Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"The Rusty Banshee" SFA 5x7" watercolor painting seascape/marine art

I love all things ocean, sea, marine, having grown up just a few hundred yards from a wonderful beach, with ocean docks, wharves just a few miles further up the coast. This is from Crescent City, on the northern Californian coast. A small format artwork (SFA) in watercolor - 5x7".

The rust is what caught my eye most of all. And it's rendered pretty much like it was. I think and hope this rusty old Banshee is getting ready to go out on the waters again some day.

I have this painting up for auction at a low starting price on Daily Paintworks website - HERE. Please check out my other auctions on this site. The house from my previous post is also up for auction on there.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Looking for that perfect gift?

Not too early to be thinking Christmas presents. This is the first time I've offered custom 5x7" watercolor portraits (home or ?) 

Think what a wonderful treasured keepsake an original watercolor painting of a much loved home would be for yourself, a close family member, or friend.

It makes for a very personal gift, and can also solve the problem of buying for those that may be difficult to buy for. And one where it's value is not seen as just a price tag - irreplaceable at any cost! It's easy to give as a gift, especially when dealing with increasing shipping charges, this can be sent as a document. Or you can gift it complete with a wonderful frame to add a finishing touch.

A home can mean so much to many. I can work from various images, though a good photograph is usually best. For nearly 20 years I drew houses as a self-employed contractor for Real Estate companies - doing over 9,000. I adore houses and architecture - it is near and dear to my heart, so I'd love to create a lasting treasure for you, too.

I can send a gift certificate if you don't or can't get a photo from your intended gift recipient.

This listing is for an artist's rendering in watercolor, done approximately 5x7" image size - this will usually fit a 8x10" frame, once matted. 

If you like the idea of custom art I offer other variations - please see my other offers here on Etsy in my shop section for custom work: - or convo me on Etsy or email me and we can talk about variations. I can offer many different options for you. You can also order direct from me by emailing me - and I offer discounts for multiple orders.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Two new original collages for Halloween - ACEO art cards.

These are my 11th and 12th ACEO for Halloween. I have such fun creating these. The backing on the art card is a vintage Poe book from 1971. The old handwriting behind the transparency is from the turn of the 19-20th century - over 100 years old. The bat paper is old, too, though the printing of bats is current. I've added brads, then whatever seemed to pique my creativity to embellish and enhance these.
In particular it was fun to shrink down an old dictionary page, and use the image to put black cats on, then print and turn it all into a bunting/banner for the little girl witch art card.

I'm offering them for sale on eBay only at the moment. Why not check them out?
You'll find my Halloween listings HERE.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A new SFA watercolor today - Mothers & children paddling in park stream.

New today - "The Paddlers" original watercolor SFA (Small Format Art) 4x6" (postcard size). A group of children with their mothers padding in a beautiful park stream (Lithia Park, Ashland. Oregon). The joys of childhood & motherhood! Available on Etsy.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

#7-10 ACEO art cards - Halloween theme - original ACEOs

Number 7-10 in a series. ACEO Halloween theme using unique papers, and vintage images. Some pages are over 100 years old, handwritten, and all are on a Poe book from the early 1970s. Original collages art cards. These are listed by me - artistjillian on eBay.  But thought you might like to see my collages using digital images.

Check out my Halloween listings HERE.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Numbering my ACEO art cards was up to a number ending in 13, so instead of creating one ACEO with that number I am doing a mini series of Halloween original collage art cards.
I've completed the first 6 in this series, and not sure how many I'll continue doing, the elements used are the same, but the look is different for each. 

I use a page from a 1971 Edgar Allan Poe book, bats printed onto a very old book page, part of a ledger with handwriting over 100 years old. Vintage and antique images of Halloween themes printed onto a transparency, which is secured with metal brad shapes.

I then add a few elements that seem 'appropriate' for that particular image - these included antique and specialty papers, real leaves, and other things that just seem to 'fit'.

Fun to do.

I'm listing them on eBay - so you can see my Halloween art offerings HERE.
Or else view ALL my eBay art listings HERE.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Finally! I got around to painting this Halloween artwork!

I spied this faux skull in a bed of blood red roses in Atlanta's famous Oakland Cemetery in 2007. They had decked out the cemetery for Halloween celebrations. 

I've wanted to paint if for a long time. I chose to do it in acrylics, as an ACEO (2.5x3.5"). I wanted the colors to be bold. Though I think at some stage I may do it as a larger watercolor.

Currently listed on eBay.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

OOAK Butterfly themed Art Journal/Sketchbook. 6th in my series.

Artist Art Journal Sketchbook Diary 4x6 - Unique, OOAK. Butterfly Inspirational images throughout. I started it - you finish it and make it your own. Butterfly by DreamyPapers, $15.95 This is my 6th journal in this series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A great way to start creating your own art journal: Printable pages.

Newly created, and now sharing - printable pages for you to start your own art journal (8 images - 4 sheets) - 4x6 unique and gorgeous butterfly images as pages by DreamyPapers, $3.50 on Etsy - 

making the world lovelier, one image at a time ...

