Monday, May 11, 2009

ACEO Painting Frenzy

All images copyright Jan Gibson

As you can see, I've been on an ACEO painting frenzy in the past few days. Most of these are watercolor with the little kitty being painted in gouache.

If I ever
finish my new website or find the right online sales site, these may hopefully find new homes! No matter, they were really fun to do anyway and even if I never sell any of them, I don't regret the time spent painting them.

Just in case you're new on the internet or to art on the internet or have been on an extended vacation and have missed it, ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. The cards have become highly collectible because they are affordable art. The only rule is that the size be exactly 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. This is the size of one of the sports trading cards and ACEOs will fit into those plastic pages with sleeves used for those sports cards. Many people put the filled pages into a beautiful scrapbook or dressed up binder and used it for a coffee-table book.

Other people frame their little masterpieces either singly or several in a frame and hang them on a wall.

No matter how you display the ACEOs, collecting them is fun and you can get the art you like at very reasonable prices. ACEO prices start at just a few dollars and climb into the hundreds depending on the subject and popularity of the artist.

These little cards are also additive to paint even though it's much, much harder to paint small than it is to paint large. I've had a running contest with myself to try to pack as much detail into these little paintings as I would a larger painting.

Sometimes I win - sometimes I lose but it's always fun!


twincedar said...

Wow Jan! These are really nice! You have been busy! Hopefully they will all find homes soon!

Jan said...

Thanks Lori. I've been having fun if nothing else!

readingsully2 said...

Hi Jan...I keep telling you how beautiful your work is. Glad you are enjoying the ACEOs. I love them too. I also enjoy doing ACEO accessories. :)

Christine said...

Wow, you have been busy...and what sweet aceo's you've created! I don't think you'll have a problem finding them new homes at all. :> )

Teresa said...

Jan! These are great!! Love the varied subject matter and your colors are so clear and vibrant.

Jan said...

Thanks so much, Carole. As an unsure artist, it's nice that you are so kind about my work!

Thank you so much, Christine, and you too, Teresa.

I did want a lot of variety and color for these so am glad that got accomplished!