Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New poetry collection available as a PDF download!

"Snow Falling on Chimes", a collection of Japanese waka poetry is available as a PDF download from An Eight Shot of Espresso's new website!


It will be free from the site until January 1st. After that date, it will be $1.00 to download from Smashwords.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Paintings for sale in my Etsy shop, in time for Christmas!

Nine paintings for sale in my #Etsy shop, in time for Christmas! More to come in the 

days ahead! Stop by and say hello! If you are a fellow Etsy seller, drop me a line! I'd 

love to get to know other sellers!


New art: "Titania"

oil, 12x12
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron
on sale in my etsy shop starting tomorrow

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Art: "Sif"

oil, 12x12
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron
on sale in my etsy shop starting tomorrow

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Art: "Lady of the Nile"

Lady of the Nile
oil, 12x12
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron
on sale in my etsy shop starting tomorrow

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two Watercolor Sketches of 11th Doctor

Two Watercolor Sketches of the 11th Doctor
(Doctor Who Fanart)
watercolor pencils
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

Sketches of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). The top one is "Sheriff Eleven" from "A Town Called Mercy". The bottom one is a general sketch.


watercolor pencil
Copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Little Artist (photography)

Little Artist
Copyright A. Dameron

Sarah tries her hand at painting.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Anata o matte iru ("Waiting for You")

Anata o matte iru
("Waiting for You" in Japanese)
acrylic, Copic sketch markers
Copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wonders of the Universe

Wonders of the Universe
oil on 4x4 canvas block
Copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Amy Pond (Doctor Who Fanart)

Amy Pond (Doctor Who Fanart)
Copic Sketch Markers
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

This is my first attempt at drawing Amy Pond, Companion of the 11th Doctor, played by the awesome Karen Gillan.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Golden Jade Gate

Golden Jade Gate
Copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

A 'palou' or Chinese gate in front of a private courtyard. Two guardian lions protect the gate in front. The green/gold tiling give the gate its name.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Second and Eleventh (Doctor Who Fan Art)

Second and Eleventh
(Doctor Who Fan Art)
watercolor pencil
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron
Two Doctors meet for the first time...both with bowties, because bowties are cool!
This is in abstract style. These two are among my favorite doctors. Patrick Troughton and Matt Smith.
NEXT: 5th and 10th (Peter Davison and David Tennant)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dalek (Doctor Who)

Doctor Who Fanart
colored pencil, watercolor pencil
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lady on a Dark Country Road

Lady on a Dark Country Road
oil 16x20 in
copyright 2012 by A. Dameron

They say, that out in the dark country roads, the Lady in Red keeps watch on travelers. She warns drivers of the dangers by begging them to stop with one hand and gesturing with the other.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Etsy shop is up!

My Etsy shop is up and running!

"Beyond Sky's Borders" is listed, but there will be more listings to come! Stop on by and check it out!


From the Inside Looking In

From the Inside Looking In
colored pencil, metallic colored pencil, blender, Copic Sketch Markers
© 2012 by A. Dameron

This was inspired by Middle Eastern/Persian/Indian architecture.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Project 'The Dragon's Lair' is published on Behance.net

I just published a new project 'The Dragon's Lair' to my Behance portfolio:


This features some of my fantasy dragon art that I've worked on for the past couple of years. Please stop by and check it out! Thanks! 


Monday, July 23, 2012

The Electronic Muse, in a Different Form

Sometimes writing in a completely different place can make a load of difference. Usually, I compose my poems, novellas, etc. on my laptop. That way, I can keep an eye on my kids while I write. I learned a while ago that being stuck on my desktop invited all sorts of mischief. My daughter Christina's newest obsession is getting into the refrigerator and spilling all the milk. She's autistic and has sensory issues; anything liquid is fair game for play. With the laptop, I could keep a watchful eye on the kitchen and work on my writing.

I'd hit a slump not too long ago. The words simply wouldn't flow at all. The whole process was like pulling teeth while playing a banjo with your toes and untying shoelaces with your teeth. Not fun, especially when this dry spell stretched on and on. I wondered if I was ever going to get my groove back.

Several weeks ago, my in-laws came to visit. My MIL gave me her old iPad. I spent time transferring my documents, downloading apps, and stumbling my way through the navigation. Yes, I'd worked with Apple computers before...back in my teaching days. For years, I've been more of a PC person, thanks to my computer software engineer husband.

Eventually, I figured out how to back up my documents on iCloud and work my way around Pages. The iPad was a lot more portable than the laptop. Not to mention, I could read stuff and still 'snoopervise' the kids. It still took me some time to get used to the new format, but once I did...

Today, I brought out last year's Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month, November 2011) project. It looks like I can develop two novellas from this mess. So I downloaded it to the iPad and got to work. I found it surprising easy to get lost in the writing. After the girls finally settled for their nap, I continued to scribble, move passages around and delete the parts that weren't working.

Next thing I know, I look up and it's already 5 PM.

Whoa. That hasn't happened to me in a while. But it's a good feeling...that I've finally gotten headway on some projects on which I'd been stuck for weeks. All it took was a different electronic venue to wake my my Muse. Change can be very, very good.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Art on Vacation

I'm in Myrtle Beach, SC this week with the family, on a well-earned vacation. The change of scenery has done me a world of good. We're in a hotel room right off the beach. The kids have frolicked in the surf. Christina in particular has really enjoyed the water. It doesn't matter if it's the ocean or the pool, she's there. I've spent some time on the balcony overLooking the beach, sketching all I can see. We've driven around towards the Boardwalk on the Beach, and visited the Ripley Aquarium. Sharks, stingrays, fish, coral, sea dragons, horseshoe crabs...talk about inspiration galore. I'm in the process of doing research for fantasy art...and the aquarium visit gave me some ideas. The beach houses here have interesting architecture. Some have sweeping staircases, some have stucco roofs and patios like New Mexico ranch houses. Others are whimsically decorated in nautical themes, others have tall marble columns on the porch, ivy-covered walls, and iron gates. Even the restaurants have kitschy names ("Shiver My Pincers: Crabs and Cold Beer" anyone?) and the ninety million mini putt-putt courses along Kings Highway have a sort of...interesting charm. Aztec temples, pirate ships and misty greens? A jewelry kiosk in the local mall had nice pieces. Handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I found a jade butterfly in a simple silver setting for about $25, with a silver chain included. Opals, jade, amethyst, Swarovski crystals...and designs from Egyptian ankhs to Celtic knots, and I trip ate wirework. It was thrilling to see a master jeweler at work and talk with him about techniques. My hands don't allow me to do a lot of wirework any more, but the designs gave me more ideas for future projects. My favorite vacations always combine family memories and artistic inspiration. This is definitely one of those. Annie

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012