A while back when I first started blogging and finding other arty blogs I kept coming across the acronym ACEO which seemed to be really popular amonst other artists and discovered that it means Art Cards, Editions & Originals.
These are basically artist trading cards and they only have 1 main rule which is that they must measure 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches. They were originally so that artists could trade these amongst each other but then they quickly realised that the public couldn't join in as they had nothing to trade and so artists started to sell ACEOs to the public at really low prices. This means that people can buy either printed editions or original artwork for as little as maybe £3-£5 per painting.
Anyway, I decided that I would do a series of ACEOs based on my holiday photos of Skye. I did two today. The advantage of painting on such a small area is that it doesn't take as long; the disadvantage is that everything has to be really tiny to fit on the small area!
I'm not entirely sure if I am happy with these but, as they are my first attempt at ACEOs, I'm not going to beat myself up about them. I still wanted to use the pointy style but it does require a really fine paintbrush and because the details are so much smaller it does require patience and a steady hand. It is quite hard not to end up with muddy colours, which I think is what happened to the first one of Staffin Bay. The other problem I have with painting landscapes is that without a manmade object to give it detail, I suspect my fields, mountains and sea just turn into big blobs of nothing very distinct! I did incorporate a fence post into this (which did actually exist in the photo I took) to try to give it some kind of focus but I'm not convinced it works. In fact, I fear it may even look a little rude!
|This is just slightly bigger than the actual lifesize painting|
The next one I tried was one of the telephone box out in the middle of nowhere. I decided to use more ink in this one with just a sort of wash of watercolour over it. I did like it, until I got impatient and tried to paint sky inbetween the red of the phone box before the red had dried and ended up with a sort of pink sky!!
*Note to self - yes, watching paint dry is boring, but it's better than a rubbish painting because you're too impatient.
Anyway, tiny paintings may be the way forward and I will work on some more of Skye and see if I can improve upon these next time.