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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Oh, Where The Buffalo Roams and the Joys of Under Paintings...

'Where The Buffalo Roams' is the first in a series I've been working on. I call them 'this is my home' series because, that seems to be what the buffalo is saying, "Welcome. Come on in and sit a spell."

I thought I'd  show some of the processes my artwork goes through.

This is the sketch of the buffalo along with the fluorescent yellow sky. Most of my paintings get an under painting. It's more fun than leaving the blank, white canvas as an under coat!
For the 'This Is My Home' Series, I decided to use fluorescent acrylic paints as an under painting.
I then added the first coat of the actual sky's blue color. It was very tempting to keep the fluorescent pink of the buffalo and orange of the plains. (Something I might revisit later). :)

And here is the finished Buffalo painting...

'Where The Buffalo Roams' 6" x 4" acrylic painting.
And a side view of 'Where The Buffalo Roams' showing the painted gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

The buffalo artwork is painted on a 6" x 4" x 3/4" wrap around stretched canvas. The sides are painted as shown. It comes ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws, just hang on the wall and enjoy!

Here is the link for the eBay auction for those interested in purchasing 'Where The Buffalo Roams'

Oh, and by the way, it did warm up a little today. It was a balmy 10 degrees out. This week it's suppose to get into the 20's and 30's. Talk about a heat wave!


Friday, December 6, 2013

New Zoo Faces Painting, Video Showing Giraffe Painting Coming to Life, and Brrr...Is It Cold Outside!

December has arrived with some of the coldest temps we've had all year. It seems our area, Northeast Nebraska, has been in the deep freeze this past week. We went from almost 60 degree weather Thanksgiving week-end to the current below zero weather we're having right now. Brrr! Not even our Collie, Monroe, and Great Pyrenees puppy, Bear, wants to stay outside.

I've been working on larger sized artwork and am still continuing the 'Zoo Faces' series. I just finished a portrait of three giraffes titled 'Giraffes, We three.' I composed the painting from reference photos I took during a visit to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. The baby and several female giraffes were waiting to be fed hay by the zoo keepers. Sunlight streaming in from the windows in the Giraffe House illuminated the giraffes. I decided to keep the background simple by using a triad color combination. The rust playing against the teal blue also created a dramatic backdrop for the giraffes.

'Giraffes, We Three' 6" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. All sides are painted, as shown. The artwork is ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws. Just hang and enjoy!
Side view of 'Giraffes, We Three.'
Other side view of 'Giraffes, We Three.' (See, ready for hanging!). It can be purchased from my Daily Paint Works gallery here...
Most of my afternoon was spent photo shopping the giraffe painting and creating a new video of it. And here's the video...
Stay warm!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Zoo Faces, 1st in a Series - 'Green Eyed Lady' Tiger and a Video, too!

I started a new series called 'Zoo Faces.' Two years ago, we went to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha and I took hundreds of reference photos. Well, I'm finally getting around to doing something with them. 'Green Eyed Lady' is the first in the series. The tigress was laying in the corner of her cage. She looked so sad. We found out later that she had lost her cubs and must have been in mourning for them.

 'Green Eyed Lady' 6" x 6" Acrylic
When I paint, the artwork takes on its own persona, coming to life on the canvas before me. Below is a video I made showing the tiger from initial drawing to completion.
Video of 'Green Eyed Lady' coming to life

'Green Eyed Lady' reference photo
The tiger is painted with acrylics on 6" x 6" x 3/4" gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Using eye screws and picture wire, she is ready to hang and has been sealed with a brush-on satin varnish. Just hang and enjoy!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Snow on the Pumpkin and Daily Paint Works

Wow, I haven't been a faithful blogger. Sorry about that. Seems like I'm more like the Great Pumpkin, I visit once a year. Speaking of pumpkins, today we're getting the first snow of the winter. I still have apples and leaves on my trees, and, yes, if I would have pumpkins in my garden, there would be snow on them.

