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1. Rainy Day Walk by Sharon Vargo

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2. the rainbow connection

finally got around to scanning this little beauty....my homage to my FAVORITE childhood doll, Rainbow Brite. along with her BFF, Starlight, of course. ;)


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3. "i drew a line for you....oh what a thing to do....

and it was all YELLOW."

...to quote my favorite Coldplay song. oh how i love me some Chris Martin. ok, that's a whole other post for another day....;) although i will say, hey Gwyneth, you never really deserved him anyway. ok, moving on....

painting lots of YELLOW this weekend....from blonde tresses to stars. lots and lots of YELLOW!

©the enchanted easel 2014
©the enchanted easel 2014

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4. Green Circus

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5. A girl and her pig

A new sketch of a girl and her pig.

And here she is in color. Pencil sketch colorized in Photoshop.

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6. all horses...

©the enchanted easel 2014

©the enchanted easel 2014

should have rainbow colored manes. or so i think anyway....;)

snippets from my piece entitled "the rainbow connection"... my tribute to my favorite childhood doll, rainbow brite and her sweet horse, starlight.

oh i loved that doll! 

"the rainbow connection"
©the enchanted easel 2014

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7. Arabian Nights

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8. In The Wind

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I wrote a picture book over a year ago. I love it. But it has never felt “right” to me. I’ve revised countless times. My kids are tired of hearing me read it outloud. And my critique partners are ready to put it to bed. But still… it felt like something was wrong. I didn’t…

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10. throwin' it back to the '80s...

"the rainbow connection"
©the enchanted easel 2014
paying homage to my favorite doll from childhood...the cheerfully colorful and cute Rainbow Brite...and her BFF, Starlite.

this doll was everything to me as a little girl and i am so NOT a doll person (ironic, considering how girly i am...). stuffed animals were always my *thing*. elephants, to be exact. still love them...lots!

anyhoo...i wanted to do a little tribute to sweet Rainbow Brite and Starlite (loved that stuffed horse too). so here she is.....and i'm so loving working with all the colors of the spectrum here. oh, and it's the year of the horse too. perfect.

another irony, did not like the '80s. at all. especially the music. but i loved this doll...:)

©the enchanted easel 2014

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11. illustration friday~spark

the wistful ones
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ahh, the look of love...

who could resist a baby polar bear with that *spark* of magic in his eyes? ;)


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12. Heart

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13. a small peek....

©the enchanted easel 2014

at what's on the easel next.

hint-she loves rainbows and her BFF is a sweet horse decked out with a lavishly colored rainbow mane. AND...she was my FAVORITE doll as a little girl. :)

full sketch posted SOON! 
©the enchanted easel 2014

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14. A little gift..

©copyright Alicia Padrón 2014

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15. the wistful ones

my latest painting, entitled "the wistful ones" is now FOR SALE as a REPRODUCTION in my shop.

the second painting in my *new* style. had planned on having this done a couple of weeks ago, in time for valentine's day, but mother nature and some winter storms had other plans (power outages and no heat mean no painting). but, better late than never. 

besides, who could turn down a sweet little baby polar bear with such a "wistful" look of love in his eyes...? ;)

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16. 2014 Cover Revealed: The Girl, the Gypsy & the Gargoyle

MIMS HOUSE: Great NonFiction for Common Core Prewriting for the Common Core

The story of the oldest known wild bird in the world. At 62+, she hatched a new chick in February, 2013. Read her remarkable story. A biography in text and art.

Here’s the cover of my new book that will be out in March 2014! Wahoo! Only 90 days or so till you can read it.
And for your pleasure, here’s the recipe for Cranberry Tea Punch that we always have during the holidays.

Cranberry Tea Punch

1 cup sugar
2 cups Pineapple
4 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail
4 cups brewed tea (I use Luzianne Decaf)
Cinnamon stix, cloves.
I also like to float slices of lemon and orange.

Warm it up and have it close while you read a book.

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17. pippa and maggie...

a package deal! :)

finally got around to making some changes to the sketches on my website over the weekend. i re-drew them all because i prefer my mechanical pencil to a stylus ANYDAY!
please, it took me almost 14 hours straight just to re-configure everything and "clean up" the sketches a bit in photoshop...and add the pink.

