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Itsy Bitsy Spider…Is A Zebra!

Oh my! It’s been a whole year since I’ve blogged. So much has happened. There were two weddings in my immediate family. My youngest one graduated and set off for college in another state. (Tears!) I discovered that ducks will eat your entire garden, not just the bugs. (A funny story for a later date). I began a career as head cook at a local school. (Trust me it’s not as easy as it sounds). And, lastly, I had to give up painting full time for that necessary headache… health and dental insurance. But, the good news is I’m finally able to get back to the easel and paint.  🙂

There was also some sadness. My Quarter Horse stallion died as did my Pomeranian puppy. I had both animals (no not animals, they were a part of my family) for over 14 years. The pom made it to 101 in people years. That’s a long life. The house is eerily quiet without her.

I’m going to take this in baby steps so maybe I’ll be able to post more often. So, instead of 700 word ramblings, I’ll set my sights on short posts showing new artwork. Maybe, just maybe short posts might be more achievable.

Here are three zebra paintings that are currently listed for sale in my Daily Paint Works Gallery:

‘Amour de Zèbre’ (Zebra Love)

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‘Amour de Zèbre’ (Zebra Love) began life as a sketch on an ACEO card in 2011. Five years later, I took the card out, looked at it and it finally clicked. An ‘aha’ moment. Zebra Love turned out very different from my original intentions. I found this coy, striped equine, seductively holding a rose in its mouth, irresistible.

Auction Notes: ‘Amour de Zèbre’ (Zebra Love) is a 3.5″ x 2.5″ ACEO art card created using acrylic paints and sepia ink.

‘Spider Zebra’

 

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Itsy bitsy spider…is really a zebra! ‘Spider Zebra’ ACEO painting is drawn in India Ink. Watercolors give him a light, ethereal appearance.

Auction Notes: Each piece of my original artwork includes a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). All ACEO artwork comes in a baseball card sized plastic sleeve and is shipped in a sturdy mailer/envelope.

Also, a previous painting that I decided to list in my Daily Paint Works Gallery.

‘The Zebra Riddle’

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After finishing this gal, (she is one of the Grevy zebra mares at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo) I had to take a break from painting all of her stripes. The painting went nameless for a week. Very unusual for me since I have a name in mind when I start to sketch the artwork.

Originally, all that popped into my head was an old AC/DC song. The nameless mare became sort of an enigma. A zebra riddle. What’s Black on White and Red All Over? My latest painting ‘The Zebra Riddle’ of course!

Auction Notes: ‘The Zebra Riddle’ is painted on a 6″ x 8″ x 3/4″ wrap around stretched canvas. The sides are painted as shown. Each piece of my original artwork includes a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). The painting comes ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws, just hang on the wall and enjoy!

I’ve also been updating my Zazzle store purplehorse75 . Zazzle changed the way the banners (headers) for the store fronts looked, so it was back to Photoshop to create new ones. The new banners appear more professional. I liked how they turned out.

In 2015, I also opened 7 new Zazzle stores. Please visit my Zazzle stores by clicking on each button:

catabugs where you can find merchandise with my whimsical little Cat A Bug creatures on them

crowsandravens  for the crow collectors

kimlobergbuffalo  for the buffalo lovers

kimloberggiraffes for the collectors who are just as crazy about giraffes as I am 😉

kimlobergpronghorns for the pronghorn collectors

kimlobergzebras for all the zebra loving collectors of which I am also one 🙂

lobergwitchsblackcat where you can find my character The Witch’s Black Cat and follow him on many of his zany adventures!

More stores are in the works, but it takes time to get them up and running. (Guess I should be working on the computer more often instead of watching Supernatural in my free time).

Well, looks like I rambled on and on after all. Here’s hoping the New Year turns out wonderful for everyone!

Kim

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Black on White and Red All Over? The Zebra Riddle

What’s Black on White and Red All Over? My latest painting ‘The Zebra Riddle’ of course! And here she is…

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‘The Zebra Riddle’ 8″ x 6″ Acrylics on Stretched Canvas

After finishing this gal, (she is one of the Grevy zebra mares at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo) I had to take a break from painting all of her stripes. The painting went nameless for a week. Very unusual for me since I have a name in mind when I start to sketch the artwork.

Originally, all that popped into my head was an old AC/DC song. The nameless mare became sort of an enigma. A zebra riddle. Hence the name.

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Above are a different views to show how the sides are painted. ‘The Zebra Riddle’ is painted on a 8″ x 6″ x 3/4″ wrap around stretched canvas. It comes ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws, just hang on the wall and enjoy!

‘The Zebra Riddle’ is available for purchase at my Daily Paint Works Gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/291256

Time to get back to work. Keep warm! ~ Kim

Prairie Winds Art Gallery, New Mini Artwork and Two More Works In Progress (WIP’s)

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:

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Giraffes, We Three

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And The Antelope Plays

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Green Eyed Lady

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Blue Period Cat

New on eBay are the eight ACEO art cards I recently finished. They’re available for purchase from my eBay store.

