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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Flow of ACEO

I don't know about other ACEO creators, but ACEO's come in spurts for me! I also paint other sizes of small format art as well as watercolor on canvas and larger paintings. So how do I decide when to paint what size???

Well... sometimes it's just instinct. ACEO ideas just start flowing and I have to go with the flow!!!

Other times, I take my 9x12 watercolor block and divide it up, with pencil lines, into ACEO's with spillover space in between. When I do this... I can't use my 9x12 block until I've painted all my ACEO's - so there's some pressure there!

But I create in other media's too. I have card stock, yuppo, canvas and even ACEO stretched canvas, all waiting for the "mood" to strike!

One thing though... ACEO's are an addiction... so I can't go very long without having to create them. I even have my daughter starting on some with her own style - and I hope to present some of her work to you very soon.

Now that you know that my ACEO's come in spurts... let me show you the results of my most recent flow of paintings!

"Autumn In The Gorge"
(c) M Pruitt 2008 (SOLD)

"Misty Columbia Gorge"
(c) M Pruitt 2008 (click here)

"Autumn in the Northwest"
(c) M Pruitt 2008 (Prize Award for Etsy Challenge)

"Winter Traveler"
(c) M Pruitt 2008 (click here)

It would be fun to hear how some of our other ACETSY team members create ACEO's. Leave a message or your own post. Do you create in spurts? Do they flow or do you plan ahead? Do you create in other sizes? How do you decide what to do next?


pinkglitterfae said...

I tend to work like you. There are times when I have my large watercolor books divided into ACEO size sections, so I can work on a variety of cards at once. The ideas flow so easily sometimes, that I feel like I can't keep up. I wish I could sustain that feeling though.

I stop for a while to take a break, and start working on other sized art. I am now working mostly on my larger paintings, experimenting with mixed-media, so my ACEOs are still waiting, unfinished. I tried working a bit on them between my other work, but haven't been able to finish many.
I definitely need to be in the mood to work on them. But when the mood hits, it can last several months, like last year at this time. I painted dozens of ACEOs, and couldn't wait to do more.

Unfortunately, there isn't enough time in the day to accomplish everything I set out to do. They are so addictive though, just like you say, and I can't wait to get back into it :-)

It is wonderful that your daughter is working on them as well, can't wait to see her work too.

cuteartworld said...

These are so realistic oh how I wish I could paint like this!

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