Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Paintings

Last work in progress picture for 2012!  On my easel this week are a winter-inspired painting and a small figure study from college that I'm reworking into something new.  I also have some more ACEOs in progress, and of course the Paperclay pieces that just need some sanding before I begin painting on them.  More pictures of these to come.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a joyful holiday season full of yummy homemade things to munch.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Maiden of the Moths

Original ACEO acrylic painting by Veronica Kosowski

Maiden of the Moths
An acrylic ACEO painted on wood veneer.

Just like moths, this woodland spirit brings tranquility, peace, determination and faith to those who look upon her.  When you are lost, she will gladly help you find your way back onto the brightest path.

Now available in my shop.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More Cards

So here as promised are the two other cards I made.  I hope they bring you lots of holiday spirit as you look at them! 

I went for a classic Christmas look for the ornament card with the whole red and green thing.  I even used a bit of gold paint to give it some sparkle.  (I always forget that I have gold paint.  Must use it more often.)

Rather than doing a realistic tree, I decided to paint a little winter landscape within a tree shape.  Pictures within pictures are always fun!

These cards are now on Etsy, in case you have some last minute holiday letters to send.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Dove Card

winter dove handmade greeting card by Veronica Kosowski
winter dove handmade greeting card by Veronica Kosowski

winter dove handmade greeting card by Veronica Kosowski

While I was waiting for my clay to dry last week, I made some winter-themed cards for the holidays.  This is the first one I made, and my favorite of the three!  I'll be showing you the other two as soon as I get some good photos of them (when one works late into the night finishing projects the daylight has a way of running away from you).  

I still have a large sheet of canvas that never got stretched, which was perfect for cutting shapes out of for the cards.  For my winter dove I used six little pieces that I glued together using matte medium (the bird body, the wing, two for the tail feathers, one for the branch, and an unpainted piece for the oval).

This card is now in my Etsy shop, soon to be joined by its friends.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Paperclay Paintings in Progress


In middle school, I made the ugliest clay vase known to humankind and promptly decided that sculpture was not for me.  But as the years passed I started to have ideas.  Sculpture started to sneak its way into some of my mixed media pieces.  I began to think, hey, maybe I can do this after all.

Recently I bought some Paperclay and have been experimenting with it in between paintings.  It's so much fun, I'm kind of wishing I got over my middle school trauma sooner!  Moral of the story: don't let your first impression of a medium scare you away from it permanently.  You might actually end up liking it.

For the longest time I've wanted to make some paintings that mixed 2D and 3D elements.  I'm starting small with these pieces for now, but who knows?  Maybe I'll scale up eventually. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My Etsy Shop is Finally Here!

So after a long time of researching, planning, and organizing I am happy to say that my Etsy shop is finally up and running!  I have a few familiar art pieces up in the shop already, and I have a lot of things in the works, including small pieces, cards, boxes, and bookmarks that I hope to complete and add to my shop soon.

Etsy has always been one of my long-term goals.  Two years ago I signed up for a shop, but I soon found that college didn't leave me enough time to properly devote myself to selling my art.  I was also still doing a lot of experimenting with painting style, technique and materials back then.  I realized that before setting up shop I wanted to understand myself and my art better than I did.  

I have to say I'm glad I trusted my intuition.  These past two years have been a truly magical time of learning, hard work, and self-discovery for me.  Now I think I'm ready to continue on this part of the journey.  To all my loyal friends here at my blog, thank you for all your encouragement thus far, and to those of you who also have Etsy shops I'm looking forward to learning from you as I join the community.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two Companions

Original acrylic painting on wood veneer by Veronica Kosowski

Two companions begin their journey at dawn.  Rolling hills before them, the shadow of the trees behind, nothing is certain but that no matter where their paths lead them they will stay together.

