Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Poodle for All Seasons! Surprsingingly Warm Art for Winter!

Poodles: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall
ACEO Miniature Art to warm your heart!
Available on Ebay until Feb 14th
Just Search LLMartin in Art For Available Originals

I just love painting poodles and letting them tell their own story. And yes I can paint one of these little paintings for you. Some people wonder about the prices of these little 2.5 by 3.5 inches works of art. The truth is the smaller the art and the more detailed the art the bigger prices they can be. I've heard of some miniatures selling for as much as $5,000 or more.  Mine are a bit more reasonably priced. The Average is about $24.00 for an original. I start the auctions on ebay about $14.00 these days.  The shipping is free in the USA.  I generally don't sell prints of these tiny works; however, sometimes I will make note card collections based on my favorites.

  Alot of people wonder what an ACEO is. Well basically it is any art or fine art reproduction that is small enough to fit into a baseball card sleeve approximately 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

The most modern form of the  genre was developed through art sellers online to make art affordable for first time collectors and to introduce children into collecting original fine art and prints. It's actual introduction as a format happened in the middle ages when  artists wanted to share their working style or allow new patrons an opportunity to see samples of their paintings. Today we would use a portfolio, email or CD to share our work with prospective clients. According to one account I read some years ago these artist's calling card were scraps of paper or board that easily fit into the artist's wallet  so when he met someone who was a perspective patron he could share a sample. Also the artists would trade them among themselves, using them sometimes as currency at the gaming tables at the local bar or public house.

A few years ago I saw something written about miniatures in general and discovered that many were the size of these "artist's calling cards". During the Victorian and Edwardian ages art cards were collected among the growing middle class and the gentry. I  saw one illustration of how the collections were so large that not only did they cover the entire walls of their drawing rooms with framed art but they collected groups of these miniatures to sit on  pianos, mantles and small tables or sideboards. Sometimes they would switch out these small collections based on the times of the year.

If you would like to see more of my ACEO Miniature work please feel free to stop by the ACEO Store on Etsy as well.

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