ACEO's are my newest obsession! They are small paintings, collages, photos that are collected and sold or traded. ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. Mine are all original acrylic paintings. The only requirement is that they must be 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches. That's a SMALL painting. They look great in groups or matted and framed in a standard 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 frame. Some people put them in magnetized frames and decorate their refrigerators with them. Mine are for sale in my Etsy shop. Here are a couple of my recent ones.
More floorcloths! Please read the below post for more info. about floorcloths. The one here with the compass rose in the middle now lives in Maine in a beautiful home overlooking the ocean. It's in their front hall, so gets a lot of traffic from both people and dogs. Floorcloths are VERY durable.
The other one has more of a southwest theme with stencils of spirit animals that I designed and cut. It is now in the home of a friend who is also an artist.
One of the things I like to do best is to make floorcloths. I have designed and painted about 150 of them for my clients. A floorcloth is a rug painted on canvas . They were made of sailcloth and used in the colonial days before linoleum was invented. I have made floorcloths up to 8 1/2 x 11 feet. Each one is different and designed to go in a special place. I make a few as samples and to sell on Etsy and on the annual Studio Tour that I participate in. Here are two that I currently have for sale on Etsy. My next blog will have photos of some of my custom floorcloths.
I've just finished this folding screen for one of my clients. She wanted to block the view into her kitchen from the dining room and a door would not have worked because it would have opened awkwardly in any direction. I found two sets of wood folding doors at our local Habitat store and used three of the four panels and replaced the hinges with folding screen hinges so that each panel can fold either way.
The side facing the dining room has a large tree spreading over all the panels to create a picture of the tree as if one were looking through a door. The other side is more whimsical with castles, elephants, camels, trees , and birds. More to look at while working in the kitchen!
The edges are all "faux bois" which is woodgraining. Originally they were all white.
Elephants are my latest subjects. I hadn't painted any elephants in my circus series, then I painted a folding screen for a client [pictures of that later in the week] and the screen has elephants on it, among many other creatures and things. So I painted elephant # 1: then an Etsy creative challenge came along and the challenge word was bubbles. I saw the elephant blowing bubbles in my mind, then there she was. I'm thinking about the next elephant picture now! Keep posted!