Last week I finished this small 6 x 8" illustration painted in acrylic on maple veneer paper.  This sheet was a part of my woodshop-scrap hoard that I amassed last spring in college.  It's a really great surface to paint on.  It's thin like cardstock but doesn't buckle from the moisture of the paint.  And of course it has the wood texture that I so love.  It was the perfect piece to put in a thrifted wood frame I had lying around my room waiting to be used (seen in the middle of my art show table here).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Art Mart and Other Tidings

San Diego Art Mart Veronica Kosowski

San Diego Art Mart Veronica Kosowski

It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, just perfect for exhibiting at my first Art Mart show.  Here are some pictures of my display.  I placed all my smaller pieces on a table that I sat behind, and the larger paintings on easels stretched out to either side.  A lovely palm tree kept me company, though I can't say it provided much shade.  Talking to all my visitors and new fans was a delight.  It's always such a gift to interact with the people who deeply connect to something I've made.  If you'll be in San Diego in December make sure to come visit, I'll be showing every weekend.  For exact dates and times, stop by the SDCAMA webpage, 

Preparing for the show kept me busier with last-minute tasks than I thought it would.  As a result I'm a week behind in sharing my most recent paintings with you.  But never fear!  I'll be editing photos and posting my latest works throughout the week, as well as opening my Etsy shop, so don't wander off too far.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Sorcerer's Daughter

Original acrylic painting on wood by Veronica Kosowski

Through the forest in the last castle before the sea you will find the sorcerer.  He lives alone but for a daughter.  Few have seen her, still fewer know her name.  It is said she has greater magic than her father, though if she would use it for good or ill is known to no one but herself.  And she is still deciding. 

A small acrylic painting on wood.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Portrait Study in Brown, and Something Extra

Just finished my little portrait study yesterday.  Since the underpainting was very richly developed, I used mostly thin glazes of paint and gloss medium to finish her.  Making this painting reminded me of just how useful a detailed underpainting can be.  It's something I'm definitely reinstating in my working process. 

Also, here's a sneak peek at the other painting I've been working on.  She's not too far from being done herself.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Painting: Underpainting and Gloss Medium

Thought I'd go into my process a bit for this piece.  Although I prefer acrylics for their less hazardous nature, I do have those days when I miss the slow-as-molasses drying time of oils.  It was truly a fateful day when my professor introduced me to gloss medium last spring.  I've been using it more in the past month than I used to.  I'm glad to say it's all but erased my oil paint longings.

For this underpainting (as with my latest ACEO and The Candle Wizard), I used a thicker paint layer then I usually do, the result being an even more oil-like experience when combined with my magic medium.  On a friend's recommendation, I also used a small spray bottle this time to mist my palette and painting as I worked.  It's a wonder what a difference more paint and simple water make.

More on this painting to come as I work on the layers of color.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ivory and Garnet, Snow and Roses, Bone and Blood

They forget she once had a name,
Before they stopped searching for her.
Now only whispers linger there:

Ivory and Garnet,
Snow and Roses, 
Bone and Blood.
She chooses dreams over waking, 
For closed eyes that see memories 
Only shed salt tears when opened.

(An ACEO acrylic painting on 2.5 x 3.5" canvas.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

News and Some Squirrels

Yesterday was the fall new member jury date for the San Diego County Art Mart Association, a local club of painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, and other artists who sell their art bimonthly in Balboa Park.  Since I now live in San Diego again after college, I thought I'd have a go at getting in.

Early yesterday morning I packed up my work and headed out to the park.  When I arrived, the member artists were already busily setting up their wares for the day, happily chatting amongst each other and offering words of encouragement to me and the other hopefuls.  After setting up my five pieces for judging, I left the lawn to wait.  (I wanted to share a shot of my set-up, but the photos came out blurry and undefined.)

To occupy my time, I took a walk through Balboa park, visiting the main street of museums, perusing the shelves of handcrafted items in the Mingei International Museum gift shop, and appreciating the beauty of nature all around me.  While on the landing of a wooden staircase, I encountered some super friendly squirrels, aren't they cute?  They kept scuttling within a hand's distance away, so I couldn't resist taking some pictures of them.

