The end of November already! Time really flies, doesn’t it? I’ve been busy ‘arting’ as many of my fellow artists affectionately call it. This past week I’ve actually managed to finish several ACEO pieces that have been languishing on my painting desk for, oh, say one to three years. (Believe it or not, I have larger canvases that I sketched out in the 1980’s and 1990’s when I was still a self-taught artist. Most of them are realistic wildlife drawings that were destined to become oil paintings. Maybe I’ll finish them…someday. 😉 ).
Some good news is that I had five paintings accepted at the Prairie Winds Art Gallery in Grand Island, Nebraska for their Holiday Celebration that runs from November 1st through January 31st, 2015. Prairie Winds website is: http://www.prairiewindsart.com They have some wonderful artwork in their gallery. Visitors are always welcome at the art center located at 112 West 3rd Street in Grand Island, Nebraska. Prairie Winds is also on Facebook.
Here are my five paintings that are currently being displayed:
New on eBay are the eight ACEO art cards I recently finished. They’re available for purchase from my eBay store.
Rats Building A Goth Snowman – Originally, the snowman was going to have icicles for his hair spikes. After growing purple carrots in my garden, I decided they would fit the snowman’s Goth theme better than icicles. :)
The Peace Hippie Owl – My Grandma Loberg was quite the crafter. When I first moved out on my own, she made me an owl note pad holder to hang on the fridge. ‘The Peace Hippie Owl’ reminds me of Grandma’s owl even though my free-spirited imagination transformed it.
One Rank Bull! – My family used to rodeo back in the late 1990’s. My job was video girl. I used to tape the bull riding events. There was a white and black speckled bull named ‘Teed Off’ that was the rankest bulls an area stock producer owned. I fashioned the lady bug bull after Teed Off, my way of paying homage to one rank bull.
Ferret Dragon Fly – Ferret Dragon Fly was drawn from a photo of my daughter’s ferret, Joey. (Yes, Joey was her favorite ‘Friends’ character). I gave Joey wings so he could dart about the idyllic pond all day without a care in the world.
Bucking Bull Fly – Another imaginative bucking bull inspired by my days following the rodeo circuit. The bull fly started out as a brahma bull but, more or less, morphed into a cross between an Angus and brahma bull. (I always liked the soft, mouse grey color of some brahma bulls).
Ridem Cowboy! – This is one of my favorite paintings. During our rodeo days, I also taped the saddle and bare back bronc riders. The buckskin and palomino horses were my favorite.
The rhino and hippo lady bugs are a continuation of my lady bug series. I have only a few more left to finish and then, onto a new series!
Two new paintings I’ve been working on are of a zebra and a llama. With the llama, I’m investigating texture. The painting utilizes modeling paste for texture in the llama’s fur.
This is a photo of the under painting of the llama.
I added cerulean blue to the background and ended with a llama that reminds me of a Roy Lichtenstein painting because of the primary colors.
Above is the start of a zebra painting. It shows the modeling of the zebra to create depth and muscle tone.
The second photograph shows the zebra’s transition with the addition of his muzzle, eye and beginning stripes. My youngest daughter thought he looked more like a cow than a zebra so I am diligently working on him, adding stripes until I can’t really see clearly any more. Hopefully I’ll have him finished by the end of the week.
Well, that’s about all my news for now. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving week-end! ~ Kim