Turtle in a Half Shell Gouache Abstract Painting

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I affectionately call this abstract ACEO painting “Turtle in a Half Shell”. Now how many of you have the TMNT theme song stuck in your head? You’re welcome ūüôā

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Some Fun New ACEO Sticker Collages

 

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Check out my art for sale on Ebay!

Video: New Drawings and Sketches!

Lately I’ve felt like drawing again, so I’ve been busy:

Video: Some New Fun Naive Collage Artworks & PO Box Info!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share the below video featuring some of my newest artworks and cute character collages. Recently I’ve really gotten into combining my passion for cute, child-like cartoons and characters with my desire to create unique naive outsider art. As mentioned in the video, I also have a PO Box now where fans can send me their art, letters, or anything else they might want featured in a future YouTube video! If you see any art you like or would like to see other artworks I have for sale, make sure to check out my Ebay store: http://www.ebay.com/usr/shojobeatgirl1982.

Attn: Original artwork for sale!

One of my pieces already listed for sale on ebay. More coming soon!

One of my pieces already listed for sale on ebay. More coming soon!

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that I have decided to start selling some of my original artwork on ebay! Most of the artwork I will be selling are pieces done on paper in either colored pencil or marker. My style is typically something akin to children’s illustrations/cartoons, so it might be a great place to look for original artwork to decorate a child’s room with. Please note that the artwork is NOT framed, but could easily be framed.

Also note that if I start to turn a profit from selling my artwork, I hope to donate some if not all of the extra income to charity (most likely charities that help animals, children or those with autism and other disabilities). So please feel free to check out my ebay account!

“The Lemonman: A Picnic, a Toad and Swampwater Road” picture book review

As you might have already guessed from the poetic title, “The Lemonman: A Picnic, a Toad and Swampwater Road”, is a children’s story told in rhyme.

The author, Natasha Ferrill, did¬†a good¬†job of¬†telling the story in verse.¬† Most of the rhymes feel natural and¬†roll right off the tongue, something that can be hard to find in a children’s rhyming story.¬† Unlike many other attempts at verse which seem forced and awkward, Ferrill’s writing is a pleasure to read.

The story itself is a creative story about animated fruits and vegetables who gained their human-like qualities through magic.  The main character, the Lemonman, is a friendly fellow with a good heart who simply wants to spend a day with his friends having a picnic.  However, on the way to the park, the Lemonman meets up with two troublemakers, one of which ends up swindling the Lemonman.

As the story progresses, it becomes clear that the old saying “cheaters never prosper” could never be more true.¬†¬†But the real test comes in when the Lemonman finds himself in the position to get revenge.¬† Should he get back at those who wronged him or should he¬†show them kindness and forgiveness?¬† When he decides to follow his heart, the Lemonman learns an important lesson and¬†discovers the true meaning of friendship and compassion.

No picture book review would be complete without a description of the illustrations, which for this book were done by an artist named Jose Pou.  Although colorful and cheerful, the illustrations have a sort of old-world charm to them.  Instead of the neon greens and yellows you might expect, the pictures are done in a pastel hue.  Some of the artwork felt reminiscent of old-fashioned animation.  In fact, the toad in the story reminds me a great deal of the classic Looney Tunes character, Michigan J. Frog.

Overall, this book is a fun read that children are sure to enjoy.  This is the first of an entire series of books about the Lemonman, so if your children enjoy the character, there should soon be more to share with them!  It looks like the future is indeed looking sunny for our new yellow friend!

To find out more about the book or to order a copy, you can visit the Lemonman website, although I should mention that the site is still under development.  If this website is unavailable for some reason, you can also order the book from Amazon.

‘The Sea Prince and the Fire Child’ review

My most recent anime/manga article…

Recently I picked up the 30th anniversary edition of the old animated movie, ‘The Sea Prince and the Fire Child’ at our local Dayton Metro Library.¬† I had never seen this movie or even heard of it, but it looked kind of cute so I figured I would give it a try.¬† It turns out that this movie was¬†released in 1981¬†by Sanrio (the famous toy company of the Hello Kitty franchise).¬†

When you first start watching the movie you will probably notice the dated look and feel to it.¬† Of course, since this movie is around 30 years old, you shouldn’t expect modern day quality or special effects.¬† Honestly, this movie reminds me in some ways of old Disney animation (such as ‘The Sword in the Stone’, ‘Bambi’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’).¬†

Continue reading on Examiner.com: ‘The Sea Prince and the Fire Child’ – Dayton Anime & Manga | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/anime-manga-in-dayton/the-sea-prince-and-the-fire-child#ixzz1Fy30fBNV