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Miniature Oil Pastel and Acrylic Painting: Fractured 2

Fractured 2 by Anima, Miniature oil pastel and acrylic painting

Fractured 2
© Anima
4" x 6" (10 cm x 15 cm)
acrylic and oil pastel on canson mi-teinte paper

Love that Blue

In my teenaged days, blue was my favourite color. Any kind of blue. Royal, navy, cobalt, sky, powder, baby, it didn't matter. I loved them all. And even though my tastes have expanded over the years, I'm still a blue girl.

Brown-Eyed Girl

For Fractured 2 I started out with the idea of big beautiful brown eyes. From there it was easy to fall back into my blue habit. Brown and blue naturally complement each other and create a modern, contemporary feel.

Why brown eyes? Well it's hard to resist a set of big brown eyes. My four adorable brown-eyed nieces are all the evidence you'll need of that.

About Fractured 2

Fractured 2 is second in my Fractured series and has a completely different mood than Fractured 1. It's a miniature acrylic and oil pastel mixed-media on canson mi-teinte paper.

What Next?

Fractured 2 is matted, ready to frame and on sale at my Etsy shop now. Browse my Etsy store here or view more art work for sale here.

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Posted by Anima on June 1, 2008   0 Comments Links to this post

Abstract Landscapes and Florals by Mandy Budan

Forest Patterns by Mandy Budan

Forest Patterns
© Mandy Budan
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Panel

Canadian acrylic artist Mandy Budan's work is unexpected and striking. Her Etsy avatar was my first glimpse of her art, and always curious about another Canadian artist, I checked out her shop on Etsy. What a brilliant surprise!

What I'd assumed to be a contemporary abstract painting went far beyond that. The kaleidoscope of shapes and colors transformed into a beautiful summer landscape. I was fascinated.
Last Rose of Summer by Mandy Budan

Last Rose of Summer
© Mandy Budan
18" x 24"
Acrylic on Panel

By day, Mandy's a "mild-mannered graphic designer", to quote her own words. But by night, she recreates the scenery, decomposing sky, trees, leaves and flowers into discrete shapes and colors. Ordinary details are reimagined as geometric designs, but with the structure, patterns, and rhythms of the natural world.

Mandy's strong use of color strikes a chord with me. Hues are vibrant and
create stunning contrasts. My favorite thing about her work is the feeling I get
of coming in and out of the painting, of seeing abstract forms one minute and an entire landscape vista the next. Mist Patterns by Mandy Budan

Mist Patterns
© Mandy Budan
9" x 12"
Acrylic on Panel

Mandy's blog, features her paintings in progress. I'm filled with curiosity about her translation of reference pictures into her painting concepts and then to preliminary drawings. Her preliminary drawings are intricate, to say the least.

Looking through her portfolio of work, the finished paintings vary in their levels of abstraction. Some are barely recognizable as landscapes while the scenes of other pieces jump right out. It makes for a refreshing variety. Diverse color palettes and subjects also keep the viewer interested. Make sure you browse her abstract landscape art website to see her entire portfolio.

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Posted by Anima on May 27, 2008   1 Comments Links to this post

Miniature Oil Pastel Painting: Cryptic Eyes 2

Miniature Oil Pastel Painting in yellow and blue: Cryptic Eyes 2

Why Yellow?

This is Cryptic Eyes 2, the second miniature painting in the Cryptic Eyes series. I introduced the first in that series, Cryptic Eyes 1, a couple weeks ago. In an out of character move, I chose yellow for the primary color for this piece. The only other time in recent history that I've used yellow like this was for the fantasy painting, Solare.

Maybe my mind was addled by all the wine I'd been tasting before painting this piece. Ter and I were at the Fall Wine Festival in the Okanagan, a trip I highly recommend and would like to repeat in the next couple years.

Yellow may not be my favorite color (though I love creams and golds), but
I do like how this painting turned out. The contrast of the blue with the yellow
and orange makes for an optimistic, bright, sunny effect.

Making Cryptic Eyes 2

I used Canson Mi-Teinte paper that I'd cut down to 4" x 6" (10cm x 15cm),
the size of a OSWOA or Original Small Work of Art. Then I taped out the edge making the image 3.5" x 5.5" (8.75cm x 13.75cm). Oil pastels, always my favorite, was the medium of choice. I had a little fun by using a toothbrush to create the textured background behind the cryptic design. Finally, I matted the finished painting with white 5" x 7" (12.5cm x 17.5cm) Crescent® Conservation Grade Mat.

What Next?

Cryptic Eyes 2, this bright and cheerful miniature painting, is matted, ready to frame, and on sale in my Etsy shop now.

