Saturday, January 19, 2008
It's based on a song my husband started singing when we were pregnant with our first child - almost 22 years ago! It was about an Old Black Crow, sitting on the fencepost, waiting for the rising of the moon.
I've been experimenting with my watercolors on Yupo - a synthetic paper. The paint "floats" and doesn't sink into the paper and creates the most unusual swirling texture. For this painting I just began sloshing on color. After it dried I looked at it and I saw that it was the perfect background for my "Old Black Crow" painting. There was even a perfect spot for the moon!
Watch for more paintings on Yupo... coming soon in the future of The Creators Palette
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It will be a few more weeks before the groundhog comes out to look for his shadow in my home state of Pennsylvania. And I doubt he'll see it again this year.
This little ACEO painting depicts the hillside district of Pittsburgh, PA in Winter.
J. Elaine Hays
Ravens and crows? Life would be dull with no Egret! A small tribute to my monochrome past, this ACEO was an exercise in creating water with my favorite umbers and a bit of sepia. (It helps to have a background of Mangrove)
Friday, January 18, 2008
So here's mine. Done amidst a flurry of misty snowy weather in the Oregon valley where I'm now living.
It's an ACEO (ALWAYS 2.5x3.5" - Art Cards, Originals and Editions). Sold, rather than traded like ATC (Art Trading Cards).
This artwork measures 8.5"x11" and is shown here in a sample mat and frame - matted to 8"x10". It is painted on Cold Press and is available on my website - The Creators Palette.
There's been a crow/raven (painting) mania going on a certain auction site from mid December until just last week. Works that were found suitable by the high bidders received up to mid three figures for some paintings as small as ACEO's (2.5" x 3.5"). Not a shabby situation for some very happy artists. The market flattened when reality came calling to the supporters of this craze. We bless them for the angel's wings they briefly wore, and the monetary blessings they bestowed on the worthy, the timely and the lucky!
My commentary on the end of the(se) good times:
Up for auction: http://tinyurl.com/ypfhaf