December 30, 2010

"Long Winter's Nap"

“Long Winter’s Nap”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Well, I thought that I had finished this series, but I have one more.  And even although it is after Christmas I just had to do it.  It seems to give my little story a better ending, and I think that you will see why……

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
After the Christmas tree decorating mouse team had finished all of their work on all the trees and had their little Christmas party with Santa, the mice went home to their room in the wall of Santa’s house at the North Pole. Very tired from all of their work, they hung their little hats on the bed posts and quickly fell asleep in their warm little beds.
But Santa hadn’t forgotten them.  When Santa’s work was done and all the toys were delivered to all the children of the world, and just before he settled down for his own long winter’s nap, he delivered presents to all the mice that had helped him decorate the trees.  And you can bet that these presents were very nice because these little mice had been extra especially good this year.
And now we can all settle down for a long winter's nap.

I used Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with watercolor paint and a little acrylic paint used like watercolor, and lots of love. It is finished with a few coats of acrylic varnish.

This is “really” is the final piece in my Santa’s Christmas tree mouse decorating team series, well at least for this year. It was a lot of fun for me and I hope that you all enjoyed the journey.

December 20, 2010

"Christmas Party"

“Christmas Party”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
December 2010
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“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team has just finished their work. The tree is all finished; Santa has left all the presents under it and filled all the stockings with goodies. Now it’s time to relax and have some refreshments with Santa.  Some thoughtful child has left a big glass of milk and a plate of yummy cookies. I bet you always wondered if Santa really ate all those treats left for him. Well it turns out that he does, but he always has some help cleaning up the crumbs.  And by the way, Santa’s glass of milk is ALWAYS half full.
 “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

This is the final piece in my Santa’s Christmas tree mouse decorating team series.  It was a lot of fun for me and I hope that you all enjoyed the journey.

For this last one I used Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with watercolor paint and a little acrylic paint used like watercolor, and lots of love. It is finished with a few coats of acrylic varnish.

December 18, 2010

"Christmas Light Mouse Patrol"

“Christmas Light Mouse Patrol”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Missy Mouse has the Christmas light maintenance task on Santa’s tree decorating team. After the Christmas lights are put up she walks along all the cords checking each light. If she finds that one has burned out she makes sure it is replaced.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one, I used Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with watercolor paint and a little acrylic paint used like watercolor. It is finished with a few coats of acrylic varnish.

December 17, 2010

"Tree Top Angel"

“Tree Top Angel”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton watercolor paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Jerry, Jimmy & Jackson Mouse have a very important task on the decorating team. Their responsibility is to hoist and position the Angel onto the very top of the tree. Here you see them doing the final adjustments as this special Angel glows from within with joy.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one, I used Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with watercolor paint. It is finished with a few coats of acrylic varnish.

December 16, 2010

"Christmas Bells"

“Christmas Bells”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton oil paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Gus Mouse has the Christmas bell detail.  His task is to hang all the bells on the tree and make sure they are securely tied. This is a much honored position on the decorating team because (of course as everybody knows) every time you hear a bell ring an angel gets his wings.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one, I used gesso treated Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with oil paint.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There's a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

December 15, 2010

"Sleep in Heavenly Peace"

“Sleep in Heavenly Peace”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton oil paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………

I think that this little guy is sleeping on the job.
I hope that Santa doesn’t catch him.

For this one, I used gesso treated Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with oil paint.

December 13, 2010

"Candy Cane Mice"

“Candy Cane Mice”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton oil paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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The Candy Cane Mice Crew is busy tying all the freshly made candy canes to the ends of selected branches on the Christmas tree.  It generally takes 3 mice to do the job; two to hoist up the cane and one on top to position it on the branch.  Then they all work together to tie the bow.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one I used gesso treated Strathmore illustration board. I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with oil paint.

December 10, 2010

"Popcorn Garland Mouse Crew"

“Popcorn Garland Mouse Crew”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic & colored pencil
Stonehenge 90lb paper
December 2010
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Santa’s popcorn garland crew is a special part of his tree decorating team.  Each mouse in Santa’s popcorn garland crew is carefully trained in the art of making and stringing this traditional Christmas tree garland decoration. Here you see their procedure as one mouse strings the popcorn and the others arrange the strung garland around the tree.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one I used Stonehenge 90lb paper and I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with my Winsor Newton Acrylic paint and finished it with acrylic semi-gloss varnish.

