Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2012 Art resolutions

I still have 10 of my Everyday Art paintings that I need to post - I'll try to get around to it either today or tomorrow!

I'm not really a person who makes New Years resolutions for my daily life. I'm of the opinion that a person can gain or lose weight any time during the year. A person should always strive to be better, kinder, more loving. Right now is always the best time to start making better decisions.

Just for fun, I did make some art resolutions for this next year. Did you know that my Everyday Art Project started as a rogue New Year resolution?! Look where it got me.

Here we go:
-Experiment! I want to try out some new methods and mediums. This past year has been dedicated to watercolor illustration, but I can actually do acrylics too...

-Wear my glasses while I paint! (Hey wait, the paper isn't blurry?!)

-Listen to music more often while I paint. This helps with 'getting into the zone'...

-Paint fewer paintings, but larger sizes, and in better quality than last year!

-To paint with acrylics again, and to paint on more diverse surfaces. I have an assortment of wooden boxes and boards that I've been collecting over the course of last year that I can't wait to paint on! That 100-year-old closet didn't need that back oak panel, right?

-Paint 4 custom pieces each during the following months: Jan (already booked!), April (3 spots still available), July, October. The rest of the time will be spent painting for my art show! If you would like a custom painting, I'm only doing 16 this next year... so there are just 11 more slots!

-I'm going to start selling resin-covered domino pendants with my art embedded in my Etsy shop! Some will have prints, some will be with tiny original paintings!

-Last but not least, I need to clean up my art corner, and streamline Etsy shipping so that I spend less time with admin and more time painting!

What are YOUR art resolutions for 2012?

Happy New Year 2012!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dec 16-21 ACEOs - Children's Nativity Play

I realize that it's a bit late to be posting Christmas art... but at least this way these paintings will be ready for next year's Christmas! 
Little kids dressed up for a nativity play are just about the cutest thing, in my opinion. Enjoy!
Dec 16 ACEO - Children's Nativity

Dec 17 ACEO - Little Herald Angel

Dec 18 ACEO - Little Shepherd with his sheep

Dec 19 ACEO - Little Mary with Jesus in the manger

Dec 20 ACEO - Little Mary holding JEsus

Dec 21 ACEO - Little Shepherd

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dec 14, 15 ACEOs - Sisters

Now that Christmas is over I will try to catch up on posting my daily paintings.

Dec 14 ACEO - Little Sister

Dec 15 ACEO: Big Sister

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Watermark for my Images

I am more than a week behind in posting my everyday paintings, but don't worry, I'll get around to that in the next few days!

I learned a very handy skill today: how to make a semi-opaque watermark that can be applied to my images in a single mouse-click. Not only does it look more professional, but it saves me a lot of time!

Here's the old watermark.

Here's the new watermark. 
Much nicer, isn't it?

You can find good instructions to make your own watermark in the free program Gimp 2.0 here

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dec 12-13 ACEOs: Winter quilts

I love quilting, although I haven't had the time in years. Originally I sketched these designs with the intent of painting more glass windows, but then I thought these two designs would make beautiful Christmas quilts.
Dec 12 ACEO: Poinsettia Quilt

Dec 13 ACEO: Snowflake Quilt

I love quilting, although I haven't had the time in years. These two designs would make beautiful Christmas quilts I think.

Dec 10-11 ACEO: Penguins

Penguins are my husband's favorite animal. I decided to paint a few for fun.
Dec 10 ACEO: Penguin family

Dec 11 ACEO: Baby Penguins

Dec 6 - 9 ACEO: Stained glass windows

Growing up in Germany I had the pleasure of having beautiful stained glass windows in most churches. I decided to paint a few Christmas-themed windows.
Dec 6 ACEO: Stained Glass Nativity

Dec 7 ACEO: Stained Glass Mary and Jesus

Dec 8 ACEO: Stained Glass Herald Angel

Dec 9 ACEO: Stained Glass Jesus in mange

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nov 30 - Dec 5 ACEO - At the Salon

I had so much fun painting these next few little ACEO paintings. Enjoy!
Nov 30 ACEO - Twists and Beads
(Prints will be available next week)

Dec 1 ACEO - Time for a trim

Dec 2 ACEO - Ribbons

Dec 3 ACEO - Barber Time 1 (boy)

Dec 4 ACEO - Barber Time 2 (boy)

Dec 5 ACEO - Barber Time 3 (boy)

The boy-themed Barber Time set will be available in my Etsy shop next week. Let me know if you are interested.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nov 28-29 ACEOs

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to decorate the Christmas Tree!
Nov 28 ACEO

Nov 29 ACEO

I have a few more ACEOs that I hope to get around to posting tomorrow. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Custom Art - 8x10 "Autumn Walk"

One of my wonderful clients asked me to paint a picture of her family walking in the beautiful golden autumnal Rockies of Colorado. 

