Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December Nibblefest, Polish pottery painting and upcoming painting challenge.

My December Nibblefest entry on eBay for the theme, "Sweet as sugar" is a 6x6x3/4" still life on canvas. Sides painted black.  Ready to hang, no frame needed!   All entries start at 99cents and end on the 27th of each month.  I do send a newsletter with news and coupon codes each month.  Want to be added?  Message me your email and I'll add you! :)

My entry this month on eBay

Mints: Polish Pottery LXIX (69th in the series!)
6x6x3/4" acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
ready to hang
Listing here

Mints: Polish Pottery LXIX

Stay tuned!  I'll be back to daily blogging on January 1st when I start the '30 paintings in 30 days' challenge!  Many artists are signed up and I LOVE a challenge.. so very fulfilling and when you are done, a great feeling of accomplishment!   Challenge here

  I will do Polish Pottery still life's small as 4x4's, 5x5's, etc. I will also incorporate mini pet portraits..  Do you have a pet you'd like me to incorporate in a daily challenge?  Message me!   4x4' paintings on canvas,  I'll price at $38 each + actual shipping costs (i do only charge actual shipping cost ,NO handling), 5x5's at $49 each+ actual shipping.  I will work with you!   Message me before I'm filled up ,TODAY!

Here is an example of a pet portrait I did last year in a painting challenge, 4x4" on canvas

4x4x3/4" on canvas

 Stay tuned! :D

my email: Heather@heathersims.com

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Patterns: Polish Pottery 65. 5x7 print GIVEAWAY!

Enter my Giveaway for my 65th in the Original Polish Pottery Still Life series.

Patterns: Polish Pottery 65
5x7 fine art print

Giveaway ends August 28th at midnight

Example of how your print could look in a frame. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Nibblefest + Black Forest fire charity auction.. Polish pottery 65!

What a week!  Last week as the fire broke out in Black Forest (where I live).. I thought for sure it was far away and that it would be contained quickly because of all the homes here and the access that the firefighters have. WRONG!  Due to extreme low humidity and winds. the fire got SCARY.. really scary.. I told my boys to do a practice evacuation and to pack.  For some reason I believed it was really just a practice. I did laundry, showered.. but in a few hours as the smoke was everywhere and the sky got scary I realized we needed to leave.  We packed up.. my husband and I, my 2 boys, 2 dogs and 3 cats and left.. It happened so fast I was able to leave a bunch of food and water for my chickens and just left.   As we left the forest to go to a friends house you could see the red from all the trees burning. Very surreal!  If it was so frightening for me how scary was it for the people's homes that burned?  I can't imagine the chaos and fright as people evacuated, 2 people lost their lives in this and 509 homes burned + homes partially lost.  The fire was a mile of so away from my house but didn't jump the street to my neighborhood.  Thank you firefighters!   What mixed emotions to feel grateful to have a house while knowing friends that lost everything?  This is not the Colorado I remember in all the years living here.  I hope it goes back to a more 'normal' summer.   In 2009 when we built our chicken coop we were rained out every afternoon.  I WANT that again!  All these fires burning and the haze tonight is just stressful.  Ugh!  Happy to say that my chickens were fine..and my home while close to this never got in real danger. Did i say we were just lucky?  very lucky.. I don't think I've let it sink it yet what has happened to the area that I live in and love. I love Black Forest.

Anyway..  So after our evacuating we came back sooooooooo very grateful and thankful to have a home and really weird feelings to be so happy about it as others are grieving.   Never felt anything like this before.  I left one painting on the easel I was almost finished with.. I did pack up some of my favorite paintings.  Oh so hard to pick and choose.   Now that we are back. I had a day to get my Nibblefest piece together, theme "Kings and Queens" Yesterday  I did a small 5x5" painting of a Chinese Crested dog with a crown.  Available for eBay nibblefest now here: 
Coronation: King Buttercup
Acrylic on canvas

Patterns: Polish Pottery LXV
11x14x3/4" canvas
optional free FRAME
50% proceeds to go Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter that aids in the Black Forest Fire

Also. please throw me a virtual Facebook 'Like' on my "Sink Bubbles: Polish Pottery LXIV" painting on the June BoldBrush competition page.. I LOVE this painting so entered it into that competition also!. just won Member's Choice and Clouds award..  Like from the BoldBrush site here: 
16x20x1.5" Award winning painting

Original still available for sale on eBay here:   (10% going to Black Forest Animal Sanctuary) 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Giveaway... Enter starting midnight tonight!

