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Whole Lotta Fancy, Ink and Pencil

Emily the Munitions Expert and Mara with Veil
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

A couple ATCs for the week. Work has been busier than ever. Ugh! But as long as I can get a few pieces done in the evenings, I can muddle through.

Very Fancy Antelope
5″ x 7″ Staedtler Mars 2H pencil

This is more pencil than I usually do. Can’t decide whether to ink it. Or maybe get colored pencils? But I don’t think I like colored pencils. So I can’t decide!

Thanks for stopping in! Progress pics!

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Hat Fairy With Fish and a Cephalopod Wrangler.

Hat Fairy with Fish, 5″ x 7″
Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

The second and final secret package has landed. Including this hat fairy. I almost kept it! I really like the design of this. And the hat. Might have to put her on a greeting card or something.

Below you’ll find the Cephalopod Wranger. Also part of the secret pack. For someone who likes Catrina girl style and octopuses. (I just looked it up and this is the correct plural!)

Cephalopod Wrangler
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Hello Paint Party Friday! Progress pics below. Thanks for stopping in!

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Muriel’s Patented Pet Perch and a Motorcycle, Pen & Ink

Muriel’s Patented Pet Perch
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Endive the Beaked Tamarin was just a wee tomato of a pet when Muriel designed the hat contraption for him. Now that he’s grown, he is a bit more of a (literal) pain in the neck.

And here is a purple motorbike. With a couple of goofy beasts. Made for a silent auction for the Miracle Ride Foundation.

Jethro, Tully and Gertrude
5″ x 7″ Copics, fine liners white gel pen (matted)

Thanks for stopping in! Apologies for erratic posting. I suspect most of you know what that’s like!

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Love Triangle, Fancy Feline Edition

Lady Hisst
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers, uni PIN pens, gel pen

You may remember Lady Mrowr from just a few days ago. This is her sister and rival, Lady Hisst. Both are currently vying for the affections of Sir Thom Kyatten, Duke of Dandelion (below).

Lady Mrowr, Lady Hisst, and Sir Thom Kyatten, Duke of Dandelion
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

I know I was hooked on themed mermaids just a short week ago, but I may be switching to animals in elegant attire for a while. Super fun, you should try it. :)

Submitted to Paint Party Friday! Happy PPF! Thanks for dropping in!

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Fancy Dress Animals, Their Time Has Come (Again)

Lady Mrowr, three stages
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Lady Mrowr is my latest and favorite fancy-dress art card. She is a cat similar to a Peterbald type (with somewhat narrower ears). And now I think I will do a whole bunch of animals in fancy clothes ATCs*. (She was done a couple weeks ago but hadn’t made it to the blog yet!)

I included some earlier dressed animals below.

Four Animals in Fancy Dress (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Here we have Harrington with Ascot, The Theurgist Tarabelle, Fox Maiden and Vincent Mundy. You probably know by now that I really like to name things. The two dogs above are probably my favorite dogs. (And they still live at my house!)

Thanks for stopping in!

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*ATCs – Artist Trading Cards, size 2.5″ x 3.5″. Lots of folks sell and trade em!

A Hat, A Girl, A Greyhound, in Acrylics

It is Day 28 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge!

A Hat, a Girl, a Greyhound
5″ x 7″ Acrylics on canvas board

Another one sort of finished but not really! I think a pale blue filmy veil hanging off the top section of this crazy hat (in back) might be nice… or might not! Maybe some wallpaper. I just could not decide what to put in the picture frame so I left it. Perhaps it’s an interior window to a pink kitten room. Or the place they keep the cotton candy machine.

Thanks so much to everyone from the 30-Day challenge who has visited and left a note, and everyone else, too. Stay warm out there, particularly if you’re experiencing this rough winter!

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A Girl and Her Bird, Acrylic and Ink

Danielle and Sinbad
6″ x 6′ Acrylics, ink and gel pen on gessobord

Challenge Day 27! Another experiment on smooth gessobord. The bright crazy background is my new Golden C.P. Cadmium Orange. (I think the CP stands for cadmium pigment.) I was going to add some ink design to it but once again, it’s time for bed.

Hey look, it’s another fancy hat! (I wonder if it’s the influence of free Project Runway reruns playing on Hulu in the background.) I try to vary the eyes so I’m not doing the same face all the time, but I need lots more work on noses and mouths.

Also! This is maiden number 149.

Finally decided I will definitely join the 29 Faces Challenge which conveniently starts immediately after the 30-day challenge. It’s funny how many people doing the 30-day challenge seem sad it is ending soon!

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Challenge Day 21, Acrylics and Fancy Hats

People! It’s day 21 of the 30-day painting challenge. I’m already trying to decide what I’m going to do in February. I know there is a 29 Faces challenge, but I don’t think I want to continue to post every day. I am undecided!

Sally Did Not Enjoy Her Hat
6″ x 6″ Acrylics and ink on gessobord

The nannies, all required to dress in costumes provided by their employers and attend the party to help with the children, did not appear to be enjoying themselves.

Alternate Titles: Sisterhood of the Missing Chins, Best Friends, The Fates (or The Furies – because that would be silly and ridiculous. Possibly hilarious). I had to abandon the background for time, once again, with a rather poor and uneven covering of purple.

The gessobord was suggested at Dick Blick’s as a very smooth surface to paint on. I don’t like it so far! (Erasing on it is messy, for one thing.) I think I might even like canvas texture. Further investigations are needed. Thanks for visiting!

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Day 20! Tiny Portraits Tell a Tragic Tale

Day 20 of the 30-day challenge.

Six Marriages, One Cat
8″ x 10″ Acrylics with a little ink and gel pen

Henrietta and Rupert were together through all six of her marriages. The second and fifth, Sydney and Lars, died quite unexpectedly. Vicious rumors accuse Rupert of having been the cause of at least one of those accidents (as well as two of four divorces). He was still robust at twenty-four years old, which was the last time anyone saw Henrietta or Rupert alive.

Submitted for the topic “Beginning” at Illustration Friday. Six marriages, two funerals, and four divorces is a lot of beginning over. Even if your loyal cat sees you through it all.

Henrietta is maiden number 145.

Hooray, it’s an 8×10! The background could use additional layers but at one painting a day and work tomorrow, it’s going to have to stop here. Don’t be surprised if many of the next ten days involve tiny portraits, apparently my new favorite thing.

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Day 17 and Paint Party Friday, Acrylics

Day 17 of the 30 day challenge! Also joining Paint Party Friday because I have been painting! This is canvas number 7. (The other ten days of the challenge thus far were made up of pen and ink or acrylics and ink as I gathered acrylic supplies and started learning to paint.)

Daphne, Portrait in Blue
5″ x 7″ Acrylics on Canvas Board

Fortunately it occurred to me to scan this one. (Much better quality than my terrible pictures, as in the progress pics below.)

I have done several maidens in frames, and an art pal named Sarah Trumpp, doing a painting challenge of her own,  reminded me I might like to paint one. So I did! Lots of progress pics below, as her face went through various incarnations before settling on this one.

Here’s a few of the early tiny framed girls:

Three Maidens in Tiny Frames
Each 3.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Lost Portrait of Emily, Tudor Maiden Portrait, and Anastasia of the North. Because if I’m going to spend that much time on 2.5″ x 3.5″, it’s gonna get a nice name. :)

Thanks for dropping in!

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