December 9, 2010

"Santa's Art Department Mouse"

“Santa’s Art Department Mouse”
Original painting
4”X 4”
Winsor Newton Acrylic paint
Canvas panel
Painting continued around on the edges
December 2010
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Did you ever wonder who painted those pretty designs on all the Christmas tree balls?  Yes, you are right it’s Santa’s Mouse Art Department.  Here you see the head artist Lynnardo completing another masterpiece.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one I used a canvas panel. I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with my acrylic paint.  I continued the painting around the edges in case someone would want to display it on a miniature easel.  It is finished with acrylic varnish.

December 6, 2010

"Mouse Bubble Light Crew"

“Bubble Light Mouse Crew”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board treated with a gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Santa’s Mouse Bubble Light Crew is a special part of his tree decorating team.  Each mouse is carefully trained in the maintenance and repair of the Christmas tree bubble lights. Here you see them checking each light and making sure they are operating correctly.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one I used gesso treated Strathmore illustration board. I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with my Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint (water mixable) using a transparent wash technique, very much like watercolor.

December 4, 2010

"Mouse & Cat Reflection"

“Mouse & Cat Reflection”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint & colored pencil
Arches 300lb hot press watercolor paper treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Here is another aceo painting of a Santa’s little Christmas tree decorating mouse.  It seems that he has run into a bit of trouble from below.  Maybe if he is very quiet and still the cat will go away.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

I am enjoying this theme and intend to do as many as I can before Christmas.  For this one I used gesso treated 300lb watercolor paper. I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with my Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint (water mixable) using a transparent wash technique, very much like watercolor.

December 3, 2010

"Poinsettia Flower"

“Poinsettia Flower”
Original small format painting
Oil – Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint
4”X4” canvas panel - ⅛” thick
Edges painted
Finished with oil retouch varnish
December 2010
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Here is a Christmas offering of a Poinsettia Flower for the 2010 season.  I continued the painting around the edges so it could be displayed nicely on a little easel if desired.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

December 1, 2010

"Mouse & Purple Ornament"

“Mouse & Purple Ornament”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint & colored pencil
Arches 300lb hot press watercolor paper treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
November 2010
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Here is another aceo painting of Santa’s little decorating mouse holding a purple ornament that he is about to position on the Christmas tree.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

I liked doing the last mouse & ornament so much that I did another one. I’m enjoying this theme.  This time I used gesso treated 300lb watercolor paper. I drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with my Winsor Newton Artisan oil paint (water mixable) using a transparent wash technique, very much like watercolor. I finished this painting with a thin coat of oil retouch varnish. I think that this technique really worked and I might do some more like this using the same method.

November 29, 2010

"Mouse & Christmas Tree Ornament

“Mouse & Christmas Tree Ornament”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic paint & colored pencil
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper
November 2010
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“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”........
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

November 20, 2010

"Christmas Morning"

“Christmas Morning”
Original small format painting
Image size: 5”X7”
Paper size: (aprox.) 5¼”X7¼”
Acrylic paint & colored pencil
Arches Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper
Matted in a black single black matt with foam core backer
November 2010
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It’s Christmas Morning and Santa has left a new toy mouse all wrapped up in green ribbon for a special little kitten.

This painting is done in artist’s acrylic paint and colored pencil and finished with acrylic varnish.  It comes matted in a single black matt with a foam core backer.  It can be easily removed and transferred to a different matt of your own choice.  I like to send my original paintings done on paper in a matt so they will be better protected in the mail and I have a lot of these single black mats left over from our art shows.

November 17, 2010

"Toy Mouse & White Kitten"


“Toy Mouse & White Kitten”
Original small format painting
Image size: 5”X7”
Paper size: (aprox.) 5½”X7½”
Mixed media: pastel, colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore toned charcoal paper mounted to Stonehenge 90lb paper
Matted in a black single black matt with foam core backer
November 2010

This little white kitten takes a rest break from morning play with his toy mouse on the kitchen floor.

I started this one in pastel on Strathmore toned charcoal paper, then I mounted my drawing to a stiffer backing (90lb Stonehenge paper) for more support and continued with more pastel, colored pencils, and acrylic paint then finished it with acrylic varnish.  It comes matted in a single black matt with a foam core backer.  It can be easily removed and transferred to a different matt of your own choice.  I like to send my original paintings done on paper in a matt so they will be better protected in the mail and I have a lot of these single black mats left over from our art shows.

