Friday, September 28, 2007

New ACEO Art Card "Asian Dreams III".... Tom the Halloween Cat.... Four Freedoms Speech by Roosevelt.... Apostrophe Police

FLASH: Be sure to check out Rick's astronomy website (Rick's Astroblog) in the list on the left-hand side of my screen here. He's posted a great astrophoto of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula that looks like it's on fire. He's used a photo pallette of orange and white so it fits right in with this Halloween season ;)

Here is another aceo art card to be listed Saturday (Sept. 29) on Ebay (6:00 Ebay time)Ebay #220155076249. All of my art cards start at $4.99. Such a deal! Note the beautiful sunflower yellow Michigan fall leaves I incorporated under many THICK coats of decourpage which gives the whole thing real texture and dimension.

And here is a new art card (ACEO) that I just got from Lynn Bonnette Buchner. See all that teeny tiny detail? That is the original size of her paintings. i.e., they aren't shrunk down to that size. Check out her portfolio on

P.S. Look who's enjoying her card.... Francine. She just had to see it when she heard it was black cat art ;)

On a completely different note.... are you watching Ken Burns World War II series? It's excellent, if extremely sad. But everyone needs to watch it. I was taken by the mention of President Roosevelt's "The Four Freedoms" speech. So I googled it. Being a Utopian thinker myself, I believe this is the way things could be, almost should be, right now. Except that human beings would have to give themselves an extra awareness crank or two and it really could be right now. Here is the Four Freedoms portion of a much longer speech. You can read the whole thing by googling " roosevelt four freedoms speech ". It looks like Roosevelt was a utopian thinker too. Note that this speech was given during WWII. Also note that he refers to the world in his speech, not just the USA.

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation."

Read and heed.


Pray tell... I am SOooo guilty of apostrophe over use (these things ""). I love language and emphasis and emotion* and clarity and pointing things out and direction in writing. YES, I plead guilty to emphasis over-use :) I did it! I'm guilty, guilty, guilty! Now, when I can find the apostrophe police website, I will post it here so you can read about my fellow language convicts and I.


Peace, love, and EMOTION,

*Emotion overuse: I plead Italian.

PS: All art seen on this blog is copyrighted to the artists who made it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Halloween Ghostly Art Card (ACEO)..... Ghost Hunter Bryan painting... Blue Ribbon.....

Just for ~~~H~A~L~L~O~W~E~E~N~!~~~

Who's your favorite ghost hunter on the t.v. show "Ghost Hunters"? Even though I love all those guys, here is an ORIGINAL watercolor caricature of one of the most colorful and interesting ghost hunters, Bryan, equipped with all of his great ghost hunting paraphernalia. This was sketched by me during an episode, inked onto heavy high quality watercolor board (never warps!) and watercolor painted. It is sealed with several coats of acrylic sealant. This will be listed on Ebay on September 29 at 6:00 pm Ebay time and the number is: 220154132822. Staring bid is 9.99, such a deal :) Be the first one on your block to own an original work of art of "Bryan the Ghost Hunter" :)
(**see note below)

Here is more spooky Halloween art:

Three ACEO's (art cards), just 2.5" x 3.5" ORIGINAL tiny works of art. Affordable and collectible little gems that are sweeping Ebay. Just put ACEO or "art card" in your Ebay search. The three cards you see here are original collages sealed with THICK coats of textured sealer (not visible in the photos); the edges are painted black so that they can be displayed without a frame (just like a regular wall painting) or propped anywhere you want; and they will NEVER wrinkle or bend, these are sturdy little guys. Or they can be collected and stored in baseball card sleeves, which is what art cards were originally intended for. Great idea, no? Whoever came up with the idea of tiny art that is easily stored and fits in a baseball sleeve, was a genius. Even if your living space is small, you can own hundreds of original and editions of tiny art. It will be listed on Ebay starting September 29 and the number is:

"Lilly stops by on Halloween night" ACEO 2.5" x 3.5"

"Every Halloween night Lilly peeks in to say hello. See her slowly coming into focus... or does she have something else in mind for you than just a hello? As much as you want to, do not engage Lilly in conversation. She needs company as she slowly fades out of view.... and you don't want to be her company, oh, my no! Let her go... let her go... you will see her again next year at Halloween."

Now a departure from my Halloween ghostly theme. This ACEO is called "Asian Dreams II" and is 2.5" x 3.5" made with collaged gold foil paper which emulates the sun tinkling down upon our dimensional raised bee. Made with: Bee and Flower soap paper, decoupaged red tissue paper, alcohol ink on photo paper background*, thick coats of texturized acrylic to make it last and give it yummy texture. Black edges. Guaranteed never to warp. Fits in an ACEO art card sleeve. Listed September 29 on Ebay and the number is:

*Alcohol ink on photo paper is a technique learned in Pat S's inspiring ACEO class. I've scanned a sheet below so you can see another version of an alcohol ink on photo paper background that could be cut up and made into ACEO's or collages. I especially like the way the chemicals on the photo paper make the paint craze which adds a vintage look. Just take a piece of photo paper, dap on alcohol ink and either dap the spots of ink with a spone or pick up the paper and roll and drip the ink around on the paper. The crazing effect was done by repeating the process of dripping more ink onto the same already inked area. With enough alcohol, the area began to craze. The key here is to experiment - this method is not predictable and lots of beautiful patterns and shapes emerged.


Last but not least, I won a first place blue ribbon at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair for my "Bee and Sunflower" small watercolor painting. (modest bow) My reiki instructor's husband also won a blue ribbon and I'll post pics of his beautiful landscape soon.

I'll post more pictures of the fair in a couple of days. It's a special earthy harvesty old-fashioned fair, with some antique buildings still used, and lots of ag stuff like 600 pound pumpkins, 4-H displays, beautiful mosaics made out of beans and grains, white picket fences still stand in front of the ag displays. And it's huge. I've heard people say it's bigger than the state fair. It even has a separate "children's fair" complete with lots of rides, it's own midway, a very cool real farm on about 1/8th of an acre with pathways that wind through it. We're lucky to have this special fair in our area.


Here's a puzzler - perhaps one of you bloggers out there might know... my blog counter shot up by almost a thousand. Is that possible? Maybe I've been linked somewhere and don't know it. Anybody got any ideas? I'd like to think that my blog is especially interesting, but there might be some other reason, ha ha. Nope, I haven't been sitting here hitting my own blog either. Maybe it's the "Ghost Hunter" in the title? That really is an excellent show and one of our favs. Hmmmm..... (?) Leave a comment if you've got any ideas.


*Buyer owns the work of art; artist retains the copyright unless special arrangements have been made with the buyer.

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