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