January 31, 2011

"Big Carrot Nose"


“Big Carrot Nose”
Snowman – mouse - birds
Original 3½”X5½” painting
With hand painted snowflake black matt & foam core backer
Colored pencil & acrylic paint on black Stonehenge paper
January 31, 2011
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Frosty is so grateful that he was given a big carrot nose and a wide brimmed hat.  He can invite his friends to come and sit on his nose under his hat to chat and stay a while until the storm passes.  He has made many friends this way and has become a very popular guy.


Shelter from the Storm – part two:
After I did the aceo painting called “Shelter from the Storm” a few weeks ago, I decided that I liked this theme so much that I made this larger piece and included a snowflake embellished matt to go with it.  This painting was done on a 3½”X5½” piece of black Stonehenge paper. I used colored pencil and acrylic paint.  The matt is embellished with my own hand painted snowflakes. The opening for the art is 3”X5” and the out side of the matt measures 5”X7”.  (It can also be re-matted into your own matt if you like.)

January 26, 2011

"Valentine Chickadees"

“Valentine Chickadees”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore Illustration board
January 2011
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Magic always happens in the snowy landscape of winter, especially when it starts getting closer to Valentines Day. These two chickadees are falling under the spell of love while surrounded by the almost heart-shaped groups of  frozen crab apples. Awhhhh……the magic of Love!

January 25, 2011

"Be Mine" - Mice

“Be Mine”- Mice
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore Illustration board
January 2011
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Missy Mouse was so excited when Marty Mouse brought her the “Be Mine” valentine candy that she gave him a big nose kiss.

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..... R.I.P. (Really Irritating Printer)
Our printer broke this week-end. It just gobbled down $135. worth of ink spit it out all over the bottom inside of the printer and then proceeded to shut itself off for good. We have been trying to revive it but it’s looking hopeless.
So we have been looking into replacing it with a new one. (NO luck so far)  It seems that they have "improved" the quality of the ink, made the cartridges smaller and the prices bigger. Disgusting!
However I'm still finding a little time to paint and I will be putting on some prints (that I already had made up) in Ebay + more original art soon.

January 17, 2011

"Wipe Out!" Mouse

“Wipe Out!” Mouse
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore Illustration board.
Edges painted black
January 2011
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While his sweetheart watched, Marshall Mouse showed off his ice skating skills with a special triple jump. Then as he came down his toe caught a very thin place in the ice, and “Whammmm!” he wiped out in the snow at the edge of the ice puddle, causing Marsha to laugh hysterically and Marshall’s face to redden with embarrassment.

I used Strathmore Illustration board, with most of my design done in colored pencil, I used acrylic paint in a wash technique much like watercolor and then I added acrylic highlights and accented the darks.  It is finished it with a few coats of acrylic varnish and the edges are painted black for a nice finished presentation look.

January 12, 2011

"Ice Skating Mice"

“Ice Skating Mice”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, colored pencil & acrylic paint
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper mounted to board.
Edges painted black
January 2011
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This mouse couple is having a wonderful day skating on the ice on the frozen puddle just at the edge of the forest.  Marsha Mouse has a new pink skating outfit and is so pleased to be showing it off, while Mitchell Mouse is especially proud to be her partner on the ice.

I used Arches 140lb hot press watercolor, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with watercolor and acrylic paint.  Then because it was thinner than my other most recent pieces I mounted it to illustration board, finished it with a few coats of acrylic varnish and painted the edges black for a nice finished presentation look.

January 8, 2011

"Winter Wonderland"

“Winter Wonderland”
Birds, snow & berries
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
January 2011
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Two birds, a nuthatch and a wren, wear their winter hats to keep their little heads warm as they look for yummy berries in the snow.

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

January 6, 2011

"Frosty the Snow-mouse"

“Frosty the Snow-mouse”
Two mice build a snow-mouse
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
January 2011
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On a cold January day Morse & Misty Mouse build their “snow-mouse” in the snow outside their burrow, but they had better hurry up and finish because the flakes are getting bigger and the blizzard is coming.

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

January 2, 2011

"Shelter from the Storm"

“Shelter from the Storm”
Snowman & birds
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Watercolor, acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
Edges painted black
January 2011
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It’s so wonderful to have a friend with a big carrot nose and a wide brim hat that will offer you rest and shelter from the storm.

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.