Thursday, December 31, 2009
Perhaps it is those new green striped hose, or maybe the false eyelashes and ruby red lipstick. Now wait she does not have lips! It is just that Miss Kitty A. Lure finds it in her nature to attract bigger fish in the sea. Either way she knows how to get her MeOWWW on!
About the original:
Media Color pencils and marker
Status for the Original: Available
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This is the 2nd in my pink trailer series. Trailer park Genies rise early in the morning, before sun up so they will have time to put on there face. That is why they are called Genies...how else could you do all of that before coffee??
About the Original:
Media: color pencils on 1/2" MDF panel
Status of Original: available
Prints available from artist
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
About this painting
Materials: color pencil, marker on 1/2" MFD Panel
Original Status: available
Prints available from artist Nov 15th
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Kitty in a Box by Alma Lee©2007
The second offending auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/Whimsical-Cat-by-world-listed-artist-Vitbich_W0QQitemZ320436933167QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Paintings?hash=item4a9b87922f
Kitty Birdwatch by Alma Lee©2007
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Seriously? a Dog Costume aka: What they were out of Bernie Madoff? by Alma Lee
Nibblefest Oct entry available through the 27th here
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hippie Daisy Pursette
by Alma Lee
This is one of my new Hippie pursettes for the EBSQ Art purse contest this month. It is made out of 100% Duct Tape, and is only big enough for a comb and wad of bills/gum depending on your stimulus package! Really what else does one need to get through life
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
by Alma Lee
When a Hippie dreams
the daisies dance
upon delightful breeze
casting a peaceful trance
so it is as it seems
peace comes to enhance
only when a hippie dreams...
I was driving home from one dance and just as entered the exit ramp, this image passed through my mind. I had such a feeling not so much of peace, but promise. Promise that would we had hoped, and dreamed of, would not always be met by rejection. but one day, God willing it would come to pass.
This piece is done andmarkers, and Color pencils on a MDF panel. Color pencils is laid on in many layers, to achieve full color and surface saturation. The result is a satiny sheen rivaling that of oil or acrylic.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
If you should be blessed enough to stumble upon the secret Paisley garden, you will surely give pause to the Paisley Amaryllis. Beautiful and engaging it is startling against the edge of snow...who knew?
This piece is done in color pencil on 140lbs watercolor paper. It is also embossed and the paper lend an extra luxurious texture. Color pencil is laid down in a multifude of layers, allowing for full saturation of intense color.
About this art:
Media: Watercolor paper
Materials: color pencil
Style: Contemporary Floral
Original Status: available
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Three little doggies came out to play, stopped on a dime, with legs all a splay. This is my newest in the K9.5 series. There is just something about dogs at play. You have to giggle. They are so uninhibited and unrestrained they are just a joy. This is done in color pencil and markers on MDF panel. The color is fully saturated and vibrant. And the finish is smooth and satin like. About this Painting Size: 14.75x24" Media: MDF Panel 1/2" Materials: color pencil and marker Price: $975 Prints available from artist
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Cubic Pear
I have always been fascinated with the stark contrast of a harlequin pattern, place against bright peices of fruit. Not only is the pear a colorful, vibrant piece of fruit, it is also one of my favorites! I like the fresh feel of the simple shapes impacted by the cubic light beams. This is done with color pencil and markers, layer upon layer, fully saturating the surface of MDF (medium density fiberboard) panel. This is a square piece designed to be hung at a 45 degree angle.
About this art:
material: color pencil, marker,
Media:MDF Panel Subject: Pears
Style: Contemporary Cubism
Status of the Original: Available $89
Prints available at: email@example.com
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
This is my latest in the Red Shoe collection. I can't help it I feel that Red shoes are the composite symbol of all things feminine and womanhood. There is a certain allure and power housed in the red shoe attire. For me long gone are the days of wearing spike heels, but I look at them and still can hear the tapping, clacking sound of power entering the room!
Red Shoes in the Rain
by Alma Lee
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here is my entry for June's Nibblefest.
The Mocha Mouse
best days begin with mocha I have always felt
at my favorite java spout
when the creamy topping begins to melt
a wild eyed tasty mouse jumps out!
tomorrow I'll drink faster!!!!
by Alma Lee
This is the largest piece I have ever listed in the Nibblefest. 11x14" Here's hoping!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I am obsessed with the look of a pleading dog. Probably because I fall victim to it 99% of the time. Every dog owner knows the look. When they want a treat, a ride, some 1 on 1 play time. Those among us who can resist, are a far better women than me.
