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

  3. Thank you Annette and Beth! So glad you liked it.

  4. Your art is beautiful, and so varied. Love the canal, the happy pig, and of course, the cats. Valerie

  5. I am always so inspired by your art. That ice cream cone is truly wonderful as is the rest of your art. Beautiful


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