Learn more about Cryptic Eyes 2 here, peek inside my Etsy shop here, or check out more miniature art here.

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Posted by Anima on May 7, 2008   0 Comments Links to this post

Original ACEO: Shape of a Woman's Back

Original ACEO - Shape of a Woman's Back

About Shape of a Woman's Back

Shape of a Woman's Back is the first ACEO (Art Cards, Editions, and Originals) that I've every created. It started as washes of red, pink, and orange acrylic paint on Canson Mi-Teinte paper. Then I mimicked the female form with ink lines.

My First ACEO

I've wanted to paint ACEOs for several months, but I must admit they challenge me, since typically, my paintings are very large. Even though I've recently begun doing small original works that are 4" x 6" (10cm x 15cm), the ACEO size of 2.5" x 3.5" (6.25cm x 8.75cm) is the smallest I've worked. After Shape of a Woman's Back, I painted two more immediately afterwards and had a lot of fun! I'm anticipating many more ACEOs in the future.

What Next?

You can purchase this one of a kind original ACEO from my Etsy store.

Learn more about Shape of a Woman's Back here, browse my Etsy shop here, or view my fantasy art work here.

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Posted by Anima on April 14, 2008   1 Comments Links to this post

Miniature Mixed Media Painting: Fractured 1

Miniature Mixed Media Painting - Fractured 1

My Favorite Thing About Fractured 1

This is the first in my "Fractured" series depicting a woman's face with only her eye and the top portion of her face visible. My favourite thing about this painting is its intensity. Between the penetrating look from the woman's eye and the contrast between the blue of her iris and the red of the foreground, it's hard to ignore!

Details About Fractured 1

At 4" x 6" (10cm x 15cm), Fractured 1 is an Original Small Work of Art (OSWOA) or miniature painting. The image size is 3.5" x 5.5" (8.75cm x 13.75cm) and it's matted with white 5" x 7" (12.5cm x 17.5cm) Crescent® Conservation Grade Mat.

What Next?

Fractured 1, is an original painting and will not be reproduced in any format. Right now, it's matted, ready to frame, and for sale in my Etsy shop.

Learn more about Fractured 1 here, browse through my other Etsy shop paintings here, or view my acrylic and oil pastel paintings here.

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Posted by Anima on April 11, 2008   0 Comments Links to this post

Small Work of Art: Cryptic Eyes 1

Original Small Work of Art - Cryptic Eyes 1

What I Like About Cryptic Eyes 1

Cryptic Eyes 1 is the first in a series of 3 miniature fantasy paintings with the name "Cryptic Eyes". I love the muted pinks and greens in this piece. But I especially like how it contrasts the feeling of intimacy from the close up view of the woman's eyes with mystery since the rest of her face is concealed. What's you're favourite thing about this painting?

Details About Cryptic Eyes 1

The entire piece is painted with Holbein oil pastels on Canson Mi-Teinte paper. I cut the sheet of Canson paper to 4" x 6" (10cm x 15cm) making this an OSWOA or Original Small Work of Art. The edge of the paper is taped out so the image is 3.5" x 5.5" (8.75cm x 13.75cm). The finished painting is matted with white 5" x 7" (12.5cm x 17.5cm) Crescent® Conservation Grade Mat.

What Next?

Cryptic Eyes 1, matted and ready to frame, is available for sale in my Etsy shop. It's a one of a kind original that's not being reproduced in any other form!

Learn more about Cryptic Eyes 1 here, explore the Art by Anima Etsy shop here, or view more fantasy art here.

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Posted by Anima on April 9, 2008   2 Comments Links to this post

Etsy and Me

Blue and Gold Tassel Earrings | Art by AnimaI recently opened an online shop on a great web site for all things handmade – Etsy. Almost anything you can imagine is available there – clothes, shoes, jewellery, ceramics, fine art and on and on it goes. There are a lot of different ways to shop. By colour, by category or request a custom item from a vendor.

I’ve already made my first purchase: beautiful blue and gold tassel earrings with lamp worked glass which should be arriving next week. Lately, my weakness is jewellery. In fact, I was ogling one incredibly unique necklace when someone bought it right from under me! I’m still reeling from shock and dismay.

Etsy Ophelia Necklace | Art by Anima
In my shop I’m featuring miniature original paintings and my digital prints. I must say I’m having a lot of fun reading the posts in the forums and all in all enjoying the friendly and creative atmosphere. So come check out my store on Etsy and all the other great vendors there. It’s a great way to shop!


Posted by Anima on December 6, 2007   0 Comments Links to this post

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