Sunday, May 27, 2018

Summer 2018 Art Classes

Art classes Summer 2018   Mary Giacomini
OIL:    Monet series; learn to see the way Monet did
#1 June 21 (Thurs) 9-12,   Home studio, Copy a Monet or be inspired to paint a painting in his style (9 x 12 or smaller)

#2 June 28 (Thurs) 9-12, Sweetheart Winery plein air.  Create a painting of your choice with the morning light.  Critique at 12pm on their patio with wine & snacks (not included in price) Since the winery does not open until noon, bathrooms available at Sandys Conoco or Devil’s Backbone trailhead.

#3 July 12 (Thurs) 5-8pm ***, Sweetheart Winery plein air. Recreate painting from class #2 in evening light to learn to see the difference time of day makes.  Meet at 4:15 for a glass of wine.
***watercolor class is welcome, also pastelists

WATERCOLOR: Sketchbook journaling

#4 June 13, 9-12 home studio  Learn to capture small, quick paintings with small watercolors in a watercolor sketchbook

#5 June 27 (Wed), 5-8pm, Sweetheart Winery plein air.  Sit by the Big Thompson river with a glass of wine to capture the scenery.  This is great practice for bringing along a sketchbook on vacation.  Meet at 4:15 for wine on the patio (wine not included in price)

I also teach classes through the Loveland Museum & have open spots in some but not all classes.

 June 11th Sweetheart Winery wine glass painting class (tropical theme). $40

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spring Glow

I recently finished painting "Spring Glow", an original oil painting.  I painted this as a demo in my oil painting class when our project theme was 'acrylic under painting'.  When you play with complimentary layered colors, you will get a glow in your paintings.  I was skeptical about putting the yellow under the sky but it worked out better than I had hoped.
I found this scene near Kalispell, Montana in the Flathead Valley.  This scene is of Peter's Ridge.  I spent a cold, rainy day in June but when the sun cleared, the fresh snow on the Swan Mountains and the end of day sunlit  pine trees inspired me. "Spring Glow" is available for purchase.
Under painting with complimentary colors

Spring Glow
16 x 20"
My inspiration of Peter's Ridge in the Swan Mountains of Montana.
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Hawaiian Blue

Hawaiian Blue
One of the new oil paintings for 2018 that I have created is "Hawaiian Blue".  My goal was to capture the unique blues of the  tropical Pacific Ocean surrounding the islands of Hawaii.  I found this scene on Makena State Park Beach in Maui.  The waves were breaking at the beach which created a dramatic atmosphere and a riot of blues, lavenders and greens.  The surf was difficult to swim in but lovely to be inspired by.
I start with a small black & white thumbnail to work out the composition & value.  I then figure out a 'recipe' card so I know what I will paint with using a limited pallet.

I decided to paint a warm pink under-painting for Hawaiian Blue to bring out the sparkle. I painted the majority of this as a demonstration in my oil painting class.

The debut of "Hawaiian Blue" will be at the Lincoln Gallery's 2018 National Fine Art Show.  The opening is May 11 in Loveland, Colorado.  Join me!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Creative Opportunities for 2018

Happy 2018!
The holidays are over and isn't it time you do something for yourself?  Do you have some creative energy just aching to get out? Time to treat yourself!
I am offering a variety of art classes that you might be interested in.
  • I offer Wednesday morning ongoing watercolor classes and Thursday morning (solvent free) oil painting.  These classes generally stay full but there are a few openings for the new year.  I charge $30/class based on paying for one month at a time.  My home studio is just 15 minutes west of Loveland .  We continue to explore techniques, subjects and styles in each medium.  My classes are small (7 for watercolor, 6 for oil) so you can easily make like minded friends.  Check out my blog for more details or give me a call/email me.
'Napali Coast Cruise' -a recent oil I painted as a demo in class.
 Wine glass painting classes have been a hit! Every class at the Sweetheart winery has sold out!  The next available class scheduled  with availability is February 19th.  Watch the winery's event page for the next class signup.
I have also started to teach glass painting at K9 Wisdom in Loveland.  We painted treat jars in December & will paint wine glasses & treat jars on March 7.
I have also started teaching private wine glass painting classes for those of you who want a more personal experience.  For $40/person (minimum of 4 at my studio, 6 at your home)  I will supply 2 large wine glasses, supplies & instruction for each guest. You choose the designs that I demo & bring wine for if your friends (optional).   If you are interested in joining one of my classes, email me.

Treat jars painted at K9 wisdom by students with limited or no experience!  The method I've come up with is easy!

Hope to see you in 2018-                                Mary Giacomini
9 of my 2017 paintings; oil, watercolor & pastel

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Paint N Paws

So I'm having so much fine with my wine glass classes that I decided to teach a class on Pet Portrait painting onto a treat jar.  I take my dog to K9 Wisdom in Loveland and was asked to teach a unique painting project.  I'll show you how to make a coloring book image of your fur baby Dec 16.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Na Pali Coast Cruise

I recently finished "Na Pali Coast Cruise", a 10 x 20" original oil.  This was a commission and a surprise.  I did some photo shopping with my reference pictures to get both the couple and the beautiful Hawaiian coast of Kauai in the scene.  I enjoy painting 'figures in  a landscape' and would gladly accept commissions for a keepsake that will last a lifetime.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Solvent free oil painting classes

 In my Thursday morning oil painting classes (Loveland, Colorado) I cover a variety of material.  In this project we were studying clouds.  We started with a simple black and white value scale and painted a gray monochromatic thumbnail proportional to the canvas we planned on painting.

