February 28, 2011

"Mouse, Ladybug & Daffodil"

“Mouse, Ladybug & Daffodil”
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & watercolor
Arches 140 watercolor paper
February 2011
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This little mouse has discovered something moving inside a spring daffodil flower.  He leans in a little closer to get a better look.  Perhaps it could be a new friend.

This original aceo painting was done on Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper in mostly colored pencil with a little watercolor for blending. A few coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish have been applied for protection and I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

February 24, 2011

"Butterscotch Mouse"

“Butterscotch Mouse”
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Strathmore illustration board
February 2011
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This little white mouse must have a huge sweet tooth because he has found a nice piece of butterscotch all wrapped in cellophane and is taking it back to his den for a midnight snack.

This aceo painting was done on a 2½”X3½” piece of Strathmore illustration board in colored pencil and acrylic paint. It was completed by painting the edges black for a nice finished look and adding a few final coats of semi-gloss acrylic varnish.  I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

February 22, 2011

"Awakening of Spring"

“Awakening of Spring”
Original ACEO 2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & watercolor
Smooth drawing paper mounted to illustration board
February 2011
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A sleeping mouse all curled up in his den slowly awakens to find the beginnings of a new spring.

I found this little mouse (that I had previously sketched out) on a piece of my smooth surface drawing paper and wanted to add some color and finish it as an ACEO so I mounted the paper to a 2½”X3½” piece of Strathmore illustration board and finished it with colored pencil and a light washes of watercolor. This art was completed by painting the edges black for a nice finished look and adding a few final coats of semi-gloss acrylic varnish.  I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

February 21, 2011

"Cheese & Crackers"

“Cheese & Crackers”
Two mice are having a snack
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & watercolor
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper
February 2011
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These two mice are having the ultimate mouse snack.  While one leisurely nibbles on a very large chunk of Swiss cheese, the other is munching on a lightly toasted saltine cracker.  Yummy!

This original aceo painting was done on Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper in colored pencil and watercolor. A few coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish have been applied for protection and I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

February 18, 2011

"Napping with Roses"

“Napping with Roses”
Roses & mouse
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & watercolor
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper
February 2011
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A little mouse discovers some hastily discarded Valentine roses lying on the counter and curls up on a soft leaf for his mid-afternoon nap.

This original aceo painting was done on Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper in colored pencil and watercolor. A few coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish have been applied for protection and I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

February 17, 2011

"Behind the Daffodils"

“Behind the Daffodils”
Daffodils & mouse
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & watercolor
Plate bristol board - 2ply
February 2011
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The mornings are a little chilly, so it’s good to curl up behind the warmth of the daffodils.

This original aceo painting was done on plate 2ply bristol board in mostly colored pencil with a little watercolor to even out some of the tones. This bristol has the weight of a nice card stock and is a very good surface for colored pencil. A few coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish has been applied for protection and I will be sending it in a plastic sleeve inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

Sometimes I  like to just draw with my colored pencils. This media is my “comfort media” because it was the first art material that I ever used.  I had a set of Prismacolor pencils as a child and remember some very pleasant times sitting cross legged on my bed in my room drawing with my colored pencils.  It takes a little longer to smooth the tones and achieve depth with them, but I really enjoy working with them.

February 13, 2011

"Waiting for Spring"

“Waiting for Spring”
Daffodils & a tiny field mouse
Original 3⅛”X5⅛” painting
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Arches 140lb watercolor paper
Sent to you in a black matt with a foam core backer
Opening in matt measures: 3”X5”
Outside of matt measures: 5”X7”
February 2011
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It is almost Valentine’s Day.  The snow has melted away here and it is getting warmer.  I can see the Daffodils pushing up their green leaves in the backyard.
In this little painting I celebrate the promise of hope and the new possibilities of spring.

This painting was done on a 3⅛”X5⅛” piece of Arches140lb watercolor paper that I coated with a tinted ground then worked in colored pencil to achieve my composition using acrylic paint for the highlights and details. It has a few coats of acrylic varnish applied for a nice finish.  I will send it to you in a 5”X7” black matt with a 3”X5” opening and a foam core backer. This little painting could easily be removed from this matt if you wish to re-matted it into your own matt.

February 12, 2011

"Love is Everywhere"

“Love is Everywhere”
Two Common Redpoll birds fall in love
Original small format painting - 3⅛”X5⅛”
With a hand painted heart embellished black matt & foam core backer
Colored pencil & acrylic paint on Arches 140lb watercolor paper
February 2011
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These two Common Redpoll birds are falling in love.  When love happens it seems to be everywhere.

This painting was done on a 3⅛”X5⅛” piece of Arches140lb watercolor paper in colored pencil and acrylic paint. It is finished with acrylic varnish. The matt is really part of the design. I have embellished the black matt with my own hand painted hearts. The opening for the art is 3”X5” and the outside of the matt measures 5”X7”. This matted art will fit into a 5”X7” frame. But it could also be re-matted into your own matt if you like.

February 11, 2011

"Cardinal Earmuffs"

“Cardinal Earmuffs & Scarves”
Original ACEO painting - 2½”X3½”- official aceo size
Acrylic & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board
February 2011
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While watching my bird feeders during our last snow storm, I thought that those little birds must be very cold and decided that someone should design some winter wear for these cold birds.  These cardinals seem very pleased with the warmth provided from their new earmuffs & scarves.

February 3, 2011

"Bunny Love Valentine"

“Bunny Love Valentine”
Two bunnies fall in love
Original 3½”X5½” painting
Colored pencil & acrylic paint on black Stonehenge paper
Sent to you in a black matt with a foam core backer
Opening in matt measures: 3”X4”
Outside of matt measures: 5”X7”
February 3, 2011
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and very cold here, which is a good time for snuggling.  What is more appropriate for that idea than two furry bunnies rubbing noses against a cool Valentine heart background?

Due to the winter storms, I have been having difficulties with my electricity and my satellite internet.  Also, I still don’t have a replacement printer.  That problem will take me a little longer to solve.  However, I’m still working on my little paintings, although I don’t seem to be producing as fast as when I’m warm and cozy.  Progress is slow, but not at a complete standstill yet.