Eggs at Play Unlimited

My children’s book, Eggs at Play, is now available to read for free when you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

Read to you kids or just for your inner child. Shh, I won’t tell. (Grin)

Even Loki reads Eggs at Play just for himself! Here he is checking out my author proof copy.

If you don’t subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can purchase the ebook for only $4.99.

Enjoy!

Searching the stars

Last year I started painting galaxies on star-shaped magnets. I did about 12 of them. Each one turns out so differently. It’s exciting to see what happens and fun to use these as practice to expand, experiment, and practice the technique. There is so much more that I want to try out.

Cosmic galaxy star magnets
© 2020 Dawn Blair

These are my first batch for 2020.

I have a feeling that I’ll be creating a lot more of these star magnets this year, hopefully more than 12. (grin) I am also thinking about doing simple tree and sky paintings on heart-shaped magnets too, much like the ACEO’s I started out painting, but I haven’t made that commitment yet.

The reason I haven’t started on that is because there’s another avenue I’m also contemplating exploring. And I know that every time something is added, something else needs to be removed. There is only so much time. And I have to decide which is more important.

This other avenue: working more on Bristol board, possibly including charcoal/pencil work as well as paint. I know that to some this might not seem like a very exciting decision, but for me it was something I was thinking about most of last year; I just didn’t get started on it. All I can say there is that the time didn’t feel right; another one of those “trust the process” things.

What changed?

Star magnet 2020-4
© 2020 Dawn Blair

I’m not very certain. Maybe I’m just reaching for the stars. Maybe I am another year older. Maybe I just like working on Bristol. Quite frankly, I do painting on Bristol and I want to get better at it, so there’s no time like the present. Is there another reason?

Possibly. But I think those I stated are enough.

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Ithanes

Not too long ago, I showed a picture from my sketchbook of the main character of my Sacred Knight series, Steigan.

A few nights ago I was flipping through my sketchbook again and came across a picture that reminds me of Ithanes. Ah, Ithanes!

He doesn’t come into the story until book 2, Manifest the Magic, but he was so full of surprises for me. I’ve come to utterly adore him. He’s like the king of snark, and very powerful with his magic. He knows what he’s good at, and lets people follow their strengths. He’s a good leader in that he finds people to compensate for the areas where he is weak. I think that’s why he likes Steigan so much. Yet, he also doesn’t often show weakness in himself. He’s lord of two lands, Dubinshire and Gohaldinest, and he lets everyone know it. Don’t let him fool you, though. He does have his deep, dark secrets.

And speaking of which, I so want to look through that curio cabinet he keeps locked in his chambers. In book 3, To Birth a Destiny, the reader gets to see that curio a couple of times and Steigan even describes some of what he saw. But let me tell you, I was right there when Steigan was discussing what he was seeing and he certainly didn’t get to some of the more interesting items toward the back. Some day I’d like to draw that cabinet and all the trinkets in there. I’d also love to sit down and talk to Ithanes about how he collected all of them. Oh, the stories!

This sketch was done in 2018. I do think if I’d intended it to be Ithanes, it should have had a teardrop-shaped gemstone hanging from the circlet. Maybe I just needed practice drawing a circlet, even a wiry one. (grin)

Maybe someday I’ll get around to doing an illustrated Sacred Knight edition, or maybe even a graphic novel. Someday.

Sketchbook ramblings

Sometimes I like to go back through my sketchbook. I find interesting things.

Here’s a partially inked picture of *shock* Steigan. I use to draw him more than anything else. Not so much these days, but every now and then he pops up.

You can see that it’s over 2 years old.

More interesting is that on the next page, I found this statement that I wrote:

His eyes are older,

Yet they still mock me.

Temptation leave me be.

I am an idiot.

His eyes still haunt.

My heart grows none the wiser.

Just have to say, “Say what?” I found this to be a completely odd statement in my journal. Who the heck was I talking about? Was it just words that popped into my head? I have lines that do that sometimes, but I generally write them down in an idea file, not in my sketchbook. This makes me think I was actually referring to someone. Besides, words like “I am an idiot” don’t usually fill the snippets that land in my head; that also feels more like me talking in my head.

