|Agios Antonios HandpaintedACEO Print Copyright Luigina Ware 2012|
|Fishing Boat at Syros Handpainted ACEO PrintCopyright Luigina Ware 2012|
|Lalakia Garden Handpainted ACEO PrintCopyright Luigina Ware 2012|
|Wave: Handpainted ACEO PrintCopyright Luigina Ware 2012|
I spent last weekend on an experiment, albeit one that I thought would succeed. Here are the results. These are my very first efforts at ACEOs* (see below for an explanation of what an ACEO is). ACEOs can be made in any media but they must be right size - these are quite tiny - only 2.5 by 3.5 inches. I had a particular aim with these ones which was to see what I could do with an image by painting onto a canvas print. I chose these four as they each offered a particular challenge - some like Agios Antonios and Lalakia Garden were originally paintings and Fishing Boat and Wave were both digital art. I originally got into making these digital pictures when exploring photographs I had taken in Photoshop with a view to painting them. They then became digital artworks in their own right. Now I am painting over those prints so I suppose you could say these images have come full circle.
I have tried to photograph them so that the very nice zingy sharpness and vivid colour come out well and also so that you can see the scale - there's a 1 euro coin in some of the pictures. They are still sitting on my chair in the kitchen in the afternoon sun and I just went to have a look to see how accurate the colour reproduction is. Hard to tell what you are seeing - always be aware when viewing art online that different monitors and computer equipment display colour somewhat differently. But I really don't think anyone buying these would be disappointed in the contrast between these photos and the actual objects. I am really pleased with them and they were great to work on. I'll photograph some of the print ones later, they also look pretty far out.
The little canvases are mounted on good quality mat board, the edges are all blacked and they are gloss varnished.
I've made up my mind to put them to auction on Ebay and see if I can catch the eye of some collectors. Might work, might not...let's see what happens!!!
Click on the images to visit the relevant pages on my websites where you can buy the full size prints and read something about the original artworks.
*ACEO is an abbreviation for Art Cards & Editions, sometimes also known as ATCs - Artist Trading Cards - other people might just call them Miniatures. The rule with them is that they are made on card and must measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches - no more no less. They are loved by artists for the scope they give to experiment without the commitment of a major piece and because there is a certain amount of craft in them. It also means you can offer customers a genuinely affordable artwork.