November 11, 2010

"Blue Birds of Happiness"

“Blue Birds of Happiness”
Original small format art
Mixed media – acrylic, ink, pencil & collage
4”X4” canvas panel -⅛" thick
Edges painted black for display
November 2010

A wish for happiness: “May the blue birds of happiness always nest on your head.”

I had a desire to do a few different creative things just for fun, so I cut out some drawings that I had done in my sketch book and did a collage with them along with some other torn paper. Then I used ink pens, colored pencil and acrylic paint to finish this art. The edges are painted black so it could be displayed without a frame if desired. (Maybe on a mini easel for example)  There is lots of nice texture in this piece from the layered collage technique.  It is finished with a few layers of semi-gloss acrylic varnish.

November 4, 2010

"The Last Ladybug"


“The Last Ladybug”
Original small format painting
Artist’s oil paint over acrylic & graphite pencil
4“X4” canvas panel - ⅛" thick
Edges painted black for nice display
November 2010 
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The nights are getting chiller and the marigolds and asters are loosing their blooms.  As I watch the flames in the fireplace I am pleased because I love the fall but I am also saddened because I will miss the flowers and creatures of spring and summer.  Life is full of opposing forces and I often find myself suspended between two extremes.

October 28, 2010

"Birdbrain"

“Birdbrain”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” –official aceo size
Oil paint over an acrylic under painting
On a fine weave aceo size canvas hardboard panel - ⅛” thick
Finished with artists oil retouch varnish
Edges painted for nice display without frame
Sent in a ridged clear plastic holder
October 2010
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There is something on my mind, but I can’t quite see what it is.
Some days are like that.  Actually lots of days are like that.

October 22, 2010

"Candy Corn Mouse"

“Candy Corn Mouse”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” –official aceo size
Acrylic paint on a fine weave canvas panel - ⅛” thick
Finished with artists acrylic varnish
Edges painted for nice display without frame
Sent in a ridged clear plastic holder
October 2010
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Halloween is just around the corner which means there will be an abundant crop of candy corn this year and no one enjoys candy corn more than this little harvest mouse.

OK, I just HAD to do one more Halloween ACEO.  I found some left over candy corn in my candy container way up on the shelf in the pantry and it inspired me to do this little painting.  The only trouble was that I kept eating the model that I was using for the candy corn piece. Fortunately I had several pieces that lasted long enough to complete my painting secession.  Enjoy! (I know that I did.)

October 21, 2010

"Cat, Wildflower & Ladybug"

“Cat, Wildflower & Ladybug”
Original painting
4”X4” – Small Format
Oil paint on a 4”X4” canvas panel - ⅛” thick
Edges painted black for nice display without a frame
October 2010
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This lovely blue-eyed cat has discovered a curious creature resting on the soft petals of a pastel wildflower.  Is it friend or foe? Or is it something good to eat?

October 18, 2010

"Magnolia Metitation"

“Magnolia Meditation”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” –official aceo size
Oil paint on a fine weave canvas panel - ⅛” thick
Finished with artists oil retouch varnish
Edges painted black for nice display without frame
Sent in a ridged clear plastic holder
October 2010
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A little black and white kitten is surrounded by pink magnolias.

In this little painting I was generally interested in the repetition of similar shapes and the contrast of light and shadow.  It was a nice little meditation.

October 15, 2010

"Looking for Mr. Mouse"

“Looking for Mr. Mouse”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” –official aceo size
Oil paint on a fine weave canvas panel - ⅛” thick
Finished with artists oil retouch varnish
Edges painted black for nice display without frame
Sent in a ridged clear plastic holder
October 2010
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Mr. Mouse is hiding and I don’t think that the cat sees him yet.  He might just walk on by and give Mr. Mouse a chance to escape.

October 13, 2010

"Blue Night Heron"

“Blue Night Heron”
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size - ⅛” thick
Acrylic paint, colored ink pen and markers
On grid paper mounted to hardboard (Masonite)
Finished with acrylic semi-gloss varnish
The edges are painted black for a nice display without a frame.
October 2010
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I love to sketch on grid paper.  I liked this sketch so much that I cut it out and mounted it to one of my aceo sized hardboard supports and finished it with colored markers, ink pens and acrylic paint.

Please note: There is a little dent in the middle of this piece, but it is not very big and hardly noticeable. In my opinion this does not affect the look of the finished art at all.

