Saturday, January 31, 2009

Here's the 2nd American Idol Wannabe

Ok I couldn't resist painting another American Idol Wannabe. Everyone's getting such a kick out of the 2 I've done, so who knows, I may have to do another! ha ha...

You can see it larger by clicking on it. :)

For sale on my website:

Friday, January 30, 2009

American Idol Wannabe

Think I've been watching too much American Idol? This is a humorous whimsical painting I just finished tonight, and have put up for sale on my website. It's titled, "American Idol Wannabe"....watercolor and india ink on Strathmore 140 lb. cold press paper.

Measures 8-1/2 x 7-1/2-inches.

Click on the pic to see this painting larger.

Sharon K. Shubert aka redladyart

Painting in Progress....continued!

Progress continues on my latest piece.....slow but sure! I am working with a very limited palette of lavenders and golden limey greens.I love these shades together as the cool purples are warmed and softened with washes of lime. My aim is to work the whole piece in variations of these shades.More to follow soon!

Field Of Poppies

Dimensions: 8"x10"

This is is a small expressionist landscape executed in acrylics on canvas covered wood panel.

For Sale on Etsy

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Painting In Progress....

Following my recent public resolution to keep better 'in progress' records,I have been dutifully photographing various stages of the current painting I am working on....beginning with the rough sketch stages.
More to follow soon....
These are not the best quality pics as I only had my phone for photographing with at the studio, but I will of course add fully detailed shots of the finished piece-I like how it is going so far!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Carousel horse, screen saver photo experiment!

Last night, as I watched my screen saver rolling by, I wondered if my camera's eye would see the same things my eyes were seeing! So I ran to get the camera, changed the lens, and began to snap away. I was so excited about the images I captured. This is one of them, there are more on my personal studio blog. If you stop by, and leave a comment there, I'll email you one free screen saver image for your own screen saver! My email address is,, just email me and request your saver, after you leave a comment.

I'll be offering screen saver cd's for sale with these and other images from my photo collection.

Thanks for stopping by our WWAO blog!
Donna Ridgway
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Piercing Heart aceo

This is another fun little aceo oil painting I did for Valentines.
You can find it for sale in my etsy shop at

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course!

My husband and I "met" this lovely steed at a local historic event in rural Maine last summer. Scribner's Mill, to be exact, where local history and customs were being celebrated. Here, "Molly The Hungry Horse" takes time out for a late afternoon snack of hay. She was personable enough to give us a glance, even as we interrupted her meal. I'm taken by the shock of hair in her eyes, her long whiskers, and the morsels of hay protruding from her mouth. Cuteness aside, horses are beautiful and noble animals.

Image and text c Lynda Lehmann. My photos and paintings are available at You can read the full text of the above post at my blog, Peripheral Vision, at

I miss my WWAO friends and will stop in soon to catch up on some of the news! The blog is looking great!

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Poppy Painting "Pavot lin Rouge et Vert"

Title: Pavot lin Rouge et Vert

Size 36" x 18"

Style: Fauve,Expressionist, Modern, Contemporary

Series: French Poppy Series 2001-2009

Click on Image to see a larger photo

A new original painting from my Poppy Fields Series.

for sale on etsy.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Zazzle Squidoo Lens Published Yesterday!

Just a quick post to introduce my latest Squidoo lens showcasing one of my pro-selling Zazzle galleries "HighCal".

Squidoo seems to have made a lot of technical changes lately and it's a lot more user friendly. It still takes quite a few hours to complete a lens but I think this year it's going to be all about marketing and we have to use the tools that are available to us.

In my opinion Squidoo gives us a so much at no cost. It's definitely a great marketing tool and I think we all need to take advantage of it. Happy Squidooing!

HighCal's Zazzle Gallery Showcase On Squidoo

Song Of Happiness ACEO

Mixed media original ACEO includes felt beads,vellum,inks and stamped and layered images.
Entitled 'Song of Happiness' this joyous little work is signed and dated on the reverse-one of a kind!

