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Comical watercolor ACEOs

Posted on 2006.09.25 at 08:48
Current Location: Tea time :)
Current Mood: artisticartistic
I've always enjoyed creating silly little pieces that make people laugh. When I first tried selling on ebay, the comical pieces and minis are what I started listing. I hadn't been doing many of them lately, so I have started to create more of them again. Here are two of the ones I did this past week:


That one is what happens when I'm tired and hear songs on the radio. :) It sold almost as soon as I listed it on ETSY

This one is a cute Halloween-themed one of a dog in a witch costume:



Rainbows in my studio :)

Posted on 2006.09.24 at 20:19
Current Location: In my studio, of course!
Current Mood: sillysilly
This part has nothing really to do with art, except that it involves something that makes me happy and color. I had rainbows in my studio this week. In the window in my studio I have hung some crystals, including a suncatcher pendant made by a friend. This time of the year, if it is sunny, I get rainbows in my studio in the afternoon. Here is a pic of the ceiling in my studio, with rainbows across it:


Two new ACEOs and some jewelry

Posted on 2006.09.20 at 08:39
Current Location: In my studio, about to have more tea
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: None
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I just listed another two ACEOs I did this week. One is inspired by van Gogh's Starry Night, and is of a black cat gazing at the night sky.


Original acrylics

The other one is an abstract landscape of a tree with two crows in it. This is from a series of paintings I've done, though most of them have been larger pieces.


Original acrylics

I've also been working on some jewelry, including hair jewelry. Here is one, which is a beaded ponytail holder now listed in my etsy store:


Glass, agate, and shell


Cat Fantasy Art Painting

Posted on 2006.09.15 at 17:45
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
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This week I started a new series of fantasy art paintings. I just listed the first one today, which is of a Maine Coon cat with monarch butterfly wings. Being the language geek that I am, I figured if he has monarch butterfly wings (and being a large and regal cat) he must be the reigning monarch, the king of the cat fairies. Having that idea, I had to paint him wearing a golden crown. Here he is, sitting proudly overlooking his cat fairy kingdom:


Original acrylics on archival museum board

Here is a detail view of his face and his richly decorated crown:

This painting is entered in a contest on ebay, called Fairy Fun.


New abstract painting

Posted on 2006.09.14 at 20:17
Current Location: In my studio, having a glass of cabernet
Current Mood: mellowmellow
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I finished an abstract painting this week. This one is part of a series of fluid abstracts, which are comprised of flowing lines and organic forms. It reminds me a bit of the sky in van Gogh's Starry Starry Night painting.

Original acrylics
20" x 30"

All the other ones I've done in this series have sold, but you can see thumbnails of many of them HERE.


Another painting in the kitchen art series!

Posted on 2006.09.13 at 11:42
Current Location: In my studio having a cuppa
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: None, just quiet
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I actually finished this last night, but it was too dark in here to photograph it then. This is the next in the kitchen art series, following the hot pepper painting I posted earlier this week. This one is the same size, and features a cup of coffee with the word cafe (French for coffee) on the side of the cup. It is surrounded by a pattern of spirals, dots, and coffee beans!


Original acrylics on gallery wrap canvas

Now that I've started this series, I have a whole bunch of ideas in mind for more. Funny how that works!


Two more new ACEOs

Posted on 2006.09.12 at 17:47
Current Location: Between the studio (typing) and the kitchen (cooking)
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
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I feel like perhaps today's entry should be called "doing 100 things at once", because that's kind of how today seemed. I finished another kitchen painting the same size as yesterday's hot pepper one. It's too dark here to photograph now, so I'll be posting that one tomorrow (hopefully). I also worked on some new images for magnets, and images for some pinback buttons, which will be appearing soon in my etsy store. In the meantime, here are my two newest ACEOs, which I didn't get a chance to post here yesterday because of the storms we were having. The first one is an abstract landscape. It reminds me of the line from Peter Pan about "First star on the right, then straight on till morning..."


Original acrylics

That one is now in my etsy store. The image will open the listing in a new window.

The next one is a mixed media ACEO which I don't have listed anywhere yet, so those reading my blog are the first to see it. For this one, I used acrylics, iridescent acrylics, faux gold leaf, ink, printed paper (for the text), and handmade textured mulberry paper, all on cold press heavy watercolor paper. The cool textures in this one don't show up in the small image.

Mixed media


Hot Pepper Kitchen Art

Posted on 2006.09.11 at 19:22
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Rain hitting the window
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I finished this today, just for fun... a painting of a hot pepper, with a funky decorated background:


Original acrylics on gallery wrap canvas
6" x 6"

It's listed in my etsy store, so the image above links to the listing.


