Saturday, May 31, 2008

Check out little Robert portrait, done in oils

Hi all, I have been painting in a special class here in Vancouver WA and in a day and half here is the painting so he cute or what.....

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Action Needed on the Orphan Act Bill

Today I prepared and printed many ACEOs ... it was a lot of work and a lot of fun!! I played with this image and made several other variations of these unusual birds. Please all US residents take the action suggested below to try to stop this irresponsible version of this well-meaning but mis-guided bill. Clearly my local US Representative, John Olver, does not understand the importance of this bill. He supports it for the museums. He doesn't realize how much this will hurt all the artists in his district. So please, please write!

Spring Birds

Spring Birds, Digital © Diane Clancy

Totally quoted from an email sent to me:

A quick update about this bill. It is poised for a final vote (date not yet announced) so please try to get your final "shots" in.

What illustrators and designers and photographers etc. are doing now is a postcard mailing blitz... (many of them are using their postcard mailers or printing off something quickly)

On the back they write: "Please vote NO on the Orphan Works bill-- H.R. 5889 for the House; S-2913 for the Senate" and sign it with their name and contact information.

No explanation necessary just "VOTE NO TO THE ORPHAN WORKS ACT."

**But here is the important part: **

**Any correspondence needs to be addressed to the DISTRICT OFFICE. **

Apparently, mail received at district offices, gets to the congressmen faster than it would if sent to their actual offices.

You can go to this link:

Just click on the name and it will take you to his or her website where the mailing address of the district office can be found.

Check out this article printed by the Boston Herald

-the cartoon that accompanies it is great!

~ Diane Clancy

Thursday, May 29, 2008


I don't paint that often these days - maybe once or twice a month, but I finished this yesterday evening about 7 before the sun went down. I sketched and painted it down at the barn and when the wind came up, I moved into my little tack room to finish. It was quite cramped in there with this large painting - a 4' x 3' canvas. I'm happy with this painting because it captures the body styles and personalities of each of my four horses. My four year - Fierte, My 15 year old - Cody, My 5 year old - Vinny, and finally my 10 year old - Georgia. Painted in oils with mostly a palette knife.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2 **New** Art SQUARED 4 x 4's

New in my Etsy shop are 2 Art Squared 4 x 4's....each quite different from the other. Each is mixed media, mounted on sturdy mat board.



Come on by my shop and browse around. The coffee's always on! :)

Sheet Attack

Went out this morning and had my grandson Myles play around with a sheet while I took photos, I was trying to capture the *wind*. I loved how this one came out, what do you think?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Artistic Inspiration - Staci Rose Designs

Inspiration comes from many places and it varies from artist to artist. I am inspired by textures for my pottery, colors for my paintings, the stones themselves for my jewelry, or even the desires of one of my customers!

I gain inspiration from the different artist groups I belong to, as well. One recent challenge had me creating a Hamsa. Also known as the Hand of Fatima, the Eye of Fatima, or the Hand of Miriam, it is a symbol used to protect against the evil eye. The word itself, in Hebrew and Arabic, literally means "five" - some associate the significance of the five fingers to the five books of the Torah for Jews, the Five Pillars of Islam for Sunnis, or the five People of the Cloak for Shi'ites. In Jewish culture you can find it incorporated in wall plaques, mobiles, keychains and necklaces. Sometimes they are inscribed with Hebrew prayers for the home or travelers.

I decided to take a random idea of wire, pewter charms, and glass beads and make it a reality of a 6 inch wall hanging. This is the first time I have ever created something like this and I had a fabulous time! I am happy to create one just for you - I welcome custom orders! Simply drop me a line at or request a custom order through my Etsy shop!

What inspires you?!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Darkness Falls

Darkness falls across the town;
creeps inside my soul.

When will inner light return?

my other can find some more of my recent digital work on my other

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Romantic Found Poetry ACEO's

I have three new romantic "found poetry" collaged ACEO's listed in my Etsy shop! Shown above is one of them.

Each ACEO includes my own lines of poetry, clipped from recycled book pages. "Found poetry" is when you think of poetic thoughts, then find individual words in printed text, such as an old book, magazine, newspaper, etc....cut it and arrange it to what you want to say.
These are romantic, light-hearted, OOAK, original, collectible prints will be, nor has been made.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Summer's Where?

We had three or four days of sun with temps in the 90s, I remember them well. Just last weekend the AC was a necessity. Now the heat comes on and it's in the 50s. I really enjoy warm summer nights. These dunes remind me of the Lake Ontario shore I visited each summer as a child. Able to stay up later because school was out, we'd play in the dunes until the sun set.