This is the lateest in my k9.5 series, done with color pencils, and paint markers on the MDF board. Color is laid down layer upon layer, until a full saturation of color is achieved.
About this Original
media: color pencil, paint marker
Materials: MDF wood panel:
Style: Contemporary Cubism
Price: $110 available from Artist
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Party! Party! Party, kitty style jump and sing, dance awhile! you come, bring a friend too Party, till the dogs go blue! This is a party in full force, with no restrait. Likewise, I have spared no color and subjected none to mute. Vibrant and lively, this is a happy painting with no apologies! Color pencil is applied layer upon layer, until a deep.rich saturation is achieved. It is then hand polished to a satiny sheen, and finished with a medium gloss finish. The painting is on MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and is finished on the side making it ready to hang! About this Painting: Size:12x24x1/2" Materials: Color pencil and marker Media: 1/2 " MDF panel Style: contemporary cubism Original available from the Artist: $750.00
by Alma Lee
Saturday, May 16, 2009
As a young girl I had trolls and though I found them fascinating, I never saw them as cuddly or cute. They seemed as tiny little, lecherous men. Cool but lecherous to the Nth degree. A matter of fact my Nibblefest entry is the exact picture of the impression they made on me. Does this mean I didn't like them? I don't know you can tell me...
The May theme for Nibblefest is "the secret life of toys" this is my entry. Nibblefest is a monthly themed Art Contest on EBAY, where all art is submitted for auction starting as 99 cents. It runs from the 20th through the 27th each month. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Ruby Reds did so well at Nibblefest that I decided to make it a series. This is a short movie of the making of the second in the series Red Shoe Required.
Red Shoe Required,
by Alma Lee
Materials:Color Pencil and Marker
Media: MDF Panel
Original Status: available through Artist
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This is my latest Cube-a -Kitty. He like myself is just itching to get out and about. Is there any better diversion than fishing, especially with one on the line:
About this painting
Size: Approx 6.33x6.25"
Media: MDF panel
Materials: marker, color pencil
Subject: Cat, fish
Style: Contempory Cubism
Status: auction now on EBAY
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Zen Of Bubble Wrap
By Alma Lee
Who knew that bubble wrap had so many colors? This piece taught me something, there is beauty in so many things around up, some times you just have to slow down and take a careful look. I challenge you, today pause and take a look at something you have seen a thousands times and find its inate beauty. It is there I assure you, Don't see it? Look again.
Monday, April 20, 2009
by Alma Lee
April Nibblefest Art Contest
It is time for the April Nibblefest Art Contest on Ebay! That means a whole
host of quality art in all styles and color schemes from the artists at
ESBQ. All Auctions start at 99¢ no reserve.
This month theme is “Favorite Children’s Story”. Alma has chosen the Wizard
of Oz for this contest with 3 entries including “Ruby Reds” pictured above,
all with an Wizard of Oz theme.
If you ever wanted to own an Alma Lee Original, now is the time to check it
out! Simply go to Ebay and type in Keywords NFAC in the search and start
enhancing your art collections today. Auctions start at 4:00pm PST Today!
Other Entries from Alma Lee:
If I Only had a Brain!-Scarecrow
Toto Love-A girl and her dog
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Wheel of Fortune
A number of weeks ago I ran into this article Imagekind. I thought it contained very pertinent and useful information,that I had to share.
Solomon Walker is a professional artist living in Toronto. His art like his writing is relevant, enlightening and fresh. He is also Co-Administrator for the Digital Fine Art group on Imagekind I want to thank Solomon for taking the time to write such a useful and concise article. It is a short article, and well worth the read!
Visit Solomon Walkers gallery:
50 Best Places To Make Money $$$ Selling Your Art Online In 2009
By Solomon Walker
Even though world economies are a bit chaotic at the moment, that doesn’t meant you cannot make substantial amount of money selling your art online or off.
According to some recent reports from reputable industry publications such as the Art Newspaper and Flash Art Online, it’s an opportune time for new players (both buyers and sellers) to enter the Art marketplace. Savvy buyers, who are seeking to collect up-and-coming artists, whose work are selling at bargain prices. For Artists, who wishes to gain access to the coveted arena of art lovers and high-rollers with ready cash to invest.
To begin, you may want to consider targeting your market, rather than the shot-gun approach adopted by many online. Don’t be discourage by lack of sale from one site; there are literally hundreds of FREE and low-cost galleries online, where your work may finds its ideal audience.
Scott Listfield, an artist who has carved out a nice niche selling his unique paintings online, states it best:
“With the rise of the Internet in general, and Print On Demand (POD) technology in particular, the game has completely changed. As the tired cliché says, the playing field has been leveled. As an artist, you no longer need to be “discovered” by a gallery owner, or lucky enough to be one of the handful of artists a publisher prints each year. Nor do you need to “sell out,” painting schlock in order to sell.”
My personal experience has been a positive one thus far, with printed sales being relatively steady since early summer of 2008. I have a few friends and associates who are selling extremely well online. One gentleman I met on Myartspace.com a year ago has recently sold about 8-10 original paintings for prices between $500 and $10,000 each! He is a great artist. He markets relentlessly, and has an excellent rapport with customers worldwide. I think it’s a good idea to learn a few languages in a multicultural marketplace such as the internet!
While many artists I met make sales with originals, a vast majority does very well with printed work. Either option is great way to hit the road running in 2009!
The following is a list of some of the great places I personally have knowledge of, and some others are recommended by friends and associates. The list is not in order of ranking, and to be fair to each, I avoided pointing out the top moneymaker (but it’s in the top 10). This is a guide which you can use over and over again for reference as you go forward in 2009. Please have a look at each site, and decide which best fits your creative goals.
You are welcome to suggest your own sites which offer proven potential.
Good luck with your art ventures!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
by Alma Lee
That's right I said painting on wood! After all these aren't your Grandma's color pencils. If you are like me you thought of your color pencil set only in terms of sketching, color selection, and drawings. Color pencil technology has increased hundredfold in the last few years. Making painting with color pencils on a variety of substrates including Wood and MDF panel a reality.
I decided to create a step by step tutorial for my technique and show my NIBBLEFEST entry; GEISHA KITTY & SILVER MOUSE SUSHI as a work in progress. I will be using all of the traditional color pencil choices in this piece. But one in particular trumps them all, when it comes to performance on wood and MDF panel. I want to introduce you to my personal NBFF (New Best Favorite Forever) Color pencils for wood, made by Walnut Hollow. These pencils are oil based, acid free, and photo safe. What makes them superior on wood is they are semi opaque, instead of transparent. Wood grains show through, but are not allowed to "overrun" the image. They truly have a buttery lay down and a excellent adaptability to blending, and shading. If you love working with color pencil, and longed to create "painting" like finishes on a heavy substrates, these are going to rock your world. Here is the step by step through the process and hopefully it will expand your creativity, and get you started on your very own.
You will need:
MDF or Wood Panel. ( Home Depot in a 2'x4' 1/2" sheet.),
Walnut Hollow Oil Color Pencils (Michaels or Dick Blick)
Liquitex Gesso (S) Surface Prep Artist Acrylic
Prismacolor Colorless Blender
Paper stick Blender
Prismacolor Matte Fixative
Winsor & Newton All Purpose Varnish
Soft Brush (for whisking away stray pencil particles)
Step 1 Preparing your surface.
You will want to cut your board to desired size. I used a circular hand saw and then smoothed the edges with belt sander. Dust off any saw dust and debris. Next you will want to lay down the thinnest layer possible of the liquitex gesso. I squirt sparingly out of the bottle right onto the panel, then then using a foam brush with firm pressure "force" the gesso into the fibers on the board.
NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PUT AS THIN A COAT OF GESSO AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!
Because color pencils of any kind do not adhere well to an acrylic surface. You are not trying to seal the panel here just laying down a hint of white to reflect through the color pencil and markers. When you are done you will have a slightly irregular coat, but that is OK.
Step 2 Make your sketch and transfer it to the panel.
Step 3 Lay in Your base colors. I chose to use Dual Brush Pens for this. They have a brush end that is a little more flexible than a felt marker. (water based only at this point) You can use your color pencils, or art sticks for this instead of marker, if you choose. Bear in mind because the Walnut Hollow Oil pencils are semi opaque, you will be able to change the color slightly in the following layers. But they are not opaque so stick to laying down the median color or highlights
Step 3 Lay in Your base colors.
Step 4 Start with a thin layer of Color pencil
At this point you can use any brand of color pencil desired. I use the majority of my prismacolor and ergo soft colored pencils during this step, primarily for color range. Prismcolor and Ergosoft have more color choices than Walnut Hollow. So I just want to establish my color scheme at this point.
Note: you can use any brand of color pencil at any point from here to finish as desired. The chemistry of all these pencils interacts very well with the others.
Step 5 Blend your colors and add your shadowing.