October 6, 2010

"Frog Prince & Snail Steed"

“Frog Prince & Snail Steed”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Artist’s acrylic paint
Canvas hardboard panel – ⅛” thick
Edges painted black - story included
October 2010
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Halloween Story:
Once upon a Halloween evening there was a very handsome prince riding through the woods on his beautiful white steed.  All of a sudden a witch appeared in front of him and asked the Halloween question: “Trick or Treat?”  Since he didn’t happen to have any treats with him he had to answer: “Trick”.
So the wicked witch turned him into a golden frog and his horse into a candy corn snail. Then she gave each a new hat to remember her by and flew away in the sunset on her broomstick.

October 4, 2010

"On the Edge"

“On the Edge”
Cat & Mouse
Acrylic paint on hardboard
6”X6” - ⅛” thick
October 2010
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On the very edge of the table the Cat has trapped a mouse; however he sees two other mice outside under the bushes and he wonders if he should let this one go and try to get the two outside.  This cat is very greedy and the mouse knows that he will soon be free.
Is a mouse in the paw worth two in the bushes?  That seems to depend on if you are the cat or the mouse.

September 24, 2010

"New Life"

“New Life”
A girl finds three baby birds in the limb of an oak tree.
Original ACEO painting - 2½”X3½” - ⅛” thick
Pencil, ink pen, acrylic paint
Lama Li sketch paper mounted on a hardboard panel
Edges painted black for nice display without frame
September 2010
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This original aceo painting started with a sketch that I did in my Lama Li sketch book.  The paper in this sketch book is call “Lama Li” paper. It is made by hand in the mountains of Nepal from the Lokta bush and has a textured surface that is very durable.  I love to sketch in pen on this paper.  I cut out my sketch and mounted it to a hardboard panel (masonite - ⅛” thick) so it would be more stable and except paint better. I finished this piece in pencil, ink pen and acrylic paint with a few final coats of acrylic varnish.   The edges are painted black so it can be displayed nicely without a frame.

September 23, 2010

"All Curled Up"

“All Curled Up”
Original painting
Acrylic paint
4”X4” canvas panel
Edges painted black
September 2010

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The longhaired black and white cat is all curled up in the back yard delighting in the cooler breezes of on coming fall.

September 16, 2010

"Big Yellow Bird"

“Big Yellow Bird”
Original oil painting
Oil paint & ink pen
Hardboard panel - ⅛” thick
Edges painted black
September 2010
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If my cat could do this he would be in Cat Heaven.

I was watching my yellow tabby cat through the living room window. He was crouched down in the grass looking up at the birds on the wire above the bushes. He had such a longing expression on his face and I imagined that he would love to be able to sit up on that wire with those birds.

September 11, 2010

"White Siamese Cat & Fall Flowers"

“White Siamese Cat & Fall Flowers”
Small format painting – 4”X4”
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel --⅛" thick
Edges painted for nice display without frame
Finished with oil retouch varnish
September 2010
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A white Siamese cat poses delicately in a batch of fall flowers.

My feelings about small works of art and miniatures:
To me there is something so special about a painting that is small enough to hold in your hand. Its very size demands the closeness of touch. By holding it, you experience the act of caressing and it becomes immediately personal which creates the experience of a close relationship. Your eyes are forced to observe it up close and you feel a direct connection with the artist’s process of creation. This is more like the experience of being involved rather than of just observing.
Small works of art so lovingly created always seem to touch my heart.

"Blue Moon & Owl"

“Blue Moon & Owl”
Small format painting – 4”X4”
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel --⅛" thick
Edges painted for nice display without frame
Finished with oil retouch varnish
September 2010
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An owl basks in the friendly smile of a blue moon.

September 9, 2010

"Porch Pumpkins"

“Porch Pumpkins”
Original ACEO oil painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s oil paint - & ink pen
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to hardboard – 1/8” thick
Edges painted black for nice display without a frame
September 2010
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Pumpkin #1: “Hey George, why do you think they gave us these personalities and then put us out on the porch?”
Pumpkin #2: “I think we are supposed to scare the goblins away but I haven’t seen any goblins yet, have you?”
Pumpkin #1: “What’s a goblin?”

September 6, 2010

"OH MY! Halloween is comming!"

“OH MY! Halloween is coming!"
Original ACEO oil painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s oil paint - & ink pen
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to hardboard – 1/8” thick
Edges painted black for a nice display without a frame
Comes in a see-through plastic ridged holder
September 2010
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The pumpkin sitting on the porch railing must be a “scared-y-cat”. All of a sudden he realizes why he is there and in a fit of horrified terror he raises his arms and screams out, “OH MY!!! Halloween is coming!

