Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pink Tulips Garden Flowers ACEO, ATC by K. Joann Russell

"Pink Tulips" ACEO
3.5 x 2.5" Acrylic on watercolor paper

This small painting was so much fun to do! I wanted to try a few select colors, a couple of reds and a couple of blues plus a lime green. The 140# watercolor paper provided a great texture for the white to show in places to give the painting a sparkle.

For those not acquainted with the term ACEO, it stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". They originated with Art Trading Cards (ATC) among artists. The dimensions are the same as other trading cards. They are very popular currently.

Purchasing an ACEO is an economical way to collect original art. Some people have large collections of these. There are special display cases for them as well as other accessories. I like to see them framed in a group matting. Little colorful gems that are one of a kind!

Be sure to click on the image of the painting for a larger view that will show brush strokes and color nuances. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Original Rural Landscape Painting with Horses

"Oregon Pastures #2"
8 x 10" oil on canvas, gallery wrap

The greens in this small painting were so much fun. Lots of variations from only a few colors of oil paints. Horses pastured on small acreages are quite typical of southern Oregon.

An earlier painting with a similar composition I painted in watercolor on paper. The effects are quite different. You can view both on my website, K. Joann Russell

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Southern Oregon Valley Sketch for Landscape Paintings

"Southern Oregon Valley Sketch"
5 x 8" acrylic/ink on paper

Five minutes of playing with four colors plus white! The result seemed to be a composite sketch of the landscape elements around this part of Oregon...the mountains, forests, orchards and vineyards, the open lands, rivers and the changing cloud formations. The ink lines give more definition to the color shapes.

It is a month since my last post. Wow! Has it been that long? At times I've been tempted to use this blog to chronicle my adventures learning about a new town and its people, but I've resisted and kept the blog specific to art. I guess I need to do more super fast sketches.

To read my comments about my comings and goings, I suggest reading my tweets on twitter. @KJoannRussell


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