Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ArtbyErika's "My Heart is Yours"

"My Heart is Yours" ACEO
This well endowed sweet woman is happy to give her heart to you for Watercolor Wednesday Theme of Daily Watercolors Blog. She's very proud of the cotton candy pink wisps on her hair.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

ACEO: "I'm going to wear suspenders, by Jillian Crider

Caught this Shriner Circus Clown 'taking' it easy before the show. The suspenders are a staple of many a clown costume. I loved putting much detail in the hands.
This is 2.5x3.5" watercolor, ACEO.


Romeo and Juliet Watercolor ACEO Art by Erika

My Master Tribute to Sir Dicksee's Romeo and Juliet (cropped). I chose this piece for Ebay watercolor group WNW master challenge with Love and Kisses theme because Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate symbol of love.

Sir Frank Bernard Dicksee was with us from 1853-1928. He was an English painters and illustrator known for portrait art. Much of his work have the qualities of pre-raphaelites in style.

Erika Nelson

Still January, so I can wish you a Happy New Year!

I am so happy that this is the "Year of the Rat" in the Chinese Calendar.

My ACEO friends know that ratty's are one of my favorite subjects!
This is my latest one.

Ebay listing for this ACEO click:(see listing)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pittsburgh Hillside Houses

This newest piece is the Spring version of an ACEO I painted in snowy December. I love drawing and painting these scenes because they remind me of home! I'll be listing it on Ebay this week.
Original Watercolor
J. Elaine Hays (Lanie)

Sunday, January 27, 2008


This is an acrylic painting I did for a dare in the ATC & ACEO Enthusiasts group on ebay. The dare was "Bring me on Spring"
To see this on ebay click here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fairy Tail Deeva

This is an ACEO I created for a group dare given by Jillian in the ATC & ACEO Enthusiasts group on ebay. The dare was "Fairy Tail not tale" in color.
To see this or any of my art on ebay click here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

"Colonial Garden" by Jillian Crider (artistjillian)

"Colonial Garden"
2.5x3.5" ACEO watercolor

To be listed 4.15pm PST (ebay time) Friday 25th January 2008.

Painting is better than the scan. *sigh*

"Street People"
by Michelle Scott (dotsofpaint)

I have started yet another series of ACEO's (ArtCards) for the New Year.
entitled "Street People" They are all done in watercolor on paper (at the moment)
This one is 
"Pitiful Paul" 
(Art Cards, Editions & Originals)
© 2008 Michelle Scott

He's now available on eBay, along with the others... 

2 x Border collie ACEOs by Susan Alison - Waiting - and - I know it's in here somewhere...

Thanks for looking……..

Waiting – ACEO – painting for auction, large print (7”x10”) in store.


I know it’s in here somewhere… – large print for auction; original ACEO painting in my store.

Click here for ebay auctions and Buy it Now items

Monty and Rosie (Border collies extraordinaire) provide running commentary on all my paintings at –


Thursday, January 24, 2008


This is a scratchboard I did for a challenge that a group of artists on ebay have every week. The challenge was to use one of our members pictures of her cats to create art. It was very hard to chose one because all of her photos are wonderful but I chose this one.
Click on this link to see this or any of my other art on ebay.

Happy New Year - Year of the Pig

I've started a new ACEO series to celebrate Chinese New Year. Coming in Feb is the New Year of the Pig.

I've done two ACEO cards so far, very simple yet powerful images that include a Chinese coin, the symbols for pig, one in ink, one in embroidery. I am so enamored with these simple little beauties that I am embarking on a series to portray the entire Chinese zodiac. Stay tuned...


"Baby Raven Lost in Woods"
by Michelle Scott [dotsofpaint]

ACEO (Art Cards, Editions & Originals)
Acrylic on Paper
© 2008 Michelle Scott

This is a concept piece for a children's book I'm working on. I got caught up in the eBay Raven ACEO ArtCard craze a few weeks ago and while painting this series of ravens, I was inspired to do a children's book. Usually I will do little detailed paintings in order to work out my ideas and in the end sometimes list them on eBay as ACEO's. This time it was the reverse. Regardless, it was fun to do.
They say that ACEO's are a great way for many people to buy art at an affordable price. Who knows? Your ACEO might even end up being an original piece by an artist of a published book some day. (smile)

This Art Card is now available on eBay...
To Bid Click Here

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The other dinosaur from yesterday...

This one is a swap card, an ATC from a theme swap on "My Favorite Book." The animal is Utahraptor and one of the pack from "Raptor Red" by Robert Bakker, definitely one of my favorite books.

The swap card I got in return for this arrived yesterday too and took my breath away, it was on The Da Vinci Code and the artist got Leonardo's likeness perfectly, overlaid like a movie poster assemblage with scrolls rendered atmospheric and realistic. I loved it. What a great swap.

My collection is growing by leaps and bounds. Another swap artist did one for me on "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" with Rita Hayworth in the poster... but holding the rock hammer. It was awesome. I loved the novella as much as the movie and read it before I saw it, so that was incredible.

And I got new colored pencils in an art supply swap! The discontinued, rare and wonderful Design Spectracolors mentioned in at least half of my colored pencil books, a set of 60 that's only missing the gold metallic pencil and maybe a yellow-orange -- one color that's very easily mixed with warm yellow and orange. They are a lot like Prismacolors, but a hair softer and very pigment-rich, like all artist grade colored pencils they have their own formula and proprietary colors. This set is very special and I haven't done anything with it yet. I spent the day meditating on it after it came, thinking through exactly what to do for the first piece with them. I'm not sure yet but I know it'll come to me.