14 hours on a Mac in photoshop...no thanks! i much prefer my pencil and paintbrush!
so happy it's done though....:)

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18. meet mysterious little Opal....

October's mermaid. 
loving the way her hair turned out...and the cute little jellyfish, of course ;)

she is listed FOR SALE HERE:

go have a peek at the other mermaids in the series also listed for sale in my shop.

next up...little Esmerelda, May's mermaid, based on the gorgeous gemstone emerald. i'll be posting the sketch soon...:)

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19. shades of blue....

sapphire blue, to be exact.

working on Iris, September's mermaid this week. still slowly recovering from c spine surgery so i can't paint as quickly or as much as i'd like.

the nervous system never ceases to amaze me. especially how neck surgeries affect your arm and your hand. i guess that's why those neurosurgeons get paid the big bucks! they certainly deserve it! amazing how all that stuff works...

hoping to have beautiful little Iris done soon! :)

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20. i almost forgot....

~HaPpY AuGuSt~

Olivne (the mermaid for the month...with her beautiful peridot colored hair)

she is FOR SALE as an ORIGINAL here:

on another august note...9 MORE DAYS TIL MY BIRTHDAY!!! :)

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21. Flower Girl

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22. meet Iris....

September's sapphire haired beauty.

she is available FOR SALE in my etsy shop as an ORIGINAL PAINTING (with PRINTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST).

working on little Opal this week, October's mermaid....

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23. next on the easel.....

mysterious little Opal, October's mermaid.

and her jellyfish friends, of course :)

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24. a peek into the process....

i always start by *inking* or outlining the image in a watered down version of a gray acrylic, after i've transferred the sketch to the canvas, that is. by laying down the gray outline on top of the pencil transfer, the image doesn't get lost once i begin to lay down the background layers of color.

i choose my color palette for the background (in this case pastels and different shades of white to mimic the gemstone Opal) and then i go crazy just laying down the color in various strokes. i don't blend the paint on the palette at this point, just on the canvas with the large brush so that it's a it more random...the placement of color. i usually will do 2 coats of the background before moving on to the next step....

once the background is complete, i start to lay down the underpainting of the flesh in the mermaids face and then i address all the other parts of the painting the same way....always underpainting and building from background to foreground.

for October's mermaid, Opal, i am slowly building watercolor-like washes with my acrylics. let me give some MAJOR LOVE right now to acrylics. they are my FAVORITE medium for numerous reasons. they are extremely versatile and the color pay off is fabulous! i love how they can be watered down to an almost watercolor-like consistency or they can be applied thick with a brush, palette knife or whatever you can get your hands to lay down the paint. they are build able and there is no crazy drying time like there is with oils (not that i don't love oils too....). can't say enough about them!

ok, back to Opal here....
i'm laying down washes of color first in stages so that i can go back over them with a light mix of dove gray, unbleached and bleached titanium paints to give it that opal like milky look. the trick here, as opposed to the other mermaids in the series, is that because the hair and the background are so similar, i have to make sure that Opal doesn't fade away, hence the deeper colors in the strands of hair.

afterward, it's time to move on to the jellyfish and the rest of the painting and then VOILA...the finished little masterpiece! :) hoping to have her listed FOR SALE by the end of this coming week.

speaking of, can't believe it's almost September already! THANK GOD!!! BRING ON FALL!!! and FOOTBALL!!! and for those of you who truly know me, you know what that means....PEYTON MANNING BACK ON MY TV SCREEN!!! 


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and September's sapphire haired beauty, Iris. she is available FOR SALE here:

i'll be posting little Opal (October's mermaid) in the next day or two. just have to scan her, as she's been done for a few days now.

September means FALL and wow, it can not come quick enough for me! this rain forest-like climate is a bit much. never liked summer. never will.

looking forward to all the smells of autumn (like pumpkins, apples, cinnamon...). speaking of pumpkins, i am already drooling at the anticipation of my first cup of pumpkin spice coffee from dunkin' donuts. OMG....SO YUMMY!!! and if that wasn't enough to excite me....


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