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Please note that I do not take requests. Art is my fulltime career which means sitting at a desk for the majority of the seven days of the week from waking until sleeping and I do not have the time nor resources to devote myself to free projects. Thank you so much for understanding! <3

Commissions are currently open. My prices vary but a lot of my painting prices start at $200. Email me at ShePaintswithBlood@hotmail.com with any inquiries.

FAQ:

Q: Can I pay for a commission in installments?
A: Installments can often be arranged especially for larger pieces with a deposit at the beginning of the commission.

Q: Do you take fanart commissions of licensed characters? (My Little Pony, Balto, Lion King, etc.)
A: I am sorry but I will not take a commission for any licensed characters.

Q: Will you paint my original character based off My Little Pony, Lion King, etc.?
A: I might consider it provided that you do not ask me to paint in the style of the original creation your character is based on (I will not paint a horse in My Little Pony style nor will I use any licensed trademarks (such as cutie marks)

Q: I have a really amazing idea that needs illustration but I cannot pay you. However, it will be great exposure for you. Will you do it?

A: I am sorry but again I do not have the time nor resources to devote to free projects.

Q: I cannot pay you for my illustration commission but you will receive royalties. Will you do it?

A: You can discuss it with me but chances are I will not be able to do it.

Q: I have an ongoing project that will require a lot of work over time. Can I pay you to be that artist and devote time to an ongoing project?

A: I would be happy to provided the deadlines fit around other paid work and shows I might have committed to.

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The Gates of Aestas by ShePaintsWithBlood
The Gates of Aestas

Oh the love she made me feel! How awake how alive! How warm, I in her blood as she opened her breast to the gates of Aestas.

My tribute to a fallen and unexpected friend who helped me pull my mind back into place when it went astray. How I love the healing nature of our world and the comfort in its ever changing, its eternity, and its many guises. Thank you for letting me in.

This painting will be for sale at Valkarie Gallery during my upcoming solo show called Fawnling The opening reception will be July 31st from 6-9PM


Watercolour on canvas

Copyright Aria Keehn 2015
Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:

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Trust or Fear in Pearly Nest by ShePaintsWithBlood
Trust or Fear in Pearly Nest

The first piece in my Head and Heart series.  Every now and then I return to pencil work and then I remember how much I love it, particularly when I work on wood canvas.  I thought doing a series in this style would be very enriching for me and so far it has been so expect more soon <3 
This piece be available at Valkarie Gallery for my upcoming solo show starting July 29th. More info on the show to come
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Pencil, watercolour and gold pigment on wood.

Copyright Aria Keehn ShePaintswithBlood 2015 Thank you for looking! :blackrose:

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Three of Mountains by ShePaintsWithBlood
Three of Mountains

Knotes spending time together is actually a fairly uncommon site but not nearly so uncommon as knotes which are three of a kind.
Generally, a single knote is born from the negative energy surrounding a particular event. This can be the sadness a flower feels at wilting, the pain of war even the sorrow an old sock feels at being thrown away.

This piece will be for sale at HeadDress at my Smoke and Monsters show this Friday (June 5th) and I will be happy to tell the story of these three at the show if anyone is curious.


Watercolour and metallic pigment  on wood frame.

This painting and knotes are copyright to Aria of ShePaintswithBlood 2015
Thank you for looking! :blackrose:

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Swallowing Galaxies by ShePaintsWithBlood
Swallowing Galaxies
This was part of a set of mini paintings I recently did to bring to Denver Comic Con.


When I set out to paint this, I knew I wanted something equine but was not quite sure what.  Then the paint gave me this guy and so I just followed its guidance and there he was!  I believe this creature is similar to a Kelpie though he swims through space tempting stars into his mouth and swallowing them by the thousands.  He is now his own nebulae which I think suits him very well although I am sure he is much lonelier than if the stars had come in of their own free will.



See more  work, works in progress and art related posts on my Facebook Facebook Stamp by SparkLum

Watercolour and metallic pigment  on wood panel

 This painting is copyright to Aria Keehn She Paints with Blood.

Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:
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Prince of Wrinkles by ShePaintsWithBlood
Prince of Wrinkles
A commission I recently did for a very lovely client inspired by her wonderful Sphynx cats! I have been wanting to paint a hairless cat for a few years now so I am glad I finally got the push to do it. I gave him a lot more wrinkles than most adult Sphynxes actually have but their wrinkles are my favourite part!