Enter my giveaway for a matted ACEO of my painting "Cats: Polish Pottery LI" (51)..  2.5"x3.5" print matted to fit a 5x7 frame!   This is one of my more popular prints. Enter..  My matted prints look GREAT framed..

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Heres some framed prints I'll be hanging locally!  (16x20 framed print (polish pottery 50),  11x14 framed print  (polish pottery 64) and 8x10 framed print (polish pottery 62)  contact me if you are interested in purchasing a framed print and I can put one together for you too!  

#64 in the Polish Pottery Still Life Series "Sink Bubbles"  Just won Member's Choice in the Still Life show this May on EBSQart.com!!  I just found out last night and was so excited!  I really love that painting! :D

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cat commission painting, "Mayflower"

My latest pet commission is, Mayflower.  She is painted on a 12x12x1.5" canvas with acrylic.  No need to frame!

contact me if you are interested in having me  paint your pet!

Here is a collage I did from reference photo, work in progress pics to final painting. Sides painted black.


Check my Website for Commission prices.  I have 2 lists.. one for Still life commissions and another for Pet/Misc commissions.   Prices are a ball park depending on complexity. :)


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Polish pottery still life painting 16x20x1.5" on eBay and Pet commission painting example.

I'm excited that my Sink Bubbles painting was featured last week on EBSQart.com!!   All week it was on the front page! :D    EBSQ is also having a still life exhibit that I entered this painting in so whoever buys this should definitely vote for it first week of June when voting takes place on EBSQ..    No worries.. I'll post about voting come June..   VERY happy with the painting.. hope it finds a good home.

Sink Bubbles: Polish Pottery LXIV
available on eBay (auction ends soon!)

Also just finished this painting of Zeke 12x12x1.5" acrylic on canvas.  Pet commission painting..  Here's a collage that shows reference pic to painting.

For commission pricing check here (pet commission pricing towards bottom of page):  http://www.heathersims.com/Art/Commissions_Print_pricing.html

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sink Bubbles: Polish Pottery LXIV.. 64th in my series.. 16x20 and listed!

Just finished this still life and have listed it on EBay.    I love these sink still life's and plan on doing more.   I had a lot of fun on this one painting 2 of my favorite things to paint water and glass.   Really happy with how it turned out..

Listing on Ebay here:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/140970674816?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Ready to hang!
sides painted black..  no frame needed!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Nibblefest, April 20, 2013 "Trees"

Just finished my Nibblefest entry.. Theme is "Trees".  For my entry I painted a Polish pottery based water glass with ice water outside with the forest trees reflecting into the water.  I love painting water, glass and reflections so this was a fun one and also a landscape!  

Painted on a 4x6x3/4" canvas.. Acrylic with sides painted black.  Ready to display!

Ebay Listing here:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/140959760655?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New listing.. Polish Pottery still life series

I've been putting up for sale on Ebay some older paintings in my Polish Pottery Still Life series..  This painting I have never listed for sale before.  Breakfast: Polish PotteryXXX..  30th in my still life series.. It's available on Ebay or Etsy..  You can do a buy it now or best offer.. on Ebay or you can enter Etsy thru my FB art page (link below) and get a 15% coupon on anything in my Etsy store!

get a 15% coupon by entering my Etsy store through my Facebook art page here.. and while you are at it.. I'd love if you'd "Like" my page! :D

And now.. I'm working on a pet portrait commission of a black lab named Pearl.  Pearl lost both eyes and had to have them surgically removed but yet she is still a certified therapy dog..  she can still fetch and look at that smile!!  Final pics to come soon! :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

paintings, prints and more painting. :)

My Sink Splatter painting ends tomorrow night!  Get it before it's gone!    Highly detailed painting.. I really enjoy painting water and glass and of course the Polish pottery!   This morning while jogging on the treadmill I had an idea for another still life so plan on doing that a few paintings away.

