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Original art by Sandrine Curtiss

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Summer Group Show

Semi-annual show in Wells

It's this time of year again, when all the artists in town get together for an art show. I always make a point of showing something different each time. Whether it's the medium or the subject, I try to be creative. This time, I wanted to paint an old landmark that unfortunately isn't anymore. I loved driving by it when I first moved here. But the motel the sign was on was sold, and the owners took the sign with them.
Since it's tourist season again, I hope the regulars will appreciate this little throwback.

I didn't have time to take a better picture before the painting was due. So here's one to give you an idea, until the show is over, and I can take a better one.



Drake's Duck - 16x20" - Acrylic on stretched canvas


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The juices are back!

Although this hot and muggy weather is making me a bit too lazy!

I'm so glad I took that fun time off, a little while ago, to paint whatever I felt like. I started drawing animals again. I just listed 3, and I'm preparing a WIP (work in progress) of a tiger. I'll turn it into a video, and will share it with you.

Tiger 46 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Chat Noir 192 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Chat Noir 191 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD



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A little break

To get my creative juices flowing again.

After I finished my last commission, a few weeks ago, I decided to take a little break from using my colored pencils. As much fun and challenging as custom work is, it can be a creativity killer sometimes. So I spent the last couple of weeks just using my brushes with watercolor and oil paints. Just for fun, painting what I felt like that day. Here are a few paintings I did:

Plumeria 12 - 5x7" - Watercolor - SOLD



Plumeria 13 - 8x10" - Watercolor - SOLD



Daffodil - 5x7" - Inktense Pencils - FOR SALE


Hydrangea - 5x7" - Watercolor Pencils - FOR SALE


Waterscape 1 - 4x6" - Watercolor - FOR SALE


I also finally finished this little one:


 Cherry 2 - 3x5" - Oil - FOR SALE


And got to work on this one too:

Hibiscus - Oil - For sale soon...


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As promised...

...some Easter Chicks and Bunnies.

I've been drawing those little guys around this time of year for a few years now. I always like using all those colors on them. Enjoy...


Easter Chick 27 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") -SOLD


 Bunny 132 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") - SOLD


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Spring's here!

Well, in some parts of the country, at least!

I'm in an Easter mood now, so be ready to see quite a few little bunnies coming up, as wells as my colorful little Easter Chicks!

Here are the first two:


 Spring 1 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD



Spring 2 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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It took me a while, but I finally finished it.

As you may remember, I decided to use a sheet of Art Spectrum Colourfix paper to draw this one. I didn't really like it very much because it's a very rough paper, in my opinion. It really eats up the pastels, and leaves a lot of dust. So I wasn't very excited to continue working on it, and since I got very busy over the holidays with custom portraits, I happily put it aside. However, this year is the year I decided to finish all my unfinished paintings. So I just had to suck it up!
After forcing myself to get back to it, and finish it, I started getting used to the roughness of the paper, and figured out how to handle it. It's still not my favorite, but I must say, it really holds a lot of layers!


Flamingo - 9x12" - Soft Pastels - Colourfix paper - SOLD


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Latest work

This is what I've been up to lately.

I did a few ACEO special requests, and a larger drawing too. I've also been working on finishing some of my paintings. So the final coat of my cherries is drying, and I'm hoping to finally be done with my flamingo this weekend. So I guess I'd better be going soon.

I have a few special projects coming up. I'll keep you posted.



Duck 4 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Giraffes - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Quokka - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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Flower 2

Remember this one?

I painted it during the January challenge, and finally took the time to list it. So if you like it, it is now available.


Flower 2 - 5x7" - Oil on canvas panel - SOLD


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Duck and Crocodile

Haven't rested much after the January challenge.

Here are a couple of little ones I did between custom portraits.


Duck 3 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Crocodile - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD




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Rose 2

It's finally ready to be shipped to a good home.

Will it be to yours?

Rose 2 - 4 x 6 x 3/4" - Oil on stretched canvas - SOLD


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Bunny and Raccoon

Here are the latest critters available for sale.

Thank you Nicke Reeves Payne for sharing the cute bunny picture.

Bunny 128 - 5x7" - SOLD


Raccoon 15 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - SOLD



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The Joy of Pastel Painting

Many, many years ago...

I used to draw only in black and white, meaning using only graphite pencils or charcoal. The truth is, I was very intimidated by colors. I had the shading, perspective and all that down. Why should I try something new and scary? But then, I was indroduced to soft pastels. They looked fun and messy. I had to try.

First few tries, what a disaster! I had no idea how to use those colors. But like they say, with practice I got better and better, and started to understand those little colored sticks a bit more. I even did portraits, and really enjoyed it.

...Til I discovered colored pencils. Better yet, colored pencils on black paper. I took the plunge and never turned back.

I missed soft pastels from time to time, but I never gave it another try, until now.



Sunflower 2 - 4x6" - Soft Pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat.  SOLD


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Discount coupons - How time flies!

When you're busy getting your new store ready,

Creating new artwork, and adding a bunch of new prints for sale. There are about 200 prints available right now in the store, and there will be in all at least 700, with new ones added with the creation of new artwork. I'm trying to add them all before the end of the month so it's ready for the holiday season. I'll be offering discount codes to use there. In fact, I already have two for you:

Buy two ACEO prints and get one free: 342ACEOPRINTS
Buy one 5x7" print and get one half off: 5x7PRINTS

You can use them as often as you want until the end of the year.
Happy shopping!


Cat and Crow 19

ACEO (2.5"x3.5")



Raven 194

ACEO (2.5"x3.5")




Raven 195

ACEO (2.5"x3.5")



Raven 196

ACEO (2.5"x3.5")




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 I wish humans were more like wolves.

Did you know that wolves are monogamous animals? They pair for life. It's only if one of the mates dies that they will find another one.

Wolf 5 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") - Colored pencils


Wolf 6 - 5x7" - Colored pencils




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Alligator Bay

In memory of the bunnies.

This summer I visited a place called Alligator Bay. It was a fun kind of zoo with a reptile house, a bunch of turtles, and best of all, the alligator house with tons of crocodiles and alligators.

I started with the alligator house of course, and it took a while to adjust to the hot and humid climate inside. I especially enjoyed the albino aligators. Not something you see very often. I read that crocodiles and alligators usually live in climates where the temperature is close to the one of their bodies, and since their primary way of surviving is not moving at all, they barely spend any calories. So these impressive creatures don't need to eat everyday.

Before I left the alligators, I saw that feeding time was coming up. So I had time to check out the turtles in the meantime. There were all kinds and sizes. Some putting on a show for us, but I won't get into any details...
In some of the turtle enclosures I noticed a few bunnies munching on the overgrown grass. They were so adorable. I just wondered what they were doing there. But I thought it was a nice addition, and all the kids loved them. It sure was a different sight after seeing the big monster crocodiles a few minutes earlier.

Time to get back and see the alligators and crocodiles getting fed. As their keeper approched the Nile Crocodiles, he pushed a cart full of food. When he got closer to me, I could see what was on the menu. Any guesses? Dead chickens and dead... bunnies. The experience was pretty neat in spite of the poor bloody victims.

And then I realized why all those bunnies hoping in the turtle enclosures...

This was one of them:


 Bunny 127 - ACEO (2.5"x 3.5")
 for sale



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