Warm Night

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Morning Still

I wanted to test my skills at a fast/loose style and choose one of perhaps thousands of photographs of the British Columbia landscape that I have taken.

oil coffee painting
"Morning Still"
9" x 12" oil on stretched canvas
© 2008

I am not entirely satisfied with the beach area, but I think I'll let this one sit for a couple of days and see if anything in particular jumps out at me. All my new Daniel Smith paints (Cadmium Green Hue, Rich Green Gold, Quinacridone Gold, and Asphaltum) were used in this one as well as some old favourites (Cerulean Blue, Titanium-Zinc White, and Sap Green). I kept the palette fairly simple... but not too restrictive.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

**NEW** Collage' ACEO's and Collage'

Hi all,

I listed 3 new one-of-a-kind BIRD collage' ACEO's and one original collage' in my Etsy shop late last night. One has "found poetry" and one has my own HAIKU. The other has text written in india ink. The collage' has found text ephemera. Check it out. :)

I'm having an ACEO CLEARANCE SALE through the month of May! See my original OOAK collectible ACEO's....very colorful, lively, vibrant cards.



Come on by! The coffee's on!


Monday, May 19, 2008

Hydrangea - A Panoramic Version

Measuring 9 2/3 by 4 1/4 this is my larger version of blue hydrangea. Artist grade pigments on 140# Sennelier HP watercolor paper.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

So...Come here often???

This is a digitally altered photo that I took of a pair of gulls , it reminded me of a male going up to a female in a club and using an old one liner on her...LOL. Hard to tell if she is impressed or not though :-)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I started this painting on Thursday, and finished it yesturday, (Friday). It is 12"x12" oil on stretched canvas. I really like how he turned out.
Photo reference came from Dr. Thomas Trainer, with permission of course. I've really been having fun with these African Wildlife paintings. I'm sure you will be seeing more of them coming up.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Swan Song

Deeply emotive mixed media painting 'Swan Song' measures 40cm x 50cm x 4cm and is currently for sale HERE
This work was created using a hand transferred image from one of my other paintings,inks,poetry,acrylics,glazing and collage techniques.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sunny Perch, Watercolour Miniature Painting

This is another one of my little bird paintings that I have been playing around for a little while now. I was getting frustrated with the greens (both the convenience and the made-to-order greens) so I placed this one to the side. But, now that I've received my new green (rich green gold from Daniel Smith) I've given it another try. And... I do like the spring freshness that I've been able to achieve now.

chickadee oil painting
"Sunny Perch"
3" x 4" watercolour on paper
© 2008

Amongst The Daises


This is a mixed media original painting on thick paper currently for sale in my ebay store.A feminine and light, airy piece, it includes indian inks,watercolour paints and gouache with conte crayon. Perfect in a light frame!
CLICK HERE to visit my store!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Inner Vision

Switching things up again, I like to keep folks guessing, wondering what will she do next! Or in this case *What IS that?*, which happens to be the name of the contest challenge for this week at the photography site I belong to. I keep entering, but have yet to win. Last time, I got one vote so I think I am getting better!
Anyhow, if you can't tell, this is a shot I took looking into the opening of a conch shell.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sky Blue Universe

View From the Jetty on a Pristine Day -c 2008 Lynda Lehmann

Sky Blue Universe

sunlight bends to grasp and hold
far regions bound to earth.
horizon ties heaven, land, and sea,
the universe-continuum
whose color is the sky.

waters, skies, pass days to nights.
boulders massive, algae slight
bind all to One
grand cycle, play, and song,
transforming dark to light.

- Text and image c Lynda Lehmann 2008

Image c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Seascape class at Hangups

We had a wonderful class this week at Hangups in Richland WA. I taught a seascape painting. 11x14 canvas, Rock n Water. Had eight students, one not shown as she had to run off early. Finished painting is on sale at my main website,

Rock n Water

11 x 14 canvas

$75 plus shipping

Friday, May 09, 2008

*Some Guy*

This is my very first attempt at an actual 9x12 portrait type picture,,it was supposed to look like somebody, but it didn't come out the way it should have, but I still like it :-), alright, I will admit it,,I am actually proud of
Of course if anybody figures out who it was supposed to be I will be happy.
Anyway, I have NEVER tried to do anything like this, if drawing is needed for my quilts, I usually get my daughter to do it.
I drew this using a #2 pencil and absolutely NO experience!
So what do you think?

May Showcase of the Sea

Today is my first time in posting here on this blog! My 6 months of membership is finished as of today. I want to thank everyone that has entered my WWAO showcase of seascapes on my website.....

We have 27 different artists showing their items of the sea.

I got a bit of painting done this week for upcoming oil painting classes..... here is one of the paintings..... it will be available for sale after the class To see more of my oil paintings...

Clearance SALE on Collage ACEO's

All of my collage' ACEO's are currently ON SALE in my Etsy shop! Some have "found poetry" and/or "found text"....some have my own 5/7/5 HAIKU. The single cards are prints have been made, nor will ever be made of these collectible originals.

Come on by and browse through the CLEARANCE section!


