Original

29 Faces Day 22

“Fine Tuned”

Tada! This is the painting that had me out of the loop for a couple of days. I am always happy when an idea comes to life. I love the process. First the spark. Mapping it out in my head. Perhaps a quick sketch on paper to set the dimensions of the main elements. Finally to paint, layer after layer, until it starts coming to life. Adding, editing, frustration, aha moments, knowing when to say when. The process is my joy. The finished painting is a bonus…

 

 

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October Bliss

 

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October Bliss

October Bliss

The Jack O' Lantern

The Jack O’ Lantern

Night Flight

Night Flight

Who doesn’t enjoy October? It is a month of frightening, delightful, fantasy.

It is a time to scare and be scared. It is a time to let imagination run wild…

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

Murder on All Hallows' Eve

Murder on All Hallows’ Eve

BOO!

A Rude Awakening

 

Napping Bear Photo Provided by Sue Taylor Perez

Napping Bear Photo
Provided by Sue Taylor Perez

Seems like I am always bringing up Facebook, but some of the groups I belong to are simply the best! No group is more fun than the one called, ‘Art Card Editions and Originals on eBay’. The name says it all. We are a group of Artists selling our special little 2.5″x3.5″ gems to folks shopping eBay. We  are constantly entertaining ourselves with Art related chats (which for some reason always go awry) and crazy fun challenges. This group is a wonderful resource for anyone thinking about trying their hand with ACEO on eBay, but careful, DO NOT post any other size art or Leola and Cheryl may come to your house and break your legs! Just Kidding… really…KIDDING (not)! 🙂

So, May’s Photo Challenge is in full swing, hosted by Sue Taylor Perez. Every month the new host supplies us with a photo they have chosen. Sue gave us “Napping Bear” to interpret, a great photo with such possibilities for my slightly warped humor!

For some reason, when I think bears, I think camping. When I think camping, I think of the old Coleman Cooler filled with ice cold beer, and lots of it (for medicinal reasons only, of course). Doctor Bud Lite has given you a prescription to prepare yourself for the hard ground, and that dang rock jabbing you in the back all night. Down one or two or twelve as needed, then cuddle up with your “grizzly bear”. One of you might as well be comfy…

A Rude Awakening

Side Effects- Be prepared for “A Rude Awakening”!

ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card

Kentucky Dreamin’

Kentucky Dreamin'

Kentucky Dreamin’

The Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses, is Saturday! What an incredible spectacle. Ladies dressed in their finery, wearing huge hats that threaten to swallow them whole. Polished men with lavish dreams.  Flashy horses in shiny coats and fire in their eyes. The smell of bourbon and mint. The smell of money and sweat. The fear and excitement palpable, so much to win or lose. “And they’re off!”

ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card

“The Easter Basket”

The Easter Basket

ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card

It’s that time again, ACEO Theme Week on eBay. It starts on the first of the month with a new theme each time. The theme for April is ‘Easter’.

Easter. Hm… This is absolutely my perfect excuse to do a little cute! If you said “awww”, then I’ve done my job. If you said “enh”, then you’re… a Scrooge. JOKING. 😉 Let’s just say cute probably isn’t your cup of tea. Anyway, No matter the subject, it gives me a chance to talk about ACEO.

ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. These cards can be Original Art, such as paintings, color pencil, mixed media, etc., or Print Editions (limited or open). These cards are meant to be sold, where as ATC (Artist Trading Cards) are meant to be traded. Both ACEO and ATC are a standard size of 2.5″x3.5″. Other than size, anything goes.

My ACEO are Originals. I use primarily Acrylic Paints, but have from time to time done Mixed Media works.  I paint on Strathmore Linen Canvas Cards which are precut and available at Art Supply Stores. I like the Texture and the stiffness of these cards. They don’t warp when I apply water or my paints. My brushes are teeny tiny, and because of the size, they wear out in a hurry.  Me, being the cheap scape I am, use sets of fingernail painting brushes, exactly like the sets they sell in art supply stores for miniature painting, but they cost about half the price. Really. Hey, if you can use them to paint a fancy finger nail, then you can use them to paint a cute kitten!

You may be wondering how much ACEO cost? Good question. The answer is mere cents to hundreds of dollars, depending on the art and artist. I would say, on eBay, because that’s what I know best, most go for under $50. The opening bid for one of my ACEO auctions is $7.99. Some people open much higher, some lower. There has been much debate in the ACEO community, but I do have my reasons for starting so low. Here’s why. eBay is an auction site. I WANT TO SELL MY ART. I want my art in other people’s homes and collections. To sell my art, the starting bid has to be low enough for someone to actually BID! $7.99 gets me that all important opening bid 99% of the time. I am fortunate. My ACEO do sell and rarely for the opening amount. Hey, and when they do sell for $7.99, I say good for that person. They got a bargain!

Oh, and before I forget, be sure to place your bid on “The Easter Basket“, a special Easter gift for that special little girl in your life! I know… Shameless, right? 🙂

If you want more information on ACEO, just ask. I’ll be happy to help if I can.