Wordless Wednesday – I’m a Strange Bird Drawing

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Experimental Gel Pen ACEO Abstract Art

For these three artworks, I dusted off the group of 48 gel pens my husband got me for Christmas and decided to just be intuitive and see where I would end up. I like the result of these abstract expressionistic artworks and hope you do too:

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More Oil Pastel Experiments

Here are a few more oil pastel ACEO artist trading cards I made recently. These all reflect more abstract expressionism techniques:

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Wordless Wednesday – Abstract Oil Pastel ACEO Artworks

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New Fun, Cute Sticker Collages

Here are a few fun, cute ACEO (2.5″ x 3.5″) sticker collages I made a while ago. My personal favorite is probably the polar bears one, but I think they are all cute in their own way:

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I Won 3rd Place in Another Art Contest!

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I got some great news yesterday! The above artwork won 3rd place in the “Finding Your Inner MozArt” art contest! I get $75 in prize money plus whatever the piece sells for, so not bad!

I think the best part for me personally though, is that the head judge is the Director Emeritis of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego! This is the first time I’ve had someone that important associated with a major art museum recognize and reward my artistic endeavors! I know we shouldn’t focus too much on important job titles and all that, since the art itself is most important, but it still rocks to be recognized officially like that!

I saw quite a bit of the competition works for the contest and they were very impressive, so I know winning 3rd place really is a big deal! Had I been a judge, I would have had a hard time deciding!

New Acrylic Painting – Lasagna

When I was painting the other day, I asked my husband what I should paint next and he said “lasagna”, so I created this abstract acrylic painting while envisioning Garfield trying to eat it:

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I like the way it turned out, even with the wet blending.

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Purging Depression Through Art

Here are a couple recent ACEO artist trading cards I made when I was struggling through a nasty depressive episode. I find creating art like this is therapeutic, even if I don’t feel like doing it at first.

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New Painting: Shiny Happy People

While I was painting this acrylic picture last night, trying to capture the burgeoning depression I could feel weighing on me, the REM song Shiny Happy People came on the satellite channel I was listening to. I felt that song perfectly captured how I was feeling, as I always felt it was a rather tongue-in-cheek, mockery of a song. I decided to name the artwork after the song, so here is my version of Shiny Happy People:

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