Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Calming

I painted "Calming", a 16 x 16" original oil of a clear stream in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, in my Oil Painting Class this past Spring of 2016.  I worked on the painting almost exclusively in front of my students during class.  Our theme was 'running water' and  I had each student pick an image they wanted to paint.  We started with an underpainting which is in essense the drawing under the painting.  The next step is to nail those darks as it's easy to loose them in oil painting.  I slowly added the local color and tweaked until I felt it was finished.  This painting sat on my easel almost done for a couple of weeks.  This helped me review what was needed.  "Calming" is currently  available, but contact me to find out the current status.
I am starting up my Solvent Free Oil Painting class September 15.  We meet from 9-12AM on Thursdays.  My classes are small at  6-7 students and I  have an opening.
Stage 1; Underpainting drawing

Stage 2; getting those darks in

Stage 3: on my easel progression

Stage 4: Done!
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The Milner-Schwarz house; plein air


In Loveland, Colorado we have a historic treasure: The Milner-Schwarz house.  The Loveland Historical Society has lovingly restored this 1873 brick home and it is now open for the public to enjoy. 
 I have had the pleasure of plein air painting this house a couple of times now.  This  summer, I painted this first original oil, "Little House on the Prairie".   I kept thinking off what it might have been like to live there 140 years ago while I was painting.  They have brought in an old windmill which I wanted to include in my painting.  I noticed the early morning shadow of the windmill on the brick home so decided to capture that.  When I plein air paint, I always try to capture the shadows first as they are fleeting.  This was especially important in this composition as I watched it moved across the house rather 
quickly. 
In the second painting, "Mrs. Milner's Irises", I was draw to the  colorful blooming irises in front of the classic front porch.  The Loveland Historical Society has also planted flower & vegetable gardens around the house along with fruit trees. This painting has some impasto.
These paintings are both currently available for purchase. Contact me for more information.
Little House on the Prairie

Mrs. Milner's Irises


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Show

I am proud to announce that "Sail Away" was accepted into the Plein Air Artists of Colorado National show at the Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery in Boulder.  The opening is September 1st, 2016  from 5-8pm and all are welcome.  I painted this little plein air oil last summer in Anacortes, Washington.
Sail Away
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Loveland Library show

Tranquility (oil)
 The Loveland (Colorado) Public library has a program in which they showcase juried art to be displayed in their glass cases.  This not only gives the artists more exposure and a chance for sales but also gives others  a chance to view their artwork.  I applied last Fall for this program and have had several pieces accepted.  For the 3rd Quarter, my two originals, "Tranquility" and "A Walk to Remember" were chosen.  "Tranquility" is an original oil painting of The Loch, a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The beauty of the alpine area high in the mountains is unsurpassed.
"A Walk To Remember" is a pastel done of an Autumn hike in Northern Minnesota.  I had fun with all of the Fall reds, maroons, golds and greens of the midwest.  Both of these original paintings are available for purchase although they must remain with the library show through September 2016.
A Walk To Remember (pastel)
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

National Treasures show

"Silence"
oil
representing Voyageurs National Park 
 The Cultural Art Center of Estes Park (Colorado) is celebrating 100 years of the National Park service by showcases over 100 paintings and photographs of the National Parks in July 2016.  I had 5 of paintings accepted into this juried  art show.  "National Treasures" can be seen through the entire month of July.  All of these original paintings are currently available for purchase through this show.

"Mesa Arch"
watercolor
representing Canyonlands National Park


"Opposites Attract"
oil (plein air)
representing Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 

"Loose Moose"
oil
representing Denali National Park

"Serenity"
oil
representing Rocky Mountain National Park

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer newsletter

Hi there;
Just a few artsy happenings to tell you about.  I'm teaching two mini plein air oil painting classes in June.  They will be on June 9 (yes; this Thursday) and June 23 from 8:30 AM-noon.    I will help a small group of students through the sometimes challenging aspects of plein air at local parks in Loveland.  The cost is $30/each.   If you are interested, email  me.  These mini workshops are replacing my weekly oil painting classes until Fall. If you are interested in attending this Fall (most likely September) let me know as the class fills quickly.
My Wednesday watercolor class currently has one opening if anyone would like to paint with a really lovely group of artists.  We will meet 3 more times in June and possibly into July.

 

I am very pleased to announce my art was accepted into the upcoming shows:

"Off the Grid" (watercolor, above) was accepted into the Lincoln Gallery's Regional Show this year.  The opening coincides with Night on the Town this Friday.  This is a free, fun evening to see downtown Loveland come alive.

I had 5 paintings accepted into the Cultural Art Center of Estes Park's "National Treasures" show which celebrates 100 years of the National Park system.  Each of my accepted paintings represents a different National Park.  The shows runs the entire month of July in downtown Estes Park.
"Sail Away", a plein air from the Washington coast was accepted in the Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Show in September at the Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery in Boulder.  You can preview the show online.  I am once again honored to get into this prestigious show.
Save the date:  I am again participating in the Loveland Art Studio Tour  which is held October 8, 9, 15 & 16th.  This show gives you the opportunity to see where artists work.  Come and see my home studio west of Loveland.
'Opposites Attract' (plein air oil) will be in "National Treasures" in Estes Park in July.
I hope to see you at an upcoming show and/or class!  Happy summer to you.
Mary

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Lincoln Gallery's Regional Fine Art Show 2016

Off the Grid
watercolor
I am pleased to announce that "Off the Grid" was accepted in the Thompson Valley Art League's 2016 Regional Fine Art Show.  I found this unique mountain landscape while visiting Marble, Colorado a few years ago. The light was just going over the cliffs surrounding me and illuminating this home off the grid.
 This year the Regional show had 300+ entries and accepted around 70.  I am honored to have my watercolor shown there for the month of June.  Please join me June 10, 2016 from 6-9 during the opening which is free to the public.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Solvent Free Oil Painting

The Kimono  16 x 12" Oil

Ethereal  18 x 14" Oil
I attended a figurative workshop in March at the Masters Easel Art Academy taught by Bryce Liston. Bryce taught a wonderful workshop where I learned to use the Zorn pallet and Gamut mapping.  These limited pallet techniques were an interesting challenge.  I am intrigued and am exploring them further. 

