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Friday, June 23, 2017

Inspiration for Paintings, A Facebook Group, PPF

Different Strokes Art Challenge on Facebook

I am really into painting from photographs (free reference ones) that I find on the internet. There doesn't seem to be anything in my head to paint from, and I am not inspired by painting from life, so photos it is! I just discovered a new Facebook Group, where they post a different picture every month for you to paint from, in any style, using any medium (except digital) and any size. I usually paint ATC size 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so this is a fun little challenge for me. It's called Different Strokes Art Challenge and the people are really nice! I don't get out much, so the internet is a wonderful asset for me. I meet such great people and my days just fly by when I am painting.

So far I have done this month's challenge (A Macaw) twice, and am starting on doing the rest of the challenges they have already completed. You can go back and use any of the previous photos for inspiration and post the resulting artwork on the page. I love going through the albums and trying different things I would never usually choose to paint. And I use different styles and mediums to challenge myself further. 

Here are the Macaws:

My first one was done 4 x 6 with a palette knife, acrylic paint, and I struggled. Not fond of painting birds. For sale on Ebay. 

The second try is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ATC size, Mixed media, acrylic and Felt Pen, and I did it in a stained glass style. He seemed to adapt well to that! Oh, and the background is watercolor. 

And this is the FREE reference photo provided.

I am working on a still life with fruit now. Will post next time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NIBBLEFEST NFAC JUN Art for 99 cents

Nibblefest Art Contest just started for this month. Every month on the 20th for 7 days you can find really great art bargains on EBAY. The starting price for bidding is 99 cents. I usually participate and this month the theme is Under The Sea, so here are my two entries. Search for NFAC to find lots more entries!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ACEO TW JUNE Theme is Owls PPF

My 3 ACEO Owls, done with acrylics impasto style (heavy paint)
with a tiny palette knife.

I have actually started painting again after more than 6 months of rest. I always seem to need a challenge, so these were done for a Facebook Challenge in the ACEO EBAY group I belong to. It feels good getting back to art. 

Search for ACEO TW JUN for more tiny owl paintings this week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

NFAC February 2017 - Begin Again.

Where have I been? My last post was August 20, 2016, about a week before I fell and broke my hip. Since then I have not painted or made any new art, but I am healing well, using a cane to walk, and basically trying to get back to "normal" activities.  I started crocheting again a couple of weeks ago, and maybe I will make more art soon. In the meantime, I have been selling on Ebay and have started to get back into the swing of things by joining the latest NFAC NibbleFest Art Contest, so here are my entries for this month. It's a wide open theme, covering all of the topics that were used in 2016.

These are paintings I did during a watercolor art class that I took at the Senior Center for a couple of years. They are for sale on Ebay, starting bid of 99 cents for one week. Search EBAY for NFAC to see lots more great Art Bargains.

Each of these come with a FREE mat so they are ready to frame.

Enchanted Forest, Watercolor: Ebay Listing
Abstract Fruit and Vines: For Sale on Ebay

Saturday, August 20, 2016

NFAC, Nibblefest, August 20, 2016, PPF

Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC) starts on the 20th of every month. This month, August 2016, the theme is Feline Nation. Here are my entries, all ACEOs, and the bidding starts at 99 cents, so you can get some great deals if you are starting an art collection. Just search on Ebay for NFAC and see all the entries. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

NFAC, Nibblefest time, Magical Nights, PPF

This week: Magical Nights for NFAC

Nibblefest Art Contest Theme this month is Magical Nights, All auctions start at 99 cents and end on the 27th. Search EBAY for NFAC to find more art, all sizes, starting at 99 cents.

Here are my ACEO size entries for this month:

ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, "Magical Memories, Night Lights, Fountain, Palm Trees" Painting, Illustration. A bright colorful watercolor with pen and ink, in an expressionistic impressionism style cityscape / landscape. Miniature painting by Penny StewArt. This is not a print. Painted and signed by the artist. From a reference photo of Century Stadium Theaters in Orange, a Night Study, photo by Patricia Matranga on paintmyphoto.

ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, "Magical Moonlight, Street Lamps in the Park" colorful watercolor and pen/ink, expressionistic impressionism style landscape. Miniature painting by Penny StewArt. Original Art. Painted and signed by the artist. Done on 140# watercolor paper.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

PPF Faux Stained Glass Arts

Things to inspire . . . 

I just love this crochet set that I made - reminds me of stained glass. Too bad none of my wearable crochet art never sold in my Etsy store! Well, at least I have a whole new wardrobe for next winter.

And this ACEO dragonfly. 
 And the hummingbird, too. 
 Even my Abstracts sometimes look like stained glass.

I almost feel inspired to paint something today, but my new puppy is so much work, though I love her dearly. My Peanut will eventually settle down and maybe then I can get back to arts and crafts. LOL. Until then, I am content with reminiscing and browsing through my photos of completed projects.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

PPF Peanut and Lily, Chihuahuas to paint

  I did this 8x10 acrylic portrait of my dog Lily 13 years ago, 
from this photo.

And now I have a new Chihuahua puppy dog 12 weeks old and such a cutie! We named her Peanut. I guess I need to paint her picture next.
I made her her own Facebook Page, a You Tube channel and a blog, which might be a little excessive.  LOL. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

PPF, Nibblefest NFAC Pet Animals May 2016 Watercolor Art

It's Nibblefest Time again. May 20, 2016

The theme this time is "Pet Animals" and here are some pet portraits I have for sale on EBAY this week. The starting bid on each painting is only 99 cents, so if you want to collect some doggie art, here is your chance.

5x7 Watercolor and white Higgins Ink on 140# paper. 

According to the American Kennel Club, "The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training." This 5x7 loose watercolor with pen and ink accents was painted from a reference photo by Bill Muck.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NFAC Nibblefest this month is "Things in Jars"

All art begins at 99 cents in auction for one week starting on the 20th of the month. Search EBAY for "NFAC" to see more entries. The theme this month is "Things in Jars." 

This is Canned Food, not in a can, but we used to call it "canned" or canning, whenever Mom or Grandma was boiling those Mason Jars for jams and jellies. My daughter still bottles Tangerine Jelly every year with the fruit from the trees in our backyard.

Square Art, small 6 x 6 inches.  Acrylic on gessoed panel.  A glass Ball or Mason canning jar full of red fruit, could be tomatoes, cherries, baby beets, or what it reminds me of is Crabapples from the tree in my backyard when I was a kid. Mom canned those little gems every year. Yummy!  

I have so many paintings in my stash that I usually can find at least one that fits the theme of the month for NFAC. I should get back to painting, I suppose, but my crochet obsession took over for 6 months or so, and now my right hand is all sore from overdoing it, carpal tunnel I think. 

My grandson gave me his PEZ collection to sell on Ebay, so listing those 70+ cuties has been this week's task. I had an idea to paint little ATC cards of the dispensers but so far have not started that project. Somehow I always find ways to keep busy.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nibblefest 99 cent auctions starting Today! Farm Animals, Cows and Horses. PPF

Seems like I only post once a month lately, when the Nibblefest Art Contest happens, on the 20th. This month the theme is Farm Animals, 
and here are my 99 cent auctions on EBAY. All NFAC auctions start at 99 cents for one week, so search EBAY for more great art bargains.

2.5 x 3.5 inches small

Comes with mat for framing

3/4 inch deep ready to hang without frame

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fruit and Veggies, for Nibblefest Art Contest and PPF

It's NFAC time again, the 20th of every month Nibblefest Art Contest happens on Ebay and for 7 days you can get art for sale where the bidding starts at 99 cents. Search EBAY for NFAC for more artwork. 

