Friday, November 21, 2008

Great Western Steam along the River Dart

This is the painting, of a Great Western Railway pannier tank locomotive running alongside the River Dart in Devon. This is from a photograph I took of the scene about twenty years ago.

Astraios ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
Astraios was the greek god of the dusk (or nightfall). He was married to Eos, the goddess of the dawn, and they produced many children including the winds Boreus and Zephyrus.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NFAC Bunny Got (Christmas) Tree ACEO

"Bunny Got (Christmas) Tree" ACEO
This jolly folk art bunny is my lovely entry for the NFAC (NibbleFest Art Contest). I think he may have come out of my holiday spirit hahaha!

This item, as the rest of the NFAC listings start at 99 cents.

One Choice

One Choice

5 x 7

Oh Christmas tree... - ACEO

Today it's the NFAC (Nibblefest Art Card) day at E-bay. Every month we have a Theme and we prepare something on it, any size and any media is allowed and a tiny price to involve people to bid on it.
Due to my busy time, I have prepared a little ACEO on this months's theme "Christmas Tree".
I'll list it in E-bay tonight:

"Oh Christmas tree"
Watercolor on Fabriano 140lbs Paper painted with Winsor & Newton artist's paints.

The most beautiful Christmas tree can attract anyone passing there and the wishpers become a carol
"Oh Cristmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches..."

This auction starts at 99 cents please!

Monday, November 17, 2008

DSDF #11 Upside Down Walker and Charles Reid thoughts

"Upside Down Walker" 7x10 watercolor
Oh my, this week's challenge is pretty challenging. I laughed to myself when I turned my painting upright and I was a bit disoriented that the woman was facing the opposite direction from when I was painting her LOL! Ok, maybe you can understand more what I'm talking about when you visit this week's Different Strokes by Different Folks, a blog hosted by Karin Jurick.

I need to note that I've determined an additional benefit I've inherited from Charles Reid when I took his workshop. His painting technique has allowed me to not discriminate against most papers. In fact, I haven't encountered a watercolor paper that I can't paint well enough on. This paper is Portofino Aquarello Cartiera Magnani. I didn't like this paper when I used it the first time. The paper wasn't letting me get crisp edges; I guess not enough sizing. But I am perfectly happy this time around.


ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.

Eos was the goddess of the Dawn in greek mythology, sister to Selene the moon goddess and Helios, the sun god, for whom she opened the gates of heaven every morning so he could ride across the sky. She, like her sister, had many lovers, notably Astraios, the god of dusk, with whom she bore the wind and stars.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Mexican Petunias, an unusual variety of Petunias, in a lovely lavendar and purple combination.