Sunday, January 21, 2007

Call for Entries

Just heard about this and thought you might be interested:

2007 All-Ohio Juried Exhibition at the Pearl Conard Gallery, The OH State University at Mansfield .

Entry deadline is Feb 23, 2007.
The show runs March 25 – April 13, 2007
419-755-4183 or 419-755-4255 for details.

Visit their web site for more information and the entry form. Look on the right-hand side for the Forms heading. The link for the All-Ohio Application Form is below it.

Monday, January 08, 2007

ACEO of the Day on New Blog!

The daily ACEOs have been moved to a new blog of their own, aptly titled "ACEO of the Day" at this address:

http://aceooftheday.blogspot.com/ .

I will continue to make and post a new ACEO every day. I hope this exercise will help me:

  • Learn discipline by doing some artwork every day
  • Hone my skills
  • Record my painting ideas. (I have so many ideas for paintings, but many get lost because I don't sketch them or write them down soon enough. My ACEOs often become the inspiration for larger paintings.)

And, frankly, the exercise should be enjoyable. I love making these little cards! And once they stop being enjoyable, well, the cards will probably stop, too.

What are ACEOs? ACEO stands for Art Card, Editions, Originals. They are small but complete works of art that are exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches -- the same size as a baseball trading card or playing card. The cards were originally intended to be traded amongst artists only, which many still are. Those cards are called ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). ACEOs are meant to be bought and sold, as mine are.

Try a search in your favorite search engine for ACEO; you'll be surprised at how many results you get. They are a remarkably hot little form of artwork -- both collectable and affordable.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Blue Snowflake

Ah, a beautiful snowflake! It is cut out of paper, just like we used to do when we were kids. The background is a collage of handmade paper mounted on cardstock, painted with acrylics.

Why snowflakes? See the entry below for Dec. 31. I've posted other snowflakes here and on my web site at http://www.lifeneedsart.com/ATCpics.html .

Interested? Buy it here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

ACEO of the Day: FIELDS OF GREEN

Much of my inspiration comes from nature -- how light plays on flowers, how breezes ripple through leaves, even how sun sparkles on snow. I delight in those things, and trying to represent them on paper is a satisfying challenge. Have you seen how a breeze plays with tall grass? That's the idea behind this card.
Buy it here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

ACEO of the Day: Happy New Year


I couldn't resist doing a quick little sketch yesterday! I'd just gotten some new Koh-i-noor pens and some new ACEO blanks and had to take them for a spin. Very nice!
The champagne wasn't bad, either.

Monday, January 01, 2007

ACEO of the Day: SNOWFLAKE Series #1

This ACEO is the first in the Snowflake Series. I'd cut the snowflakes out of paper last week and hung them around the house so that we would have a White Christmas, even if the weather wouldn't cooperate. I just couldn't resist making some of them into ACEOs. The background is acrylic on card stock. Interested in owning this one? Buy it here.