June 21, 2011

"Dusty Pink Rose Buddies"

"Dusty Pink Rose Buddies"
Original small format painting - 6"X6"
Artist's oil paint on a fine canvas panel
June 2011
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We used to have some beautiful rose bushes in our front yard. I took a lot of pictures of their beautiful blooms and I love to paint from my photos. I miss those beautiful bushes. I wish we had been better rose gardeners, but sadly they got a disease and died.  However, I still have my photos and love to look at them and paint from them.  I am using my oil paints again here and have done a lot of glazing. It was great fun. Although I am painting realistically, I am always more interested in a "lyrical" feeling than a strict realistic interpretation.

"Papillon Puppy Dog"

"Papillon Puppy Dog"
Original small format painting - 4"X6"
Artist's oil paint on canvas panel
June 2011
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 I have not painted a dog since my "best buddy" passed away about 4 years ago.
So I thought I would try one again. I'm also trying my oil paint again. I have such a love hate relationship with oil.  I love to paint with it.  It is so exciting for me.  But it takes so long to dry.  I use a fast drying medium with it but I like to do glazing so I have to wait between coats.  Anyway, hope you like my little puppy dog painting.

June 16, 2011

"Illusive Inspiration"

“Illusive Inspiration”
cat & butterfly
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic paint on gesso treated illustration board
June 2011
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I long for the days when the sun was shinning and the air was filled with the butterflies of inspiration filling my mind with ideas.  However, most of the time these days there is only maybe one or two butterflies in the air and I have to really look to “see” their gift of inspiration.  And sometimes it is raining really hard and there are no butterflies to be seen at all and then the inspiration has to come from within.  I pray that God will fill our hearts with sunshine and give us eyes to “see” the butterflies of His inspiration.
This aceo painting was done on 2½”X3½” sized piece of illustration board that I have prepared with 3 coats of gesso.  After I completed the painting I have painted the edges black for a nice display without a frame and have given it two coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish for protection.  It has been signed in the painting and on the back with the media and date information and will be mailed to you in a plastic sleeve inside a ridged plastic holder.

June 14, 2011

"Play Break - Cat & Yarn Ball"

“Play Break - Cat & Yarn Ball”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic paint on gesso treated hardboard -⅛ “thick
June 2011
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After a heavy afternoon play time this playful Persian takes a little nap on the rug. But he is very careful to keep an eye on the yarn ball so he can pounce on it immediately if it dares to move.

This aceo painting was done on 2½”X3½” sized hardboard that I have prepared with 3 coats of gesso.  After I completed the painting I have painted the edges black for a nice display without a frame and have given it two coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish for protection.  It has been signed in the painting and on the back with the media and date information and will be mailed to you in a plastic sleeve inside a ridged plastic holder.

June 13, 2011

"Behind the Ladybug Grass"

“Behind the Ladybug Grass”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Acrylic paint over pen & ink
Arches 140lb watercolor paper
June 2011
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In the afternoon sun the ladybug family quietly hides behind blades of grass so the stalking kitten won’t see them.  I think they are safe so far, but I might have seen their reflection in the kitten’s eye.

This original ACEO sized painting was done (by me)
on a 2½"X3½" piece of Arches 140lb watercolor paper
in acrylic paint over pen & ink. It is finished with a few
coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish for protection.
I will be sending it to you in a plastic sleeve
inside a clear ridged aceo holder.

June 9, 2011

"Composition with two Kittens"

“Composition with Two Kittens”
Original 5”X7” painting
Artist’s acrylic paint
Raymar canvas panel (Canvas mounted to hardboard)
Ready to frame in a 5”X7” frame
June 2011
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I’m playing with opposites here….like dark and light, red and green soft and hard.
Opposites seem to attract and repel at the same time, much like the Yin Yang symbol.
Each one, without the other would not be as distinctive or as harmonious.

The painting is signed on the front by the artist (me) and on the back with information about the media used and the date, etc. This acrylic painting has been finished with a few coats of semi-gloss acrylic varnish.
It is on a canvas hardboard panel so it doesn’t need a matt. You can frame it in a 5”X7” frame.

"Merlyn the Magical Fluff"

“Merlyn the Magical Fluff”
Original 7”X10” painting
Acrylic paint, watercolor and colored pencil
Arches 140lb watercolor paper
Date of work: May 2011
SOLD – (commissioned work)
Merlyn was a sweet gentle silver white Persian cat with a beautiful soul which lives on somewhere in the land over the rainbow bridge where all his best wishes will come true.  His favorite thing to do in this world was to sit on his tile floor and look out the sliding glass door at all the interesting things happening in the back yard, while all the time hoping that there would be chicken in his bowl that evening. In fact he liked chicken so much that his owners often joked about maybe they should get him a fluffy pet baby chick for him to play with someday.

I was given the opportunity to create this painting for a wonderful customer with a loving heart.
Thank you so much.

"Primrose Petals & Mouse"

 "Primrose Petals & Mouse"
Original 4" X 6" acrylic painting
SFA - (small format art)
4”X6” - original small format
acrylic painting on a canvas panel
Finished with acrylic varnish
Date of work: May 2011
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I found some primrose plants along the driveway of my house and picked
a few to put into a small vase in order to paint a still life. The next day I
discovered that the petals had fallen off of one of the blossoms. I was
wondering if they just naturally fell off or if they had been knocked off
somehow.  If you look in the reflection in the vase you might discover
a little mouse looking back. ....Maybe he is responsible.

"Mouse plays the Blues"

“Mouse Plays the Blues”
Original ACEO painting
2½” X 3½” – official aceo size
Colored pencil & acrylic paint
Arches 140lb watercolor paper
May 2011
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Sometimes in life the only thing that works is just to play a little blues.

This original ACEO sized painting was done (by me)
on a 2½"X3½" piece of Arches 140lb watercolor paper in colored pencil and
acrylic paint. It is finished with a few coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish for protection.