2018 Note

February 8, 2018 - Leave a Response

Nothing like taking a four year blogging break, eh?

Oh, I’ve been blogging at Barnbees (my other wordpress blog) just not here because I got away from making small art. I popped in today in search of a few names as I’m putting some of the old art up for sale on Webstore and I have some matted for 5×7 frames on Etsy.

Yeah, mama needs some art supplies… when the budget is tight, it is time to sell some art. Since I’m selling these now, I have to call them ACEO’s instead of ATC’s.

What’s the difference?

Art-wise, nothing… both are small works of art that always measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches, orientated either way.

The ONLY difference is what you DO with them.

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are to be traded (never sold) exclusively between artists.

Art Cards, Editions and Originals (ACEO) have NO rules about what you are allowed to do with them… artists are free to sell or trade and ANYONE can buy, sell, trade, or collect art in this size.

Maybe I should change the name of this blog to BeesACEO, if name changes are allowed.

I haven’t given up my quest to make 1000 practice pieces in this size. It just slid to the back burner for awhile. Oh well… I’m still alive, breathing on this planet. Hope you are, too.

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE APRIL 30, 2018: Due to a lack of sales, I’m taking my art “home” to the only marketplace website where I have any luck… yes, eBay, where I’ve been blessed with almost 3,600 sales (spread over 16 years) compared to 51 on Etsy (over 11 years) and ONE on Webstore.  It’s obvious that I should list on eBay, as that’s where my buyers shop.  However, I like the CONCEPT of other marketplace websites… that’s why I can’t give up on them completely. Here’s a photo snapped while writing up eBay listings for ACEO size art stored in this ol’ tin.



Here’s a link to my eBay page if you want to check out what is currently available there: https://www.ebay.com/usr/mice4mars

Thanks for reading!

IDK #358

July 16, 2014 - One Response


IDK #358 makes me smile… Why not use the text lingo for “I don’t know” instead of the boring “untitled” when I don’t know what to call something?  Or, even what it is.  An alien ghost queen with her little prince?  This started with a watercolor under painting on heavy, slightly textured paper.  I like to tint textured papers as it throws color down in the nooks and crannies so there are no tiny little white dots when pencil points glide on top.  Then, when I start to color with the pencils, I just play with what’s there.

Actual size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  The image is a photograph, so if you click on it to zoom it up, it will be much larger than actual size.

Thank you for viewing my art today!

A #357: Pondering Possibilities

July 15, 2014 - 2 Responses



About time I posted again… summer is here and I haven’t felt like blogging.  Haven’t felt like drawing much either.  It was so humid, the heavy cotton paper absorbed moisture from the air and my heavy hand with the pencil points returned an embossed effect, which some would say is a “bad” thing (only if you belong to the keep the paper perfectly smooth club) but I kind of liked giving it some texture.

I gave up trying to scan art, opted to just photograph instead and leave a bit of “edge” around it as I tend to photograph rectangles as trapezoids and cropping to the edge tends to cut off something.  This is also displayed smaller than actual size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, unless you click to zoom it up and then it is much larger than actual size.  But, does it really matter?  I could spend hours being so anal and it is just a waste of time.  I still want to complete the 1000 pieces. Although I pitter out now and then, opting to make larger size art, this size still appeals to me.

I should change the name of this blog from BeesATC to BeesACEO as I am seriously thinking of trying to sell art in this size again.   Right now, I’m debating between Ebay, Etsy, and Artfire.   Also thinking of selling other handmade things online, beaded jewelry and such… I’m kind of leaning towards Artfire because it is a flat rate site, one monthly fee plus, of course, payment transaction fees for PayPal whereas the other two charge listing fees and selling fees and all those little fees can add up to selling at a loss if low priced items are relisted several times before selling.  Another perk about Artfire is that anyone can shop there… buyers do not have to sign up or join anything.   To shop on Ebay, you have to be a member of Ebay.  I think Etsy requires membership, too.  It’s been so many years since I sold online, I don’t remember.

I don’t know… it is just one of those days when I’m pondering possibilities.

Any suggestions?

By the way, if you are on Facebook, I have a new page just for my art and handmade things… it’s called Barnes Artsy Things   (that link should take you there, if you want to check it out.)  Please keep in mind that it is “new” so there is not much there yet.   Thanks for viewing my art today!

Z is for… Z babes

April 30, 2014 - 6 Responses


Z is Z babes
as in my grandchildren
Zarah, Zavier, and Zeth.

Each is my favorite in their own way.
Zarah is beautiful and a lot like her mother, vibrant and bold.
She will take the world by storm.

Grandma calls Zavier “Zavie Baby” and the daycare calls him “Baby Bird”.
He is the quiet one, reminds me of my daddy.
I think he will be the one who will like to make things.

Baby Zeth is a happy, bubbly child. He dances with both hands going.
I think he needs drum sticks or wooden spoons on old pans.
He just turned one.

And this is Z… so the challenge is done.

BeesATC is participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.


April 29, 2014 - 2 Responses


 “I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are… you makes it hard.”

~ S. Stills

Not sure if the art is done yet.  Sigh.   The song in my head is Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

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X is for… X

April 28, 2014 - Leave a Response
Natural bird feeder, otherwise known as a mulberry tree, in my X-yard.

Natural bird feeder, otherwise known as a mulberry tree, in my X-yard.

X is for X
as in X marks the spot.

Okay, it was either that or Xman, shorthand in my cell’s phonebook for a man I accidentally married twice  (1983-87 plus six weeks in 1990).  I’m sure he would agree, we are much better at being friends than spouses.

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W is for… WIRE

April 26, 2014 - Leave a Response
Bracelet made while playing with copper wire.

Bracelet made while playing with copper wire.


W is for WIRE
and copper is fun to bend
Now that I’m down to the wire,
Ready or not, it is time to send.


Illusion ring looks as if it floats but actually goes around (ignore my old fingers, lol)

Illusion ring looks as if it floats but actually goes around (ignore my old fingers, lol)

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