Thursday, July 29, 2010

ACEtsy / EtsyACEO Street Team

As of today, I am proud to be a member of the ACEtsy/EtsyACEO Street Team, which is a group of Etsy Artists who create ACEO's. ACEO stands for 'Art Cards, Editions and Originals' and they have one essential rule...they must be 3.5" x 2.5" in size, the same as a trading card. ACEO cards are a fun, affordable way to collect art that you can either frame or store in a trading card album for years of enjoyment and it's quite the craze! Although I have only introduced myself, I will soon be uploading my ACEO's. I did get some new work onto Etsy today though!

©2010 Lorrie M. Bennett Butterfly Tangle ACEO Pen & Ink, Digital
Click here....Prints are in my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Featured On Etsy Treasury

What a wonderful surprise I had waiting for me this morning when I opened my email. Flower Pond Studio, an Etsy Treasury Curator, had included one of my ACEO cards as one of her Treasury Favorites. It was such a nice surprise.

This is the card that was featured, 'Frangipani'.

Monday, July 26, 2010

'Feuillage'

I have diligently tried to post this recent work for the last few days but something always got in the way. So, finally, here it is...

This sweet frame, called 'Feuillage' meaning leaf or foliage in french, is an art piece I had recently completed in the wood burning technique I had described in a previous post.

The frame size is almost 8"x8" and the colors are so pretty in person, it actually sparkles in the light. So when I manifest the new camera of my dreams, I am sure I will be able to capture it perfectly. Can't wait for that!

There's much more to come...so stay tuned.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Caged

A little pen and ink I worked on today while it rained and rained.
I love the rain. It feels sort of storybook to me and it's certainly helping with the heat 'round here. I hope to add the color tomorrow....stay tuned.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dreams And New Shop

Well, here it is. The new project(s) that I have been working on.

As I mentioned in the last post, this has been something I have had creating in my mind for such a long time...for years really. In fact I have quite an assortment of unfinished wood items that I have collected over the years...just waiting for me to get started.

After I hand draw the images onto the wooden piece, I wood burn the image into it, which has afforded me a couple little burns too. (Note to self....will need special gloves)

After that, I stain each portion and then proceed to paint it. My goal is to incorporate inspirational words and additional wooden elements for a bit of whimsy.

Lastly, I seal it with a non-yellowing varnish to protect it for generations to come!

I have a few other pieces completed as well and will have to get those uploaded tomorrow. In lieu of this new venture, I have also opened a new Etsy shop for this type of work called..... Divine Design Too! Make sure to check it out!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Something New

I have been working on something new this past week......

and am very excited about it. Lots of ideas building...should be fun. More to come soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chickie Chick

Working on some whimsical pieces lately and really having a lot of fun with them....

This is Chickie Chick and she is fun and full of spunk. When she walks....everyone notices! Created in pen & archival ink and Prismacolor professional colored pencils on Bristol.
Click here....Prints are now in my Etsy Shop!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Zeus - The Gentle Giant

Spending so much time in the studio can get lonely sometimes...unless you have friends like mine that come to visit..........

This is Zeus. My kids rescued him a couple years ago when he was very tiny and scared. He is actually a rather large cat now and has a bold and beautiful stature. Most cats who come upon him will back up, fearing his presence....but the truth be known, he is just a gentle, sweet giant. Quiet and soft and loving. When confronted, he has no desire to fight. Instead, he will turn and walk off slowly. He's not a fighter, he's a lover. He prefers to sleep in bed with me or my daughter at night....with his head on a pillow and follows quite a routine every day. And when he looks at you, there is such a tenderness. We are so blessed to have him in our family.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control....

Gal. 5:22-23

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Football Mural

Most who know me, know that football is not my thing...so when I was contacted about doing a football mural for a teenager...I of course thought, uhh ohh! Let's just say, I know a lot more about football now than I did before...LOL. The story behind all this was so wonderful, too. Sharie and Steve wanted to surprise their teenage boy with a mural for his room while he was away at football camp. About 13 months ago, he gave up his room to his grandmother when her house burned down and this was in the midst of her recovering from cancer and the passing of the grandfather, too. It must have been such a difficult time for them all. So this gesture for their son was to show him gratitude for what he gave up for the family. What a wonderful gift.

The best part is that I was able to meet 2 of the most beautiful people anyone would be blessed to come to know. Sharie and Steve's generosity to me and my children was extraordinary. They are kind and loving from deep down and this project was a pleasure.

Their son was certainly surprised when he got home, having no idea what was behind his door. The football player is Tim Couch and those in the stands were renditions of their family. And Sharie made sure that the bedspread, curtains and pillows were all of the Cleveland Browns, too. I have been blessed to have been part of this wonderful gift!

....It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35

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