After two hours of wandering, I came back to the SDCAMA lawn to get my results, and guess what?  I got in!  I'm so excited to be a part of this club now; I can't wait to get my city permit so I can start selling my art on weekends.  More updates on this to come, as well as my Etsy shop.  Good luck on all your artsy business endeavors as well!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Candle Wizard

Fantasy painting on wood.

The candle wizard travels the night in his moth-wing clothes, 
crafting spells of wax and flame for any who can find him.

A small acrylic painting on wood.  More to come! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Workspace, and Some News

I love the fall months, they have a calming, meditative feeling that always seems to inspire new ideas and creativity.  Perhaps since I was a fall baby it's in my blood.  Anyway, to kick off October I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at my workspace (or the easel part of it at least).  I like to surround myself with inspiring things while working.  In fact, I have a whole envelope full of photo clippings that I often tape to the wall next to my easel, along with sketches, mainly figure studies like the sketchbook page shown here.  And the little brush shelf on my easel is the best place for lining up my paints within easy reach.  

I've been working on a lot of smaller pieces lately like this little circular painting.  Any guesses why?  That's right, I'm planning to open an Etsy shop by the end of October!  I'll be updating you on that as it gets done.  Any fall goals of your own?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Deer

deer watercolor painting

She made her way across the meadow under the soft cover of an early dawn sky.  

For some reason it's hard to take photos of this creme paper, I'll have to toy with my camera some more to get the colors just so for next time.  In any case, here's the second one of the three watercolor paintings done.  I miss the deer who would come visit me in my college apartment in the forest, they'd walk right up to my window sometimes.  I think that's partly where this little painting came from.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nifty Thrifty Finds

I was on my way to the art store yesterday, taking a different route than usual, when my traveling companions and I happened upon a huge thrift store we had never been to before.  This place turned out to be a true gem; I could have carried away half the store.  I found all these lovely old wood objects there, for about a dollar each.  Perfect for painting on!  I'm happy to say I've found my replacement for the thrift store I used to go to in college.    

Monday, September 17, 2012

Selkie Prince

Selkie Prince: Watercolor Painting by Veronica

The elders of the town told warning stories about the Selkie Prince.  Some had seen him from afar shedding his seal skin to dance on the sand with the rest of his ocean-born court.  Others had heard his lilting songs echoing from the rocks while they brought the fishing boats back homeward.  It was the magic of his being they did not trust.  Fair of face and wild of heart, his eyes were enchantment, his voice a spell.  

All done with this one!  I have plans to do more work with selkies in the future, they're some of my favorite mythical beings.  Do you have any favorites?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This Week in the Studio

In addition to working on the watercolor paintings, I've started several other pieces that I wanted to share some early in progress shots of.  I generally like working on multiple paintings at once, it seems to keep the momentum going in my studio.  There's nothing better for creativity than having a labyrinth of paintings strewn across the floor and covering any tabletop within sight.  (It also means that if I get stuck on any painting I can bounce among the others until I get unstuck.)

So some information about each piece.  For the first one I decided to do a Sepia underpainting, something I haven't done in a while but find pretty useful when I want to quickly sketch out the shapes and values within the painting before laying down color.

The owl painting below is acrylic on paper.  Just finished the full underpainting yesterday, now I'll start refining the colors and adding detail.  

I also primed the small wood pieces below.  I think they'll be double-sided paintings when they're done.  I'm going to do some thumbnail sketches to decide what will go on each side later today.

That's all for this studio update.  More pictures of all these pieces and the watercolor ones coming soon! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Remember These?

I can't believe September has come already!  It seems like just yesterday I was starting these pieces, and now it's already been a month.  My how time flies.  As you can see when compared to my last in-progress picture, I've made significant progress painting the young selkie gentleman on the right.  He is very close to done, just some little touch-ups left.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wildwood Hearts

They met in the wildwood, the only place where their love was not forbidden.  Here they could escape the shadows of the jealous world that kept them apart.  The birds and trees welcomed them, lending strength to their young hearts so that they would not lose hope.

