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, July 10, 2015

Blue Eyed Kitty ACEO, PPF

It does not scan well because the paint is very thick, impasto style, done with a palette knife, and looks much better in person. I tried taking a pic with my phone and also did a close up to show texture

Painted from this reference photo of Mia by Louise Stephenson
for a Challenge on a Facebook Group 

Reference Photos for Artists on Facebook allows you to use tons of FREE reference photos, and has monthly challenges. So does Artist Reference Photos. And you can find more free pictures at the Morguefile and Paint My Photo web sites.  I browse these sources for inspiration quite often.

Another challenge this week on Daily Paintworks, was to include letters in a painting, or numbers. The photo provided was a farmer's market with a couple of signs. I chose to paint only a small portion of the scene, since lettering is not my forte, but it was also ACEO size, so not much room to play with letters. Since it has a bid already, I might paint more signs with lettering! 
"Sunnysides Cider, Ice Cold!" 
Watercolor and pen and ink on heavy paper.

This was not a week of prolific painting for me, and if it had not been for these challenges, I might not have painted at all. I encourage all of my artist friends to participate in these challenges on the internet even if they don't appeal to you. It gets the juices flowing. I did not want to paint another cat this week, but then, I was not in a mood to paint at all, so I did the cat. I don't like lettering, but the challenge said DO IT, so I did. Overall, I am pleased with the results.


  1. You are great with oil paints and watercolor as well. Great accomplishment. Both paintings are just wonderful. Really appreciate the advice on participating in internet challenges. Thank you! It's been really hard to snap out of my painting lull...

    1. If you make Artists Trading Cards or ACEOs, we have a group on Facebook where the theme challenge changes every week. https://www.facebook.com/groups/30ACEOs30Days/

  2. Stunning kitty painting, really terrific job!

    Hugs Giggles


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