Friday, July 30, 2010

Road Trip - SOLD

ACEO - "Road Trip"2-1/2 x 3-1/2", acrylic on 140# watercolor paper

I'm getting ready for another road trip....couldn't resist making an ACEO on that theme....

ACEO - Carousel - SOLD

Another ACEO for the Art Cafe. This is based on the carousel at the Enka Fair. It is part of my Carnival Series - I am hoping to do a bunch of cards (and maybe some paintings) with images from the old-style carnivals/fairs that my kids love so much. There is something a little old-fashioned and even a little creepy in some of the imagery on the old rides and signs. I am fascinated by the colors and shapes - even the tackiness and gaudiness - that I see at these fairs.

Carnival Series
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper
This ACEO will be listed in my Etsy shop in late August if it doesn't sell at the cafe.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Here is another ACEO, part of my garden series. It is currently on display at West Village's Art Cafe. If it doesn't sell there, I will put it on my Etsy site next month. It is acrylic on 140# watercolor paper, standard ACEO size (2-1/2 x 3-1/2")

"Orange Lily"
Garden Series
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Off They Go (pt 2)

These little guys are also on their way:

They will be displayed at the 16th Annual Miniature Art Show at the West Wind Gallery in Casper, Wyoming through the 31st of August. Wish them well!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Off they go.....

My Etsy shop is starting to look a little empty. Yesterday I took a bunch of framed and matted ACEOs to be exhibited at the Art Cafe at West Village Provisions. Today I am shipping off three paintings for a miniatures exhibition in Wyoming. Very exciting exposure in both places! Now I need to do a whole lot more painting to fill the empty spaces in my shop!

If you are interested in see all my ACEOs, including those sold and on exhibit, you can check out my ACEO gallery on Flickr. Any of the ACEOs marked "ON EXHIBIT" can be made into a custom Etsy listing once I check to see if they are still available.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Long Legs

3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

This new ACEO is in response to the ACEO challenge on the ACEO Challenge blog created byPam of Always Artistic. The challenge is "Long Legs". I decided to steer away from using animals and tried to think of other things with legs. I was laying on the floor, playing with the kids, when I looked up at one of their little chairs and thought about how much longer the legs looked from that perspective. I'm kinda obsessed with chairs anyways, so I decided to paint the chair from that perspective for the challenge. I love the idea of painting chairs....chairs always seem to have a story to tell!

Anyways - check out all the wonderful challenge entries. And see my listing for the ACEO here:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Looking Up

"Looking Up"
6 x 4", acrylic on canvas

I just realized I hadn't posted this painting yet.

Occasionally I like to take part in the monthly challenges on (Some of them here.) The challenge in June was to make a painting from an unexpected angle. That idea was right up my alley, however I couldn't decide what I wanted to paint. Then one drizzly afternoon, I stood waiting for my husband and sons under a huge gnarly ancient tree. As I stood near the trunk, I looked up at the sky and realized just how interesting the old tree was from that perspective. Hence, "Looking Up". I think I could paint this tree 1,000 times and come up with a very different painting each time......

Monday, July 12, 2010

More Mandalas

Here are a few more of the mandala drawings on ACEOs:

Yes, I've gone a little crazy with them!

It started with an idea in my head, a sharpie and my kids' markers. Someone in my ACEO group mentioned that they look like mandalas. After finding out more about mandalas, I have to agree. And they are definitely meditative to create!

So now I have some better waterproof markers (so I can varnish the cards when I am done - the kids' markers were washable...not so good with varnish!) and I can't stop making them! Actually they are an awesome summer project - I can take them with me when we travel, I can work on them in little spurts of time since the kids are all home and they are relaxing ;-)

I've created a new section in my Etsy shop for all my ACEO drawings:

Now I need to get back to more painting!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Catching Up

I have a lot of catching up to do!

It's been busy with the end of the school year, then the kids getting out of school, then we went away for a week...trying to get caught up with everything now!
I hope to post more tomorrow, but for now I will leave you with the first one of my pattern drawing art cards - a new obsession with me - a type of a mandala which is really enjoyable to create. This ACEO has been sold: