Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'm on Zazzle's Front Page!

I'm so excited! My Sad Rat I Miss You Card, has been selected as one of Today's Best on Zazzle!

I based the card on my drawing of 'Sad Surfer'. I have been adding to my Zazzle store a little bit everyday.

I will be drawing up some more ACEOs today, not sure what the ratties will be doing yet, but I'm sure I will think of something.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer's almost over and I designed a shoe

Hard to believe that summer is almost over. It wasn't too awful, just a few days of way too much heat and humidity. And if it weren't for the humidity in NJ the heat wouldn't be all that bad.

I've been adding things to my Zazzle shop. I even designed a pair of Keds Shoes using my ACEO called 'Rattie Reunion' and I think it turned out cute. It has to be approved before it will show up in my shop but here is a sneak preview. I would love to know how these places can print up all these items one at a time. It's amazing.

I am one of those who doesn't like the rushing of the seasons but am guilty of it with my Halloween items in Zazzle. It's just that I usually don't start gearing up until it's too late, so I thought I would get a jump on it this year and see how that works out.

Well, I'm off, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CafePress and Zazzle

I have been looking at CafePress and Zazzle for a while now and have finally tried them. You can visit them via the links below. I will be adding to them in the coming weeks.
KMCoriginals on CafePress or KMCoriginals Zazzle store.

My newest eBay ratties are enjoying the beach. One is drying off after a good swim and the other is eating dinner hoping a later start will help him to miss some traffic on the way home.

I have finished my Lee Child book, Gone Tomorrow, if you'd like a good read check it out. I am on such a Jack Reacher binge. (He's the character in the book). I have two more to read then I will be all caught up with his adventures.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nibblefest aka NFAC

This is my art for NFAC this month. In case you're not familiar with Nibblefest it is a themed monthly contest on eBay and starts the 20th of every month and auctions start at 99¢. This month the theme is Trees & Rivers.

Trees have never been my strong point artistically so I just concentrated on the trunk, based on a tree in my backyard, and added a few bits of swamp grass, a frog and of course the river and a rat.

The thing I like about NFAC and the ACEO theme week is that it get's me to do things I normally wouldn't do. I almost didn't do this theme due to the tree and it's just so freaking hot I could barely think but I am glad I made myself do something.

Hope you manage to stay cool today.

More Beach Rats

A couple of rats doing what they can to beat the heat. Most of the summer was ok but lately it has been brutal.

Hope you manage to stay cool!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The weather by me has been so hot lately I can't even think. It's driving me crazy. Most people who like summer only like it because they go from their air conditioned house to their air conditioned car to their air conditioned job and they are never really getting the full benefit of the heat and humidity.

Ok, enough of my bitching, but I just had to say it. On to my art. My ratties are enjoying their time at the beach or the shore to us Jerseyans.

In my next post I will put up my other new art including my Nibblefest ACEO.

I am now going back to my book, I am on a binge reading the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. I've read a few over the years and now am reading all the ones I missed. I like to read books in order but these don't 'have' to be. I am now reading his newest one Gone Tomorrow and it is soooo good. If you like to read check him out. His website is here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Give Peas a Chance

What could be more refreshing to a young rat than a nice pea covered ice cream cone? Don't knock it till you try it.

Another week has flown by and it's been a newsy week for me, heard from my nephew in Mali, it's his birthday tomorrow, my moms is Sunday and a good friend of mine has moved back to NJ.

Oh well, off to get some more ACEOs drawn. I have one started of a rat playing with a beach ball in the ocean.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Beach and the Niger River

I've done a few more ACEOs over the last few days. All of them at the beach, well, the rats are at the beach, not me. Hard to believe it's August already.

My latest rats are playing frisbee, wiping out while surfing and running from a wave or surfing the wave, depending on who you believe. haha

It's gloomy in NJ today, but that's ok, I got my weed wacking done yesterday, well, as done as I could before I ran out of cord.

My nephew is continuing to do well in Mali. I don't think I could hack it but he is just going with the flow, even swam in the Niger river. He is one of the lucky ones who hasn't gotten sick so I am glad of that. A few more weeks of training and he will be off on his 2 year assignment.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rats at the Beach

Rats can be very active in the summer, they like going to the beach and surfing, sitting in hot tubs having a beer or just sitting and reading gossip magazines.

It is very hot in NJ today, hot and humid, a deadly combination. I am doing my best to stay cool.

Well, I'd best get back to work, hope you have a nice day.

Stay cool.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Stare of Peaches

This staring little kitty is Peaches. He is a few years older and a little less intense these days. This painting was done in acrylics on a Windsor & Newton canvas board, 3"x5".

One thing I don't like about painting in the summer is having a fan on, you need it to keep cool but it dries out the paint so fast.

I have a colored pencil ACEO to finish up today of a rat and a piece of fruit. For those who may not know, an ACEO is a piece of art that is 2.5"x3.5" (yes, that's inches), which is the size of a standard deck of cards, and is the only hard and fast rule, ACEOs can be any medium and some are even 3D.

Thanks for looking, enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Lattice Cat

This is my cat Stripey peeking out from a lattice fence. Over the years I've done a lot of cats and some rats peeking out of lattice. I think of them as my 'lattice cats' so this one I aptly named 'The Lattice Cat'. It is a 6"x4" acrylic painting on Windsor & Newton canvas board.

ACEO Theme Week and a Strawberry rat

Above is an ACEO of a rat happy with a strawberry right out of her garden and below is my ACEO for theme week, this months theme: 'Domestic Animals'. I used to have a few guinea pigs and this one was Kublai. I loved the noises they made, my dad would call them 'The Whistlers'. I had planned to do a few more but time got away from me.

I am currently working on another 3"x5" painting of a kitty which I hope to have finished this evening.

Hope you all have a great day!