Wednesday, January 30, 2008

When the Wind Blows....

Today, I am featuring my latest aceo, created for Creative Challenge #83. The challenge was to use one of the four elements as inspiration: air, earth, fire or water. It is third in my series of vacation memories. It is called, "Memories of Holland".

Windmills harness the energy of the wind with their rotating blades, and are most commonly used to grind grain or pump water. While there are not many traditional looking windmills left, we did see some when we visited a fishing village, called Volendam. You can read more about our visit to Holland, here.

This aceo measures the standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and is an original painting done in artist grade acrylic paint. It is available in my Etsy shop. It will come in a protective card holder and will be signed & dated on the back.

What is an ACEO? If you know what they are, they are completely addictive to make and to own! For those not familiar with them, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Monday, January 28, 2008

With practice....comes comfort.

Well, I have completed 65 features so far for the Etsy 90 features in 90 days. I still have some to go, but will space them out a little more. I think we are up to about 74? participating shops. Shops are continuing to join as some are compelled to drop out for various reasons.

I have really enjoyed doing these features--and exploring all the shops that I might not have otherwise come across. I must say that I think doing these features, while giving the shops some exposure, has also helped me to be a little more comfortable with writing my blog. It's becoming easier to express myself, hopefully, a little more creatively and interestingly! I am usually much more comfortable at my workspace creating than I am at verbalizing about it. Make no mistake, I like to talk--just not all that comfortable about talking about arwork. You'd think after about 15 years of craft shows that I would have gotten over this?

Repetition breeds comfort. Isn't this also true with our chosen craft? The more you practice it, the more comfortable you are doing it. And, as a bonus, the better we become at doing it!

The the top of this post is another aceo I created. It is called, "Memories of Provence". While traveling through the South of France this past summer, I was so taken by the fields and fields of gorgeous sunflowers. This is my tribute and it can be found in my etsy shop.