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the art & writing of Desirée Isphording
Dusk + Down: the beginning of an ACEO journey 
26th-Oct-2007 12:55 am
This is my very first ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) image. I only truly learned about this art movement rather recently, although I had some knowledge of ATC (Artist Trading Cards) which are essentially the same except for the fact that ATCs cannot be sold, only traded. In keeping with the requirements of ACEOs, this drawing is 2.5" x 3.5" meaning that the full size image on your screen is bigger than the actual piece. This drawing actually began in black ballpoint pen while I was contorted in the seat of a plane on my way to Mexico.

The title is inspired by the color palette and by the texture of soft feathers. Perhaps the figure is Freyja with Her falcon cloak? He or She was not very forthcoming with His/Her identity.

I think ACEOs will prove to be a true blessing for me at this point in my hectic life. Long periods without art-making cause me to feel as if some integral part of my soul begins to slip away, and numbness begins to bleed in from the edges - I start to become someone other than myself. While I have not had the time to produce larger images, the small format (and thus portability) of ACEOs have opened up a portal for me to more easily incorporate my art in my schedule. They are pages from a Book of Hours of my own devising.

The original, one-of-a-kind Dusk + Down ACEO is currently up for sale. I am also offering prints of this piece through deviantART.

Size: 2.5" x 3.5"
Media: black ballpoint pen, Prismacolor colored pencils, watercolor, acrylics, sumi ink
26th-Oct-2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
That is gorgeous. The colors and shading are amazing.

I love ACEOs. When time is limited and you're stressed, you can finish a painting and still fall in love with it. As a mom with a small child, I feel like they've saved my creative life:)
30th-Oct-2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
When time is limited and you're stressed, you can finish a painting and still fall in love with it.

I completely agree with you. It's just wonderful to be able to work on something creative, no matter the size. The format is actually giving me a chance to experiment with concepts/subjects, etc. which I could further explore in larger pieces.
30th-Oct-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Still loving this piece after seeing it on DA...fab to find you on LJ! Hello :)
30th-Oct-2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hi! I wasn't aware you were on LJ as well. Nice to see you :)
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