Friday, April 24, 2009


Artist: Tracey R Gates
ACEO (2.5" x 3.5" trading card size)
Watercolor on 140# watercolor paper

This is one of many new trading card sized paintings I'll be doing with the subject, Wildlife in My Backyard. I tried to bring out the details of the gold markings of this dazzling bird. Similar to the few that build a nest over our back door every Spring.

The original painting is up for sale HERE for a limited time.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Plumbago Oil Paintings

plumbago  bush, oil plein aire resized

plumbago bloom resized

These are 2 pieces I painted this week. I'm working outside, painting my flowers.

Woodpecker ACEO Watercolor Series

We have a large variety of wildlife just in our own backyard. This year, I decided to capture painting form.

Four different ACEO (2.5 x 3.5" trading card size) was done with watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper. They are of woodpeckers eating suet in our backyard. The top two, numbered 1 and 2, are of the male woodpecker. The bottom two, numbered 3 and 4, are of the female.

All are for sale through my eBay shop,

Bat girl Pin Up speed drawing photoshop work

could the tile BE more descriptive. This turned out to be waaay longer than I intended, not sure how helpful most of it is.The thing I try and remember in photoshop is to always work in layers and vary my strength of colour each time to build up a colour instead of applying straight I guess thats what you'd call it in photoshop.
ANYWAY a beach babe pin-up devil girl at night with shrunken head, who could ask for anything more?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Knowledge

The Knowledge is one of my latest mixed media paintings-it has been a long time in the making as it is a large work and I wasn't able to dedicate more than an hour or two at a time to complete it-I actually began this piece last September!
I almost hope to live with her for a little while as I have grown quite fond of her over time,but she IS currently for sale in my ebay store HERE if you would like to view further details!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Remember playing jacks as a kid? I recently bought a set to teach my grandson how to play, and couldn't resist making a wall hanging using them. This is 11x14" and is fused appliqué. It will be for sale soon in my etsy store.

MY ART-Featured Today on EBSQ!

I am featured on EBSQ art of the day today!!!! This is an emerald green silk treasure box ( now sold). CLICK HERE to visit my art gallery on ebsq!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Siren of the Sea-work in progress....Complete!

I have been busy on a series of new works this month-this is one of them,finally completed today, I really enjoyed creating this piece!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Blue Angel-mixed media painting

This painting is mixed media and is entitled 'Blue Angel'.
It is created on 12"x 28" x 1.5" block gallery wrapped canvas (staple free sides) using acrylics,graphite,collaged papers(under-layers) and oil pastel.
Lightly glazed with a semi gloss professional artists varnish to protect and seal,the sides are fully painted in soft black so this piece is ready to hang without the need for a frame ( or of course can still be framed should you choose to do so!)
Check out my other listings for other original works in this series.
A very charming and peacefully elegant work,layered with lovely atmospheric shades,and lightly textural for extra depth-this would make a beautiful addition to your art collection!
Signed and dated on the reverse,this is a totally original and unique work.

Currently for sale HERE!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fauve Landscape # 7

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New acrylic fauve landscape on watercolor paper matted to 16"x20" in an beveled black mat.

Now on etsy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

New Watercolor Flower aceo's

I created this little aceo (art cards editions and originals) a couple of days ago. I used salt for some effect (the white splotches). I had alot of fun creating it because it's way different from what I usually do. I decided to name it Raining Petals, mostly because that's what comes to mind when I look at it. I think it has a nice spring feel to it.
I will be puting it up for sale on my
etsy shop and also upload it to my website today (is the plan)
I also will be creating products with this image on at my
CafePress and Zazzle shops.
This one is similar to the other, I painted them at the same time. Basically, while I was waiting for one to dry, I would work on the other. It worked great. Felt like no waiting time.
This one I named Red Love Flower. Honestly I couldn't think of anything else except red flower, but then there's that upside down heart, so I threw the word 'love' in there. I think it works.
Again, you will be able to find this aceo painting for sale at my
etsy shop today or tomorrow, and you will soon be able to find this design on my Zazzle and CafePress shops.
I like posting my new stuff here first, that's why they aren't listed in my other shops, or even my
website yet. Hope you don't mind.