This is not the last Sphynx cat you will likely be seeing this year from me


See more  work, works in progress and art related posts on my Facebook Facebook Stamp by SparkLum

Watercolour and metallic pigment  on wood panel

 This painting is copyright to Aria Keehn She Paints with Blood.

Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:
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Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes!  It makes me feel so cheery and special and I love all of you!!  <3 <3 <3

I thought I would take a moment to post a few progress photos from various paintings which I have on my  Facebook art page People seem to enjoy seeing this sort of thing but I do not feel like dA is the best place to upload them very often. 

Closeup of an eye in a new painting I started yesterday.

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Teaser/progress shot for another painting I recently completed and spoke about in my newsletter (toss me your email if you want to be added to the newsletter list)

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A simple in-progress painting of Ivan.

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Tips Every Artist Should Know!

Don't overuse your eraser, ESPECIALLY when sketching. I hardly use them at all during a sketch, unless I'm refining things or I made a serious mistake. You'll spend less time erasing and more time sketching, and you'll learn how to convert your mistakes into something else. It makes for good practice and it gives your sketch more flow to it (I find, anyway).
And kinda to go along with the eraser part, use light, flowing lines when sketching. Light is easier to mask than dark, and flowing lines are more enjoyable.~LuxDani

I use the above tip more than ever these days since I mostly only draw via ballpoint pen. I have to agree, it really helps you learn to be more careful and get an eye for beauty among messiness.

...Drawing an animal(or human) that you've never drawn before.(like me drawing big cats, or canines) DON'T draw from a cartoon, draw from a photo. Its perfectly alright if you spend an hour looking over dA or the internet, and don't get discouraged, looking for a reference photo is part of the drawing process. Once you find a photo you like make sure that you have the artist's permission to reference it, respect the artist's wishes if they say no! When you have the photo begin blocking in the animal(or person) with simple shapes, if its frustrating find more photos to reference from and practice drawing that creature. The best advice I can offer from that point is don't give up, even if you think your end result looks horrible, stick with it!~HorseCookies

Try mirroring your drawing to see mistakes you didn't notice before. If it's a real life drawing, put it in front of a mirror and look at the reflection. Or, if the paper is thin enough, you can also turn it around and hold it in a way that the light shines through and you can see it from behind... you'll then see a mirrored result too. ~JWiesner

One thing that has really helped me out is asking friends and family to look at a drawing. I've often found that a different set of eyes can pick out mistakes you didn't notice for one reason or another, something that applies to both art and writing. ~Inkwerk

Thumbnail something before you draw it. This is definitely something I tell myself again and again.

I'm one of those people who start with a face and then work the composition from there. Which, while effective, can sort of affect the final outcome. Like writing, drawing can be planned ahead. For big pieces, I draw a small box to represent the piece of paper I'll be drawing on (the actual size of the box depends on what you like, i make mine about a 4th of a page) and sketching in the basic idea. Your subject would be standing here, his background would be so, etc. ~thewintercynic

Try facing your characters a different way than you would normally comfortably draw them in. If you always draw facing to the right, try drawing to the left a few times. It is really excellent to be comfortable with both and cuts down a ton of stress when referencing.~ShePaintsWithBlood

Each of us have unique structure. We're all have different heights, weights, and ways we carry ourselves. As artists this can be a challenge when it comes to portraying our characters. If you can turn them into black silhouetted shapes and others can still tell them apart easily you have succeeded. It shouldn't be because of hairstyle or the outlines of their clothes but rather who they are. This way your characters can be as diverse and dimensional as those in the real world. ~FlameShuken

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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
I found this amazing singer "Goldfrapp" again after a while! She partly inspired me way back with her unique, haunting music and songs when I first started Luminahi years ago.

Anyway, I found this song "Deer Stop" which has a really dark and dreamy video style to go with it. For some reason, if very much reminded me of you and your art world.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bKNTX…

Also, I keep thinking of you as a deer creature for some reason, haha. Maybe I'll draw you as a deer-centaur one day, if you don't mind.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Wow how amazingly haunting and surreal!  I love the video for it too, it felt somehow so melancholy but magical as well.  Thank you so much for sharing it is very inspiring. 

How interesting I remind you of that.  I do identify one half of myself very heavily with deer, goats and equines <3  I definitely would not mind!  That would be awesome!  :blackrose:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
If I may ask, what do you identify your other half with? c:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
Mustelidae <3  (minks, ferrets, badgers, wolverines, weasels) :blackrose:
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bapholial Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
instant fan. love your gallery
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