ACEO Painting – February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018

Here’s a new ACEO I painted last weekend:

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Landscape
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on canvas
©2018 Dawn Blair

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Painting progress- 02/09/18

February 9, 2018

Like I said in my Monday progress post, I didn’t get much painting done last week, but I did enough to do a 10″x8″ study painting. Read the rest of this entry »


Painting – January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

2018 painting:

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8″x10″ acrylic on canvas


ACEO of the Week – 06/24/17

June 24, 2017
Trinity Tree #1b 041208

Trinity Tree #1b
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

The second in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008.


ACEO of the Week – 06/17/17

June 17, 2017
trinity tree #1a 040308

Trinity Tree #1a
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

The first in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008. Stop by next week to see the next one.


ACEO of the Week – 06/10/17

June 10, 2017
Evening Tree #5 020908

Evening Tree #5
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Space, trees, mountains. This is a very old ACEO I thought I’d bring up this week, but it is one I adore.

Maybe I should restart paintings like this. I’d be so much better at it now. What do you think?

In the meanwhile, keep looking up and dreaming. We’re here to create ourselves. Why else would we have this little bubble that we live in? What is the purpose?

Come closer and let me tell you a little secret several billion people on the planet don’t realize.

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ACEO of the Week – 05/13/17

May 13, 2017
Tree House 0906 #3

Tree House #3
3.5″ x 2.5″
colored pencil on paper
©2006 Dawn Blair
Not for Sale

I thought I’d have a major throwback this week. I’m always saying how much someone can progress if they just decide to do something and then do it.

It really is that easy, whether you want to gain a new skill or change your life.

Two step method:

  1. Decide — nothing happens until you absolutely make up your mind to do something.
  2. Act — you must take action on that decision. Even if you don’t know the whole path, start. Do what you can where you are at with what you have.

Google exists to give us answers. When you hit the question of what to do next because you’ve hit your limit, search. Searching is still taking action, but don’t stay in search mode for too long. Get just the answer you need and move on. Don’t expect to have all the answers at once. Some times you have to swim around in the waters to see how it feels. It stretches your comfort zone slowly, gently.

Equally important, but is something that develops naturally over time, is when you decide that you DON’T want to do something.

So, why does this ACEO merit being the ACEO of the week? Because it shows you and me how far I have come as an artist. I mean, look at that waterfall! Atrocious! I have learned so much about that, and about painting water since then. I didn’t just have the knowledge; I learned and I practiced. I now get regular comments about the water features in my newer paintings. But none of it would have happened if I hadn’t first decided that I wanted to learn to draw. Yes, my request was that simple. I wanted to know how to draw. Then I acted by taking a class. Then I decided I wanted to learn to paint water better. I read books, I took another class where water was a primary feature of the painting we were doing, and I practiced.

Look back at this blog to see where I was just 4 years later.

Or a painting from around that same time.

While it’s hard to not be jealous of someone as you admire and where they are at, just know that the only thing that separates you from them is that they had made the decision to act much sooner than you and then put the time in. You could be there too. They might even be willing to show you the tricks so speed your own journey along. Don’t let another moment get away.