Learning about composition, value & underpainting
 In my classes we play with different subject matter, techniques and color theory/experiments.  My goal is to teach you how to paint on your own.  We use traditional oil paints but do not use the dangerous or even odorless solvents as I find they are just as toxic as the rest.  I will teach you to safely paint without the use of them.  I currently have one opening in my class that has a maximum of 6 students.  Contact me for more information.
Impending (10 x 20" oil)
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 2017 newsletter

I have several art events to tell you about.  My biggest show of the year is this weekend; the Loveland Art Studio  Tour  is Oct 14,15, 21 & 22 from 10-5 at my studio west of Loveland at 7700 Leslie Drive.  Once a year I open up my studio to the public where you can see my  original paintings & prints.  I also have a large inventory of unframed art priced to sell quickly. 
new pastel; Pure Joy
Friday, Oct 13th is the opening of the Regional show at the Lincoln Gallery from 6-9.  I have an oil painting that was accepted.  This local co-op gallery was recently voted as Best Gallery in Loveland & I'm proud to be represented there.
I have a painting at the Preview show for the Loveland Art Studio Tour at theLoveland Museum/Gallery.  Come & check it out during 2nd Friday Art Walk tomorrow night.
I also have an oil in the All Colorado show which opens Saturday, Oct 15th at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village.

I have a few of my Italy paintings at the Sweetheart City Winery in Loveland through the end of the year.  I also teach a monthly wine glass painting classwhich has been selling out.  As a result, I am offering wine glass painting parties for private groups.  For $40/person (minimum of 4 at my studio, 6 at your home)  I will supply 2 large wine glasses, supplies & instruction for each guest. You choose the design.   I've been having fun learning & teaching a new medium.
I teach solvent free oil painting on Thursday mornings & watercolor on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in joining one of my classes, email me.

Hope to see you soon!                                   Mary Giacomini

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lincoln Gallery's Regional Show 2017

My Space
24 x 18"

I'm happy to announce that "My Space"  (an original oil painting) was accepted into the Regional Show at the Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, Colorado. The exhibition will be shown  10/13/17 through 11/10/17 with the Artists’ Reception and Awards Presentation on 10/13/17.
Another good reason to visit the Lincoln Gallery is it was recently recognized as BEST ART GALLERY in Loveland for 2017!  Support your local artists & get inspired.

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Wine Glass Painting classes

I'm offering once a month wine glass painting classes at the new Sweetheart City Winery just west of Loveland, Colorado.  These classes have been a hit & are selling out.  Go to Eventbrite to purchase tickets.
For those  who have a private party already in mind, consider booking a 'wine glass painting party'. I can accommodate up to 8 guests.  Choose a sample for me to demonstrate or create your own.  The cost is $40 for 2 glasses, materials & instruction.  A minimum of 4 attendees is required.  Book here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Figures in a Landscape

Pure Joy

Come and see my new pastels in my Figures in a Landscape Series at the Loveland Art Studio Tour, October 14, 15 & 21,22, 2017.  Once a year I open my studio to the public.   This free event lets you tour real artists studios.  I have a variety of original pastels, oils, watercolors and acrylic paintings for sale.  I have a large inventory of unframed original art for sale that I have created over the years.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall newsletter 2017

 I hope everyone had a wonderful summer!  I have a couple of shows & new classes coming up.
I will be starting my home studio classes in September.  On Wednesday mornings starting Sept 6th, I teach watercolor with drawing from 9-12.  Solvent free (using traditional oils)  oil painting starts  Sept 14 and meets  Thursdays from 9-12.   We cover techniques, materials, styles & experiment with a variety of subject matter.  Classes are $30.  I am also looking for students to occasionally 'drop in' when needed.   Email or call for more information. 970.613.1258.
Something new I'm offering: Wine Glass painting.  I taught to a sold out group at the new Sweetheart Winery this month and have another scheduled Sept 18.  The winery is a brand new treasure of Loveland you don't want to miss.  You need to register for this class through this link.
I am also offering private studio wine glass painting classes.  Gather 3-7 friends & you will receive 2 glasses & materials with instruction to paint.  I have several designs to choose from -or create your own.   $40 per person
I have a few  adult classes I'm offering through the Loveland Museum Gallery. I've been teaching there 14 years!
I have two upcoming National Shows I'm excited to be part of.  Join me at the upcoming receptions.
Save the dates!  I will open up my studio to the public Oct 14-15 & Oct 21-22 for the Loveland Art Studio Tour The opening at the Loveland Museum for the tour is Sept 28 from 5-7pm (free)  Hope to see you there!
  2017 Mary Giacomini

Monday, August 14, 2017

I am proud to announce that "Joy Ride" (oil) was accepted in the 32nd Annual National Juried Fine Art & Photography Show and Sale in Louisville, Colorado.  I painted this horizontal original oil after plein air painting in Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado).  I had a perfect  Autumn day to paint outside.  Two riders on horseback literally rode through my scene and I knew I had to capture it in the studio.