Here's Sink Splatter auction.. with my unikat Polish pottery pieces.
**print also available on EBay and Etsy!**


print listing here:
I also added a print of this painting matted on EBay too!  5x7 print
listing here:  

I'm back at the easel.  Up next a special dog portrait of a black lab named Pearl.  :)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Super Larry.. the anti sobriety Superhero 4x4x3/4"

Introducing "Super Larry".." fighter of sobriety and fighting for the people....... drunk people"

 I've painted Larry as a new character I created participating in the 29 Faces challenge this February.   Thinking about this show. I thought  Larry would make a great Super Hero.. he is the #1 fan in the Budweiser club.. He is a frequent bar fly and party goer..   Want to party?  Larry says..  He's ready to get his "drink on". ;D

Larry.. hanging out on Bourbon Street.. ready to fight sobriety! :D


this is entered in the EBSQ Super hero show!! check it out and voting starts tomorrow!!! :D

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nibbefest Ends today! plus Polish Pottery work in progress

I LOVED the 29 Faces challenge I did in February and plan on participating for the next 29 Faces challenge.   One of the things I really enjoyed about the challenge is trying new things.  Typically I paint still lifes, pet portraits and such.  29 Faces was fun because I got to experiment and try made up faces and even a fun creature I named Larry.. He was so much fun, in fact, I plan to paint more with Larry and he sold immediately when listed on Etsy.  I got a lot of positive feedback on him which made me want to experiment and try some new things with my paintings.  I'll still continue with my still lives but this is fun to mix it up too.  Pet portraits will always be fun.  I also would like to tackle a realistic face. maybe paint Darrell from Walking Dead?  Was thinking about that as I watched last Sunday's episode. Love Walking Dead!

I didn't paint much in 2012 or really even 2011..  I guess just a slump.  I think all artists go through that.   2011 was the last time I painted a Polish Pottery Still life.. Sad!  I really love my Polish pottery still life series and will definitely be continuing that after I've received inquiries when I'll be painting new ones.  Now!! The series is back underway! Yay!! :)

So I have Polish Pottery 62 underway.. I'm super excited about it..think it will turn out well..  Here's the Work in progress photo..   It's 16x20 which feels huge after all the 4x4's I painted in February for 29 Faces... Stay tuned.. Hoping to have this finished later in the week.. LOTS of detail and much to do! :D

My Nibblefest entry ends today!!  I blogged about it on March 20th.. Check it out..  Bunny Foo Foo likes to bop mice on the head and the good fairy warns him 3 times or she'll turn him into a goon.. (Check my last blog post if you want to read the nursery rhyme) Years later.. as he sits on the park bench with his bloody mallet he's still bopping those mice.   The good fairy isn't happy and she's casting her spell.   Look out Bunny Foo Foo.. see the mouse on back with his own mallet out for revenge?  LOL..  I really had a great time painting Bunny Foo Foo.. and it ENDS tonight! grab it while you can.. it's a bit dark humor and cute too! :)

Or search EBay for "NFAC Sims" and you can find my monthly Nibblefest entries.  Contact me if you'd like to be included on my mailing list.  :D

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nibblefest Nursery Rhymes- Bunny Foo Foo

My nibblefest piece this month I painted Bunny Foo Foo.. the later years.. or the goon years.   I have never heard this nursery rhyme before.    Here's the nursery rhyme.. In my painting the mice are getting revenge.

