Swallowtail ACEO

It’s been awhile since I posted something for my art, so I thought I’d put up a newer ACEO I’ve done.

Butterfly 2019 3.5″x2.5″ acrylic on Bristol board © 2019 Dawn Blair

I currently have this card and some other new ACEO’s listed on ebay.

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.

Landscape painting – WIP?

I’m starting this post for the second time. I went off in one direction and realized that it was a whole separate post. You’ll get it later in the week. You’ll know it when you see it because it’s about playing around. I think that was exactly what I needed to do when I started that post, along with solidifying the lesson in my head.

After all, these aren’t just pep talks for you, though I do hope they help and that you find some value in them. Often, they are present me giving future self advice: hey dummy, you learned this lesson once already; aren’t you ready to move on already?

But that’s not what we’re here for today. Rather, I thought I’d show you a piece I’ve been working on.

I’ve mentioned in a couple prior progress posts that I had been painting, but I never showed any pictures. So here’s one.

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It’s a 5″x7″ acrylic on Bristol board (though you can see my margin notes to myself which I haven’t erased yet). It’s also not quite as dark as it looks here. This looks almost like a blocked in painting. Sorry.

I “finished” this piece quite some time ago and I’ve been meaning to varnish it. I’d hoped to have it matted and framed for the last show I did, but I couldn’t get there. I wonder if that’s the process telling me that I’m not done with it yet. It all feels very symmetrical to me. I can’t stop the nagging feeling that it needs something. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to finish it yet. Maybe it truly is a work in process still. Am I learning to trust the process with my painting as well as my writing?

Time to pull out the charcoal and/or the sketchbook and start trying some ideas. Wish me luck.

ACEO of the Week – 05/20/17

Landscape #11
Landscape #11
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

 

Often, I’m very glad when I see ACEO’s go off to someone’s home. It cleans out my space and gives me the urge to paint new ones. This is one I wish I had kept. I still kick myself for not keeping this one. Maybe that means I’ll get inspired to paint a larger piece. We shall see, won’t we?

Trust me on this: if you ever see a piece of art you want, buy it before someone else does. You might regret not having that piece later. There are a couple works by other artists I wish I had. One piece I’m thinking of now was a beautiful gesha painting. The artist, a girl much younger than me, passed away suddenly a couple weeks ago. Very sad. I think about all the art she had within her that is now lost to the world. And, I’m certain the gesha painting is far beyond my grasp now as I’m sure that if she still had it at the time of her death, there is no way that her family is parting with it now. Understandably.

And, if you have art (whatever that is: painting, writing, poetry, cooking, sewing, creating a loving home, taking care of your family, whatever – everyone has something that is an “art” for them) in you, don’t let it remain there. Get it out.

If you don’t think you can, check out last week’s blog for a reminder. Time is the commodity you are given in your life, but you have no idea how much has been doled out to you. Use it wisely. Imagine the possibilities. Then act. How you spend your time and what you give back to those around you is your rent for living. Make sure you give value for having lived.

ACEO of the Week – 05/06/17

Evening Tree #9
Evening Tree #9
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Looking up and dreaming about everything that’s out there among the stars.

I’d really hate for this to be the only planet with life on it in our whole universe.

Is it any wonder that I write about other worlds?

ACEO of the Week – 04/22/17

AbstractTree #4
Abstract Tree #4
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Sometimes things get a little confusing in life and we might need to take an abstract view to see the bigger picture. Just like the branches of a tree can obscure the sight of the sky if you are standing beneath a tree. Maybe I’m feeling a little melancholy right now. I sometimes just wish people would stop to remember that we all have to live on one tiny bubble in a much larger and very dangerous universe. We’re all we have of each other.

ACEO of the Week – 04/15/17

space-2014-4
Space 2014-4
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair
SOLD

If today weren’t a Saturday, chances are it would be tax day. If you still aren’t done with your taxes, tick-tock! I thought I’d bring everyone an ACEO to remind you that this universe is much bigger than we recall when we are dealing with everyday stuff. Here’s a glimpse of the universe as a tree grows against a nebula. How many planets and stars are currently being formed in that nebula? Just remember, that even when we feel so out of control in our lives, there is something so much bigger that is orchestrating everything perfectly. Aren’t you glad that we don’t have to be in control of how the planets rotate and orbit along with everything else like doing our taxes?  Yeah, puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Find the art that brings you peace now.