Thursday, November 30, 2006

Painting a Day - 60s Peace

This is "60s Peace in 2006" - Acrylic - ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches.

The theme this week for the ATC/ACEO Enthusiasts Group was "60s". This is what I did. Back in the 80s I did a lot of art like this. So this was fun and very comfortable for me. It's suppose to be based on the 60s, but I find it very appropriate for 2006. Is this deja vu, or does it seem like the 60s all over again? Well, maybe in someways.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Painting a Day - Daphne Daffodil

Meet "Daphne Daffodil". She's one of the faeries that lives in my garden. Sadly, she's gone away for the winter. I look forward to her return this coming spring.

This painting is 5x7 inches, acrylic on canvas panel.

  • click here to see it on Etsy.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2006

    Painting a Day - Forbidden

    Where did this girl come from? Well, first I saw this pix of my sister. I then did some sketches of her in this pose. Then I stylized it to look more big-eyed, and added the apple. My sister is quite the model, so I'm lucky to have her to use for inspiration.

    This is acrylic on 140 lb watercolor paper (acid-free). The size is standard ACEO size - 2.5x3.5 inches.

    I couldn't make my 9pm deadline for submission into the DailyPainters site. I guess I should start my paintings before 7pm, then I might make it!


    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Painting a Day/Illustration Friday - Invention

    Today I participated in Illustration Friday-Invention. The title of my illustration is "Radio is the Bee's Knees". This commemorates the invention of the radio. I think it was a truly fabulous invention. The size of this is about 5x7 inches. Watercolor and pen and ink on 140 lb watercolor paper.

    I just love the 20s jazz era with it's flappers and such. So this was a lot of fun to do. I've been listening to Radio Dismuke on the internet. It plays 20s and 30s jazz and pop music. I think it's very refreshing to get a dose of that old music once and a while.

    Oh, and the little painting on the wall is based on a watercolor I bought at a yard sale. It was painted by A.Rosalie Morrish in 1921.


    Friday, November 24, 2006

    Painting a Day - Kitty the Southern Belle

    This is today's Painting a Day". It's more like Painting a Week for me though! Again I was out of town. When the kid is on school break, well, I've got to leave town! We had to use our Disney passes, so we went to Disneyland for holiday festivities. We have a lot of fun there amongst all the people. And of course, we got to see my little twin nephews. They are the cutest! And almost one year old. So they take up A LOT of time! But SOOO enjoyable to be around. Then Thanksgiving Festivities, and now I'm back on track - for now. I'm amazed how so many can keep up so well with their Painting a Day. Because now I'm thinking "How will I keep this going with the holidays?" I usually make lots of gifts and I'm feeling the crunch now. So I hope I don't get kicked out of the group because I'm probably going to be skipping more days for the gift making. Oh well, I'll just have to do the best I can!

    This painting was thrown together today, again at the very last minute. She is "Kitty the Southern Belle". It is 5x7 inches, acrylic on canvas panel. Not much to say about it. I love cats, I love history, and I love costume. When the creativity is not flowing, I usually create something that fits in that group!

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Painting a Day - Edward from Boston

    It's been a while since I've done a dog. I was under pressure to think of something to paint, especially since I missed the day before. That's when I decided to do an old stand by for my subject. For any of you that have seen other art of mine, you may know I like to do animals dressed up. I just love them! I started painting animals this way back when I first was on eBay - in the year 2000. So I still go back to them once in a while. Well, as I started painting this, I had 2 hours until the cutoff time of 9pm (that's when you're either in or out on the site.) I had some distrations along the way so I really had to push it at the end to make it on time. Luckily, acrylic dries so fast! I was waving that thing to get it to dry. Then scanned and luckily posted on my blog in time for the cut. Had any one thing gone wrong, I wouldn't have made it. I had 2 minutes to spare!

