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Commission Info

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 with any inquiries.


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.



+ And She Listened + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ And She Listened +

Opling, The Dust Sifter, mate to the reaper and mother of Wispling. Those of you who read my newsletter already got to see this before I was able to let it go and call it done which took me awhile. Sometimes paintings get stuck in a very odd void in my studio and I am often shocked and which ones end up there because it is usually favourites of mine. I started this piece last July directly after meeting the real Opling who was patient enough to sit nearby and listen to me one night when I was feeling down. Of the three main foxes I am writing about from The Hauntling Wood (the other two of course being Ivan and his son Wispling) I think Opling might be the wisest. The most knowing. True, Ivan is quite wise but he is a very trial and error sort of fox and sometimes his vanity and sense of adventure get him into trouble. Opling however just seems to know things and has a look of a fox who has lived more lives than the one I met her under.

Opling is pictured here with her dear friend Kyris (named after my friend and model Kyris who reminds me of this bird) the Steller's Jay who has alerted her to the location of a restless soul in need of some foxy wisdom.


This piece is for sale and currently hanging at The Cow at 753 Santa Fe Dr. In the Santa Fe Art district of Denver. Email me at if interested. As always, I accept payment plans but please contact me directly to work one out.

Watercolour and gold pigment on canvas.

This painting and the Hauntling Wood series and characters are copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintswithBlood.

Thank you for looking!:blackrose:

+ The Blackest Place of the Darkest Woods + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ The Blackest Place of the Darkest Woods +

Poor little wendigo has no idea what is coming and yes, she is very much going to be eaten. If only she had thought better of coming to wander The Redwoods Gray but what can a wendigo cast out from the world do but find an even lonelier one for company?

Could this be the end of our sweet little wendigo forever? Eaten alive by a wolf made of earth and grubs?


A friend dropped by recently and somehow we got on the topic of one of my favourite 'horror' movies, a somewhat silly movie from '84 called "The Company of Wolves" well the topic of Little Red Riding Hood stuck in my head and I found myself painting this piece quite spontaneously and although it is such a common story to portray, I must admit I enjoyed it. Although I felt a bit bad for making the wolf once again, the bad guy because as a child I was extremely traumatized in both Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs when the wolf died and someday intend to give him the honor I always wished he had as a child.

This piece will be for sale this Friday at 753 Santa Fe Dr. in Denver's Santa Fe Art District 

Watercolour, torn paper thread and bones harvested from naturally deceased creatures on canvas.
Copyright 2014 Aria Keehn She Paints with Blood  Thank you for looking! :blackrose:

+ Smoke in the Woods + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ Smoke in the Woods +

A small painting I did because so many people have been voting in my current Facebook print giveaway
 for painting videos that I decided to film a quick one on my phone for fun which you can see here 

Sorry about the paint cans that are continuously in the frame. I did not have a tripod setup for my phone so it is balancing on those!

Copyright Aria Keehn ShePaintsWithBlood 2015 :blackrose:

+ Let Her Die + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ Let Her Die +
There are times when we must allow a part of ourselves to go. The part we have been feeding with negative energies and the most selfish of human emotions. To let such a body perish breaks the tether on our most basic souls and allows us to start growing again, or to start over altogether like newborn things in the woods.


Prints of this will hopefully be available in a month or so. The original is watercolour and metallic silver pigment on a 30x40 inch canvas. She is for sale for $1000 and I do take payment plans to pay pieces off over time. If you decide to purchase this piece in full, please understand that I will need to borrow it briefly in order to have it professionally photographed for prints before it is given to you.
Email me at with any inquiries

Facebook Stamp by SparkLum Follow my Facebook art page for many more updates as well as behind the scenes and work in progress stuff!

This painting is bloodmarked and copyright to Aria Keehn, 2015
Thank you for looking! :blackrose:
Just a reminder that I have an Etsy with fine art prints for sale of a lot of my most popular pieces!…;

Also, did you know you can set up payment plans with many of my paintings?  If you have had your eye on something but did not have everything saved up for it at the time I can often split the price up into several month's payments.  Once you have paid the piece off it will be packed up and shipped to you!  Feel free to contact me about any of my available pieces to set up a plan!

Some (but not all) of my current originals for sale~

+ The Redwoods Gray + by ShePaintsWithBlood
Of Life's Breath and the Itch of Death by ShePaintsWithBlood +Within an Owl Graveyard + by ShePaintsWithBlood + Swim the Moon + by ShePaintsWithBlood

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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 3 days ago
I just got introduced to a race called tent bat! Except I'll forever call them "cotton wool bats" in my head:………

Gosh, they'd be perfect for fluff toys because they already look like cotton balls with bat things attached to them.

Oh wait, somebody beat me to it. 8D…
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Traditional Artist
Oh gosh I love these little ones!  They are so precious and I just adore their yellow leaf-like noses! Hehe I love those little toy versions of them too!! :blackrose:
FireFairy319 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow your art is simply beautiful!  I really love your style. It's very original and amazing!  ^^
JWiesner Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015

I know this is meant to be humorous but it's actually amazing how much this woman looks like a real spider if you squint your eyes a little and look at her.

That's some real actor skills right there. :o (I wish this was a GIF so I could save it.)
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015   Traditional Artist
Oh wow!!  She is awesome!  I wish I could watch a whole performance of her doing that! Thank you for sharing!:blackrose:
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