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.