    This is Edward from Boston. acrylic 140 lb watercolor paper, ACEO. (2.5x3.5 inches)


    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    Painting a Day - Four Seasons

    After painting 2 tedious roses for 2 days, I had to do a more imaginative, folk art illustration. This is the "Four Seasons". My ACEO group's theme challenge for the week is "seasons", so this is my contribution. I put a different bird for every season. These are the birds I think of most when thinking about a season: Winter - Chickadee because I see these little birds out and about all day in the winter even on a snowy day. Spring - Bluebird - these birds return to our mountain every spring and they are such a beautiful blue. Summer - Hummingbird - we have an abundance of these little guys all summer long and they love the red and pink flowers in my garden. Fall - Woodpecker - They are busy all fall storing acorns away, sometimes in the side of my house!

    This is an ACEO - 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor and pen and ink. It can be displayed in any direction, it rotates with the seasons. It's done in an mandala style.


    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Painting a Day - peachy white rose 5x5 inch

    This is the same flower that I painted yesterday. As you can see, it opened up a little bit. Thus, turning into a slightly different painting. It is acrylic on 1/2 inch thick plywood, 5x5 inches square.

  • click here to see it on Etsy.
  • Monday, November 13, 2006

    Peachy Pink Rose - 5x5 inch

    When I came home yesterday, Brad had a lovely bouquet of roses for me. I needed something to paint today, so here is one of them. I may do another tomorrow since roses are so challenging to me. "Peachy-Pink Rose" is about 5x5 inches, acrylic on 1/2 inch plywood. It has 2 hooks and wire attached to the back, so it is so easy to hang. No frame needed - the 1/2 inch sides are also painted.

    I've got a bunch of plywood cut into squares so I'll probably be doing more paintings on this wood. The wood is a imperfect with a few dents. Gives it a shabby-chic look to it. And roses are oh-so shabby chic.

  • click here to see it on Etsy.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2006

    Painting a Day - Kitty Kitty

    I just got back into town after being gone 3 days. I had finished this ACEO just before I left but wasn't able to post it until now. This is "Kitty Kitty" - see her name in the grass? I found this sketch and felt like doing a little loose, color technique with a sunny day feel. It's inspired a bit by my long time, childhood cat - Kitty. What an original name, huh. What do you expect from a six year old!

    This is another ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Painting A Day - Dove of Hope

    I was inspired by a moment of hope amongst great sorrow. I attended the fallen firefighter's memorial service on saturday. Following the very moving ceremony the family released 57 doves in honor of Engine 57. It was a most beautiful sight.

    This is another ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper.


    Monday, November 06, 2006

    Painting A Day - Girl with Afghan

    This is a "City Girl With Afghan". It is an ACEO - (2.5x3.5 inches) acrylic. An Aceo group that I'm part of is trying a new thing. They are trying to market ACEOs by listing in other categories on ebay, rather than the usual self-representing artists category. This week the different category is "Afghan Hounds" in the dogs category. I'm always willing to try something new. And I seem to like theme weeks, so of course I had to participate. This is what I came up with. I always like Afghan Hounds. They seem so elegant, at least in looks. I like the idea of city girls taking their dogs on a walk. I did another girl once - she had a chihuahua in a bag.

    This is completely from my mind. I must've reworked the colors 20 times. And I think they're different than my usual. But that's good. I don't like to get into any ruts.


    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    Painting A Day - Ostrich ACEO

    We saw this beautifully unusual ostrich on Route 66 near the Petrified Forest. These birds are so very interesting I just had to do a painting that has been in my mind for a couple months. We stopped to see the ostrichs on our way home from Michigan in July. It was a bit intimidating to feed these guys from a plastic cup!

    This is an ACEO/Artist Trading Card, size 2.5x3.5 inches, acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper.


    I see my painting a day didn't go far. I woke on October 26 with a cloud of smoke looming 8 miles away. The day unfolded into one of the saddest days our little mountain community has seen. The death of the five firefighters from Engine 57 deeply affected many people, near and far. The week was just filled with too much sadness, and busyness that my art suffered. In the midst of this tragic, unusually busy week, I turned 40. I think I'll have more time now, so I should be back again soon.