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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