God Bless your day : )

Thought for the day: No matter how hard things get or how bad things look, I can always depend on and lean on Jesus to get me through. I don't have to take the burden of this world on my own shoulders. His shoulders are so much better equipped to carry it. Dwell on God instead of the problems.


Poppies is a newly listed oil painting available here in my Etsy store.

This piece measures 6 inches tall by 8 inches wide, oil on canvas panel.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor paintings priced from $10.00. My Etsy store carries my small works.

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


Jean Levert Hood

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tawas Point Light

Sunday was a wonderful painting day because I also did this painting. It is from one of our lighthouse trips in Tawas, Michigan. The night before we saw this lighthouse, while we were checking into our motel room, hubby was getting our bags from the trunk (unfortunately I was already inside with the camera) and he saw a skunk kinda close to him in the parking lot. As it turns out there was a resident skunk that liked to hang out infront of the motel. I wanted a picture of it, but by the time Paul got back out there, it was gone. I really want to get a picture of a long as we don't get skunked while doing it. : ) That would be BAD.

You can find this 6 1/2 x 6 1/2" watercolor painting on my website.
I will be listing it in my etsy shop soon, and I am working on designing products with this image on in both my CafePress and Zazzle shops.

Monday, April 06, 2009

SEE - mixed media collage ACEO

A richly collaged altered art aceo entitled 'See'.
Work includes one of my own handmade and painted face cabs,handmade bead,fibers,handmade tag and ribbon embellishments.
A really colourful and appealing addition to your art card collection!
Signed and dated on the reverse.
Currently for sale HERE in my etsy store!

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.

Her Creation

"Her Creation"
by Tracey R Gates

This painting was done with watercolors on 9" x 12" acid-free watercolor paper. This is of a goddess and her creative magic. A thin white border surrounds the painting. Actual painting is for sale at my Etsy shop at PixieLed Originals (

Saturday, April 04, 2009

A new abstract painting

Abstract: Poppies Oil Painting


Abstract: Poppies Oil Painting

Poppies, Abstracted is 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide.

It is available on my website.

You can purchase my small watercolor and oil paintings in my Etsy store where you'll find them priced from $10.00.

You'll find my oil paintings on my main web site as well as my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature. I will be posting a painting in progress soon. You'll see a progression of photos from start to finish of a landscape painting. Stay tuned!

Till next time!


Jean Levert Hood

Fabric Collage Album-new design!

This album was created using fabrics and papers with stitchery and vintage image embellishments. The style is very much grunge/shabby chic,with layers of yummy fabrics,many of them uniquely hand dyed by me, and papers,raw and torn edges and uncut threads-do not assume from this design style that it is loosely stitched however, it is firmly finished,and whilst designed to fray,the edges have been finished to prevent too much unravelling-it is very much designed to be handled!
The front cover has a beautiful butterfly,hand-transferred onto calico fabric and poetry quote,also delicately hand transferred onto fabric,all collaged together with lace and button embellishments.There are ten pages inside, (not including the front cover and back cover) all embellished with lace,fabric,vintage photos and embroidery,filled with loads of scrummy handmade tags,made using papers,beads,fibres and all manner of stitch and fabrics,tucked into pockets,the sweetest miniature embroidered fabric booklet ( see photos-embroidered 'Play,Live,Love ) , -and still plenty of space ready for you to add all your precious mementos,letters and photos to create a personal album!
Album is one of my larger designs,and measures ROUGHLY 8" square and approx 1-2" thick.
I'm not sure that my photos do it justice!It is hard to convey the textural appeal of these lovely fabric collages-this has to be one of my personal favourites so far!

Currently for sale HERE!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Landscape painting

Ranch Road is an original oil painting.

©Jean Levert Hood

I painted this in a beautiful spring that gave us many wildflowers. It's so awesome when the fields are solid color! The grasses are just starting to turn green this year and we have precious few wildflowers. It's just been too dry.

This landscape measures 18 x 24 inches.

Did you know that my What's Going On In My Studio This Month feature has been updated 3 times this month? I have 3 "wet on the Easel" shots there. I'll be changing it to April soon, so check it out!

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor paintings priced from $10.00. My Etsy store carries my small works.

Don't miss my web site for my oil paintings!


Jean Levert Hood