Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ACEO's from Wetcanvas All Media Art Events

landscape ACEO by Shari Erickson Landscape

seascape ACEO by Shari Erickson Seascape

sunflower field ACEO by Shari Erickson
Sunflower Field

The little paintings above are from the All Media Art Events (aka Weekly Drawing Events) at, which is a very busy online artist's community. Each Friday, an event host posts 16 photos from which to draw inspiration. After two hours or when the piece is finished, whichever comes first, you post your art. If you aren't quite done yet, you post it as a work-in-progress, and post the finished piece later. It is a great deal of fun and inspiring to see all the different interpretations and styles of art. The three paintings are 2.5 x 3.5 inches using Golden open acrylics.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Vaya Con Dios My Friend

Dad and Ray with fish This post is in memory of Ray Butler, family friend and my dad's long-time fishing buddy. Ray worked for a traveling carnival before we knew him and had some pretty interesting stories to tell about that. He enjoyed the outdoors and helped us buck hay for the horses and spent many hours with my dad cutting firewood. He was really good at tying knots. Most of the time Ray looked like in the picture above (he's in the brown shirt, my dad's the other guy), kinda crusty and smelling of fir trees and fish. He would come to Thanksgiving dinner all dressed up in a lemon yellow button up sweater, so neat and clean, we'd hardly recognize him! He was the Rancid Crabtree of my life. We will miss you Ray.