Peek a Boo

This is a card I created of a cute little Devon Rex cat who appears to be playing peek a boo. This card is a scratchboard wich is done using a card that is inked and then scratched using an exactoblade.
To see this and my other art on ebay click this link

Bouguereau and his romantic visions

"After Bouguereau's Psyche et L'Amour" ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches

This is a cropped version of my latest painting. You can visit my Ebay listings if you'd like to see the whole piece. I do enjoy Bouquereau's figurative paintings as he is so good about capturing a moment which is what I try to do with my art. He had an excellent command of the human proportions though I do suspect he did them a bit stylized as they all look so perfectly attractive.

Border Collie ACEO - The Daffodog Fairy - a Spring confection by Susan Alison

Daffodog Fairy is thinking of Spring and her gorgeous array of floaty yellow dresses.

Border collies extraordinaire, Monty and Rosie, have their own art blog: Drop by and leave a comment

Click here for ebay auction which starts for a mere $9.99 (less than a fiver); also Buy it Now items

Click here for collieish present ideas

Or drop us a bark

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New to Blogging

I am new to blogging so forgive me if this is a little scattered. My name is Darlene Howell and I have been creating ACEOs for about 3 years now and I love them. This is Theresa she is a cat lady she is listed on ebay for the Nibblefest contest. The contest is to put two animals together to make one.

You can see her as well as more of my art on ebay by going here

"Reflection" ACEO

This is an old historic building in Norcross, Georgia.
I called it 'Reflection' because of the reflections in this window, but also reflection as in faith because of the reflected church.
Watercolor ACEO 2.5x3.5" Unfortunately the scan isn't great.
I love the way you can look into the building and through to the other side and outside through the far window.

Something Completely Different

I joined NibbleFest Art Contest today, though I found out that I missed the date to post a proper entry for the January theme by a couple of days. January's theme was "Combine two animals into one," and since I was working on a detailed Utahraptor for one of my swap cards, the Tyrannorooster Rex just popped out!

This huge, deadly yet ludicrous creature is definitely one of a kind, the little white hen is fluttering away as fast as she can from this goofy yet dangerous boaster! I loved the colors and put a lot of detail into his pointillist scaly hide, while using my Pitt Artist Pens in brush swoops for his fantastic tail. It tempts me to do a serious rooster Asian style with them sometime.

But I was getting too serious and just had to do something wonderful and silly. It's posted for auction at
ACEO NFAC Tyrannorooster on eBay, starting at 99 cents... and whatever the February theme is, I know I'll do these challenges again. It was too much fun doing this one. He has one bid already from a friend, several of whose ACEOs I've bought in the past.
I'm intrigued by fairytales and fables and I like to portray those subject matters in my art. This particular watercolor ACEO was inspired by people's fascination with crows and ravens....something that dates back to ancient times.

To check out this original painting please visit HERE

Monday, January 21, 2008

These Boots are made for Walking

This one one of my very early ACEO's sold on Ebay just after I discovered this delightful genre. I have painted miniatures before selling them at local exhibitions, but ACEO's opened up a whole new world, bringing me into contact with many like minded artists, whose friendship I value. I found that these ACEO miniature works of art made a pleasant diversion from my more usual larger sized and commissioned paintings.

It seems an age ago that I participated in a cross Atlantic exhibition "Hands across the Ocean" in Chicago where I sold more of my ACEO's. The problem I have is painting enough of them, and collectors have recently been seeking prints of my work.

Robert's Raptors

Okay, there it is! I've managed to get it uploaded. Had a little difficulty with uploading my Proud Red-Tailed Hawk but there it is. I often draw or paint birds of prey, and have a passion for raptors in art.

I love doing ACEOs now. I was drifting smaller and smaller in my art anyway because my physical disabilities make it much harder to work on larger pieces, and I love doing something so small that I can get detailed and intense while still finishing it in a reasonable amount of time. I change mediums with almost every ACEO, and especially among different types of colored pencils. Each brand of colored pencils gives me different effects. This hawk was drawn with Derwent Graphitints, a mutant hybrid between watersoluble 8B graphite and watercolor pencils, pencil wash with a hint of color.

Most of my ACEOs are available for sale and easily found by searching on Robs Art at eBay.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Passion for Parrots

I have a passion for parrots. I love painting and caring for them. Many of my ACEO's are of parrots I know personally. Most are rescued birds from unfit homes.
Honey is a Blue and Gold Macaw that came to live with a dear friend. He had been neglected by his former owners and started plucking his feathers. He is well cared for and in a happy and loving enviroment now. Although his feathers will never grow back, he's still a stately bird.
This is a watercolor of Honey I painted in January.

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The Secret Garden

In case anyone thinks ACEOs are easy to make because they are so small, take a look at the detail in Ms Jillian's house!

And speaking of detail, and challenges, but wonders that can be made into Artist Cards, here is my Secret Garden ACEO.

This ACEO was made for a challenge contest to capture 'my favorite book'. It won first prize in the contest for receiving the most bids at eBay auction.

Yes, ACEOs are not just paintings, drawings, collages... they are also fiber art!

Diane Weber (dwsewbiz)
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Daily Post: ACEOs by Jillian Crider (artistjillian)

I'm busy painting pen & wash (watercolor & ink) ACEOs 2.5x3.5"
This will be listed later today. Not long after I started doing ACEOs I did quite a few houses which were very popular, as well as some commissions.
I think I'll spend the day doing some and listing. I did this one last night.

Visit my ebay store to see all my listings:

Thank you for looking.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Welcome to the ATC & ACEO Enthusiasts Blog!

This is ONLY for creators of ATC and ACEO art cards.
Always 2.5x3.5" - Art Cards, Editions and Originals.
Hot sellers in Self-representing artists category on a particular auction site!
Do a search on 'ACEO' - you'll find us.
Maybe join us - find the community group on the auction site of the same name.
Apply to me for an invitation to join, and post your art and stories for others to read.