 In the workshop we had limited use of our OMS-Gamsol which helped keep the air clean with a dozen artists oil painting.  I decided to take it to the next level and eliminate the use of all solvents in my studio.  I have done some online research and was floored to find that the OMS of choice, Gamsol is far from non toxic.  I have had students complain of headaches even though I keep an exhaust fan in the window and an air filter running.  Those headaches are now gone.

For cleaning brushes, I found there are plenty of safe options.  I wait until I am done with a painting session to clean the brushes I used that day.  I use Viva paper towels, or lint free rags to get as much paint off as possible.  I found that Murphy's Oil Soap straight from the bottle cleans my brushes just fine.  I have also used Gamblin's Solvent Free Gel,  Walnut Alkyd medium, Art Treehouse BioBased Thinner, Spike of Lavender and Linseed Oil but I keep coming back to the Murphy's because the cost is lower and it cleans just as well.  I do rinse my brushes out with water after cleaning to remove any residue.

For toning a canvas, I use the Walnut Alkyd medium or Spike of Lavender with a little oil paint to knock out the white.  I am still experimenting with the BioBased thinner to make sure it's archival.

I offer a Thursday morning Oil Painting class that is now Solvent Free.  I just wish I would've made the switch years ago.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Wild Life Drawing Sessions

Channeling Ingres.  This is one of my favorite classes poses that we recreated for our group.
 I am a strong believer in developing drawing skills from life. In 2007 I started drawing with a portrait and figure drawing group weekly with a group we formed "Loveland Wild Life Sessions".  We always work from life, usually in a long pose which is somewhere around 3 hours long (with breaks).  We hire professional models and have interesting poses some of which are nude, some clothed.  I have captured the human form in charcoal, conte, pastel and oil but the last few years have enjoyed bringing my toned warm paper pad and drawing exclusively in graphite with a little white charcoal.  I enjoy bringing the figure to life focusing on just value and capturing likeness.  I treasure the sketchbooks I am filling up.

This model posed for Valentine's Day complete with wings.  The studio kitty kept trying to steal the show.


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Western Spirit Art Show

Mesa Arch watercolor (Canyonlands National Park)
I had 3 of my paintings accepted into the  2016 Western Spirit Art Show at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Wyoming.  The opening is on March 5 at 6pm and you can see the show through April 17.  The features over 100 western artists from across the country.  Tickets for the opening may be purchased through the Museum.  I will also have 2 miniature paintings for sale in the Vandewark Miniature Art Exhibit.  The opening they put on never disappoints and I am looking forward to the show.  Join me!

Pikes Peak Panoramic Oil (Colorado) 
High in the Rockies Oil (Colorado State Forest)
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Impressions of Life, Love & Passion: a show of Art for Valentine's Day

I am participating in the  Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park's (Colorado) February (2016) art show "Impressions of Life, Love & Passion" this month.  I brought in a variety of original art that fit this theme.  "Love is in the Air" is a little mixed piece piece taking off on Lake Loveland & Valentine's day.  Every year Loveland celebrates Valentine's Day just a little more & has become quite the fun, loving event.  "Recharge" is a large oil with impasto of two Adirondack chairs with a bottle of red wine & two wine glasses in front of a perfect view of the mountains.
Love is in the Air (mixed media)

Recharge (oil) 24 x 30"
 I included "Escape" and "The Trumpet", two figures painted from life because they both depict a passion:  reading, enjoying the beach and playing the trumpet.
Escape (oil)
The Trumpet
              What can be more of a gift of love than a painting of 'friendship' yellow roses?
Peaceful Pair (oil)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Progression of a painting

I drew horizontal lines for the horizon lines & perpendicular lines for the trees and reflections in charcoal.  With painting reflections it's important that the reflection is directly under the object.

I blocked in my darks
At this stage local  color is added. I also reshaped the canoe.   I used glazes with  for a medium to give me enough time to blend.


"Silence" (Gateway to Wabakimi) 20 x 16" Oil
Here is a progression of my newest painting "Silence".  The scene is from Northern Ontario, close to the Wabakimi Provincial Park.   There are numerous pristine lakes with forests and few people in this part of the world.  Canoes fit in perfectly.  This Canadian  wilderness is something to cherish.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

A Villa in the Mist

A Villa in the Mist (7.5 x 18")
 One thing I learned about plein air painting in Tuscany is you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to paint.  I'm used to brilliant morning sunshine in Colorado.  On my first day of painting in Italy I woke up to heavy fog.  I set up my pochade box anyway and started to paint a villa on a neighboring hilltop.  I kept completely losing my subject!  I  had taken a photo, but mostly I learned to just paint quickly, from memory.
Islands in the Sky (9 x 12") plein air oil
 This is an example of the creation of a studio painting.  I start with being there to photograph then paint my inspiration.  I can then use both of these 'props' to create what I had in mind with enough time to develop the scene the way I envisioned it.  I always tell my students how important it is to use your own photos for reference.  Having a plein air piece of the same place is extremely helpful with color and mood. Both of these original oils are currently available for purchase.
My reference photo from a Tuscan morning
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