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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another CAT in My Bed!

I'm surprised the cat art didn't come out of my muse sooner. Before these 2 recent cat watercolor and ink paintings, I had only painted ONE other cat in my entire life! And I'm a cat lady! ha ha.

This one is titled, "Cat in My Bed #2".

For sale in my Etsy shop!

Textile Art Treasure Box

This gorgeously colourful treasure box measures ( approx) 7cm x 7cm x 7cm and is made in plush burgundy satin . Decorated with a stunning mixture of beads,fibers,embroidery and scrumptious yarns it's a real colour/texture treat! It is luxuriously padded and lined in shimmering gold fabric and topped with a splash of lavender in the form of a handmade textile art flower bloom embellishment.
Usually retailing at £26.00 (approx $40) in gallery, this is not only irresistible but a bargain also,direct from the artist!
Truly original one of a kind - a perfect treat for you or gift for someone special!
Visit my store HERE to view further pictures and details of other textile art delights now!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lily of the Valley, Original ACEO

A new little chickadee tonight using a photograph of a flower I took a couple years ago as the background. I've been looking for an excuse to paint these lily of the valley's and I think I found the perfect picture for it. Visit my etsy store or my blog for more paintings.

chickadee watercolour painting
"Lily of the Valley"
2.5" x 3.5" watercolour
© 2009

Sisters of Perpetual Indifference School for Wayward Girls Class Photos

ou can see individual ones here if you really fell like checking them out

This is a project I started last year , but finished ( mostly) working on them today. Next I need to create a story about each girl.If you have any ideas about names etc feel free to leave a comment .:D

they are bound for ESTY soon

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New OOAK repaint dime store dolly project altered art doll

She is kind of my homage to Lyllionia :D although with my twist

I have a little dress for her now. I still need to paint her stockings and some other details, and clean up the hair line and put a sealer on her .
She stands approx 8-10 inches tall.

If anyone has interest in any of my OOAK altered art dolls please feel free to email me.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rocky Stream

I'm an abstract painter at heart but every once in a while I get a "hankering" to do a piece that's more realistic. Here's a recent landscape "Rocy Stream". This painting is 24 X 24 inches, acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. The original is available for sale and it is also available in various print formats.

The Nueces in Fall, New Oil Painting

The Nueces in Fall:

This piece is 9 inches tall by 12 inches wide. When it is a bit dryer I'll post it for sale.

One of the reference photos for this piece is on my blog on Nueces Reflections. I went on a wonderful photo shoot with a friend to the West Prong of the Nueces. It was a beautiful day and I took tons of photos! I have many shots of this view, one of my favorites. I've painted several paintings from this area. No matter what time of year it is, it is always beautiful.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $10.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings and to see my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature.

Check out my blog and see new artwork as well as the wonderful flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Thank you,

Jean Levert Hood

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cat in My Bed!!!

"CAT IN MY BED"; watercolor and india ink work on 140 lb. cold press paper. For sale on my website:

See the "Watercolor and Ink" section to purchase with your credit card through Paypal safe, secure shopping cart.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fun For Valentines Day

This weekend I decided to have some fun and I created these two aceos. Love and Kiss Me.
Not my usual, but it is very freeing to step out of the norm. I want to crank up the music sometime and try my hand at abstract for a change. Hopefully I will have the guts to do that soon. Have a wonderful day!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fun and Whimsical For Valentines

Painted this watercolor and india ink piece late last night. It's fun, it's whimsical, sweet and poetic. I enjoyed playing around with the loose style and adding the poetic prose. Would be a sweet painting for a unique Valentine gift. :)

For SALE in my Etsy shop.

Sharon's Etsy shop

Sharon K. Shubert

Chickens in the Yard

8x10 inch, UNFRAMED
Acrylic painting on laminated Museum Board (this is 2 boards that have been laminated together


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What a cute squirrel!

