Monthly Archives: November 2015

Chinese Brush ACEOs

Bamboo Moon - Chinese Brush ACEOsI have added a new section to my shop – which features miniature (2.5″ x 3.5″) original paintings. The first set of them are Chinese Brush ACEOS (art card editions and originals or artist trading cards). There are plum blossoms, tiger lilies, poppies, wisteria, and even bamboo with a full moon. Some of them also have a mood seal to add to the overall composition. The painting on the right has a seal that means Peace.

Many of the pieces are first painted on mulberry paper and then mounted onto heavy-weight archival watercolor paper. This gives the delicate mulberry paper stability so that it won’t bend or tear.

These little works of art can be displayed on a mini-easel to brighten a desk, shelf, table or mantle; they can be matted and framed; stored in a photo album; used as bookmarks; included in a Christmas stocking as an extra surprise; or group several of them in a larger frame to make a bold statement – the possibilities are endless! I hope you’ll take a look and add one of them to your art collection.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!


A Treat for the Holidays!

Use coupon code CASHMOB during checkout at my art shop and save 25% on your order; including the new Chinese Brush ACEOs!

Give the gift of art this holiday season.

Coupon expires December 15, 2015

Northern Flicker Woodpecker

Northern Flicker WoodpeckerFor the past few years in spring we have had flocks of Northern flicker woodpeckers visit our yard. It is so fun to watch them poke their long beaks into the ground searching for ants or grubs to snack on. If you are lucky to see them fly off you can see a flash of copper in their wings. Personally, I like the the way the bright red patch on their heads contrasts with the blue-gray feathers around it. And, the spots on their chest lend themselves so well to a colored pencil study.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!


Holiday Shopping Special!

All items in my art shop are 25% off when you use code CASHMOB during checkout before Dec. 15th. Give the gift of art this holiday season.

Dachshund Puppy

Dachshund PuppyWhen I saw the photo of this dachshund puppy I knew he would be the perfect subject for this week’s drawing class. The short fur on his face combined with the longer fur on his ears will give us ample opportunity for practicing our fur strokes. His black and tan coloring and head tilt give him an extra level of cuteness.

The key to successfully drawing fur is to use a sharp pencil. When the point is sharp you can vary the weight of the line just by increasing the amount of pressure. With a blunt tip all you’ll get is a thick line but fur is finer on the ends so you need a sharp pencil to create a more realistic line.

Even though our dachshund puppy has black fur, it is not one solid color. There are hints of cool gray and blue within the black so be sure to add those colors in. If you don’t have cool gray in your art box apply a light layer of white over the black. That will help create a blue undertone.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!