Thursday, December 30, 2010

Small Painting Original Art on Greeting Card

"Color Chord #4"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

The blue skies of today match this original small painting on greeting card watercolor paper. Sometimes the morning sunrise behind Mt. Rainier has delicate shades of pinks and purples with dark silhouettes of clouds. This impressionistic color exploration is a unique piece of art.

This is the fourth in the series of color explorations I am painting for greeting cards. Give a gift and a card all in one! Easily frameable small art.

Click here for purchasing information in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sunflower Painting, Original Small Sunflowers Art

"Sunflower 83"
7 x 5 x 5/8" acrylic on canvas, gallery wrap

Bright colorful sunflower in an original small painting on gallery wrap canvas comes to you today because the sun came out to assist in the photography of this fine art. The beautiful yellows against the dark, dark greens give a graphic effect because of the strong color contrasts.

Small paintings give you many options in your decorating decisions. A gallery wrap canvas doesn't require a frame. Display it on your desk or a book shelf with or without a small table top easel. It will give you a happy image on any small wall space. And you can always put it in a grouping of your collection of art. Make a big statement with this little gem of a painting by framing it in a wide frame.

Click here to read more about purchasing this original painting of a sunflower.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hand Painted Greeting Card As Small Original Painting

"Color Chord #3"

4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

My original paintings of sunflowers give me a fascination with their yellow and green colors. I try all kinds of combinations of those two colors. Chromium oxide green, as I've mentioned in other blog posts, I tend to avoid even though it is the perfect true color for a sunflower leaf.

This small painting which is painted on watercolor card stock can be framed or given as a one of a kind gift to someone special. The idea for these colorful pieces of art came from my earlier blogs about my color explorations of the last two years.

You'll find them in my Etsy shop. Click here for purchase information.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Original Small Painting Greeting Card Impressionistic

"Color Chord #2"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

Today is the day I began offering my hand painted original greeting cards for purchase. The first card I uploaded to my Etsy shop had 24 views within 2 hrs. That's on a site that has hundreds of thousands visitors each day.

This card has a light, springtime feel to it. Reminds me of the fruit tree blossoms amid spring green leaves.

These cards are impressionistic in style. Some people might classify them as abstract. They are simply products of my playing with colors, especially color shapes.

I started the cards when I recently finished my two year artistic journal of color explorations. Each is unique. I couldn't repeat the exact painting if I tried. They are totally fun to paint. Most turn out really lovely, but, I must admit, some colors don't turn out exciting when I'm finished.

Because I accidentally scraped one corner edge of this card, "Color Chord #2", I'm giving it free to the first person to request it via e-mail. The small painting is fine and excellent for framing.

All the cards have matching white envelopes.

Happy New Year to the person that receives this card AND to everyone else!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Original Small Painting Greeting Card Impressionist Colors

"Color Chord" Original Painting
4 x 6" image on 5 x 7" greeting card, watercolor paper
blank inside, matching white envelope

The color explorations in my artistic journal for the past two years gave me so many ideas that I've started a line of unique greeting cards using my limited color palettes.

Each card is an original small painting, not a reproduction nor print. The colorful image is painted with acrylics with a white border around it so you can frame this gem of color.

This is the first of the series and the first showing on line. I haven't added it to my website or venues, so you'll have to e-mail me if you are eager to purchase this one-of-a-kind gift.

You'll have a choice about placement of my signature because this one is not signed yet. Do you want me to sign it on the image and/or in the white border around the image? Purchase

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Deep Magenta Color Exploration Sketch for Artist Journal

Deep Magenta and Viridian Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

The color sketches I've been doing using a palette knife are producing interesting marble striation textures. I've not used pen and ink with the acrylics for awhile. Instead broad strokes with the palette knife, action strokes and scraping back on layers of paint are the "techniques" I'm currently using while exploring color combinations.

The colors used for this split-complementary color scheme are deep magenta with viridian and a touch of yellow light Hansa. When I was finished the sketch called to mind the delicate color variations in rhododendron flowers that contrast with dark green foliage in shadow areas. I paint those flowers in watercolors. Maybe I'll have to do them in opaque acrylics.

While I'm finishing my morning coffee these have become my warm ups before working on paintings. They are quick to do and get me responding "outside the box."

My goal is to finish this sketchbook by the end of the year which completes this two year project of an artistic journal. Flipping through the colorful pages I must say to myself, "You've come a long way, baby!"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ACEO Original Landscape Small Painting, River, Mountains, Evergreen Trees

River Landscape ACEO Painting
2.5 x 3.5" watercolor pencil on watercolor paper
Purchase at my Etsy shop

This small painting is a memory painting of the lower Rogue River in southern Oregon where the river drops through steep rocky canyons on the way to the Pacific Ocean. Rafters on tourist trips float down this far before the return trip by truck or car to the starting point miles up river.

The sun was shining so brightly the day I visited this location and the temperature was over 100 degrees. Yes, the water is always icy cold, but a number of rafters beached their raft and went for a swim.

This area has been used in several westerns by movie production companies because of the rock formations and evergreen shrubs and pine trees.

The brightness of the light was captured well by my using watercolor pencils on watercolor paper. The texture of the paper controlled how much pencil color plus water I could use for the painting.


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