When Robert was on the Crazy Horse fire crew near Seeley Lake, Mt we parked the 5th wheel at the Holland Lake Campground and lived there for a month or more. Robert worked at night, driving the water truck, so I'd leave the camper during the day and follow this squirrel around, taking photos of him. I named him Zip.

He got to the point where he'd come to the camper door in the mornings, and chatter for me to come out. He liked being the star of my camera show!
Donna Ridgway
PS, This photo is for sale as an 8X10 for $25. Email me to order at
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Season Of Singing Has Come

This is my latest painting now available for sale at Red Bubble. Enjoy!

The Reflecting Pool

Isn't this a peaceful image? The water was still, the horse was still. It was warm summer time. I also like the complementary colors in the composition. This is one of my favorite photos. It makes me feel warm, calm, serene...
Donna Ridgway
If you'd like to order The Reflecting Pool, email me at It's available as an 8X10, with a double mat, and backing board for $35. Or $25 without mats or backing board.
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Bouquet From the Heart

Friday I went downstairs and brought my acrylics upstairs. Found that I am out of Titanium white in my usual brand.
This little design I had done last year in colored pencil while doodleing. I always liked it, but it wasn't quite right and I never took it anywhere. So, last night I used my acrylics, and here it is, turned into an aceo. It's strange to use acrylics again, but I like how it dries right away.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Delightful ACEO!

Mixed media ACEO entitled 'D is for Delightful!' Part of my Alphabetica series,this jolly and bright design is signed and dated on the reverse. Truly one-of-a-kind!
Click HERE to visit my store and view more works from this series!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Diana Bracy in Library of Congress!!

Good Morning WWAO!

It is wonderful to a part of the Blogger. I have made my 6 months internship!!!

I would also like to share that I was recently interviewed by the Alliance of American Quilters, Q.S.O.S. or Quilters Save Our Stories, by Karen Musgrave. My story will be a part of history for my grand children's children to read in the Library of Congress! Karen's interest was piqued when she heard of our scheduled Obama quilting Event "A Celebration in Art Quilts".

Karen asked a few of us to tell our stories about our passion to make a quilt for Mr Obama. She also wanted to know what inspired us to start quilting and our opinions about the art of quilting.
The stories are rather lengthy, so you may want to bookmark it and read at your leisure, if your are interested. This is the link to my page:

As a member of Quilts for Obama which is organized by Susan Walen of Bethesda, Md, she made a call out for Obama quilts to be showcased as part the Inauguration of our President-Elect.
Most of you have seen my Fiber Mosaic of Mr Obama's image. This is the same piece that debuted in Houston's International Quilt Festival in 2008. It was shown under the catogory of "Patchwork Politics". My McCain's mosaic was also showcased in Houston.

Our Event details:

President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts Location: Cafritz Art Center, 150 King St., Silver Spring, MD Dates: February 9 - March 5, 2009 Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th

This is a portion of Susan's statement . "Now, we present a show from more than 60 of us: a grass-roots, multi-ethnic, all-volunteer group of women from all around the US and as far away as Australia. This is a quilt show of amazing diversity -- among the quilters and their art. Our extraordinary diversity mirrors the diversity and international support that Obama's election has generated.

My plan is to have 3 small quilts and one larger group quilt, from Fiber Artists for Obama, shown in the exhibit. Several quilters are traveling to Washington, D. C. for the reception, sponsored by Montgomery College. There are plans to publish a book, showcasing all of the quilts to help raise funds for scholarships for the art students.

Susan is also seeking a venue where they quilts will travel. Some of the Artists are even selling their quilts, after the show.

Diana Bracy

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ruby Red

Happy New Year! I spend most of today painting this guy, which is also one of my goals for the new year. This year I plan on painting at least one 4" x 6" picture each week along side all my other mini's (ACEO's) and (hopefully) larger oils. These weekly challenge paintings will be available through my Etsy store.

hummingbird watercolour painting
"Ruby Red"
4" x 6" watercolour
Reference photo by Natalie (Dreamin) from Wetcanvas
© 2009

D Is For Delicate ACEO

This is an ACEO from my latest series 'Alphabetica',entitled 'D is for ... Delicate'. I have worked through to the letter 'D' so far and the project has produced around eighty cards.
Each design is signed,dated and numbered on the reverse,and is collectible as a part of the series,or as an original in it's own right - I hope to finish the series during 2009!
Visit my stores HERE and HERE to view other original ACEOS, both from this special series and other mixed media designs!

Whiteface Cow & Calf

"Cow and Calf"
8x10 inch, UNFRAMED
Oil painting on laminated Museum Board (this is 2 boards that have been laminated together

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Talking Sushi again :)

I purchased a cool set of leaf-shaped sushi plates from Jolene at Pottery by Jolene

I added 4 sets of my woodburned chopsticks to the gift and gave it to my son Justin for Christmas. Everyone should have nice things for their own place, don't you think? Justin loves the set and will be buying sushi soon I'm sure. :)

I took these pics to showcase the pieces together. Jolene and I are going to use them in our marketing and help each other out. My new digital camera is coming in verrrry handy lately!

Click on the pics to see them larger; follow the links on the pics to purchase your own sushi set. :)

Sharon K. Shubert aka

Cinderellas' Carriage

This is my first Fractal art that I have published on Zazzle. It reminds me of Cinderellas' Carriage, so that's what I named it. I have added 'Be Mine!' or "love" to some of the products. You can check them out at under Fractals.

As with everything, I have learned that it takes time to learn new programs. I always just want to know how to do everything right away. But you have to take it one step at a time. Patience - yikes!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you, from the Ridgways!
Donna and Robert
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The Motivation Returns!

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and creative 2009!

I'm so thrilled to say that my artist's block is gone and my motivation has returned.

Sure, I've been creating work daily but I just haven't been overflowing with inspired ideas for months. I have to tell you ladies, that I thought I'd forgotten how to paint! Seriously, being a Christian, the thought crossed my mind so many times "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away". Yikes!

We get so overwhelmed with the marketing that we have to do in order to sell our artwork that it tends to really suck the life right out of us sometimes. No wonder people have paid assistants. I WISH! Artists are supposed to create. We need the business skills too but above all, it's creating that satisfies our souls.

I think that the art supplies I received from Santa have a lot to do with getting back in the groove. We all know how good it feels to get new supplies. My husband is always so awesome in that respect at Christmas. He knows that's what makes me happy. He always makes a trip to my favourite art store at this time of year and stocks up LOL! Although I don't think he's listening, he hears every word I say. He even picked up a little drawing table for me because he's heard me mutter it to my son. I was really surprised and touched by that.

Anyway, here's a new abstract floral that I just completed. It's called "Inspire Me" and it's acrylic on canvas. I'm just happy to have the ideas flowing again. Thank God for His blessings and for wonderful husbands!

Back At Last!

Due to the sad demise of my computer it has been a long time between posts here!

I am still working on that problem but have managed to procure a temporary measure for now!
Belated HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all you lovely readers!
Here is one of my latest works-'LIGHT AS A BUTTERFLY'. This is currently for sale HERE -and do chedck out my other new listings whilst you are there!

Check back again soon for more new listings and LOADS of new projects coming up in 2009!

New WWAO Daily Showcase!

To see a DAILY showcase of Worldwide Women Artists' Etsy shop items, visit:

WWAO Showcase

Many of our juried members own Etsy shops and have beautiful unique art items for sale at affordable prices! It's easy, fun shopping! Try it and see!

Each day the 20 featured items will be replaced with 20 different items from our shops.

Thanks for looking!
Sharon K. Shubert