Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is it Christmas Yet?

Just one more holiday ACEO for now:

"Nutcracker Profile" 2-1/2 x 3-1/2"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper

I wanted to do some holiday-themed ACEO for display at a local holiday open house in West Boxford Village. I enjoy doing ACEOs, but I tell you I am itching to get back to a canvas! And I want to play around with that Gessobord some more, too......not enough hours in the day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More Ornaments......

Another holiday ACEO....

"Holiday Ornaments"
2-1/2 x 3-1/2"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fine Art Friday

Okay it is actually Sunday now, but I did create this treasury on Friday to help celebrate the Fine Arts on Etsy. So much beautiful artwork, it is a lot of fun to create these treasuries!
(Click on the treasury to see it live)

Friday, November 19, 2010

More on that theme.....

Another holiday ACEO.
Reflections are interesting - and challenging - to paint!!

"Red and Green Ornaments"
2-1/2 x 3-1/2"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thinking Christmas??

I'm not big on Christmas spirit, but this year I have the West Boxford Winter Festival and the Christmas Barn Treasures to get ready for, so I figured I'd better start thinking holiday themes.

Here is the first holiday-themed ACEO I put in my Etsy Store:

"Holly Bough"
2-1/2 x 3-1/2"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Total Art Soul

Love this site!
I've just discovered it - am still finding my way around.
Their stated purpose is "to create a community and to nuture and encourage artists."
To me the online art community is so important....can't wait to get a chance to get more active in this one!

And to top it off, today I was on their front page!!
(the top left hand corner!)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Barn Treasures

It is time for the first Barn Treasures Show!

It runs from November 11 -14th - 9 am until 6 pm each day. It is in a gorgeous barn full of antiques and art and unique finds. Check it out if you are local - the address is 21 Andersen Drive in Boxford, Massachusetts. Contact me if you need directions!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Indifference - SOLD

Here is the second one of my OSWOA based on the theme of relationships. I am still finding working this way challenging - you really have to think before you make a mark because there is no erasing or painting over! It is good for me to get out of my comfort zone once in a while....
6 x 4"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fruit of the Vine

Just finished this little painting:

"Fruit of the Vine"
5 x 5", acrylic on Gessoboard

My first time working on Gessoboard.

Very, very smooth. I think I'd like to try it for some tiny miniatures. It is taking some getting used to, but I think I like it!

I am not putting this one on Etsy yet - it will be in the "Barn Treasures" show from November 11 through November 14th here in Boxford, MA. Join us if you are local!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fine Art Friday!

Yay for a new fine art promotion on Etsy - Fine Art Friday!

Lots of treasuries being made, lots of twittering going on - very exciting. I think the Fine Art category is painfully underpublicized on Etsy, so it is so great to see so many artists get together to make a little noise!

This forum thread explains it. And thanks to Jessica Torrant for all her hard work getting it going.

Here is the treasury that I contributed:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ArtSplash Thanks

It is almost ArtSplash Thursday!

But I have to mention a great post on the blog (thanks, Elizabeth!) about being thankful for the online artists community. I am very grateful to this community! While I have not yet sought out many local contacts in the art world (and I do hope to at some point!), I am so grateful for the suggestions and support and encouragement I get from my online friends. So a big "thank you" to you all!!

Here is the ArtSplash post

Monday, November 1, 2010


What is an OSWOA?
OSWOA stands for Original Small Work Of Art.

OSWOAs always measure 4 x 6 inches and are thin enough to fit in a standard photo album (hence NOT on canvas). I guess the idea is to have them fit in an album to be collected like postcards - or fit in a standard frame like a photograph. They don't seem to have taken off as a movement like ACEOs, but I though it still would be fun to try some out!

I have some #140 cold-pressed watercolor paper I really wanted to work with. I am painting fairly realistic paintings of objects, based on the idea of "relationships". I am building up the paint on the objects through many thin layers, but around the objects and shadows I am leaving the watercolor paper bare. It is a challenging way to work with acrylics! No painting over to correct mistakes. But I am liking the effect.

Here is the first one:

"Pleased to Meet You"
Relationships Series
6 x 4"
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper