Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Sheila's Butterfly" ACEO

Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (NFS)

When someone shows an act of kindness or shares their generosity with you, I believe it's important to return the favor.

So this butterfly art card was given to a wonderful lady to show my appreciation and gratitude.

I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out. I really love the bright colors against the black of the butterfly's wings.

A fun, simple little painting!

I had toyed with the idea of doing an entire butterfly series at some point. After having enjoyed creating this ACEO I just might do that!


Kathleen Coy said...

I love it Dean, the colors are wonderful! Lucky Sheila!
I hope you do more butterflies.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Hi Dean--we share the same birthday! Nice flutterby and sentiment. I'm awarding you the passionate painters award--check out my site.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Dean! Nice butterfly. It's an interesting subject because there are so many many colors and contrasts..and I prefer the black wings+different colors. I'll paint a few butterflies, I 'll post them in the next weeks. Hope you're ok!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful butterfly! You are so talented and if I was a jealous person I'd be jealous so I'll just keep admiring you from afar.

Dean Grey said...





Happy belated birthday to you!

Thanks for the award!



Thanks, I'm doing fine.

I'd love to see how your butterflies look!



Thanks for the admiration!


I appreciate everyone's kind comments so far!


kenflett said...

Nice work Dean. And thanks for the good links.
my friend in victoria works alot with art cards and mail art, l believe he has 3000 art cards that he's received. :) anyways here's one of his blog's;
It would be interesting to do mailart.
take care

Carolina said...

I like the contrast of colors vs black too, especially those pink dots, and the little black veins on the colored parts.
(: Nice! :)

Mona Diane Conner said...

Nice Dean. I like how the pinkish background hints at the transparency of the butterfly, like stained glass.

Dean Grey said...

Hey Ken!

Thanks for your link as well. Just checked out your friend's blogs. Love them!

Mailarta looks like so much fun!

I just might have to mail him something now!



Thanks for the compliments and for noticing the little details!



I like the pink dots against the black too. I also thought the butterfly had a stained glass look to it.


Thanks to all three of you!


Anonymous said...

Good to see you into your painting and focused on this new subject. Lots of bright colours and what makes them special is the dark parts. A bit like life, eh? r

Paula Villanova said...

I like the colors against the black in this butterfly too. I just bought some ACEO cards and am looking forward to painting on them. I normally paint kind of large though so this will be a real switch!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful butterfly! I like the way it just "explodes" with color bursting forth from it's delicate wings! What a lovely gift of gratitude. :)

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad to be painting too.

And yes....a bit like life.



I think you'll enjoy creating art cards/ACEOs.

They're a great, quick way to get that "creating art fix" we artists get without having to spend a whole lot of time on them.

Be sure to post your ACEOs on your blog when your done!



I appreciate the compliments.

Haha, I like how you incorporated part of my blog's title ("explodes") in your comment. Was this intentional, or a subconscious slip?


Thanks to all three of you ladies for the kind words!


L.Holm said...

That is so cool! What a beautiful gift from one fab blogger to another :-) lovely butterfly.

Dean Grey said...

Hey Liz (L.Holm)!

Yeah, I thought it made a neat little gift too.

I appreciate the nice comments!


artbyakiko said...

I love this butterfly! It has so many colors and has a perfect shape. Hope to see more of these. :-)

Dean Grey said...

Thanks Akiko!

I'll definitely be doing more butterfly paintings soon!


naturgesetz said...

It's a very striking painting. The idea of art cards seems like a very good one. I have no idea how the business works, but it seems to me that there ought to be some way of getting a butterfly series produced and marketed, whether through an arts association or a commercial card company.

Dean Grey said...


I appreciate the compliments.

ACEOs (art cards) have been around for a while now.

They're sold and traded much like any other piece of art. They're just much smaller in size, that's all.

I'm definitely considering doing a butterfly series in the near future.

Thanks for the suggestions, sir!