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Bell Jar Threadling by ShePaintsWithBlood
Bell Jar Threadling
Sorry for the lack of uploading!  I am busy with commissions and have been out of town recently but I have gotten the chance to make a few little things such as this!

A Threadling (tiny fully poseable cousins of the Yarnlings) inside a very small bell jar. I wish I could have gotten better photos of her in her environment. She is balanced on one hoof and has a curling section of wire at the back of her head that I like to imagine is a tree. She is jumping through some real mossy stuff as well.

If you want your own Threadling in a tiny bell jar (or even a Yarnling in a large bell jar which I would LOVE to do) email me at to get started on a custom commission! Ones like this are about $25

Yarnlings, Threadlings and their designs are copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintsWithBlood.  Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:
Hello loves
I will be showing my art tonight at Madelife in Boulder Colorado. A very cool artsy shop space and gallery. I will also be selling the art of my good friend and creature sister Tsairi
I would love to see your shining faces there!
Here is a link to the event info:…; :blackrose:
+ Four  + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ Four +
It might seem odd, my painting Ivan as a woman. But at the time it just felt insanely right. There was kind of a lot going on when I painted this and for some reason when he revealed himself to me in this form it was incredibly comforting. It ended up spawning a sort of fanfiction of my own novel (if that even makes any sense) which I hope to eventually illustrate as a short side story. Either way, this is definitely not going to be the last time you see She-Ivan.

I am not going to sell this original (I need to stop attaching my heart to these Ivan paintings so much...) but I will be doing a run of prints on her at some point.

This is not the best photo of this painting...the wood kept being so reflective that it cut off some of the smoke I painted in so I will update later when I can.

Medium: Watercolour, metallic pigment, antique watch parts and moth wings on wood
This painting and the Egg Sucker series as well as the short story Four are copyright to Aria Keehn, ShePaintsWithBlood 2014
Thank you so much for looking!:blackrose:
+ The Last of Her Blood + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ The Last of Her Blood +
The cold prince of Winter devours Spring.  Chewing and crushing her bones. Savoring the last of her blood.

As many know, I do not do well with the cold.  And as soon as the first tiny hints of Autumn come I get a sort of sinking inside me.  Like something delicate that was growing there begins to wither and once Winter hits I feel slightly defeated until I feel the living things creeping under my toes again.
I often do at least one expression of my discomfort towards the season each year and last year it was this one.  I actually did this to be my main piece in an art show I helped run at the time.  Somehow, it never ended up making its way online!  But as it ended up in my recent magazine interview with Inkspired Magazine  it reminded me to post it!

I have not lived with this guy for almost a year as he has been in various venues around Denver but he is back in my possession now turning my studio area cold and looking to find his forever home so if you enjoy a bit of a chill, he would dearly love to meet you.  He stands at 2x4 feet and is $1000.  Email me at for purchasing inquiries or offers. 

I am also thinking about doing a limited run of prints on this guy.  Please let me know if you would be interested in that <3

Medium: Watercolour, blood and torn paper on canvas.  Image is thoroughly sealed in a protective fixative. 

This painting is copyright to Aria Keehn, ShePaintsWithBlood 2013-2014 and may not be used without the artist's written approval.
Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:
+ Rise + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ Rise +
A piece commissioned by TagFox of her creature Oberist from her wonderful short horror story which I had the pleasure of hearing in person. 

I will not give too much away about this piece because it is a lot to do with the story itself so instead I recommend that if you want to know,  you push miss TagFox to get it finished and ready for the public eye!  It is quite gorgeous!  

Watercolour, metallic pigment, salt, antique watch parts, moth wings, glass bottle and feather on canvas.

This painting is bloodmarked and copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintsWithBlood 2014 (me)

Oberist, his story and concepts are copyright to TagFox

Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:

I do still have a few spots open for Commissions

Hello loves
This Friday I am doing an art show with the very talented Tsairi at a lovely venue in Denver called Happy Leaf Kombucha

And we would be honored if you would come!  It starts at seven PM.  Here is the event page

We will have prints and originals for sale as well.  We hope to see you there!  :blackrose:


Artist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Wherever I feel like at the moment. Else that dusty place of hate and love.
Favourite genre of music: Rock, preferably 80's. Choiretic Metal, symphony, opera, occasionally new age.
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Favourite style of art: I cannot chose.
Shell of choice: The Gray we can hide in.
Wallpaper of choice: Orange or green in surreal please.
Skin of choice: Fur, resin, gray, white, plush
Favourite cartoon character: Banette, Trunks, Zim, Alex Row, San

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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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AdamLoken Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
oh my God.. Your gallery is wonderful!! :heart: :heart:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so, so much!! :blackrose:
AdamLoken Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
You're welcome, you deserve :) :huggle:
ornamentalArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I can't help myself. I'm adding you to my watching listHug 
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!!:blackrose:
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