ACEO of the Day – October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015
Magical Clouds #2015-31 2.5"x3.5" on bristol board Dawn Blair ©2015 Coming soon to eBay

Magical Clouds #2015-31
2.5″x3.5″ on bristol board
Dawn Blair ©2015
Coming soon to eBay

Last week was a whirlwind! I ended up driving through 4 states in 3 days (35+ hours) for a business opportunity I couldn’t quite pass up. It’s one of those things that I’d asked the Universe for, then I’d been given the ability to grab it. There was a lot of fear in doing it too. It doesn’t help that I’m such an impetuous creature too. Part of me really wishes that I hadn’t taken any time to stop and think about it, but I did because I didn’t want to get too rushed and that’s when the fear leaped in. Fortunately I was far too committed by the time that happened so I had no choice but to proceed.

So, what is this big opportunity? Well, I’m not ready to unveil it yet. (Yes, my dear fiction readers, I do love the cliffhanger, don’t I?) I just need a moment to recover from all of it. I haven’t really had a chance to stop and rest yet because I had so much to deal with when I got back and more “life stuff” happening this week.

Maybe that’s why I felt the need to show this card today. I like these little islands just floating in the clouds. Keeping it light. I keep hoping that every morning when I wake up, my limbs won’t feel so heavy. I’m ready to have my energy back and not to feel so tired. It will come.


ACEO envelope sketches

September 27, 2015

Sent out more ACEO’s last week. Here’s a sketch on the envelope:

Belita 1

Belita 2

Sent out another package too, but as I’m working on this post, I haven’t transferred those pictures yet. Will get to that one soon.

So, is this a waxing moon or a waning moon? I probably have a weird way of remembering which is which. I draw a line straight down from the tips. If the moon with the extended line looks like a “P,” then the moon is “pregnant,” which means it will get bigger (waxing). If the moon with the extended line looks like a “Q,” then the moon is “quitting” and getting smaller (waning). As I said, it’s probably a little weird. So, on this envelope, I wanted to send a waxing moon to the recipient in order to wish her many good things coming into her life, along with the wisdom of the owl. I hope she enjoys.


Still on top of the world!

September 26, 2015
Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #4 Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #4
Dawn Blair ©2015

Here I’ve got most of the post blocked in.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #5 Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #5
Dawn Blair ©2015

My next step is to work on the candle. Below is a closeup of the candle.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #5 Candle closeup Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #5 Candle closeup
Dawn Blair ©2015

It’s a little strange how quickly the sky came together compared to how long it took me to do the candle and the pole. I’m sure it’s mostly a mental thing, but still… Just weird, that’s all I’m saying.

I still have the lantern and the foreground landscaping to go. Stay tuned for more pictures.


How does it feel to be on top of the world?

September 25, 2015

Progress pieces from my newest painting. It is an acrylic on a 48″x 30″ wrapped canvas.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #1 Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #1
Dawn Blair ©2015

So at this point, I have the sky blocked in and I’m starting on the ground.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #2 Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #2
Dawn Blair ©2015

Ground is now done and I’m working on the clouds.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #3 Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #3
Dawn Blair ©2015

Clouds are done, or at least enough that I want to start putting in the lantern. I like how the sketch goes through the clouds – that was actually part of the post that I erased out because I didn’t like that section. Someday, I’ll do a similar piece and actually weave the post through the clouds – I think that would look great.

Top of the World 48" x 30" acrylic on wrapped canvas Work in process #3 closeup of lantern Dawn Blair ©2015

Top of the World
48″ x 30″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Work in process #3 closeup of lantern
Dawn Blair ©2015

Here’s a closeup of the lantern,

I’m hoping to have this piece finished by Saturday for the Thousand Springs Festival. I got delayed a couple of days this week, so I feel a bit behind in my show preparation. Chances are that if I don’t have it done, I will probably take this painting with to me work on when the show is a little slow. If you’re in the southern Idaho area, stop by and check it out. Click the link above for more information on the Thousand Springs Festival. I’d love to see you there. If not, stay tuned because I’ll be posting more progress pictures tomorrow.

P.S. If you have an idea for the title of this piece or if you like Top of the World, leave me a note in the comment section!


Work in Process – Space Nebula

September 24, 2015

This is an 8″x10″ wood panel. I knew I wanted to do a space painting. Here’s the start:

Space Nebula Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space Nebula
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Wow. Space.

Yep, that’s the easy part.

I wasn’t really sure how this was going to work out when I started the piece. I don’t often paint on wood panel (it’s been a really, really long time – like since I was airbrushing a lot, so years!). I wasn’t really sure how or if it was going to turn out. So, I don’t have any paintings of in-between. I wish I did, partially for my own reference of building up all the layers. Anyway, here is the next one I do have. The painting is nearly complete here. Still some work to be done, but it’s very close.

Space Nebula Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space Nebula
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I hope to post one soon of the finished piece.


Work in Progress — Space (ACEO)

September 21, 2015
Space ACEO Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space ACEO
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

So I had this really cool start to an ACEO. It was so beautiful. I thought I’d turn it into a space landscape.

Well, the landscape didn’t go so well. In fact, the more I tried to get it to work (a.k.a. forcing the process) the worse it got.

I finally ditched the colorful clouds I had here and started over, sort of. I worked part of the new wet paint over the dry paint and started pulling out this nebula from beneath.

It now looks like a dragon spitting a fireball, but I think it’s a pretty neat nebula. Don’t you?

Space ACEO Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space ACEO
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I still have some work to do on it, but it’ll come. In the meanwhile, I’m having fun painting space.

“Space! I’m in space!” Space Core – Portal 2


ACEO of the Day – September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015
Landscape #2015-13 2.5"x3.5" on bristol board Dawn Blair ©2015 Currently on ebay

Landscape #2015-13
2.5″x3.5″ on bristol board
Dawn Blair ©2015
Currently on eBay

I’m now starting to add little snippets of story into my eBay auctions for each piece like I’ve been doing on my FASO and Fine Art America websites.

I’ve shipped out another ACEO. Check out the envelope drawing that Dianne received with her card:

ACEO envelope_Dianne1_Dawn Blair ACEO envelope_Dianne2_Dawn Blair

Woo hoo!


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