Monday, June 11, 2007


sketch by Lori Levin
Bridge by Lori Levin"Come Sit Here"
3.5"x2.5" ACEO
colored pencil on bristol

ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These are 3.5"x2.5" works of art in any medium that are bought, sold and traded amongst artists and patrons. They can be found on most auction sites like eBay and Etsy. They are often very inexpensive and a great way to own a little piece of your favorite artist's work. You can also find them by typing in ATC (Artist Trading Cards) in the search field on auction sites. Proper matting and framing can turn these miniatures into something quite grand.

Art cards for trading have quite a history. During the 16th century they were used as "wallet photos" of a man's mistress. They were detailed nudes that the man carried around without his wife knowing. Today men just surf the net for internet porn. I guess not much has changed.

I am not certain if I will make a habit of creating such little works but I just might. However, I did take great joy in playing with the format and trying my hand in it. If you would like to purchase my ATC of "Come Sit Here" please contact me. The scene is from the park in Pennsville, on a lovely breezy evening, looking out at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. My pup Gracie sat at my feet while I sketched in my Moleskine. Then I came right home and did the colored pencil version. I probably will do a larger version in acrylic on paper some time this week.

Why not try your hand at this age old tradition. Go on...I dare ya to have some fun!


PhotoJoe said...

I want that pencil sketch. I'm serious! Where is that? It looks like Battery Park in New Castle except that the bridge is on the wrong side.

KleoPatra said...

So beautiful, both of those. if i had even the tiniest bit of talent, i'd take you up on that dare, Lori!! But instead i'll leave the art to YOU and sit back and enjoy it.

Love the sarcasm re: men on the internet... so much truth in that...

Shabbat Shalom, my friend.