Well, it's come to the end at last, all caught up.  As I said in my last post, it's been fun sharing these paintings with you, and it really feels great to have all my photos in order at last.

Just like the "Dune Spirit", this painting began as a woodshop scrap that I added canvas backing to.  This was the last piece I finished before my final art show in college.  I think I'd like to start working on it again.  Now that I've let it sit for some time I see places I'd like to do some final touch-ups on.  I'll make sure to post its final state when I finish it!

I'm also making steady progress on the watercolor pencil paintings I talked about at the beginning of the month.  They're taking a little longer than I initially expected, so I'll be posting some more work in progress shots for you soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dune Spirit

When the world was new, she sculpted them out of light so that they might all share the same spirit-thread in each beating heart.

The art catch-up is almost over, this being the second to last piece.  Going through all these pieces has been a fun and reflective experience for me, I hope you've been enjoying it as much as I have.  

This piece started out as a leftover scrap from the woodshop back in college.  As soon as I began my weekly rummage through the scrap pile, I saw this orphan piece of wood with a large hole cut out of its center.  I was inspired immediately and carried it back to the painting studio.  (I miss the woodshop so much, it's where I used to get all my best wood!) 

I decided to staple canvas to the back to create a surface for painting on while still maintaining that inch of depth between the wood edge and the image (seen in the detail above).  You can see how the back looks like below.

I used acrylic paint on this one as usual, but did something knew by using gold paint mixed with ochre to glaze the wood, giving it a warm shimmer and highlighting the natural grain.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Forest Watcher

This time, the sunset was different.  The doe felt the flutter of change on the wind.  She had heard the leaves shake their branches in the telling of prophecies.  Now she watched the man and woman, wondering how they would wake when the sun returned.  Would they remember all the forest had taught them?

This is another of my larger paintings, it measures about 40 inches across and is 28 inches tall.  It's acrylic painted on door skin like the painting from my last post.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Stream

She paused on the bank of the stream.  Whispering trees beckoned her onward to the world of faerie.  It would be impossible to return from this place of magic, shadows, and echoing voices.  She hesitated at this otherworldly crossroads, wanting to move forward, but unable to forget the people she was leaving.

Here's the next painting from the ones I promised to show you.  Only three more to go, and I'll be all caught up.  This one is painted in acrylics on door skin panel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Lost in thought, Gaia wraps the land around her like a blanket.  
Under her guardianship, nothing can be harmed.  

Another painting from the backlog of previously unedited photos, all of which I'm planning to share with you within the next two weeks.  This is a mythology-inspired diptych I painted in May.  I really love the color palette I used on this one and would definitely like to revisit it for future works.

I'm still working steadily on the watercolor pencil paintings I showed you last week.  No new in-progress pictures yet, but I'll definitely keep you updated on those as they progress.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Works In Progress

Happy August 1st everyone!  To start the month off on the right foot, I thought I'd show a sneak peek of what I'm working on right now.  Recognize the one at the top?  I left it as "done" for a while, but then decided to add more color to it as I had originally planned.  It's back in the "in progress" pile, along with two other small paintings I started yesterday.  I'm working with watercolor pencils for all three of them, which means layers, layers, layers.  Hoping to finish them all by next week.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Tales Told by Trees

Come closer traveller.  
Sit by the fire, listen to the forest, 
For the trees have long memories, 
And will tell you their tales.  

So at last I'm posting pictures of this painting installation.  It was a tricky one to photograph since my camera lens gets temperamental when I'm taking photos of large pieces, but I resolved not to go another day without having this one properly photographed.  Its one of my favorites and I've had lots of requests to see it up on the blog from those who have seen it in person.  

The two large canvases on the ends measure about 4 feet, and the center pieces are cross-cut wood.  I used oil for this set of paintings. Although I usually use acrylic, I have to say looking at these paintings reminded me how much I love oils.  I may have to bring the oils out from under my bed again for a while.

Also the owls from my new banner are in here somewhere, see if you can spot them.