2018 Note
February 8, 2018

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


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



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!

N is for… NANCY
April 16, 2014


N is for NANCY
Yes, that’s me.



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

Today’s art was drawn with Faber-Castell Polychromos on a  2.5 x 3.5 inch sheet of hot pressed cotton paper.

It was photographed on a wooden table.

Thank you for viewing my art!

L is for… LONGING
April 14, 2014


L is for LONGING
creeping into the night
when the one the heart loves
remains out of sight.


“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”  ~  Tink


I wake alone.  Armed with two pencils, I walk across the street to get a cup of coffee and find a bench as a place to start today’s drawing.  The air smells like rain coming, the warmth deceptive.  Tomorrow, after the storm rolls through, will be cold.  Birds, traffic, conversations and flags whipping on the breeze, typical city noises.  The gray skies, cold pressed paper (not my fave, hot pressed is smoother), Van Dyck Brown or Cinnamon?

Zimtbraun, which may be German for Cinnamon as Faber-Castell pencils are made in Germany, touches the paper first, lightly dusting, laying down color, creating an under-drawing.  I have no idea what it will become.  My former future faux whatever son-in-law (who knows what they are doing?) arrives with ice cream.  Low fat, reduced calorie Moose Tracks?  I’m not dieting, sure hope they didn’t skimp on the fudge swirl.

Back inside, up the elevator, where a hundred colors and faded photographs await.  L comes to me.


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Thank you for viewing my art today!

April 10, 2014





(no other words required)



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Thank you for viewing my art today!

H is for… HOUSING
April 9, 2014



H is for HOUSING
A place to call home,
Art helping women
Avoid homelessness.

Today’s quick sketch illustrates something most of us take for granted, the need for a safe place to call home.   I live in Youngstown (Link goes to wiki.)  It is a “rust belt” city in northeast Ohio.  You may have heard about Youngstown on the news as President Obama has mentioned Youngstown in speeches and Youngstown has been featured in various articles praising the efforts to recover from economic hardship and population decline as people moved elsewhere to find work.  By the 2010 census,  32.7%  of Youngstown residents live in poverty (source).  When people are barely hanging on, it is easy to fall through the cracks.

Our local YWCA helps women, often with small children, who are at risk of homelessness.  (For more information on the housing programs, click  here  – link goes to the Housing page at the Youngstown YWCA website.)

Our YWCA also has an annual juried art show celebrating woman artists.   It is a nice show with a professional presentation and an upscale preview party for patrons (opening night) and this event is a major fundraiser for our YWCA.   This year, they are doing something new to raise additional money for the housing programs – asking women artists to donate small 5×7 inch works of art for a silent auction at the preview party.   Women artists from ANYWHERE can contribute.   The call for entry flyer is below.  I scanned it as a photo so you can click on it to see it big enough to read it and feel free to share!



Call for entries flyer, click to see full size

Yes, I asked permission to post the flyer on social media and blog about it… (I’m on the art committee, but this is my first year.  Hopefully, they will ask me to volunteer again!)   I’m sharing this because I think it would be AMAZING if donated art arrived from all over the globe.

So, what will you get for donating?

SATISFACTION, that’s it. (All money raised goes to the housing program.)

Satisfaction is the “feel good” of knowing that your little piece of art was sold to help at risk women avoid homelessness.  You also get the satisfaction of having your donated work displayed, admired, and appreciated in Youngstown, Ohio (which by the way, is also home to the world famous Butler Museum of American Art) and the satisfaction of knowing whoever buys your donated piece will probably be an art patron who will cherish it forever.  Satisfaction is a good thing.

Thank you for viewing my art today! Please share, if you know anyone who may be interested in donating art to this worthy cause.

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