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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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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