I have three of them on sale this month, the subject/theme being fruits and vegetables. Mine are all ACEO art card size 2.5 x 3.5 inches and they can be found here. Let the bidding begin.… 
ACEO watercolor pen and ink, Corned beef and Cabbage, for St Paddys Day

Fruit in a glass, Tropical Alcoholic Drink with Umbrella, ACEO

An apple for the Teacher, WC, Pen and Ink, ACEO

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mystical, Magical, Enchanted Forest, Nibblefest time, 99 cent Ebay Art Auctions

It's Nibblefest time again! Time to get real art bargains! Every month on the 20th NFAC challenges artists to list pieces on Ebay for 99 cents starting bid, according to a pre-selected theme. This month's topic to draw from is "Enchanted Forest" and these are my offerings. 

"Deep in the Dark Enchanted Forest" - 8x10 mounted to 11x14 with mat and backing board. Mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink on heavy paper.

Two paintings, 5x7, Watercolors, "Sunshine in the Magical Enchanted Forest." Both of these are offered in the same auction  starting at 99 cents, with mats, ready to frame. They are from a larger painting that I did, and cut them down, or "cropped" them.

9x12 experimental watercolor and, would you believe, bleach? This one seems to be kind of surreal to me. I call it "Magical Mystical Enchanted Forest." Mixed media.

Friday, November 20, 2015

NFAC, Nibblefest dogs for PPF, and Crochet Granny Square Vest

I used to blog every week, but now it is every month, I guess. I don't paint as often so Paint Party Friday has turned into Paint Party Monthly for me.

I did do a pet portrait commission of Rico this week, 5x7 watercolor and pen/ink. I think he turned out really cute, but you never know how the person it was intended for will like it. Have to wait till after Christmas to find out, I guess.
And it's Nibblefest time again, where we have once a month 99 cent auctions on Ebay for one week. Since the theme this month is "dogs" I just had to add a few ACEOs to the mix. Search Ebay for more great NFAC art bargains. Here are my entries, all watercolor, pen and ink, ACEO size.

Back to the 70's. Here is my hippie style Granny Squares Vest and matching hat. Do you think people from the 70's or in their 70's, like me, would wear this vest? I know I would, so, if it does not sell, I have a new outfit for the new year! LOL.
I made the hat with leftover yarns to match the vest.

The pattern was free, on this site: and there are lots more to choose from, like ponchos, gypsy bags, halters, and more vests, if you are looking for yesteryear yarnspiration!

Friday, October 23, 2015

NFAC, Nibblefest, More Colorful Crochet, PPF

It's NFAC, Nibblefest again! 
99 cent auctions on Ebay started on the 20th for one week. See all the great bargains in art. All sizes, not just 2.5 x 3.5 inches!
Nocturnal Creatures for Halloween. My Mixed Media watercolor, pen and ink, painted ACEO entry.

Totally not appropriate colors for the season, but I made it this week, so Happy 4th of July in October.

Visit my Etsy Shop for more of my Freestyle Crochet Art
Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly!

Neopolitan Ice Cream colors, strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla.
I even made a pair of matching fingerless gloves, for texting. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Costumes Fashion Art ACEOs and Crochet, PPF

Fashion Sketches, ACEO size, 2.5 x 3..5 inches, WC, Pen and Ink.

I remember how painful it was to get dressed up and wear killer heels. LOL. Tis the season, but not for me any more. I wear flats all the time now.

This started out as your basic black dress and evolved into a goth-like halloween costume. Amazing how the subconscious takes over and does weird things!

Pretty in pink - My favorite color, Hot Pink! Extra long scarf. I just kept on crocheting and it was a good thing I ran out of yarn! My crochet hats and more are found in my Etsy store.

These are my not chokers, because I don't like the choking feeling but I love the splash of color at the neckline. The button above came from a trip to Europe ages ago. 

This is the Wild, Wild Vest, and I am actually going to keep it, I think, instead of selling it. Who else would wear such a bright and bold creation? I love it!

My first Cloche, and some really cool colors for this set.

And since it has been 2 weeks from my last post, I have created a bunch of crochet art fashions. They are done in FreeForm or FreeStyle, without a pattern, so they are unique, each a one-of-a-kind fashionable wearable art.