Since this was also dated around 2017 and there is absolutely no clue as to what I was thinking about on that day, I guess this will fall off into the mysteries of mankind. The world will never know what adventure I was on that day which led me to write these words.

Oh, and it’s more proof that I am no poet. But I do enjoy it when my past self leaves my future self some tantalizing mysteries.

Purple trees

After my post earlier this week about the seasons changing way too soon, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit by bringing in some spring. The seasons do not rule my painting!

I’ve had many people admire my purple trees. I don’t know why I like to paint them; they are just fun. So, here’s another purple tree that is available. I imagine myself lying on the ground looking up through the branches of this tree and watching the clouds float by.

Looking up 2018-8 (ACEO)
Acrylic on Bristol Board
Dawn Blair ©2018

If you wish this little lovely to be yours, check out my auction on ebay going on now.

Spooky, Scary Pumpkins

Send shivers down your spine. Come on up to the house to see what treats we have.

Or maybe we only have tricks.

I painted this ACEO back in 2016, but I never got around to listing it. It would pop its head up at me every now and again — it seemed to float around my office waiting for me to finish and catalog it. I finally got it done this summer. Now, I’m so excited to finally get around to listing it on ebay.

Halloween 2016-11 (ACEO)
Acrylic on Bristol Board
Dawn Blair ©2016

If you’re willing to venture up to the house to see if it’s tricks or treats, check out my auction going on now on ebay.

In the meanwhile, I hope to get more Halloween ACEO’s prepared this year. We’ll see how that goes, since the last one took me 3 years to complete. (grin)

Winter in the air?

I noticed the leaves on the trees starting to change color in the middle of August. Some people told me I was crazy, even as I was pointing to the yellow leaves on the trees. Per our calendar, we have made the transition to fall, yet some areas of Idaho are going to get snow (or have snow on them). Isn’t that winter weather?

Let’s face it: the seasons do not fit into the nice calendar we have designed. The seasons do what they wish to do rather than following the desires of humans. We try so hard to control things, yet nature will follow her own rhythms. Humans: we’re so cute, we’re just not very bright.

I would have to say that today’s ACEO is inspired by this early arrival of fall. There are flowers, yet the leaves are already starting to turn yellow.

Landscape 2019-6 (ACEO)
Acrylic on Bristol Board
Dawn Blair ©2019

If you wish this little lovely to be yours, check out my auction on ebay going on now.

Palladium – Chapter 27

This weekend I will be out at the Thousand Springs Festival of Art. I have a few new pieces I’ve done since Twin Falls Art in the Park, as well as new ACEO’s. I also have a few new magnets. I completely sold out of the magnets I had on hand at FanX. I haven’t even had a chance to show off of talk about the magnets I’ve been painting yet.

Since I haven’t shown any painting for a while, here are a couple of the new magnets I have for Thousand Springs.

Varnished magnet
©2019 Dawn Blair

The picture of this one was taken after I had varnished it. I forgot to do it beforehand. This one is before being varnished:

Unvarnished magnet
©2019 Dawn Blair

I also have replenished my supply of blank note cards and they are now individually wrapped. Who wants to fold and bag 300 new cards? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Okay, well, let’s get you to the story.


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Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
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Palladium

Chapter 27

by Dawn Blair

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ACEO’s to see

When I’m painting, the whole world seems to disappear. Lately, I’ve been putting on the Gaia channel, usually to some interview or another, and listen to it while I paint. Except that after about 10 minutes or so, I’m no longer listening; I’m just painting and focusing on color mixing and where the painting wants me to go next.

Since I’ve got a month between shows at the moment, I thought I’d put up a few eBay auctions on so paintings. As of this writing, I only have ACEO’s up, but I’d like to get some larger paintings up as well.

Here’s a look at a couple that are listed:

3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol
©2017 Dawn Blair
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol
©2017 Dawn Blair

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