“Shadow Image ” Watercolor ACEO

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Sometimes when I’m not sure what to paint next I will pull out some
pre-cut ACEO size watercolor paper and I’ll paint several at one time until an image strikes me. These small cards allow me to work out the shapes and other art elements I might like to use. For Larger works they give you a good foundation for placement of objects. Since they are so small you can’t put too many things into them. Thus teaching you the importance of placement. It helps you think in terms of big shapes rather than cluttering up your painting with unnecessary things. I like this little card, the colors and the values are soothing. It is for sale for $10.00 / size is 2.5 by 3.5

Ancient Ritual 09 12 by 14 $99.00

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I painted this abstract on Gessoed paper to get a bit more texture. I love the colors and the feel of Gesso and think its a good fit with Watercolor.

This piece can be framed under glass or as it. If you would like to buy it, tell me how you plan to frame it and I will prepare the surface accordingly
The size is 12 by 14 .  Price is $99.00
This is one painting in the Ancient Ritual Series where I am exploring the idea of the passage of time and the way humans have a need to commemorate events thru rituals.

If you are interested in the “Hows” of painting watercolor on Gesso, please email me shantmarie@aol.com and I can answer any questions you may have.

Ancient Ritual 08… ACEO/ Artist Collector’s Card

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Ancient Ritual 08 is the 8th painting I have completed in this series.
I have been working on my Jay painting too and it’s taking a bit of time because I have so much to figure out. I couldn’t decide if both sides of his face should be completed in detail or to blurr one side. Right now I’m painting both sides in detail and I instantly saw that it is starting to look pasted on to the background, a common problem when everything is hard edge. I’ll have to resolve that. Anyway if you like this little card you can go to http://www.dailypainters.com and pay $10.00 for it.

Don’t forget to vote for my Koi painting in the Saatchi Gallery…. I need lots of votes… You have to copy and paste this into your browser, I couldn’t get it to be a link.

 Thank You

“Morning Wash” Watercolor ACEO

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I’ve been painting a lot of figures lately so I thought I would include a figure in my next ACEO… Here it is… $10.00 + shipping… worldwide.

I was tagged yesterday by fellow artist painter Ronda Carpenter, so now I must tag seven other folks in the blogesphere and I have chosen:

I don’t know who started this tagging thing but I figure I’ll do it this time, I know people hate chain letters and such but perhaps this may generate some interest in the art blogs. Besides picking seven blogs I also have to tell seven things about myself. Some of the things should be a secret. Hmmmnnn

1. I’m 52 and also five foot two,
2. I like email but hate phones
3. I don’t like crowds or loud noises
4. I payed flute in college and was a Music Major for three years.
5. I have three daughters .
6. I’ll remember a face but cannot remember anyones name.
7 I payed banjo in an old time band while in college.

Here are my seven…

1.Nancy Eckels…. http://nancyeckels.blogspot.com/
I like her abstract paintings and find them interesting. She is a daily painter and one of the few abstract expressionist on

2. Edward B Gordon …http://www.edwardbgordon.blogspot.com/ is my next choice. I love his work because even thought it is realistic, it has an abstract quality to it. Lovely color combinations and a real feel for putting figures in paintings. I can almost see what the people are thinking by his use of body language and expression or lack there of.

3. Nanch Poucher …http://poucherpastels.blogspot.com/ I love her landscapes and seascapes! The colors are vibrant without being raw and you can almost feel the softness of the pastels… they are so rich in texture.

4. Toni Grote …http://www.artisttonigrote.blogspot.com/
Toni’s paintings are wonderfully filled with fun! The shapes and forms she chooses to fill her landscapes with are so perfect and her compositions are great.

5. Nicole Wong …http://thesundaypainter.blogspot.com/ I ‘m always amused by the subjects in Nicole’s work, her animals have attitude and her ladies are always fair and intriguing. Great ACEOs!

6. Cecilia Price http://artmaker-cecilia-price.blogspot.com/
Cia as folks call her is the founder of serious watercolor and is very active in the watercolor world. She paints wonderful Iris and other florals and her use of color is interesting and unique.

7. Andrew Taylor …http://paint-gallery.blogspot.com/ I love his plein Aire paintings and simply adore his stain glass windows. I hope to see them in person one day.

Vote for me….

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI have submitted one of my paintings of Koi to the Saachi Gallery showdown. If you would like to see my work and vote for me, I would really love it! http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/showdown/index.php?showpic=24648