For this little aceo painting I decided to see if I could use my ball point pen technique with oil paint. I did an under-painting with alkyd oil paint so it would dry faster. Then the next day I drew in the details with my ball point pen (Paper Mate fine point) and did oil glazes to finish it. It takes longer with oil than with acrylic, but I like the depth of color that I can achieve with oil so much better than acrylic. (This is much easier to see in the actual painting then in a photo on the web- see my Ebay listing for a few detail photos).
Anyway I like the way it came out and will use this technique again sometime.

September 3, 2010

"Cat & Mouse Pumpkins"

“Cat & Mouse Pumpkins”
Original ACEO painting
Watercolor, ink pen & acrylic
Arches 140lb watercolor paper
Edges painted black
September 2010
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The Great Pumpkin takes the two trouble makers aside and lays down the law. “OK you guys; I want you two to be good this Halloween. I do not want to hear of any problems caused by you chasing each other, knocking over tomb stones or disturbing the sleeping bats”.
They promised that they would be good, but I don’t believe them. Do you?

September 1, 2010

"At the End of Your Rope"

“At the End of Your Rope”
Cat & Caterpillar
Original ACEO painting
Acrylic & ink pen
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Finished with acrylic semi-gloss varnish
Edges painted black
September 2010
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If you find yourself at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

I have always enjoyed sketching with a ball point pen. In fact it is usually my sketching tool of choice. However the thought of using ball point in a “finished” piece never really occurred to me until recently. I have used many different kinds of ball point pens but I like the fine point Paper Mate best because it has a very nice point and doesn’t blotch like some of them do and also because the ink is very permanent and archival. I made a very light pencil placement sketch first, then I added some watercolor under painting and used the pen to define the form and line. After that I used my acrylic paint to add color depth. It was a lot of fun. I had never tried this on canvas until this piece and I think because this is a very fine weave canvas, it works very well. I am very pleased with the way it came out and want to do more using this technique.

August 31, 2010

"Black&White and Green"

“Black & White & Green”
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic paint
Canvas board – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
Finished with acrylic semi-gloss varnish
August 2010
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Question: What’s black & white and green all over?
Answer: A black & white cat meeting a caterpillar in the garden

August 28, 2010

"The Pink Rose Tattoo"

“The Pink Rose Tattoo”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size - ⅛” thick
Watercolor, colored pencils & acrylic accents
Stonehenge paper mounted to illustration board
Edges painting black
August 2010
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A pretty tattoo for a pretty lady

"Pink Flower Fantasy"

“Pink Flower Fantasy”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor & ball point pen
Stonehenge 90lb paper
August 2010
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August 27, 2010

"Stuck in the Fence"

“Stuck in the Fence”
Kitten, mouse, & the garden fence
ORIGINAL ACEO painting
Watercolor, graphite pencil & ink pen
Stonehenge 90lb paper
August 2010
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This little kitten has discovered that the small flower bed fence is just a little too high for him. He has just now gotten himself stuck. The little mouse is safe (for now) and taunts him from behind the railing. “Na Na Na you can’t ketch me!” the mouse cries. This is all very embarrassing for the kitten. He vows to get even in a few weeks when he is big enough to scale the fence barrier.

August 25, 2010

"Dreaming of Halloween"

“Dreams of Halloween”
Pumpkin patch, cat, crows, & full moon
ORIGINAL ACEO painting
Graphite pencil, ink pen & acrylic watercolor washes
Stonehenge 90lb paper
August 2010
SOLD - thank you

Tom the Halloween cat is very tired of this hot summer weather. When he falls asleep he is comforted by his lovely dreams of fall in the pumpkin patch under a full moon.

August 23, 2010

"Seeking Happiness"

“Seeking Happiness”
White Persian Cat, Turtle & the Blue Bird of Happiness
ORIGINAL ACEO painting
Watercolor, graphite pencil & acrylic
Stonehenge 90lb paper
August 2010
SOLD - Thank you

Timmy turtle asks Pricilla Persian if she has seen the Blue Bird of Happiness. Timmy said, “He was with me a little while ago but I can’t find him now”. Pricilla stares at Timmy in disbelief.
Some things that we think are lost are really not that far away from us.

"The Wise Old Owl"

“The Wise Old Owl”
Original ACEO - 2½” X 3½”
Watercolor & Ball Point Pen
Stonehenge 90lb paper
August 2010
Sold - thank you

A young butterfly chats with the wise old owl in the tops of the trees. One can only wonder what great wisdom he has to offer.

