New Artcar Being Born!

Well, it’s beginning. Another artcar being born – the working title is #AllStarCoCarand you can follow us on social media by putting in that hashtag OR just follow us for regular updates. It is going to be a fun journey. We are collaborating with the fine folks at the AllStarCo for the gems and let me tell you – the gems are so much better quality than we used on Plan B. We had a huge issue with the gems on Plan B scratching as soon as they were out of the package and many got scratched within their own packaging so the shine was diminished from the get-go. I’m so stoked!

Here is the yucky, dull, boring exterior of our 2003 Ford Taurus.
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Here’s how to lay the jewels ….

 

Look at the sparkle in those jewels! These jewels are a triangle-cut and they reflect so much more light than the square cut jewels we used on our other car, Plan B.


Here is a closeup of some of the progress made so far. It’s going pretty fast today.
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And here is the finished back end so far – a LOT left to do but I feel confident we can get this done in 3 weeks or less (weather permitting).

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I Didn’t Think 500 Lumens was THAT Bright!


If you keep up with me, I’m always going on about how much I hate going down to the basement where my art studio is because it’s dark. I took a spill down the basement stairs (there are 14 of them – metal stairs that end on a concrete floor – but who is counting?) so, I always make sure I have a flashlight.

Then the flashlights turned into a hassle because: batteries. OMG they don’t last and I went the rechargeable route but that started getting expensive too. They’d hold a charge a few times then no. We wind up using a flashlight a lot in this house because it’s 100+ years old and there are zero overhead lights in any room and only a few standing lamps in the rooms we’re in the most. The rest work great for light in the day just having the windows open, but after dark you do indeed need a light source, like a flashlight. I was given the opportunity to try out this Night Provsion GMetal-5 flashlight at a discount and I said, “Count me in!”

The flashlight arrived quickly and was very well packed.
What struck me first was the compact size of this flashlight. It is barely large than my hand! FOTE855
That square white place on the flashlight there is a lantern. If you don’t want to use it as a flashlight, it will be a great lantern for you and the lanyard holder makes it convenient to hold no matter which mode you have it in. I just plugged the USB cable that comes with it into my computer and the flashlight charged up pretty quickly.

I’ve been using it about a week now, on the first charge still. Let me tell you, I read this light was 500 Lumens, it makes my other flashlights look like they are so dim. This light is super bright.

If you need a handy flashlight, I highly recommend this one as a great asset to have around when the lights go out! (or if you live in a house that was built by people who apparently hated lighting).

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Checking out the US Art Supply 50 Piece Artist Grade Colored Pencil Set Bundle


So I recently got the opportunity to purchase these colored pencils at a discount to review.

I honestly had not used colored pencils since I drew maps or biology drawings in junior high school. Recently, I’ve been seeing random artworks done with them and I wanted to check them out. I was surprised. These pigments are wax- based and surprisingly blendable even though the leads are not soft at all. The pencils themselves are made with flat edges so they don’t roll off your table and are easy to grip. Plus carrying case, while nothing to write home about, is functional and keeps your pencils together.

Whenever I try any medium that is new or I haven’t used in a long time, I usually sketch or paint a cat head. So I did that with these.
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If you’re interested in checking out a set of the US Art Supply 50 Piece Artist Grade Colored Pencil Set Bundle for yourself, they are affordable, lots of colors, and highly functional!

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White Cat Smelling the Flowers Cats of May Series

WP_20160602_08_09_42_ProI was owned by a large white cat once upon a time and he wasn’t really big on the outdoors but he loved to walk in the garden with me and sniff the flowers. Especially roses. And the valerian, which if you haven’t had the pleasure, smells a lot like a foot. He really liked valerian.

This is part of the Cats of May series and is 3.5 x 5.5 inches vintage postcard from the early 1900s.

This acrylic piece is 3.5 x 5.5 inches painted on a vintage postcard.

The Cats of May is a series of cat paintings I am doing in May 2016 – one cat per day to remember great cats I’ve been owned by and the cats of friends. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

Category Acrylic painting
Subject Animals & birds
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
This artwork is sold unframed
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The Cat From Hamburg – Cats of May Series acrylic painting

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I wanted to paint a Cheshire-like cat – except this one is on a postcard about Hamburg. There was a tiny bend in the top left corner – I painted over it and taped the back (it’s about half an inch) and it’s feeling sturdy now. It doesn’t show in the finished piece.

This is part of the Cats of May series and is 3.5 x 5.5 inches vintage postcard from the early 1900s.

This acrylic piece is 3.5 x 5.5 inches painted on a vintage postcard.

The Cats of May is a series of cat paintings I am doing in May 2016 – one cat per day to remember great cats I’ve been owned by and the cats of friends. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

Category Acrylic painting
Subject Animals & birds
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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Cats of May: The Black and White Sideways Greeter – original acrylic painting on vintage postcard

WP_20160602_08_09_29_ProA friend of mine has a cat that never looks directly at you – always sideways.

This is part of the Cats of May series and is 3.5 x 5.5 inches vintage postcard from the early 1900s.

This acrylic piece is 3.5 x 5.5 inches painted on a vintage postcard.

The Cats of May is a series of cat paintings I am doing in May 2016 – one cat per day to remember great cats I’ve been owned by and the cats of friends. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

Category Acrylic painting
Subject Animals & birds
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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Little Black Dress acrylic painting on vintage postcard from early 1900s

WP_20160602_08_08_31_ProShe’s walking away in her little black dress.

3.5 x 5.5 painted with acrylics on a vintage postcard from the early 1900s.

Category Acrylic painting
Subject People & portraits
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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The Elephant Hated the Circus

 

WP_20160602_08_08_19_ProI love elephants, I was really glad to see Ringling Brothers retired all their beautiful elephants.

This piece was made on a vintage postcard from the early 1900s using acrylic paints.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches

Category Acrylic painting
Subject Animals & birds
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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Green Bead Necklace Lady original painting

WP_20160525_13_54_47_ProThis piece was made on a vintage postcard from the early 1900s using acrylic paints.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches

Category Acrylic painting
Subject People & portraits
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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Sour Girl Returns

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Just posted in our Store.
This was my mother’s favorite insult when I was a kid- it was just weird when I thought of it as an adult. And makes a fun little character I enjoy painting.

This piece was made on a vintage postcard from the early 1900s using acrylic paints.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches

Category Acrylic painting
Subject Still life
Substrate Paper
Materials vintage postcard from early 1900s
Style Naive
Dimensions 5.5 × 3.5 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 5.5 × 3.5 in (actual image size)
Framing This artwork is sold unframed
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