Friday, July 24, 2015

The Adventures of Giant Jenga

Have you ever thought, "you know what would make this game great?  If it was huge."  Then Giant Jenga is for you.

 Step 1: Have a crazy mother-in-law that comes up with these ideas
Step 2: Purchase 8 2x4x8s 

 Step 3: Measure out 10 1/2 inches and cut with the saw.  

 Step 4: Sand off edges and rough spots

Step 5: PLAY! 

 Step 6: Choose blocks wisely

 Step 7: Make sure no dogs are around during an unwise choice

Step 8: Reset



GOOD TIMES WITH GIANT JENGA!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This Isn't Good For My Diet

The Morning Cup of Coffee #101
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

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This artist trading card or ACEO (Art Card Editions & Originals) is frameable, collectable, enjoyable and can be given as a special gift for a birthday, wedding, new baby, anniversary, thank you or other occasion.  It is a one-of-a-kind original work of art, NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION. It is signed on the back and lends itself to framing in a standard trading card frame or book.

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Beg For the Egg #104
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

The Morning Cup of Coffee #103
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

Look To the Cookie #102
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Morning Cup of Coffee

The Morning Cup of Coffee, 2015
acrylic painting on canvas
8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus

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With sunrise at 5:29 AM, how am I expected to get any sleep?  Ugh.  I stammer out of bed to perform my usual morning routine of letting the dog out and all.  My bones ache.  I load up the coffeemaker with grounds and water.  It gurgles and puffs.  A steady stream trickling into the pot.  A mug full of caffeine to keep me awake during the day.

This piece would work in a space that is deep red, burnt orange, yellow, green, ultramarine blue, lavender purple, wood, or a neutral beige

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SPECIAL World of Mike Kraus 100TH ARTIST TRADING CARD

World of Mike Kraus #100
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

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Welcome to my own little world.  A place of bright blue skies, colorful woods of birch, squirrel with coffee mugs, and elephants eating pizza.  I created this card to celebrate creating my 100th artist trading card.  

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Monday, July 13, 2015

PIZZA TIME!

Pizza Time!, 2015
acrylic on canvas board
5" x 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus 

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Is there a more perfect meal than pizza?  How many other foods are so versatile?  Something that you can have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  And all the variety of toppings.  Even hot or cold.  Pizza is the perfect food.

This painting would look best in a space that is red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, light purple, beige, or wood.  

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

House on Île d'Orléans

House on Île d'Orléans, 2015
acrylic on canvas board
5" x 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus 
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Near Quebec City, in the St. Lawrence River, is the Île d'Orléans.  We spend the day parallel to the coast on Chemin Royal stopping at roadside markets, colonial markets, and wineries.   Seeing where my ancestors settled after leaving France in the 1600s.  We ended the day in Sainte-Pétronille with art galleries, coffee, and chocolate.  Just relaxing and enjoying the view.

This painting would look best in a space that is red, orange, yellow, light blue, light purple, beige, or wood.  

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Best... Breakfast... Ever...

I'm up to 99 artist trading cards/ACEOs!  
What should my 100th card be?  What subject?  What material?  Let me know!

Diner French Toast #96
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus

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This artist trading card or ACEO (Art Card Editions & Originals) is frameable, collectable, enjoyable and can be given as a special gift for a birthday, wedding, new baby, anniversary, thank you or other occasion.  It is a one-of-a-kind original work of art, NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION. It is signed on the back and lends itself to framing in a standard trading card frame or book.

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The Morning Cup of Coffee #97
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus

Slab of BBQ Ribs #98
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus

The Morning Cup of Coffee #99
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus
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