Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feb 27, 28 ACEOs

I decided to do two more little landscapes to finish off the month of February's ACEOs.

Feb 27 ACEO, a blustery day on the Olympic peninsula, near Sequim, WA

Feb 28 ACEO, sunset in St. Peter Ording, Germany

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feb 24, 25, 26 ACEOs

I have boxes and boxes of photographs I took over the past 10 years... all with the intention to use the images for painting inspirations at some point. I have used a lot of them to make greeting cards instead... but today I felt like painting some of them.

Feb 24 ACEO: A view of Port Vell, in Barcelona, Spain. While I was pregnant with Mark in early 2006, I spent a decent bit of time in Barcelona visiting my friend Claudia while Ben was in Iraq. I fell in love with this loud, dirty, beautiful city. Port Vell was within walking distance from where Claudia lived. I really enjoyed taking a good book and a snack there, and spent hours reading and enjoying the view while Claudia was in class.

Feb 25: Mosque-style pavilion in the gardens of Schloss Schwetzingen, Germany.

Feb 26 ACEO: An evening view of wintery Romanshorn, Switzerland. Although this little painting looks very basic, it was actually quite tricky to get the sun glare just right... I am quite pleased with it though. I think I will experiment with painting sun glare some more in the future.

Feb 23 ACEO

You may notice that I have worked ahead quite a bit... I have several other painting projects that are waiting for me (a few commissions, some gifts, and 3 interior doors), so I am trying to finish the daily ACEOs for the month of February.

Mark likes to come look at what I am painting, and when I asked him what I should paint for Feb 23, he answered: "Sean and me, of course!" here you are.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 ACEOs: This little piggy...

Feb 18 ACEO: This little piggy went to market.

Feb 19 ACEO: This little piggy stayed home.

Feb 20 ACEO: This little piggy ate roast beef.

Feb 21 ACEO: This little piggy ate none.

Feb 22 ACEO: ...and this little piggy ran - wee wee wee! - all the way home!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Feb 17 ACEO

I wonder if this will entice the little groundhog to stay out of his burrow?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Feb 14, 15, 16 ACEOs - Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 14 ACEO: Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 15 ACEO: I think he'll need to wait until next year...

Feb 16 ACEO: Cupid's tantrum

Friday, February 11, 2011

Feb 11, 12, 13 ACEOs

I have to say, cute kids are still much more fun to paint than flowers!
Feb 11 ACEO

Feb 12 ACEO

Feb 13 ACEO

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feb 9 ACEO: poppies

I love how the sun shines through the petals of a poppy. I took a picture of a few on a walk last year, with the intent of painting them at some point...

Feb 8 ACEO - work in progress

I have always loved hibiscus flowers, so I decided to paint this from one of the photographs I took a while back. I thought this is also a good example to demonstrate the process of painting a floral watercolor.

First, I add a rough wash of the background, with some definition and texturing.

Next, I add some darker shades of green, to create shadows and also to make veins visible in a few of the leaves. I also added some masking medium to the tiny stamen details so I don't have to worry as much about accidentally painting over them.

I add a simple pink wash onto the blossom.

At this point, still using a large paintbrush with a fine point, I add some of the texture and shadows to the bloom.

After removing the masking medium, I add yellow pollen, and finish the stamen. I also added a few more shadows to the bloom.

The finished ACEO: trimmed, signed, ready to go.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How it all started

I have always been painting and drawing, but I didn't start illustration-style watercolors until my first son was born. Capturing little moments was a lot of fun, projects can handle multiple kid/baby-related interruptions, and watercolor supplies are easy to put away. I initially just painted for fun. The three sleeping baby watercolors were meant for Mark's nursery. Then more and more friends started asking for prints, and someone suggested I open an Etsy shop. I was surprised and delighted when the first strangers started buying my art!

Jungle Baby (10"x14")

Bear Baby (10"x14")

Forest Baby(10"x14")

By now, 3.5 years later, I have painted hundreds of little sleeping babies. The ACEOs sell like crazy on eBay, and make great baby gifts. I guess people just can't resist a sleeping babe...

This is my son, 8 hours after his hernia operation at 18 months. "Keep him still," said the doc... yeah right!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Feb 5, 6, 7 ACEOs... more landscape.

I was going through some of the prints of my stock photography looking for a good picture to make a greeting card with, and came across a few landscapes I decided to paint:

Feb 5 ACEO: my favorite view of the Palouse between Colfax and Pullman, WA.

Feb 6 ACEO: one of the castle ruins in Neckarsteinach, Germany

Feb 7 ACEO: Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany. Keep in mind that this little painting is just 2.5"x3.5" ... so I had to use a VERY fine ink pen to get the detail!

Graduation flowers

I painted this little 8"x10" of 3 cone flowers for my friend Emily's highschool graduation. Acrylic with gold accents.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feb 3 & 4 ACEOs

Feb 3 ACEO: Playdate with the piggies!

Feb 4 ACEO: Hi piggie!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb 2 ACEO


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb 1 ACEO

The first month of my Everyday Art Project is over, and I feel refreshed. As a Momma of 2 sweet little boys it is often hard to prioritize taking 30 mins a day for myself, to do some painting (or take a shower). This project is a good motivator to be consistent, has helped me be more efficient with my time in other areas, and in the end, has helped me stay relaxed because art makes me so happy.

As the month of February came closer, I tried to think of a specific theme I would like to paint all month. I thought I was going to do a "Flying Pig"-alphabet, I even got so far as to draw the A and the B onto my little ACEO papers... but suddenly I felt unmotivated and a little restless at the thought of being confined to 26 letters. I decided that, for right now, I will stick with the day-to-day random creative ideas, whether it's a landscape, an illustration of the kids, or as is the case today, a silly little moose cartoon:

Meet Hot Momma Moose.