I’m finding it very hard to believe that 2020 is nearly over. I wish I could say I was glad, but really I feel like we have a long road ahead of us still with COVID-19. Oh, I think we’ll recover and life will go back to the way it was (more or less, because for some people there are friends, families, and businesses which are forever gone). In the big picture though, life adapts.
In that spirit, I show you Space 2020-6. Here we are lying in a grassy patch staring up at the stars of this thin nebula and wondering what tomorrow holds. Dream today, bring to reality tomorrow, and keep forging forward.
If you would like to bring this ACEO into your life or as a gift to someone, here are the links:
I’m declaring this a painting week for my blog. You’ll still get your free fiction on Friday, but the first two posts of the week I’d like to be for a couple of my recent ACEO paintings.
ACEO, for those of you who don’t know, stands for Artist Cards Editions and Originals. They measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ – the size of a baseball trading card. Many people collect ACEO’s as a means of getting original art by artists whose work they enjoy, but may not have a place to put larger works of art or the funds to buy the bigger pieces.
I’ve been painting ACEO’s since 2006. In my catalogue of images, I have 343 ACEO’s completed, but I do have some more that I haven’t finished logging yet, so the number is probably closer to 350. This doesn’t even count the miniature paintings I’ve done as bookmarks — this is just the traditional ACEO sizes.
I don’t do prints of my ACEO’s. I know many artists who do, but I’ve chosen to keep my small work like this as all originals. Now, for my larger art, I do provide that in the ACEO size, but there are no reproductions of these little artworks.
Well, that’s a bit about my ACEO’s, so let’s take a look at some. Here’s a newer one freshly listed on Etsy and Zibbet.
I am often asked if Brightening is still available for sale. No, it is not. Sorry. It was sold many years ago, but you can still get prints by clicking the link above.
The next question I get asked is if I could paint another one.
Not likely. I find it very hard to copy my own work. It never works out well and usually ends up in frustration. Not that I don’t have “sister pieces” and “spin-offs” of my work occasionally, but it’s not something I usually do on purpose.
Let’s face it, I often paint like I write — clueless, in the dark, and with no idea of the outcome. It really is a bad habit, especially with painting. I keep hoping that some day I will actually come to a point where I can plan a painting. For the moment, don’t ask me how to do that because I have no bloody idea and not for lack of searching for an answer that works for me. Oh, there’s people who will talk about composition and thumbnails and such like that. There’s Mikki Senkarik whose work I follow because she walks through the whole painting process and has great tips, but I just can’t. It feels like plotting to me and I’m afraid that it would ruin the energy of the piece. David Limrite told me earlier this year that I just needed to start treating my canvas like my sketchbook and he is right. While he and his partner, Jordan, were able to get me painting more, I just have yet to actually sit down at a canvas and start scribbling like I do in my sketchbook.
I admit that I have frustrations that I don’t have with my writing (any more). If I look back, then yes I can see similarities with what I use to go through with my writing. I know it’s part of reaching a new level of mastery and that these steps must be gone through. I know this!
I frustrate myself, feeling myself getting older and not getting any closer to the things I desire in this life.
How long must the old dog lie on the nail before the pain gets so intense that it moves? I ask myself this question often.
Okay, well this is going down a rabbit hole I didn’t expect. But maybe it is part of my walk into the enchanted forest. I can’t let the magic help me if I don’t tell the spell what I want it to perform.
Interesting. I often ask people what story my paintings tell them, but I haven’t done this sort of exploration for myself.
While I will leave myself to think on that, let’s found back to the original intent of this post.
As I was saying before my diatribe, because of how I paint, it makes each one unique. One has finally been produced that is similar to to Brightening.
It is called, “Enchanted Forest.”
I know, you’re shocked.
I love the little mudslide across the path. A great little obstacle to encounter. I think some dwarf was mining and chucking all the dirt up in a mound. With the area so lush, it must get a lot of rain. That made the mud slide down.
If you want to own this piece for yourself, you can get it now on Etsy. Warning though: once it’s sold, it’s gone.
I’ve added a couple new paintings to my online stores. I’m excited to share one of my newer nebula paintings.
For a time, I thought I had pretty much finished the nebula paintings. I felt like I’d learned all I could from them. But then, I got inspired by some other artists and realized that I had just started; I have much to learn. Earlier this week, I dove back in and got started on a whole bunch of new ones. I’ll let you know how they come along.
You can find this painting as well as the other new pieces I’ve added on my stores. Click your preference below:
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.
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.
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.
If you’re interested in getting your own magnet, check them out on one of my stores. Free shipping. Stay tuned because more are coming!
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.
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.
I have always loved ladybugs. I remember going out on the ranch when I was younger and looking for ladybugs. I’d talk to them, or rescue them if I found them in an area where it might be dangerous for them (they were down too low and the irrigation water was coming, they were in a patch of grass about to be invaded by swimmers coming in to set up for the swim meet, etc.). They use to come and land on me all the time; they still do, but not as frequently because I’m not outside as much. It was actually because one landed on me, sparking my memories, that I decided there would be ladybugs in this picture.
I suspect we’ll be seeing more ladybug pictures in the future. For now, I have started here.