This custom piece was a fun challenge - painting the landscape was a good exercise, and then I worked off of several different individual pictures to paint the family. 

Here is a close-up of Mom, Dad, and their son J. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Another give-away, hosted by Untrained Hair Mom

Guess what?! You have another chance to enter to win some fantastic prizes, among other things, 2 free 5x7 art prints from my Etsy store (but check out the awesome other prizes, too!)

Here is Untrained Hair Mom's giveaway post

Here is the grand prize link

Don't forget to enter my own December give-away HERE.

Custom Art - 11x15 Jungle Parade for Jameson

I am currently wrapping up my final custom art orders for this year - I will be taking a 2-month break from taking custom painting orders, and then will be happy to start painting special pieces for my wonderful clients in February!

This 11x15 Jungle Parade is painted for little Jameson's nursery. His Momma asked me to paint him a jungle-themed name painting that color coordinates with his bedding, and that also goes with my "Jungle Baby" nursery print. After so many portrait paintings these last months it was so fun to paint some critters! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December give-away - it's all about YOU!

This month's give-away is going to be a little different.

I have sold more than 200 prints since April, and I am so thrilled to hear my customers tell me about their sons' and daughters' reaction to "their" special piece(s) of art. A few people have come back for MORE prints (or custom originals) and have started a little collection... (*waves at Shannon and Steph*)

This month I would like to say "Thank You" to my wonderful customers by giving away some prints:
If you email me a picture of your child(ren) in front of the piece(s) of my art you purchased, I will mail you a free ACEO print. (Please include your mailing address, and also mention whether or not it's ok for me to post your photo on my blog...)
On December 15th I will draw 1 lucky winner from the entries. The winner gets to choose a free 5x7 print of his/her choice from my Etsy shop!

Please email YOUR entry to mossyrockdesigns(at)  (I am writing it that way so spam programs don't pick up my email)

Ps: If I really like the photo you submit I might even use it for one of my bigger paintings next year. I had the fun idea of painting an illustration of a cute little girl standing (jumping? dancing? having her hair braided?) in front of a wall that has my Hair Time set hanging on it...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nov 20-27 ACEOs

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family. We sure did - I feel so thankful for the wonderful people in my life! One of these wonderful people is my sweet husband who makes sure that I get some time every day to paint. 
Without much further ado, here are the latest ACEOs:
Nov 20 ACEO: In my Daddy's strong arms
(Prints of this one are now available in my Etsy shop)

Nov 21 ACEO - In my Dad's strong arms
(Prints are available by request)

Nov 22 ACEO - Little Superhero (thank you Shannon, for the idea!)

Nov 23 ACEO - Little Superhero can fly!

Nov 24 ACEO - Woman in Profile

Nov 25 ACEO - Sweet dreams (prints of this one are now available in my Etsy shop)

Nov 26 ACEO - She's a Superhero, she can Fly!

Nov 27 ACEO - She's a Hero!

My Everyday Art Project is one month from being complete. I hope to finish strong! This has been an amazing experience... I've mentioned before that I will be painting at least one 5x7 or larger painting every 2 weeks next year. Giving myself 2 weeks per painting (rather than 1 every day in addition to custom orders!) will give me the chance to paint larger, more detailed paintings. I will probably re-visit a few of the favorite paintings from the Everyday Art Project, and re-paint them larger, in more detail. 

I hope you will join me for yet another year of art!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nov 11-19 ACEOs

For this next little set of paintings my creative juices ran out before I got around to naming the ACEOs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the Comments section. 
Nov 11 ACEO

Nov 12 ACEO

Nov 13 ACEO - inspired by Brenda

Nov 14 ACEO

Nov 15 ACEO

Nov 16 ACEO

Nov 17 ACEO - inspired by Brenda

Nov 18 ACEO

Nov 19 ACEO

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Custom 5x7 art - I love Ethiopia

Here is the 5x7 painting of Africa I painted for a client's daughter's nursery. The colors match her bedding. 

Map paintings are a fun and affordable way to add some original art flair to a room - let me know if you'd like me to paint you one, too! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Custom Art - 8x10 "Girly Girl"

You may have already seen the other custom painting I did of little E - riding on a carnival horsey in a fancy dress. Her mother also asked me to paint a picture of her in this outfit, in front of the Japanese Cyprus in Monterey. 
Little E is shyly puckering her little mouth, I wonder what she is thinking about. I added the purse to make sense of her arm posture (in the photo her Mom gave me she is holding onto a railing). I love painting little kids, among other things because I think their body proportions are just too darn cute!

Here is a more detailed view of little E in her Girly Girl shirt.