"Little Bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scoopin' up the field mice
Bop 'em on the head!
Then the Good Fairy came and said:
'Little Bunny Foo Foo
I don't want see you
Scoopin' up the field mice
Bop 'em on the head!
I'll give you 3 chances,
And if you don't behave, I will turn you into a goon!"
Some versions were similar, but different:
"Little Rabbit Foo Foo
Running through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And bopping them on the head!
Down came the Good Fairy, and she said:
"Little Rabbit Foo Foo
I don't wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice
And bopping them on the head!
I will give you three chances,
And if you don't behave, I will turn you into a Goon!"
One other version goes
"Little Bunny Foo Foo
hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And bopping them on the head!
Down came the Good Fairy, and she said:
"Little Bunny Foo Foo
I don't wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice
And bopping them on the head!
I will give you three chances,
Then POOF you're a Goon.
The result: 'Hare today, Goon tomorrow'

"Bunny Foo Foo: The later years"
Acrylic on canvas

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Face 29 Bar monster Feb 28, 2013

For Face 29 I wanted to experiment a bit and create a creature.  I came up with a yellow fuzzy 4 armed creature sitting at the bar..  Larry.   3 arms hold his drinks and one for his burger. I think he's ready to pass out!

Happy I did it.. 29 Faces in 28 days! Woot!  Definitely participating in the next go around!  Lots of fun and I've even got some pet commissions from the challenge.  :)

4x4x3/4" acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
ready to display

Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/125047670/face-29-in-29-faces-challenge-bar

Face 28 in 29 Faces Challenge. Bar lady Feb 28, 2013

28th Face..  (need name suggestions).   I had fun with her.. burnt down cigarette, wine, bleached hair lots of dark roots, blue smeared makeup.  LOL..  She was fun!

I think she may be my bar frog paintings date! :)

acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/125024829/face-28-in-29-faces-challenge-bar-lady

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Face 27. Fairy Feb 27,2013

Face 27.. I decided to try my first fairy by adding some wings to her back.  Again loving painting the pink hair!  Isn't she pretty?

2 faces left! :)

Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/124908026/face-27-in-29-faces-challenge-pink

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Face 25.. Funny portrait. Feb 25, 2013

For the 25th face.. I wanted to have some fun.    I giggled while painting her .. one eye bigger than the other.. hairy mole..  I was painting her trying to figure out what she'd be wearing when a friend suggested I don't give her any clothes..  Maybe I should have because she doesn't know how to use a razor..  I guess she just likes the natural look?      hehe ;D     Something about her.. she looks up to something.. I don't think I'd trust her.

Acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/124699364/face-25-of-29-faces-challenge-funny

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Face 24.. 50 Shades of Moo: Old Bossy Feb 24,2013

Face 24 was a fun one..    I originally thought i'd just paint a cow portrait when my husband suggested I make the cow up and an art friend suggested adding glasses..  I put in the book and then asked for suggestions for a book title and she said "50 Shades of Moo".. Now I read the 50 shades book too.. so thought her suggestion was great! Thank you Vicky Knowles!..  Notice the cow bell on the book cover..

I'm going to have to paint more fun ones like this!  I enjoyed it so much!

50 Shades of Moo: Old Bossy
4x4x3/4" acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
ready to display
Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/124592587/face-24-in-29-faces-challenge-old-bossy

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Face 23 Maine coon cat portrait Feb 23, 2013

Face 23 is my Maine coon mix cat, Simon.  I adopted him and his brother in 2009. I love this laid back breed. Simon is one cool cat.  He's always at the pantry begging for treats and will roll on his back to have his belly rubbed just like a dog! LOL... He's great!

4x4x3/4" acrylic on canvas
sides painted black
Etsy listing here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/124504645/face-23-in-29-faces-challenge-maine

Friday, February 22, 2013

Face 22.. Ace- Yellow Lab portrait Feb 22, 2013

Face 22 is a portrait of Ace a yellow lab owned by a friend.   I loved this pose and the big lab smile! :D I added his name on the name tag.

Acrylic on canvas
sides painted black