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.