Friday, August 28, 2009

Still being influence by Kauai – new ACEO’s

Hawaiian Hibiscus ACEO copy© M Pruitt 2009

I can’t help it… the island got into my blood. I want to move there and just keep soaking in that healthful island living!

Well, still being there in heart has drawn paintings out of me, inspired by the beauty there. I completed these ACEO’s recently – all of which are for sale in my Etsy shop (or click the picture)

Rolling In ACEO © M Pruitt 2009

I completely fell in love with Plumeria’s on Kauai! They were blooming everywhere and they come in such a variety of colors! Their fragrance is intoxicating. Of of these has some of the native symbols I discovered on the island along with pen work in the background. The other is a Plumeria bud caught by my husband on camera in the early morning as it opened.

Native Hawaii ACEO 

© M Pruitt 2009

Plumeria buds ACEO

© M Pruitt 2009

Thank you for visiting our VAST blog. I hope you’ll stop by my shop, The Creators Palette, to see all of my original watercolors including these ACEO’s!

 What’s an ACEO you ask?

Well here is what I am sharing with my customers at my art fairs this summer:

Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are traded or exchanged between artists.

ATC’s have been traded amongst artists for years. Even famous artists like Renoir and Monet would take ATC’s and trade them with other artists at the great art exhibits in Europe.

ACEO’s (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) are an offshoot of Artist Trading Cards. In the 1990’s, artists found that non-artists also wanted to collect these miniature pieces of art – and so the name was changed to identify that they were being sold and ACEO’s were born.

ACEO’s are now highly collectible. They can sell for up to $700, and yet, they are most often a wonderfully affordable way to own an original art piece from your favorite artist.

ACEO’s can be displayed as trading cards, on miniature easels, or even matted and framed.

4 comments:

Miriam said...

These are all very pretty. :)

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Beautiful work, I espcially love your Hibiscus; it's so lovely and delicate!
Stephanie

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

I just LOVE these all, especially that last plumeria. BEAUTIFUL.

Hawaii sure has a way of sticking with you, doesn't it? I don't think I could ever leave.

ALOHA,
Lisa

Melanie said...

Mahalo to all of you! And thank you Lisa... I really love that Plumeria bud too!

Yes... Kauai will never leave my soul... if I could... I'd go back in an instant! :-)