Downloadable as 4 printable pages as a kit to start or add to a 4x6 art journal. It includes vintage papers that are over 100 years old, and handwritten. I created them for one of my themed recycled art journal sketchbooks, and now make a few of the interior papers available for your dream book!

I love to provide creative images that inspire others to use as inspiration to add their personal touch.

... sketch, paint, write, enjoy the images to your heart's content. Add more pages, to complete your journal - lined pages, sketch paper, watercolor paper, recycled papers, envelopes and more - 4x6" is a super neat size for a journal that you can take with you for inspiration - and when creative moments hit.

More themes - kits and full journals to come.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

OOAK - Artist's sketchbook/art journal - Lighthouse theme.

This is another recycled/mixed media 4x6" art journal - images, writing pages, sketch pages, and watercolor paper. Many papers are unique, and OOAK. Images collected and selected and put together in this journal. The cover shows vintage images, and although not of lighthouses, it shows how much lighthouses were valued - angels to the ship captain lost in a storm.

This journal was done by private request, so it's not available to purchase. Images are old and new, papers are old and new. Some papers are over 100 years old. A fun journal, for sure!

Do you have a favorite theme?

ACEO display frames on sale - great to display small artworks!

One dozen x ACEO/ATC/Wallet Clear frames 2.5" x 3.5" - just $10 - with free shipping in US. Displays art cards unobstructed, and with the option to display vertically and/or horizontally! 

Great for art shows, galleries, etc. Website exclusives - -

Monday, July 29, 2013

OOAK - Horse/Equine theme artist's art journal/sketchbook.

I listed this on Etsy. 4th in my series of recycled papers made into artist's art journals/sketchbooks, this one themed with horses. I ran some errands, and came back to find it sold already.

Still, I'm proud of it, and love it myself, so I'm sharing it with you. Hope you'll check out all the images on the listing.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

OOAK - Artist's sketchbook/art journal - Wildlife theme. Recycled ephemera +

Number 3: I started an art journal/sketchbook for someone else to finish. Made of recycled inspirational WILDLIFE (wild animals) in art, recycled papers, lined papers for journal/writing, art papers for sketching/painting. 4x6". 

This is 3rd in my series. Handmade. Unique. Fun! 

Add or remove pages, depending on your mood or need. Store notes and ideas and sketches/paintings all in one place!

Available on Etsy, or contact me for a custom journal. More OOAK books to come. Dreamy Papers.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

OOAK recycled ephemera journal sketchbook art for artists - women in art theme. Handmade.

My first one sold. This is my second in this 'series. Made especially for other artists. I started it - you 'complete' it ... an Artist's Art Journal.

Sketchbook & Journal/Diary 4x6". Inspirational - recycled and new papers - collage paintings and drawings of women - images from art magazines + many extras and surprises + ACEO blanks.

Add or remove pages, depending on your mood or need. Store notes and ideas and sketches/paintings all in one place!

Available on Etsy, or contact me for a custom journal. More OOAK books to come. Dreamy Papers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Art Journal Sketchbook Lessons - My teaching art & sketches - gridding.

This is from the classes I teach - pen and wash, art journal and sketchbook. This is from teaching/showing how to grid up a photo to get an accurate drawing to work on with paint and/or ink.


An artist's art journal, sketchbook created for inspiration to artists.

I made this, especially for other artists. I started it - you 'complete' it ... an Artist's Art Journal

Sketchbook & Journal/Diary 4x6". Inspirational - recycled and new papers collage flower images from art magazines + many extras and surprises + ACEO blanks.

Add or remove pages, depending on your mood or need. Store notes and ideas and sketches/paintings all in one place!

Available on Etsy, or contact me for a custom journal. Other books to come. Dreamy Papers

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

"The Bird Cage Holder" Chinese Myth. Original watercolor ACEO.

ACEO. 2.5x3.5" original watercolor painting. "The Bird Cage Holder" Part of Chinese stories and myths. I needed to 'zone out' today. Managed to paint this. Based on a wonderful Chinese character in a Chinese New Year celebration. Currently listed on eBay.

Monday, May 06, 2013

My latest artwork: Original watercolor dollhouse scale "Golden Arches".

NEW miniature watercolor (1:12th dollhouse scale). 1.5"x2". "Golden Arches" I've wanted to paint this for some time. Finally did. Artist: Jillian Crider.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A new miniature dollhouse watercolor, or two.

I currently have about 21 of my art works up on eBay. Two are dollhouse miniatures (original art), one was just done recently. Two little girls playing at a picnic. "Two Little Girls In Blue" - 1:12 scale - 1.5" x 2" I love the mop of hair on the little blonde girl, it was just so messy and she just played her heart out. Fun to watch. I did more studies and hope to do larger paintings of similar soon.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New ACEO watercolor painting - Southern Oregon Landscape with Horses.

My first ACEO in nearly a year. "Morning Meadows" original watercolor painting. 2.5"x3.5". Autumn landscape with horses in Southern Oregon.

"Beautiful southern Oregon. "Picture Perfect" is what I thought when I woke up to this scene one morning. It was, but knew right away that I wanted to paint it. It's taken a while, but here it is. It wasn't easy. I see my flaws in it, but still shows the "Picture Perfectness" of this wonderful pastoral scene."