Mini Masterpieces…well not really, just my Petit Photographs

For hundreds of years artists have created small works of art to barter for their livelihood. Artists were often commissioned to paint portraits of loved ones to be carried by family members, much as we carry photographs today. Arranged marriages were popular, and often an artist would be paid to travel to the family of the bride, paint her portrait and bring it back to the inquisitive (and sometimes unpleasantly surprised) groom. Artists often exchanged these small works with each other to learn technique and carry a memento of their fellow artist.

The acronym "ACEO" stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. ACEOs are collectible little pieces of art. The standardization in size of baseball cards is credited with creating the standardization in size for art cards, which are always 2 ½” x 3 ½”, and may be created in any medium ~ including photography.


I am offering my petit photographs in a collection of limited edition prints, signed and numbered on the back. They are printed in my studio on Strathmore, acid free, 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper. I have printed the entire image of each original photograph without cropping while leaving a tiny outside border, which allows for matting or framing.

I have packaged each in a little custom and hand made purse-pocket, a gusseted scalloped edge envelope made of thick Kraft paper, tied with natural raffia. It makes a perfect gift as is or may be kept safe in its pocket as part of your ACEO collection.

"Banderas Bay Blue"

They are perfect little pieces of art for your desk at work or on a bathroom vanity. They may be matted and framed to hang on the wall, or slipped into a greeting card as an extra surprise for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.


"Precious Pink Cottage"


These are all offered for sale in my Etsy shop. Free shipping to anyone who decides that they just cannot live without one of these little treasures, places an order, and mentions that you read this post on my blog!

"Carmel Mission"

"Secret Garden"

Ciao for now, my friends...thank you for stopping by.

(Some of the historical information on ACEOs that I have included in this post were extracted from Wikipedia.)