June 26, 2012

"Feeling Blue"

 “Feeling Blue”
Mouse in the flower garden
Small format painting – 4”X4”
Watercolor, colored pencil & acrylic paint
Hardboard panel -⅛" thick
Finished with acrylic varnish
June 2012
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Morris Mouse is feeling a little blue today. It’s just one of those days when a mouse feels like hiding alone under a bush in the garden and pulling leaves off of tiny flowers.

These Ampersand Aquabord hardboard panels are very nice to work on. I sanded this one a little this time with a very fine grained sand paper before I began working on it to get a smoother working surface.  It worked out very well.   I will go ahead and use up the rest of the 4”X4” panels that I bought before I make up my mind to use them on a regular basis though because I could probably get the same results on plain gesso treated hardboard, but I don’t’ know that for sure yet.


June 18, 2012

"Top of the Heap" - Two mice


 “Top of the Heap”
Original small format painting – 6”X 6”
Two mice on recycled materials
Mixed Media – papier-mâché & acrylic paint
Texture & some iridescent gold acrylic paint on recycled foam core board
Finished with acrylic varnish
June 2012
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One of the things that I love to do is papier-mâché.  I also love to take something that is used and re-fashion it into an art work.  For this piece I covered foam core that I had previously used for a painting pallet with papier-mâché and then after treating the surface with layers of gesso I used acrylic paint to create this painting of two mice having a meeting on top of some very interesting discards. For the papier-mâché I used brown paper, newspapers and paper towels.  The nature of papier-mâché always produces a lot of interesting texture that gives me ideas. For example: There is some texture that was created with paper toweling and painted with gold iridescent acrylic paint in the foreground that I call “recycled gold”.
I wrote the title and other information on the back with my signature and finished this painting with acrylic semi-gloss varnish so it can be framed in a regular 6”X 6” frame for the wall.



June 13, 2012

"Baby Rabbit & Roses"

 “Baby Rabbit & Roses”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – (official aceo size)
Water media casein paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board - ⅛” thick
Date of work: June 2012
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Soft and fluffy meets pink and pretty.
(A study in textures)

I have never painted with casein paint before. I bought a small set of it last week and tried it out on this little aceo painting. I like the way it feels on my brush and the vibrant colors that I can use in either an opaque way or a glazing method.  I will defiantly do more with this paint.  It is a very old type of paint used  before the invention of oil paint.  It is very durable.  Some of the old master’s paintings that were done in this type of paint and have lasted for many centuries with the same beautiful vivid colors as when they were painted.  I always love to experiment and always have wanted to try this paint.


June 11, 2012

"Summer Night Moon with Squirrel"

 “Summer Night Moon with Squirrel”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – (official aceo size)
Acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board - ⅛” thick
Date of work: June 2012
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It was one of those magical summer nights when the moon was full and bright.
Sally Squirrel had just found a very unusual nut and all was right with the world.
She smiled up at the moon and the moon smiled back at her.  Life is good.


June 8, 2012

"My Higher Power"

 “My Higher Power”
Lion and Mouse
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – (official aceo size)
Acrylic paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board - ⅛” thick
Date of work: June 2012
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My higher power is so big and strong.
My higher power leads and protects me.
All I need do is replace my struggle with faith.
Then I have nothing to fear.