Mini Seascape Painting #2

Introducing another Mini Seascape painting! As you can tell, I have again failed to take appropriate progress photos. Oops! But at least I have something. 😉 I really enjoyed the dynamic CRASH elements in this painting and I hope you do too.


If you want to show this crashy, smashy wave some love, don’t forget to stop by my Redbubble store for fun prints and accessories: https://www.redbubble.com/people/AmandaActon/shop

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Bristlenose Catfish Painting

Introducing Yellow, the Catfish in a ever so slightly cuter, acrylic painting form. Yellow was super fun to paint and I can’t help but adore her big round eyeball and mischievous expression.

The fins were also a fun moment in creation and I love the build up of layers that just make acrylic colours POP.

If you want to show some Bristlenose Catfish love, don’t forget to stop by my Redbubble store for fun prints and accessories: https://www.redbubble.com/people/AmandaActon/shop

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Mini Seascape Painting

Quick little update to show off this mini Seascape painting I did, and the reference photo used. Waves are a gloriously strange, see-through, roiling, reflections-going-in-every-direction, phenomenon and it makes for a fun mix of colours and effects.

I got really into the zone with this one and forgot to take progress photos, but sometimes painting is like that. I’ll do better next time. 😛

If you love looking at this little wave crash as much as I enjoyed painting it, you can find lots of fun print options up on Redbubble: redbubble.com/people/AmandaActon/shop


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Acrylic Painting Portrait Commission

I recently did a portrait commission filled with soft toys and the most delicious candies. Take a look!

And here is the finished artwork! If you are interested in something similar, please don’t hesitate to contact me here or through my Etsy store.

Painting Process: MOUSIES!

Let’s go on an adventure! A rambling adventure with much back and forth and uhmmming and aahhhing and frustrations and joys! An adventure in painting!


As the proud owner of three wee little blank canvases and mother to a child with two wee little pet mice, I decided hey! Why not paint the furry little creatures! What a delightful idea!


The idea began as sketches. Those sketches were then transferred onto tracing paper and fleshed out. Those fleshed out sketches ventured forth to the canvas for placement…

But hark! A problem! These sketches are not looking great. No matter how I shift and twist and merge and push and pull, I am just not happy with their placement. It takes me a while, but I finally figure it out. The mice are too small on the canvas. They must be bigger! Bolder! MORE!

Yes! Yes! To the Tracing paper with ye!

And, with magic and witchery, to the canvas!

And now paint my lovelies! PAINT!

Neener screeech eekk urrr… We apologize for the loss of transmission. Please be assured that “stuff” happened and, several hours later, a completed painting emerged.

Thank-you for joining us on this journey. We hope that you had a pleasant experience and look forward to having you with us on our next adventure.

Farewell and pleasant wishes to all.

Another Fun Little Emote Session

Another little Emote Session in Clip studio Paint. I didn’t really have a solid idea on this one, and you can see the expression shift quite dramatically as I go.


Playing it back, I still kinda like the first idea though and will totally have to give that expression the time it deserves. 🙂

Music Credits:

Happy Ukulele Children Party by MusicLFilesLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6302-happy-ukulele-children-partyLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Emote Timelapse

What is this? A time lapse of an Emote Painting process? A recording from a live stream?


Who is this person and what have they done with me?! Crazy abductions and mind altering madness!

Or maybe not that crazy?

Over the past week I have made a whole two emotes (go me!) and wow have I learned things. What things, do you ask? Well, apparently I belong to the Emote school of DERP. Huh, who woulda thunk?


I kinda like these giant eye-balled, overtly emotive little guys. So happy! So manic! I will totally be spending more time painting up these goofballs. And who knows, maybe I’ll be a chibi artist next. :O 

Music Credit goes to:  

Funny Adventures by WinnieTheMoog 

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6048-funny-… 

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… 

Alice in Wonderland: Painting

Finally, it’s time for painting. I don’t have much to say about my process. I keep things fairly simple. No special tricks or magic tools, just a bunch of familiar steps built over years of painting practice. 

Most of my paint is Windsor and Newton Professional Acrylic. I do have a couple of tubes of  Galleria (Windsor and Newton’s student range) as well as some Atelier tubes, but for the way I work, the Windsor and Newton Professional range feel the best.

For brushes I use a large, square to wash in the background, but the rest of the painting is done alternating between three differently sized round brushes. As for the actual technique, I can best describe it as layering on thin washes of colour and softly (but quickly) blending lights into darks until I get the desired gradient.

In future, I would love to video the whole process, but I don’t really have the right setup for it. For now, I can offer a photographic journey.

Next up: The Final Painting

Alice In Wonderland: Painting Preparation

With the sketch done, it’s time to prepare the canvas for painting. Word of wisdom, buy the canvas before deciding on what size to make your sketch. I, of course, did not work with this sort of wisdom and alas, when I went canvas buying, could not get the exact dimensions that I needed. The best canvas I could find was a little wider than the sketch, but not quite as tall.


With some tracing paper, a pair of scissors and ample floor space, I got to work making adjustments to my composition. Satisfied with the new positions, it was time to transfer. Another feat accomplished thanks to tracing paper. I make sure to put only the main lines down. They are fairly light on the canvas, and serve as a guide for the initial layers of colour.







Speaking of colour, I need to make some decisions on my palette choice. I paint out a few quick colour studies to get a feel for the atmosphere. For me, the yellow one best brings out the kind of vibe I’m aiming for.


Lastly, I prepare a reference board.


And now it’s time to paint.