Round Red Barn~ Peggy Conyers

5 x 7 inch
Acrylic on gessoed acid free laminated Mat board
(this is 2 boards laminated together to make a sturdy stable painting board)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

This is my latest painting, Hippo. I was going to do him on a 12x16 canvas, but after sketching it out, it just wasn't working for me. I then decided on an 8x10 - much better.
I kept my palette to burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, Indian red, titanium white, phthalo green, and just a bit of paynes gray for his eye. This was one of those paintings that just about painted itself. I love when it all flows like that.
I love having a digital camera where I can instantly shoot the pic and upload it on the computer. My daughter bought a new digital camera, so I bought her old one. Works perfect for what I need.

A Thousand Favours

This is a mixed media canvas painting entitled 'A Thousand Favours'. It features hand transferred image from one of my own original paintings along with indian ink,poetry,vintage letters,acrylics paints and glazes. The deep sides of the gallery wrapped canvas are fully painted and decorated as part of the work so the piece can be hung without the need for a frame. Piece measure 40cm x 30cm x 4cm (approx) and is currently available for sale in my ebay store. CLICK HERE to visit!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Steve n tree

I am trying something different with him, but I don't have color ink yet so I printed him in black and white and then *colorized* him with colored pencils...I think he is too pale, what do you
And the tree needs some work still...too bushy I think, but it's a start, I may still do him as applique, depends on whether I get color ink or not.

Jan's Art World

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Lady of the Shadows

Ink and marker pen drawing 'Lady of the Shadows' was created on smooth white cartridge paper.
I love these amazing professional markers,they are well worth the expense,(even though it is taking me a while to build up my colour palette!) for illustrating,they blend so beautifully and are wonderfully portable-I take mine everywhere with me now!
This piece is currently available for sale in m ebay store CLICK HERE to visit!

3rd in series

This is the 3rd, I guess it would be called rainbow work, since it isn't redwork, but done the same way, I just used all the colors I used in the 2 previous butterflies.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Enjoy each Day!

Why not live where you can take advantage of nice weather?
Lovely little town, in the Abacos, the only motorized vehicles allowed are golf carts.
Notice the scenery isn't marred with power poles and street lights. Property can be pricey but many homes are available to rent for a day, a week or a month.
Bring your scuba gear, your snorkle and if you can, come over in your boat.

This little watercolor is an Art Card or ACEO measuring only 2.5 x 3.5 inches. There's quite a bit of real estate in this small space. You can see this painting and a few others at my Etsy store.
Visit my Beach Town

Tattered Fairy ACEO

Just a quick post update today! - This is Tattered Fairy , a mixed media altered art style ACEO currently for sale in my etsy store CLICK HERE to visit!

What are ACEOs???? ACEO is the acronym for "Art Cards Editions and Originals". An ACEO is a small piece of art that can be defined by it's convenient 2.5 x 3.5 inch size. (Standard trading card size)
ACEOs are VERY different from trading cards however, because they are CREATED and traded or sold by artists. All my ACEOs are absolute ORIGINAL pieces of art! (Some artists choose to sell prints of their work -'editions' )

ACEOs are created in any medium available in the art world. Artists are creating them in ALL kinds of styles and varieties. There are no rules limiting the artist, outside of the size dimensions. ACEOs can be framed, propped, used as bookmarks,grouped together in larger frames......use YOUR imagination! Trading Card notebooks, sleeves and holders can all be used to display them.


The Celebration by Ruth Palmer

So, here's another one of my fractals. I'm really having a lot of fun with this program. I particularly like the combination of colors and shapes in this one, it's one of my faves so far. I actually like fractals that don't look like the average fractal, if that makes any sense to anyone.

Wolf Portrait by Peggy Conyers

Acrylic on Water media paper
8 x 10
Bid Here

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Take Five, a Miniature Watecolour Painting

This is one of my largest watercolours in a long while... and I enjoyed it so much that I have already cut up more paper this size and larger. I used, with kind permission, a reference photo by Kenny P (MrClean1982 on flikr!) for this painting. I was captivated by the look and details of the wonderful photograph.

watercolor hummingbird painting
"Take Five"
4" x 6" watercolour on paper
© 2008

Feel free to email me if you are interested in this painting.

Cheers, Madelaine

Saturday, May 03, 2008

It's About Time I Blogged!

I hardly every blog. There just never seems to be enough time but I thought I'd share one of my new fractals. Friends had been encouraging me to try fractal art for a long time and I always put it off. Anyway, I decided to give it a try and it's really a lot of fun. Here's one I call " The Birds". It's bright and colorful and a great piece for children. I could get hooked on fractalizing!


Last night I decided to try something a little different. This was made for a challenge group, this month we had to use recycled jeans, so I decided to try my hand at doll making! It is not perfect by any means, however, it was a lot of fun and I think I will be doing more of these!
As you can tell she is a quilter. She has a tote bag filled with quilts that need bindings, and as she waits for the bus, she does some work on her most recent quilt.

closeup of the quilt she is working on
her tote bag filled with quilts
the thread she is using, along with another project, a needlepoint piece in a hoop