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What do a Halloween Zebra, Sphinx Moth and a Llama have in common?

What do a Halloween Zebra, Spinx Moth and a Llama have in common? I guess that would be me, artist Kim Loberg. All three are pieces of artwork that I have finished and are currently available for purchase. A COA (Certificate of Authenticity) is included with each painting.

The first painting is ‘Picking Out Pumpkins.’

I have worked on this handsome fellow off and on for a year now. He’s finally making is world debut. The zebra in ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’ has purple stripes over an orange shadow stripe. He playfully looks over his shoulder while standing in a pile of pumpkins, pondering which pumpkin would make the perfect Halloween jack o lantern. This type of artwork is my own blend of my fantasy styled creatures combined with a healthy dose of detailed realism (of which I’m still trying to figure out a catch phrase to call it).

The acrylic zebra painting is 16″ x 12″ wrap around stretched canvas. No frame is needed as each side is painted as though the image continues indefinitely. (Please visit my blog to view more photos showing the back and sides). ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’ is sealed with a satin acrylic sealer and comes ready to hang and enjoy!

‘Picking Out Pumpkins’ can be found for sale in my Daily Paint Works Gallery:

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/kim-loberg/picking-out-pumpkins/599954

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Front view of ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’

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Bottom view of ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’

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Side view of ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’

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Side view of ‘Picking Out Pumpkins’

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Back view of ‘Picking Out Pumpkins.’ Shows eyes screws and wire, finished and ready to hang.

Next in line is an ACEO pastel painting current listed for sale on eBay.

Sphinx Moth

‘Sphinx Moth’ is a 2.5″ x 3.5 ACEO pastel painting

Sphinx hawk moths are among my favorite butterflies and moths. This guy was flitting about as I was chopping burdock and thistles so, naturally, I grabbed by camera to see if I could capture his wings in flight. I decided to leave the texture of the pastel paper in the background of the painting. It gives the realistic artwork a bit of an abstract quality.

He can be found in my eBay store: http://www.ebay.com/itm/flying-Sphinx-hawk-Moth-original-ACEO-Kim-Loberg-Butterfly-flower-mini-art-EBSQ-/132250206064?hash=item1ecab9ff70:g:TAgAAOSwnK9ZW~iM

 

And, lastly, ‘A Llama Named Piet’ is finally finished! The llama took several years to complete. It began life first as a sketch on a primed canvas and then was ‘clothed’ in two different under paintings. (I even blogged about the painting in November of 2014). Like always, I didn’t exactly know the direction Piet should take.

The llama’s neck is fashioned out of modeling paste to give is texture and depth. His background is in homage to Piet Mondrian, in a way. It is more simplistic so as not to detract from the llama’s organic shapes and details. The acrylic painting reminds me of the panel of a brightly colored comic strip.

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Front view of ‘A Llama Named Piet’

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Side view ‘A Llama Named Piet’

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Front View of ‘A Llama Named Piet’ with a dark brown background.

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Side view of ‘A Llama Named Piet’

Piet the Llama can be found for auction at my Daily Paint Works gallery here:

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/568226

Well, that’s three pieces of artwork for today. I hope every is having a safe and happy holiday.

Happy Fourth of July America!!!  🙂

Kim

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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Crowned Crane

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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