I recently joined Daily Paint Works. Love the site! Each day there are over 100 new paintings from many talented artists. Check my gallery out at .

Here are two commissioned paintings I've done for two different collectors.
'And Baby Makes Three...' has a new home in Canada, while 'Their Favorite Haunt' makes its home in New Jersey.

And Baby Makes Three...
Their Favorite Haunt

These are a few of the new ACEOs I currently have listed on eBay. It's witches all around!

Witchy Collie Girl Monroe

Snowy Owl Witch

Froggie Witch
One last painting to share. The art club I belong to, the Northeast Nebraska Art Association, did a still life in watercolor at our last meeting. We painted two different paintings then cut them into strips and wove them together. Below is my 'masterpiece.'  :)
Cat -O- Lantern Pumpkin Still Life
Hope everyone stays safe & warm!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Poe's Raven WIP, Art Shows, a Wedding and Gardening

I've been busy exhibiting at art shows, keeping up with my eBay store, working on commissioned artwork and trying to get my garden planted. Oh yeah, and in the midst of all this, my oldest daughter got married and had her reception last week-end. (My sister from California came back for Lisa's wedding, but that is a fun kind of busy!). It's been a hectic last couple of weeks.

Anyone who knows me, knows I always have several sketch books at the ready for when inspiration strikes. There are usually three beside my bed, one or two small ones in my purse and a large one called my 'painting sketchbook' that I use to compose larger paintings. Poe's Raven painting titled 'Nevermore...' began life as a quick, 3" sketch in one of my bedside sketchbooks. The following photos show the progress of the 8" x 10" acrylic painting which was exhibited at the Northeast Nebraska Art Association's Annual Spring Art Show in April.

I always begin a painting with an under coat.

I worked from the top down using acrylics.

Almost finished. Just a few more details to add.

The painting is signed and ready to debut at the art show!
I had 10 pieces at NNAA's Spring Art show, plus I managed to send five pieces to Prairie Winds Art Center's International Miniature Art Competition in Grand Island, NE. (This show runs through May 30th for anyone who'd like to go and check it out).

My artwork displayed at the NNAA Spring Art Show

'Snack Time' Sea Anteater won an honorable mention award.
 Well, I hear my garden calling me. I'm off to get my garden tiller from my newly married daughter who borrowed it for her garden. Hoping everyone has a great week-end!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Collie Pup Halloween Witch WIP ACEO Painting

Ta-dah! With a sparkle in her eye, Monroe is ready for Halloween Trick or Treating. 'Collie Pup Halloween Witch' can currently be found listed for sale on my 'purplehorse75' eBay site. Thanks for viewing my work in progress! ~ Kim

Splashes of water color paints and color pencil detail help define our delightful Collie Witch. She's close to being finished.

Purple night sky, full moon up high with bats flying over head. Monroe thinks that Halloween is getting closer!

Here is the beginning sketch, inked in and ready for the back ground water color paints.

This is Monroe, my daughter's new collie puppy. She is a very intelligent dog. We've had Monroe and Mufasa, her half brother, since the end of August. I thought Monroe would make a great Halloween witch. This is the progress of a WIP (work in progress) from sketch to a finished ACEO miniature painting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New ACEO Artwork

I finally took the time to set down and add some new artwork to my blog. Summer has come and gone by so fast (as it usually does). This year, I did manage to plant a garden. Had an abundance of tomatoes and peppers that I still need to can. Also need to dig potatoes. All of the 'fun' work is never done!

We lost our 10 year old border collie/heeler cross dog, Kiki, to raccoon paralysis this summer. (She had had it twice before and pulled though after 4 to 6 weeks of TLC). We decided to get another collie for a watch dog, but ended up with two registered collies, Mufasa (male) and Monroe (female). They were born May 25th and June 2nd and are still nothing but puppy!

Here are four of my newest original ACEO artwork that is currently listed for sale on eBay:

Kite Flying Goth Lady Bus

Veggie Bunnies-Harvest Time

Skull-Spotted Goth Guinea Pig

Cat A Bug Halloween Witch