Animal Art - Small Enough to Hold in Your Palm!

As Winter begins to wind down here in the Berkshire Mountains, I am dreaming of Spring. This is a tiny work of art I created which embraces the delicate colors of Spring. I'm including a step by step of this little ACEO for you to enjoy. What is an ACEO? The unique little art form known as ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) is a small work of art done in the standard trading card size of just 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. The ACEO genre was born on online and is enjoying a great success among artists and collectors. Enjoy this work in progress-step by step of my miniature art!
The very first step is an India ink drawing on the 3.5" by 2.5" board. 

Step two is an India ink wash background.

Next I add a little colored pencil over the ink wash in this new miniature (2.5" by 3.5") painting.

Then I begin to add layers of colored pencil to the slender Crocus leaves.... 

Here in step five, I start on the Crocus blossoms using heavy layers of Prismacolor pencil.

I got a little further on my new miniature painting - ACEO "Spring Crocus and Mouse" today. This is a colored pencil and India ink piece, 2.5" by 3.5". 

Nearly done with the flowers, leaves and background of my newest miniature painting- ACEO. The fur on little mouse will be the most fun!

Below I am starting to layer colored pencil for the little mouse's fur.
Nearly done! The next step is adding detail to little mouse's fur.

India ink, colored pencil and some white acrylic.
2.5" by 3.5"
Original has sold, now available as a print.


Winner of this original cat painting, helped animals in need!

The winner is Jeff Dill! Jeff won this painting  5 " x 7" colored pencil portrait of the sweet cat named "Beauty" who lives at Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S.
5" x 7" Colored Pencil and India Ink on Illustration Board
Beauty is a special lady who needs that extra special kind of love. She came to Animal DREAMS with a traumatic brain injury, having been shot by a Bee Bee Gun. She has been nursed back to health and is ready for her forever home. Black cats are considered good luck and they have a soft, caring personality and I think I have captured that in this painting. Here is how Jeff Dill WON this small work of art:

Between November 15th and December 15th:
  • For EVERY purchase Jeff  made from my Etsy shop or my website his name was added to my favorite hat. 
  • On December 15th at 9:00 PM, I drew Jeff's name form my hat and announced him as the winner!
  • 20% of ALL these sales for this contest will go to Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. to help the cats in need.
Continue your Christmas shopping now at my two art shops and help cats in need.

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