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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. :)​

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Walk About Lady Bug Hippo

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Out For A Stroll – Lady Bug Rhino

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.

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This is a photo of the under painting of the llama.

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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.

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Above is the start of a zebra painting. It shows the modeling of the zebra to create depth and muscle tone.

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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

Halloween Hauntings Artwork, Bare Naked Under Paintings and a Few Works In Progress (WIPs)

October is my favorite month. Could it be because my birthday is in October? No, that can’t be it. Quite possibly, it’s because of the last day of the month…Halloween!!! There’s just something about Halloween that brings a surreal bit of imagination to my artwork. The animals on the farm morph into bat creatures, witches and other supernatural beasties. They get to go trick or treating, pop out of jack o lantern pumpkins or fly over the moonlit night sky in search of adventure. Here are some of the newest ACEO art cards that are currently listed on my eBay store.

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‘Psycho the Halloween Witch’ ACEO art card. This cute little panda bear hamster often makes guest appearances in my artwork. Years ago, my youngest daughter was given a dwarf hamster for Christmas. Hamsters don’t really live very long so, after a year and a half, it was time to get another hamster. She picked an adorable orange and white panda bear hamster. She should have picked another. We called her Psycho because, well, she was psycho! If anyone tried to pick her up, she rolled on her back, claws in the air and teeth bared. No one was going to mess with her! Psycho lived out her natural life with us and now she lives on in my paintings. ‘Psycho the Halloween Witch’ was created using PrismaColor® and Derwent Coloursoft color pencils, Gamblin Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (OMS) and  Pigma® Micron sepia ink on Crescent mat board. The technique used involves layering the color pencil on the mat board and blending the pigment using Gamsol to achieve a painted look. Time consuming, but well worth the effort.

Two more ACEO art cards using the same technique:

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‘Pumpkin Tattooed Giraffe Witch’ ACEO art card

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‘Dobbin Bobbin’ for Apples’ ACEO art card. Smokey is our 20 year old mustang mare. We’ve had her since 1996. I photographed her grazing in the pasture one day and decided she looked like she was bobbing for apples.

Other new Halloween artwork I have currently listed on eBay:

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‘The Witch – er Bunny’ ACEO art card. Sorry, I couldn’t help but use a play on words. 🙂

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‘Cosmic Vampire Demon Bat’ ACEO art card

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‘Elephant Vulture’ ACEO art card. I’ve always thought vultures resembled elephants in a way. ‘Elephant Vulture’ also reveals my quirky imagination.

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Surprise! Or should the guinea pig squeal ‘BOO!!!’? ‘Pumpkin Surprise – Jack O Lantern Guinea Pig’ ACEO art card is also available for purchase from my eBay store.

Lately, I’ve been working on larger pieces of artwork while still trying to finish the over one hundred ACEO art cards I have resting in limbo. Some are sketched, others have their first coats of paint on them. Each time I finish a few of them, more of them seem to appear, safely nestled in nine pocket collector card sleeves, each patiently waiting their turn at my studio desk. You see, whenever I run errands, etc., I always bring along a sketchbook and a packet of 2.5″ x 3.5″ blank ACEO art cards. Instead of reading waiting room magazines, I draw. That’s why my unfinished ACEO artwork seems to reproduce like proverbial rabbits.

On the plus side, many of my small art pieces become the foundation for larger paintings. So, I thought I’d share a few work in progress (WIPs) paintings. Two pieces of artwork still covered with their bare naked under paintings are ‘Have We Grown Apart?’ and ‘In the Shadows.’

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‘Have We Grown Apart’ is a 6″ x 12″ gallery wrapped, stretched canvas acrylic painting. Aside from the initial pencil sketch, the under painting is the first coat of color I use to start a painting. ‘Have We Grown Apart’ is from a reference photo I took of an ash tree growing east of my house. At one time, both branches were growing from the same trunk. As time went on, the branches split and separated. It reminded me of politics. That is why I used red and blue for the trees, hence the painting’s title. Whether the landscape painting will continue in that same vein or not, we shall see. 😉

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‘In the Shadows’ is a 10″ x 10″ acrylic painting I started earlier this year of our collie Monroe. It utilizes a photo realism technique I used in my Advanced Painting class at Wayne State College for my ‘Boy’s Club’ series. As always, I used bright colors for the under painting. The background has already had its first coat of green, the basis for the swamp willow that Monroe is hiding in.

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This is a close up of Monroe’s eyes. I only paint the shape and color in each square so the painting becomes more expressive and abstract. Because of the intense concentration required for this type of art, I tend work a little and then stop, sometimes putting the painting away for months. By showing ‘In the Shadows’ as a WIP, I thought that maybe it would rejuvenate my enthusiasm for painting collie dog Monroe and I would actually finish her. Another ‘we shall see.’