Two new ACEOs :)

Posted on 2006.09.05 at 17:57
Current Location: In my studio, of course ;)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: None
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Here are my two newest ACEOs. (For those who don't know, ACEOs are small works of art, the size of baseball trading cards.)

One is a mixed-media piece celebrating the fruit of the vine:

Mixed media (including acrylics, India ink, patterned paper, handmade textured mulberry paper, faux gold leaf, and a professionally printed image of a glass of wine, from one of my original oil paintings).

The next one is an autumn-themed piece:

Illuminators of Autumn
Watercolors and India ink

This will be my entry in the WWAO monthly exhibition for October. The theme for that exhibition is "Illuminations of the Unseen". I have titled this ACEO "Illuminators of Autumn", which is a bit of a play on words. The border on it is a Celtic knotwork design, and in the middle ages, the pictures in the manuscripts were called "illuminations", so the scribes who did them were called "illuminators". The inside shows a fairy painting a face on a jack-o-lantern, and another fairy sprinkling fall leaves in the air. Since the fairies are small, they would go unseen in their work. Although they are hard to see in the small image, there are little spiderwebs and acorns inside the knotwork at the corners.

I seem to be focused on small pieces this week...


Mini paintings and more magnets!

Posted on 2006.09.01 at 16:36
Current Location: In my studio
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Jesse Cook
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Today was a day for working on small things. I made some new theme magnets for etsy, and also did a couple of mini paintings. Here is one, which I just listed today:

Original acrylics

There is a chill in the air, the leaves are blowing, and the crows are gliding on the wind... A black cat watches them from afar, while sitting in a meadow of purple asters.

Here is another one I did today. This one is of a koi fish:

Original watercolors & India ink

I really enjoy working on little pieces like these. When I was a child, I was always making tiny things, or drawing funny little pictures. Although I'd been selling larger works for years, when I first started selling on ebay, I began with small pieces like these.

Smaller works of art are a great way to decorate in small spaces, and a wonderful way to have a collection of art without spending a lot of money, or needing a large space.


Back home, and back to work! :)

Posted on 2006.08.31 at 16:31
Current Location: In my cluttered studio
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Does the washing machine count?
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Well, I had a great time. I went camping for a couple of weeks, and we had pretty decent weather most of the time. I got back home last week, but have been playing catch-up on some things here and am just now settling back into my regular routine.

Here is a little painting I did right before I left, but hadn't gotten a chance to post about yet. It's a modern folk-art painting of a little black cat, eyeing a vase filled with daisies.

Original acrylics on gallery wrap canvas
6" x 6"

I spent a couple of days this week updating my web site, and also updating info for the Worldwide Women Artists Exhibition entitled "Garden of Delights", which can be seen HERE now through Sept. 29th.


On vacation!

Posted on 2006.08.03 at 10:11
Current Location: In my studio, taking a break from packing
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: None
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Just wanted to post and say I'm going on vacation. I won't have computer access while I'm away, so no posts till I get back! I hope to take a lot of reference photos while I'm gone, so I'll have lots of new ideas to work on when I get back. Till then...


Wall sculpture of 14th century knight

Posted on 2006.07.28 at 13:28
Current Location: In my studio, with paint on my hands!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: None
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I posted about this as a work in progress over a week ago, and finally finished it and was able to photograph it today. It's based on a stone carving of a knight on a horse from the 14th century. Mine is done in hydrostone and painted in acrylics to look like weathered stone.

It measures just over 6" x 6". Watch for these to be offered on my web site and in my etsy store.


Wall sculpture of 11th c. knights

Posted on 2006.07.24 at 14:49
Current Location: In my studio, which is taking over everything!
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Current Music: None
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I finished another piece which I posted about last week. This one depicts a pair of 11th century knights on a horse, and is based on a seal from 1168. Mine is done in hydrostone as a wall plaque, and is about 4-1/2" across:

Because images of the actual historical example in books are copyrighted, I cannot include an image, but there is a picture of the original seal online here if you scroll about 1/4 of the way down the page.

Tonight or tomorrow I also hope to finish the 14th century style version of a knight on a horse I've been working on. When that one is finished, I will post a picture of it as well.

Soon I plan to add these to my web site, as well as to my etsy store. :)


Two of the sculptures now completed!

Posted on 2006.07.21 at 11:04
Current Location: In my studio, surrounded by work in progress
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Jesse Cook
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Yesterday I finished two of the sculptures I had posted about earlier. Both are based on historical pieces, and created in hydrostone painted in acrylics to look like weathered stone. Here is the griffin wall plaque:

This is about 6" wide by about 4-1/4" high.

