Saturday, September 30, 2006

Canvas Sale

I'm so excited. I ran out of canvas recently and I knew my favorite store in the whole world would be having thier semi annual canvas sale soon....

I bought

24 of 9"x12"

12 of 12"x18"

12 of 12"x12"

I haven't painted in a square format for quite some time but the thought of it is pretty exciting.

I ADORE buying art supplies. Something about the smell and quiet of art stores just gives me goosebumps. I was probably only in there for 15 minutes but the pleasure of that trip is still sticking with me.

I cannot wait to crack some of these open and start to work. Has to wait until tomorrow though.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

ACEO in the Making

This is my latest batch of ACEO. They will go on auction on Thursday evening once they are cut scanned and stamped. I figured I would explain the process that I use.

First I take a 9" x 12" Watercolour block and measure out my space. I can get 8 per sheet.

Then I draw and rework my images with pencil until the composition is satisfactory. Usually they look more or less expressive than the finished card. I find that I try to simplify once the paint is applied.

Then working all over the place I apply the largest, lightest areas, then large colour blocks (usually you can tell when I have done 8 together when there are repeated colours in different cards)

Next I go for the darker blocks and more detailed areas. I finish by doing my outlines (with a very fine brush, no markers or fine tip pens on these) and then I clean up any areas with the original colours.

I really like this latest batch. I've been really trying to push the expression vs. simplicty thing and I feel the results are starting to really show.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Okay, just for fun. More ancient history.

I've told some of my clients and friends that the whole goth girl ACEO thing I've been doing on ebay is something from highschool that I've been working through lately.

I did this self portrait in 1994 from a photo that was taken when I was in Austria. The photographer found it very amusing that I always had to spend 15 minutes lacing up my combat boots.

Anyways, this just goes to show that I really haven't changed that much with what I'm working on. LOL.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A confession.

A two year old actually painted this. I am so sorry to decieve you.

Just kidding of course.

Finished Sunflowers with Watering Can

Finally, I have a chance to post the finished painting. I really enjoyed working on this and I think my client was pleased. This painting turned out to be a bit trickier than I hoped because there were so many elements to consider, front parts of petal, back parts in shadow, reflections of flowers on the metal surfaces, dull tones of the watering can competing with the bright flowers.

All in all it was a bit of a challenge, thankfully I got it to a place where I was happy with some deadline to spare.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Whew! Relief.

Well I finished my two commissions on time, one was trickier than I had anticipated but I think my client will be pleased.

Once the paint is totally dry, I will post some pictures.

Now off to clean up my neglected house....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My apologies for not being too wordy lately.

Trying to get commissions done can really sap me. Will start posting some better commentary when I am finished.

Joan of Arc

This is a new ACEO up for auction.

Mod Girl in Cool Boots

This is a new ACEO up for auction.

Blonde Maid Twenties Era

This is a new ACEO up for auction.


This is a new ACEO up for auction.

Little Girl with Stolen Flowers

This is a new ACEO on auction.

Dark Haired Lady

This is a new ACEO on auction

Red Rose

This is a new ACEO on auction.

salt and pepper

This is a new ACEO on auction.

Monday, September 11, 2006

First Layer on the Sunflowers

Hmmm. This picture really wanted to be on the left today. Oh well.

So, this is the really rough drawing of the painting. All the colours are 
laid out and now I will start laying down deeper colour and keep 
defining the image somewhat. 

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Rough Sketch for my newest Commission Piece

Figured I'd show you what has been keeping me busy lately. This is a piece I'm working on for one of my favorite clients. I'll post the finished work in a few days.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Another quickie update.

I've had numerous side projects keeping me busy this week. Hopefully things will be back to normal asap. *sigh* Thanks for checking back!