After talking about the ‘Boy’s Club’ series, it wouldn’t be fair to not show a photo of them. ‘The Boy’s Club’ was painted first and was done more realistically. ‘Blue Boy’s Club’ followed and was a step toward abstraction. A third painting was started in 2009, but never finished. It was to be the most realistic version of the three. All three paintings are on hand made strainers with hand stretched and primed canvas. It was a requirement of our Advanced Painting class.

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‘Blue Boy’s Club’ 16″ x 20″ acrylic photo realism painting.

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‘The Boy’s Club’ 16″ x 20″ acrylic photo realism painting.

Well, my unfinished paintings are loudly calling my name. (Sounds like the makings of a horror story, doesn’t it?) Time to get back to work. Enjoy the rest the day! ~ Kim

New Artwork to go with a new Blog

This is my maiden voyage here on WordPress. After spending most of the morning playing with different themes, I’ve finally settled on one to start out with. I’m not the greatest blogger in the world, so here goes nothing!

Here is some of my newest art:

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Nebraska has received its share of tornadic weather since last October. This year it was absolutely devastating to Northeast Nebraska. (I’m not one to run to the basement whenever there is a tornado warning, but this year I did). ‘After the Storm’ is from several reference photos I took following a bout of severe weather this spring. It’s always comforting to see a rainbow after bad weather. ‘After the Storm’ 6″ x 4″ x 3/4″ acrylic and watercolor painting on wrapped, stretched canvas. ‘After the Storm‘ is available from my Daily Paints Works Gallery.

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Something a little different from me. I planted half a packet of Kentucky Wonder Wax beans in my garden this year were they ever prolific! I still have beans growing in the garden. They looked so wonderful growing on a trellis , I just had to paint them. 🙂 ‘Kentucky Wonder Wax Beans‘ ACEO art card is available from my eBay store.

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I just can’t stay away from fantasy creatures! Aside from Halloween themed art, my quirky little creatures are what I’m most known for. ‘The Giraffe Fly & Lady Bug‘ ACEO art card is currently listed on eBay.

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As a kid, I loved bugs. Not just liked, but LOVED insects. My mom let me collect and raise them. We watched caterpillars spin cocoons and chrysalises and emerge as beautiful moths and butterflies. Each fall, I caught box elder bugs and for some reason, always named them George. But ladybugs were always me favorite. For years I’ve been combining insects and animals, creating whimsical creatures. ‘Floating Lady Bug Ant Eater‘ is also available from my eBay store.

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We raise horses. Although I have yet to own a pinto or paint horse, we to have an appaloosa pony. I found these little guys having a chat on one of our fence posts. ‘Appaloosa Lady Bug & Pinto Horse Fly‘ ACEO art card can be found in my eBay store.

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Buffalo, moose and pronghorns are my favorite North American animals to paint. They’re oddballs in the animal kingdom. Buffalo and moose are so brawny and large, while pronghorns are just plain different. They have character and usually find their way into my artwork. Here, a ladybug buffalo has a chat with its smaller cousin. ‘Lady Bug Buffalo & the Ladybug Chat‘ is also available from my eBay store.

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This ladybug creature is a bit different than the others. I actually gave him legs. Yep, all six legs that define him as being an insect. Naturally, since he is part buffalo, I had to grace him with hooves and a tail. What about the little fuzzy antennas you ask? I’m a child from the 70’s. One of the more popular items from that culture was a little martian that was little more than a one inch pom-pom stuck on cut-out feet. They had glue on googly eyes and little wire antennas. Something about that stuck in my head. Most of my insect creatures end up with pom-pom like feelers. Even though the little martian guy didn’t have them, he was my inspiration for them. ‘Lady Bug Buffalo Shuffle‘ ACEO art card can be found at my eBay store.

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Speaking of the 70’s, here is a painting that was originally an ACEO art card. Many of my little pieces of art become the inspiration for larger paintings.  ‘Peace Valley‘ is a 6″ x 8″ x 3/4″ acrylic, wrapped stretched canvas painting that is currently available from my eBay store. Like ‘After the Storm’ (and all of my stretched canvas paintings), ‘Peace Valley’ comes ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws, just hang on the wall and enjoy!

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‘Blue Period Cat’ is an off-shoot of my painting ‘Nine Faces of Bob.’ I wanted to continue the series using 3/4″ x 6″ x 6″ stretched canvas that will become  separate, finished paintings. ‘Blue Period Cat’ is not an exact replica of the original artwork. I let the emerging cat become its own self, letting the brush strokes decide how the finished cat will look. With such an intense blue background, I was reminded of Picasso’s blue period, hence the name. ‘Blue Period Cat‘ is currently available from my eBay store.

Whoa! I did it. Almost ready to publish. Managed to get a few of my current pieces ‘blogged’ about. Just wanted to add one more image…

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These two little puppy ACEO’s were commissioned for newborn twins. The baby boy received the golden retriever card and the baby girl’s card was the yorkie pup. They were done in soft pastel pencils.

Time to get back to the easel. Enjoy the day! ~ Kim