The other one is based on a 14th century carved ivory mirror back, and depicts two lovers on horseback:

This one is about 4" wide by about 3-1/2" high.

Both of these pieces will soon be available on my web site, as well as in
my etsy store.

I'm still working on two other sculptural wall plaques, and hope to have those finished soon.


New abstract painting

Posted on 2006.07.19 at 20:04
Current Location: In my studio, with paint on my hands
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Sting
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I finished this abstract painting the other day, but have been so immersed in sculpting, I forgot to post about it! Maybe I've had pirates on the brain lately, because the title is PIECES OF EIGHT:

Original acrylics on gallery canvas
8" x 10"
This painting is currently available on ebay. Click here to visit my ebay store.

I've been painting a couple of the historical sculptures I posted about earlier. Hopefully I can finish them and get pics of those to share before the weekend.


More historical themed sculptures

Posted on 2006.07.18 at 15:25
Current Location: In my studio, avoiding the heat!
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Current Music: none
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I have been working on another historically based wall sculpture. This one is based on a 14th century bas relief of a knight on a horse. Here it is in progress, with the basic shape roughed in and some of the detailing completed:

I also finished one of the 14th century cat sculptures, which is based on a wood carving from a church:

In case you are reading this and wondering why so much of my work is influenced by the Middle Ages, I actually majored in Medieval English Literature. As a child I had a fascination with this period of history, watching reruns of old movies like Robin Hood, and playing in a friend's barn with a wooden sword. It's funny how some interests stay with us our entire lives.


More sculptures in progress

Posted on 2006.07.13 at 11:44
Current Location: In my studio, having a tea break!
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Celtic folk music
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I took another pic of the griffin sculpture after I finished detailing it:

Since then, it has received about 8 coats of latex, which means I still have about another 8 coats to go.

I am also working on a wall plaque of two knights on a horse, based on a lead seal from 1168. The design is only roughed in at this stage, so I still have a lot of detailing to do:

The detailing will take me most of the rest of the day, since I still have to carve in all the details and smooth it off. Then it will receive 12-16 coats of latex, and will be ready to be cast in hydrostone after the latex cures for a couple of days. Then the hydrostone gets painted. Although the originals for these were wood and lead respectively, I will probably paint them to look like stone.


New Sculpture -Work In Progress

Posted on 2006.07.10 at 09:02
Current Location: In my studio having tea
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: 14th century music from France and Spain
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I spent the weekend working on this, and I snapped off a pic of it this morning to post (even though it's not finished yet.) This is based on a 14th century wood carving of a griffin. I have the basic shape completed, and am finishing all the details now. Eventually this will be a hydrostone wall plaque, painted to look like stone.


Artistic ramblings

Posted on 2006.07.07 at 15:26
Current Location: In my studio, taking a break from sculpting
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
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Someone asked me today how long I've been an artist. This always strikes me as an odd question...I mean, is one an artist from the time one first begins creating? From the time one begins publicly showing one's work? From the time one begins sellings one's work? Or from the time one passes certain artistic milestones, such as winning awards or having solo exhibitions?

I've been showing my work since 1989, and doing art full time since 1992. My mom tells me that I first made efforts to show my work publicly when I was five. This consisted of me deciding that I was going to go sell my paintings and become an artist, and setting up some of my paintings out at the end of the driveway. I don't even know what those paintings were, and since we lived out in the country at the time, it's likely that nobody but my parents (and possibly a couple of curious neighbors) even saw them. But clearly, the signs were there even then that this is the road I would find myself on eventually.

Then there's the question as to how long it took an artist to do a particular painting. I once heard an artist respond that it took her whole life, up to that point. I imagine she said this because artists inevitably must first create works that don't live up to their expectations, which are destined to end up at the back of the closet, before they can create works they are happy with. Even then, for me, it's a constant evolutionary process to create. New techniques, methods, or materials must be played with, then eventually they find their place in the artist's work or are left behind in favor of further experimentation. Looking at the work of some of the great artists in history, one can see how their work, subject matter, style, or choice of materials changed and evolved over time.

I cannot help but wonder, though, if there is some resemblance between the paintings that little five year old girl had at the end of the driveway, and the work I create now. Perhaps there is. Today I was working on a sculpture, and remembered how my mom has a clay sculpture of a bear I made for her when I was about four. It remains in her curio cabinet, where it has resided since I gave it to her. So, I guess in some ways, I've been an artist my whole life too.

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