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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jersey Cow aceo

We went to the Minnesota Zoological Gardens the other day, and of course I brought the cameras. I noticed that there were two very cute, even pretty cows. This one, which is a Jersey, and another called Brown Swiss (which I am sure I will end up painting. )
My favorite cow was a 3 month old Brown Swiss calf named Tolbie. You guessed it, I'll be painting him soon too.
This one is an original aceo oil painting on watercolor paper. It can be purchased through my etsy store, or through my website at

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Elephant Portrait

I have really been enjoying doing these wild animal portraits. This one is 12x16, oil on stretched canvas, stapled on the back. The sides are painted as a continuation of the painting.
This painting can be purchased through my website at look under Wildlife.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pony aceo

This one is another aceo of a cute little pony. I really like how he turned out. He is oil on watercolor paper. This one and the two chipmunks aceos, from the previous post are all sold. My first aceo sales. Yah!!!
I want to have prints made of these and some others that are in private collections and post at my etsy shop at They will also soon to be found in my shop.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Here are the other two I did that same day. The first one is called Chipmunk aceo, and the second, (my favorite) Peek-a-Boo aceo. They are, of course, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Reference photos by Pat Otten.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

African Rainbow Lizard aceo

Here is a little aceo oil painting of an African Lizard.
This one is from a reference photo by Dr. Thomas Trainer, he is so sweet to allow me to use his awesome photos. As soon as I saw this shot I knew I would paint it.
The other evening I sat down and did 3 aceos, and I had a great time. I will be posting the other 2 in the next couple of days. In the meantime I will be uploading it to my etsy shot,, and my website, I'm sure it will also end up on my cafepress shot,, and my zazzle shop at*.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Dikdik - Dwarf Antelope

I did this painting last weekend. It is 5x7 on gallery wrapped canvas.
When I saw this little guy, I knew I was going to paint him, he is just so adorable with those big beautiful black eyes. I had to look up on the internet to find out what kind of animal he is. He is a Dwarf Antelope from Africa called a dikdik. (kind of a strange name)
The reference photo came from Dr. Thomas Trainer, with permission of course. He is so very generous and sweet to allow me the privledge of using his photos.