Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mermaid in a Current

Another mermaid tonight. I've really tried for a graphic approach with all the lines splaying out towards the right hand side. When I was doing a stock illustration portfolio, this linear approach to hair was a favorite. Its kind of neat to lead the eye straight out of the picture.

You can find her on auction here:

Below is a drawing done in brush and ink all they way back from 2002. What's old is new again!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mermaid with Pearl

Well, I am just loving this new palette! I have really had a blast with shading and adding depth that I haven't had the ability to do before in the tiny ACEO format. I think she turned out very well.

She is on auction right here:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Goth Girl With Black Boots

For Christmas this year I had one request... a Masterson Sta-Wet Palette. I got my wish.

What this type of palette does is keep acrylic paint moist and workable for long periods of time. This is somewhat revolutionary because acrylic has a tendency to start thickening and hardening within moments of putting a nice dollop on the palette.

Since I now have more time and flexibility, I can work the paint colours longer and do almost a watercolour effect. I decided to see what I could push this palette to do for me. I think the results are very apparent. Add in the new scanner and you can really see how lush the colours are with this ACEO.

Its up for auction right here:

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Scanner

I had a scanner that was well over 5 years old. Technology has advanced quite a bit and I have found that my old scanner was not cutting the mustard. Lots of work, lots of time, and as you can see - the colours were quite limited.

My husband blew me away for Christmas with a replacement. Not only is it more sophisticated and quicker to use, but the true detail and depth of colour on my work is picked up a lot better.

I'm a happy camper.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

I would just like to wish you the best for the holidays and thank you for your support this past year. Your kind comments have meant the world to me. Thank you and here's hoping that 2007 brings lots of joy and excitement!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Lady Bug Fairy

Hello everyone, I finally have something up for auction. I really took my time on this ACEO and I think it paid off. Note the very fine lines on the face and the shading. I enjoyed puttering around on this piece.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Buddy Bear Invades!

My daughter's kindergarten class has a favorite bear, Buddy. He travels from household to household for one week and does all sorts of new and interesting things with each family. He writes about his weekly adventure in his journal and usually inserts some photographs and the kids draw some of thier own special moments as well.

Another cool thing about Buddy is his backpack. He tends to be given little gifts from every household and he keeps them all together for the next child to sift through. Lots of homemade clothes, little toys - even a skateboard!

Seems like Buddy wanted to learn to paint. He snuck into my art supplies while my daughter was out and did a self portrait. I think that may have to go with him in his backpack on Monday.... note the appropriately sized easel, where does this bear come up with these things?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Sorry for the lack of posts and ebay auctions - I've been swamped with commissions and now that those are finished, I can finally turn my attention to my family preparations!

Will be some posting some new things very soon. Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Two Doggie Commissions

These two portraits were done as Christmas gifts for a client of mine. The subject matter is the same but the styles are different. The first is very blended and the lighting is soft. The second has light streaming in from the right so the dogs are very contrasty.

Both pieces were a lot of fun to paint, it was also interesting to go between two pieces that were so similar, yet so different. I really had to treat the surfaces differently to get the effect that I wanted.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

House close up

This will give you a better idea of the colours. The whole thing won't fit on my scanner and I suck at taking accurate pictures.

House portrait

These are the steps taken to do a portrait of my client's parent's house. They have lived there for 37 years and wow, what a beautiful house. I loved the angle of the picture given to me and the whole painting flowed very quickly. What fun to paint!

Marathon finish

What a neat idea for a gift - a finisher portrait for a friend's marathon. My client wanted something special that was a little more than a race photo. This one features her chip time and then a more abstract in the background. I like how the runners add movement and the lines of the road complement the straight lines in the numbered side.

Puppy Portrait: Finally the final

Note the snow - now we will call it done!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Puppy Portrait: Final (I think)

Long time, no post! My apologies - I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff finished before the Christmas mailing deadline. I think we are about finished with this painting, I hope my client is pleased. I basically added some smoothing light washes here and there to give the fur a more blended appearance. I really love how this piece turned out!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Puppy Portrait: third coat of paint

Okay, we are on the homestretch now! As you can see, I've made the brights brighter and the shadows more shadowy. I have a little tweaking to do but I think this one is coming together nicely. I hope it is well recieved!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Puppy Portrait: second coat of paint

Now I've refined the image somewhat but I still can see where more work needs to be done. I've had a heck of a time with some of the fur, I have to be very careful with what is the base colour before adding the lighter tones overtop, not finished, but I can see the end is nearing. Hopefully my client is pleased.

