Monday, August 31, 2009

Apples and 2 new ACEOs ~ When the apple tree is so loaded with blossoms in spring, it can only mean one thing...

Lots and lots of apples...Apple pie, anyone? The last two evenings, right at dusk, I've been bravely going back to the jungle at the back of the yard to pick bags and bags of apples from the two apple trees. During the day, the trees are guarded by yellow hornets the size of B-52 bombers, which also love the apples! But thankfully, I haven't encountered any bees if I wait till dusk for the apple picking. These three bags are going to my Mom-in-law's house tomorrow so she can make some homemade apple butter and pies, yummm!!
It seems the deer are enjoying the apples too because I saw one running along the fence back there the other day!
Moon Sparkle I & II, yep I'm using the sparkly crystal glitter again. I just finished these two aceos last night and I'm having an urge to paint some sparkly snow ones now!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another Bridge, NFAC entry and a red-headed visitor ~ Here's another aceo painting of the New River Gorge Bridge...I've been on a roll with these and this is my fourth one painted from our trip to West Virginia last month. The technical illustration class I took waay back in college sure came in handy when I did this one.

The theme for this month's ebay nibblefest contest is 'rivers and trees'. One of my favorite themes! I painted this one and called it The Peek-a-Boo Tree. It's 5 x 7 inches, acrylics and charcoal pencil on watercolor paper.

Wow, my husband took a picture of this red-headed visitor early this morning. We have these huge woodpeckers which like to visit the two pine trees in our front yard and it looks like he was resting before his climb up the tree.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A couple of ACEOs and a poplar tree leaf mandala ~ I had already finished these two aceos with the purple tress (or so I had thought) but they were lacking something...some pumpkins! These are titled 'Purple Night Pumpkin Patch I & II. I think naming art is a big part of the fun and creativity for me. Look what I found out in the backyard today. These poplar tree leaves were on the ground and had a mixture of the prettiest colors so I couldn't resist picking them up. I arranged them into a poplar leaf mandala on the stone bench and added some fossil rocks and a passion flower. One of the rocks reminded me of an alien's head, especially with those eyes. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm really getting in the mood for...

FALL and pumpkins and spooky stuff and the leavess turning on the trees and cool crisp nights! ~ Here's some aceo/atc's I've done in the past and I'm getting in the pumpkin painting mood again. I've been working on some paintings of the New River Bridge but nothing worth sharing yet...stay tuned!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Beauty after 4 o'clock and a new ACEO ~ My dear friend Babs of Off the Wall Art (thanks Babs!) sent me some flower seeds last year and - oh boy did they turn into some gorgeous flowers this summer! They are called 4 o'clock flowers and they bloom late in the evening...night owl flowers which suit me just fine. The fragrance is heavenly and they are such a hot pink lovely color!

The New River Gorge Bridge ACEO/ATC ~ I am on a kick of painting from photos I took in West Virginia on our trip. I just finished this one yesterday and it was fairly tricky to get the perspective and hazy distance in a painting so small.