This is the step where you are finishing your layers to desired opacity in order to get that faux oil painting sheen finish. Stick to prismacolor colorless, and the paper stick blenders. Using turpentine, or alcohol to blend will run your colors and distort them with the panel texture.
Step 6. Add highlights with Color Pencils and markers. This is where you will be concentrating on the final touch ups and full color saturation. Once you are done with this stage you will be unable to return to either color pencils or markers.
Step 7. Spray a couple of light coats of fixative. You should do 2 coats about an hour in between. This sets your color pencils and prevents colors from "wax surfacing as it ages. Note: be sure that the entire piece is coated with fixative, otherwise your finish coat of general purpose varnish will make your colors bleed.
Step 8. Spray 1-2 Layers of Gloss Varnish. Again light coats are the rule. I used Winsor Newton All Purpose Varnish High Gloss. It is a permanent non-removable protective coating. I found that I did not end up with a High gloss finish, just a satin sheen, because the MDF panel absorbs a lot of it. But it is a very attractive sheen nonetheless. and certainly reminiscent of a oil painting finish.
Note: I did notice that it did cause the red tones in my piece to bleed slightly through my metallic silver markers, but it was very subtle and not an issue for me.
Here is the Finished piece. A little FYI it will be available for purchase for March's Asian Inspired Nibblefest Auction on EBAY starting 03/20/09.
Check out my Alma Lee Originals EBAY Store for details
GEISHA KITTY & SILVER MOUSE SUSHI
by Alma Lee © 2009
Color Pencil Painting
Available starting 03/20/09
Monday, March 9, 2009
DixS.O.N. was one of my best friends and consummate muse. My husband and I had to put her down today. It is a void I can not soon fill. I wrote this poem about his relationship with her. Rest in peace Princess...
She was only seven of nine,
But to his heart the first.
His Princess , the ever safe harbor
To his longing heart.
Her hair, long, cascades of silk
It blew wildly as she ran,
Finding rest as it draped over her
Carmel eyes, concealing a tiny spark
Now as her stillness settled over him he
Even now He loved her, of this, he was as certain
She had torn his heart, broken and beyond
yet with sorrow and sigh
he knew she had been worthy of the
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"In my paintings I am working in the borderlands where light and illuminated surfaces meet. The motifs are between half figurative and abstract.They form a starting point in my adventure where I try to visualize a primary component of images that is in fact invisible – the light.
I am fond of all of his pieces, but have picked two of his feline paintings, because I feel that the way an artist portrays a cat speaks volumes about who they are and how they view their life in the world. And also I think his Kitty on a String looks very much like Lutz himself. Check it out and let me know! Buy Lutz Baar art here:
by Lutz Baar
Kitty on a String
by Lutz Baar
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
This is not a new practice, as it has a long history dating back to mummy painting in Egypt 100-300 AD. These were realistic paintings attached usually to wood panels adorning the mummies in Roman Egypt. (see replica Egyptian Roman Lady by Ben Morales-Correa below) Today you see it used in a lot of altered book art, and mixed media, as it is very conducive and useful in embedding materials used in collage. Here are some of my favorites...
Anne has a whole gallery on ImageKind http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?mid=f8b475f9-4e1c-4a3d-9685-5ff6b170ac28devoted to beeswax painting. Her colors and style are truly other worldly, and softly alluring. She says that she learned this technique from a clairvoyant medium. I am sure that is true, but I personally believe the power of her art, comes from the soul and vision of Anne, a very willing and talented artist.
EGYPTIAN ROMAN LADY
Ben Morales-Correa studied Egyptology at the collage level and has declared it his passion to create the replicas of this ancient art form. Using innovative techniques, he demostrates a powerful glimpse into this culture and art form. His galleries can be found on ImageKind http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?mid=6de66f25-41e9-4f58-915c-45e65983cc5a
SALT OF THE EARTH
BLUE SEA ART
Blue Sea Art's "Salt of the Earth" brings us back down to earth,with the beauty and tapestry of a life spent in the labor of love. All encased and enshrined in one of earths finest resources...Bees Wax. You can find Blue Sea Art on Imagekind http://www.imagekind.com/Showartwork.aspx?IMID=1738ac1d-f393-43be-bd4f-a8fcd99ab336
I encourage you to come explore with me, the beauty and elegance of the art form. A maybe just may try one of your own! Either way enjoy and then mind your own bees wax!