Puppy Portrait: first coat of paint

Okay, here I am colour blocking the painting and getting the base tones in place....

Puppy Portrait: Rough sketch

Okay, this is a VERY rough sketch mainly to place the subject in the composition and to get a feel for the piece.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Goth Girls Reading and Writing etc

Man, I just about gave myself some eyestrain on these ones... I do like how the backgrounds came out, the flowers were really fun to do!

Pet Portraits

I would like to thank the ladies on the Runango Running Forums who kindly donated a HUGE amount of pet pictures for me to use for reference. I hope that I've captured your little friend's likenesses. I will be using more of these images in the near future.

Monday, November 20, 2006

What a compliment!

The guide for the Figure Skating section on happened across my ACEO. She liked them so much she put them on her site! How cool is that?

She created a gallery as well!

Thank you so much Jo Ann! Its been a pleasure to chat too.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Figure Skating

My daughter has decided that she wants to be a figure skater when she grows up. These cards reflect that new passion.

One neat thing about figure skaters is that thier bodies contort into the strangest poses. One rarely has an opportunity to draw the human form like that, arms and legs stretched and pulled in all sorts of complicated ways. This was quite an exercise for the artist.

I love how the laces on the two skate ACEO turned out. Notice the striped tights - those stripes were painted completely freehand with no do-overs. I'm quite proud of them. LOL.


I decided to give fairies another shot. My daughters are both obsessed with them right now and very often will ask me to draw them for thier amusement. These ones are pretty detailed, I spent many hours adjusting the features and shading things. I hope they do well at auction.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Okay, one more. She is just so darned cute!

This is Sierra playing a game of pool. With all these little critters making thier way into my world lately, I might have to start doing some animal ACEO.....

Cute Alert! Cute Alert!

My mom stopped by to introduce us to the newest addition to her family. This little pomeranian beauty is named Sierra. Needless to say, with all the cute happening in our house today, I didn't get much painting done. I didn't mind too much though. Isn't she just so sweet?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Goth Girls

Here are four goth girls. I still haven't gotten them completely out of my system. I have some neighbours and there are always a bunch of these girls coming and going all decked out in thier finery. It makes me kind of giggle that that is still popular so many years later. Heck, when I was goth it was already done to death. LOL.

Anyways, they are still a lot of fun to draw, so I don't mind doing it.

These are special because I went all out with the backgrounds. The snowflakes on the first two and the floral motif on the last two were painstakingly done. I also really worked on keeping the lines clean. You can look at the faces and the tights to see how that turned out.

The last card you see in this group is ACEO #100! Wow, I've done 100 and I still feel like I'm only just figuring this all out. These are up now on ebay then if there are any that don't sell, I'll be transferring them over to etsy.


Why so many mermaids? I've decided to try working on a few variations of one theme all at once. It is a different process for me as I usually do all sorts of things all on the same sheet. This time I thought, lets just persue the topic and see where it leads me.

I've also decided to spend longer on each piece doing some more subtle shading and backgrounds. These ones have a blue almost watercolour effect with some semi translucent purple flowers arcing around each lady of the sea.

The skin tones are subtle but there is depth. For some reason I love doing a white shoulder highlight on mermaids. I've made these girls all blonde because I never really draw blondes anymore. All of them have a garland of flowers decending from thier hair. I like how they mimic the flowers in the background.

Most of all, I'm pleased with the lines and facial details on these - I really tried to keep them thin and smooth. I don't use pen on my pieces and when you are dealing with a 2.5"x 3.5" working space, using a brush can be very difficult to control.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Kitty Commission Final (probably)

Here we are pretty much done. I may putter around a bit but for the most part, I think we are in the clear. Hope my friend likes it!