Sunday, January 28, 2007


Well, this is a little out of my ordinary! I belong to a group on eBay called "ATC & ACEO Enthusiasts". Each week, they have a challenge to do an ACEO on a particular theme. The challenges always sound like fun (last week's was cosmetics -- how did I miss that?!). So, I jump in whenever I can.

This week's theme is lovebirds. How cute! Brace yourselves; you might see more of them this week. To see what everyone is doing, go to eBay and search for "ACEO Lovebirds".

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Kindness of the Heart

And the hearts continue.... A little play on words for you. I liked the idea of little hearts swirling around kindness.


Monday, January 22, 2007


Here's the latest addition to my popular Inspiration series. When the pace gets too hectic, a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey is just what we need. The colors in this are really vibrant, making it a joy to look at.

Colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, on high-quality heavy Rives BFK paper.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Believe in Love

Here's one for the hopeless romantic in all of us. You know who you are.

Buy it here.


Saturday, January 20, 2007


Here's a joyous expression of the need to break into song.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cortland Apples

Here's a quick sketch of some Cortland Apples for you. They're my favorites lately -- juicy, crisp, flavorful. The apples are colored pencil. The background is acrylic on matboard.


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Come Away With Me

Come away with me to where we can be free. A romantic little ACEO, perfect for your Valentine.
This card is acrylic, oil pastel, colored pencil on acid-free matboard. Buy it here.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Pink and Yellow

I'm sorry, but I seriously can't explain this one. It has been coming up in my sketchbook for at least a month -- maybe two -- and I just had to do it. I don't know what it represents, but there's something about that combination of pink and yellow with a dark form in the middle that has been on my mind.
There. Now it's on paper. Maybe I can move onto something else.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Rice Paper Snowflakes

The photo does not do justice to this ACEO! The snowflakes are made from the most beautiful rice paper -- thin, translucent, full of shimmery threads that enhance the idea of snow. The effect is beautiful and subtle.

The background is acrylic and watercolor on another sheet of rice paper. The whole ensemble is mounted on cardstock for stability.

Buy it here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Sunny Snowflake

I have to tell you, I love this little card. The colors, the snowflake, the whole thing. It reminds me of a stained glass window in the sunshine. Or one of those perfect winter days when it's snowing like crazy despite a sunny blue sky. Buy it here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Hearts Afloat

Look out now or those hearts will get away from you! I couldn't resist this cute idea -- hearts as balloons, floating free. The card is acrylic, wax, permanent ink, and colored pencil on matboard. Wouldn't it be a great -- and original -- Valentine's gift? Buy it here.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Garden of Hearts

3/9/07 Note: "Garden of Hearts" is one of 4 finalists in the Spring Contest at ACEO Magazine! Check it out!

Here's a whimsical garden of Valentine's hearts -- charming, isn't it? The image is made using colored pencil and watercolor on handmade paper, all mounted on cardstock. Talk about a great Valentine's Day gift for your sweetie. Buy it here.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Blue Snowflake

Ah, a beautiful snowflake! It is cut out of paper, just like we used to do when we were kids. The background is a collage of handmade paper mounted on cardstock, painted with acrylics.

Why snowflakes? The weather wasn't cooperating at Christmas -- it was warm and dry -- so I cut snowflakes out of paper and hung them around the house to give us a White Christmas anyway. Afterwards, the snowflakes were just the right size to make into ACEOs.

I've posted other snowflakes here and on my web site at .

Interested? Buy it here.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

On the Wing

This fanciful little creature flew into my head and onto the paper last night. It looks a little like a butterfly to me, or maybe a lily. Either way, it's charming.
This is watercolor and ink on high-quality acid-free paper.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Fields of Green

Much of my inspiration comes from nature -- how light plays on flowers, how breezes ripple through leaves, even how sun sparkles on snow. I delight in those things, and trying to represent them on paper is a satisfying challenge. Have you seen how a breeze plays with tall grass? That's the idea behind this card. Buy it here.

Happy New Year

I couldn't resist doing a quick little sketch on January 1! I'd just gotten some new ink pens and some new ACEO blanks and had to take them for a spin. Very nice!

The champagne wasn't bad, either.

ACEO of the Day Blog!

After much deliberation, I have decided to set a New Year's Resolution for 2007 of making an ACEO every day and posting them here. I have been making ACEOs for the past year and really love them. This challenge will give me a chance to polish up my drawing and painting skills and commit deeply to my art.