Feeling inspired? Expert Village has a wonderful series of encaustic painting videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VBo7nGnFb4
Feeling really inspired? You can buy a starter kit here:http://www.dickblick.com/products/r-and-f-encaustic-paint-studio-startup-set/
Friday, January 30, 2009
It is always the Chase with Spot, the conquest is secondary. But then again they had it coming, first the mouse ventured out for that last forbidden morsel, and of course Tabby just could let the opportunity pass...well then the rest is history as they say. What is not shown, as it was too graphic for the housekeepers it what lies on the flip side of this picture...the mess. Some things are better left unseen!
About this painting:
Media: color pencil, metallic marker
Material: 140 lb Bristol
Style: Modern Cubism
Sunday, January 25, 2009
A Sorrow Great
Some say a sorrow great
lives so deep the soul doth swell,
Disposing the voice of reason
where only silence fell
Deep and desperate inside life’s
tempest, storm and squalls
it abides there
behind Hades heady walls
No– is only phantasm
where evils domain shall dwell
For it is a saints life on earth
that paves the road to hell
With great depth of commitment
we commend our sorrows to our own, but feeble grip
Ever slipping downward as
though Christ’s atonement was but a merry myth
Here we are at Dante’s final gate
alas it is first here, we for our salvation wait
has framed its sorrow here
So feeble, an emblem
for such forbidden fear
Let it be then wisdom,
soul on the verge
The dawn shall come bearing down
in truth’s almighty light
Ever bearing cross in heart
the saints sorrows, now set hope in sight
Lord, Christ– Savior
strengthen me for the fight
Now wait I, as from heaven, my lover to defend me,
atone, acquit, redeem me against this demonic blast
Is it better to remain here,
clinging to the remnant, tormented and harassed
Gently he caresses me, saying
grasp not for your sanity let go and take my hand
For only I can lead you,
in this dark and evil land
And so it is he loves me,
the lifter of my head
As I followed him into battle
He took my blows instead
by Alma Lee 2007
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The day finally arrived and what a day it was. How wide is the historical scope of hope! I have documented his rise with art work for the last year, because I find him such a captivating subject. And if you are like me you share in the anticipation of the next 4 years. God Speed President Obama!
While getting a feel for Obama, I kept getting a feeling of Martin Luther King. They seemed to strike the same cord of hope in people.
At the same time I was expermenting with chalk on black ground and a contemplating Mr. Obama seemed appropiate.
The Hope of Barak 05/09
Lastly I just knew that we were getting an early peak at greatness and this was my final illustration of the man that has engendered so much hope and promise in so many, crossing racial lines, party lines and even the line of diverse faiths. President Barak H. ObamaThe Precipice of Hope...
One almost has to wonder if President, who is a praying man, like Solomon before him has asked the Lord for wisdom to lead so great a people? Perhaps that is the Hope he embodies...
Friday, January 16, 2009
Yesterday was my 51st birthday. I celebrated by finishing a self portrait for this months ESBQ show. I decided that I would take you through the process, well the art process anyway the process of being me is well...shall we say complicated. Here is the reference photo:
The first thing that I wanted to do was reverse the image...no particular reason just a matter of preference.
After I reversed the image I laid out just the basic outline on 140 lbs bristol paper with a #2 pencil. I drew it out very lightly so as not to leave any scars or imprints in the paper, bristol paper is has a wonderful forgiveness for plain old pencil.
Once I had the outline done I proceeded to add in the color pencil. This is just a matter of patience and careful observation. It takes awhile before you achieve the saturation you want.
When I was finished I scanned in the image in two separate scanners. (My scanner is smaller than the image) I created a new document in Photoshop and dragged both scans into it. I lined them up and gently, with eraser tool set at 40% erased part of the overlapping images to blend them into a single image. I combined the layers and ended up with my raw portrait.
I then cropped the portrait for better composition. I decided that the scan was not going to take these piece where I needed it to go. I experimented with different filters, and decided that since the theme was about severing the ties that bond me, Plastic wrap filter could best carry that out. That was a little to harsh so I ran it through the ocean ripple filter also.
I was pleased with the overall "bound" feel it gave to the portrait, but it seemed a little busy. I made a duplicate layer and then proceeded to remove areas of my face and hands to lend a visual illustration of breaking out of bondage. I then set the eraser tool set at 25% opacity to "feather" the edges.
All that was left was to now was to add the poem that I had written for this piece:
"Truth will stand it's own
And lead all who would follow
I shall stumble home...
I used the font DjangoITC TT, because it add a little movement and fond unpredictability to the space..a little like me.
All and all this was about a week long project and I think it a good and true illustration of my being. Open, creative and striving to be free! I welcome any comments and critiques you care to share.