August 18, 2010

"Siamese Cat & Caterpillar"

“Siamese Cat & Caterpillar”
Original ACEO acrylic painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s acrylic paint
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
August 2010
SOLD - thank you

A Siamese kitten is very curious about this strange new creature. What could this possibly be? Is it friend or foe?

August 10, 2010

"Blue Butterfly & Persian Cat"

“Blue Butterfly & Persian Cat”
Original ACEO – miniature oil painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
August 2010
SOLD

A young Persian cat is attracted to a very unusual blue butterfly. Maybe this is because the butterfly is the same color as his beautiful blue eyes.

I had started this one a while ago and forgot about it. I liked the loose style of the first painting session so I tried to keep that looseness throughout the finished painting.

August 9, 2010

"Purple Angel Kitty"

“Purple Angel Kitten”
Original ACEO oil painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
August 2010
SOLD

A purple angel kitten watches over all the lost kittens of the world.

August 6, 2010

"The Clover Nebula"

“The Clover Nebula”
Spirit bird, clover field & magical happenings
Original acrylic painting
Small format art - A little bigger than 5”X7”
Acrylic paint and ink pen
Arches 100% cotton 140lb hot press watercolor paper
Black matt with a foam core backer included
Opening in matt is: 5”X7” - Outside of matt is: 8”X10”
Can be easily removed from matt





In a small clearing in the middle of the woods, one hour before the sun comes up, the “spirit bird” watches as some very magical things happen in a cluster of enchanted clover flowers. If you don’t believe these things can happen, you probably have never actually seen them, so I have painted a picture of them for you to see.

August 3, 2010

"Pink & Blue Angel Kitty"

“Pink & Blue Angel Kitten”
Original ACEO acrylic painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s acrylic paint & colored pencil
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
August 2010
SOLD

Somewhere up in the pink clouds of the sunset, a blue angel kitten watches over all the lost kittens of the world. Somewhere up in the pink clouds of the sunset, a blue angel being watches over all the lost people in the world. This is what I like to believe.

To my frequent watchers:
I have had problems posting lately. I've been having a lot of trouble with my computer and lost my program that I use to scan in and re-size my photos. I've got that program back now (cross fingers), however other things are still acting weird. I will continue on a day to day basis seeing how it goes.

July 27, 2010

"Sea Turtle of the Gulf"

“Sea Turtle II”
Animals from the Gulf of Mexico series
Small format painting – 4”X6”
Artist’s oil paint
Hardboard prepared panel --⅛" thick
July 2010

I am listing at least one piece of art a week that will be of these or other animals of the Gulf of Mexico who are now fighting for their lives, and I have them listed for auction with a percentage that goes to one of the organizations that are working to save them.

There are 5 species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and 4 of them were endangered before the oil spill. My heart breaks when I see those pictures of these animals all covered in oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil, water, and sea turtles do not mix, and I am afraid for the future of these and other animals affected by the oil spill.

I am making 25% this listing sale to be donated to the National Wildlife Federation, because they are making excellent efforts to save these already endangered animals. I had to lower my previous percentage some, but I’m thinking that every little bit will help. Thank you for caring about these and other animals in the wake of this devastating disaster.

25% of the sale price of this little ACEO painting will be donated to the National Wildlife Federation. To find out more about the National Wildlife Federation and their efforts in the Gulf or to make a donation directly to the NWF you can do so at the following web site:
http://www.nwf.org/

July 22, 2010

"The Sleeping Giant"

“The Sleeping Giant”
Cat & Mouse
Original ACEO oil painting
2½” X 3½” – (official ACEO size)
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel – fine weave canvas mounted to illustration board
Edges painted black
July 2010
SOLD

How to escape the Giant:
Quietly wait until the Giant falls asleep then slowly slip your tail out of his grasp.

July 15, 2010

"Sea Goddess & Sea Turtle"

“Sea Goddess & Sea Turtle”
Small format painting – 4”X4”
Gulf of Mexico Oil slick disaster painting
Artist’s oil paint
Canvas panel
SOLD - Thank you for your support

In the Gulf of Mexico a sea Goddess wipes the oil from a small sea turtle using her enchanted hair moistened with her soothing tears.


The National Wildlife Federation is my favorite organization for the battle to save endangered wild animals. To find out about the National Wildlife Federation and their efforts in the Gulf or to make a donation directly to the NWF you can do so at the following web site:
http://www.nwf.org/