Friday, July 5, 2019

Pint Glass Painting

Coming soon!  Pint glass painting at Jessup Farm Barrel House.  Paint a pint glass to hold your favorite beer or wine. Easy, fun & step by step; you will surprise yourself.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

4th St Gallery Experience

This summer I'm doing something different.  I'm participating with a group of 6 other professional artists from Loveland in a pop up gallery that lasts all summer (through August). Pat Saunders-White, Marc Jones, Shannon Kaye & Sally Hartshorn, Donna Gordon,  Susan Jecminek and myself will be showing our art, offering classes and doing demos.
Cooling Down
  The 4th St Gallery is in downtown Loveland, Colorado across the street from the Rialto theatre.  Our business hours are Wed-Sat 11-7 & Sunday 12-4.  We are also open until 9 pm on 2nd Fridays for  Night on the town.
I am offering a wine glass painting class on July 20th from 12-6pm.  Email me for more info. I'll be doing watercolor and oil painting demos on July 11 & 14th.
See how I create a painting!  I will be 'changing' out artwork every month.  June's theme is landscapes & Colorado scenes.  Stay tuned to what I come up with for July.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Beginning Oil class

Color charts; what can be accomplished with compliments and white.

Learning to make greens and grays with the primary colors

 Underpainting in a warm color
I started a new solvent free beginning oil painting class on Thursday afternoons from 2-5. I cover color experiments, composition, atmospheric perspective, under painting, different styles, techniques & materials.   I have a few spot available. If you'd like to learn more about how to oil paint without the dangerous petroleum solvents, contact me!

Lavender Impasto

Lavender Impasto 16 x 20" oil
I had more than a little fun creating this new oil painting.  I was inspired by a Van Gogh workshop taught by Dena Peterson this winter.  I started with Van Gogh thick strokes of paint but turned them into pallet knife swirls.  The oil paint is quite thick with impasto.   I found this scene just outside of Glennwood Springs, Colorado last year and knew I would have to paint it.  I fell in love with the lavender, the view of the Roaring Fork Valley and Mt. Sopris.
This painting was recently accepted into the Lincoln Gallery's 2019 National Show.  The art opening is May 10th from 6-9.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Warm Winter Wishes

Hi there;
Wishing you all a healthy, happy & creative new 2019!  Thanks to those of you who visited me at the studio tour.

 I am  starting a beginning oil class on Thursday afternoon from 2-5pm on Feb 21, 28 & March 7.  Learn how to paint without the nasty petroleum solvents but using traditional oils.  The cost is $105 for 3 classes & $120 if you'd like me to supply materials for these classes. If I have several students who would like to continue with this, I will.

  I have one spot left in my intermediate/advanced  oil class on Thursday mornings.   I would  also be happy to put anyone on the waiting list for my Wed watercolor  class.  The wait list is shrinking!  Classes are $35.  I do sometimes have drop in spots available.

"Recharge" made the postcard for the Lincoln Gallery's Champagne & Chocolate celebration/show Feb 8th.  Come & see why Loveland is the best place to celebrate Love for Valentine's.

I was asked to jury "Art from the Heart", a Greeley Art Association show open to all.  Check out the show  at the Mari Michener Gallery inside the University of Northern Colorado Michener Library.

On February 26th I'm teaching my first class at DIY creations located at the Outlets of Loveland.  Bring a 4" photo of your pet & I'll show you how to easily trace the picture onto a pet treat jar.  Even those with no painting experience are happy with the results.  
 For those who would like a wine glass party with just your friends, I am booking home parties.  I have a minimum of 6 students.  For $40 you each get 2 custom glasses to paint, materials &  instruction.  If you get 8 or more guests, the hostess is free.  Email  me at  for more info.
Enjoy this (so far) mild winter.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Art Classes at the Loveland Museum

Here are the art classes I will be teaching this Winter & Spring at the Loveland Museum Gallery.
Register online:

Tropical SunsetTuesday, January 15
Escape to the beach by creating a colorful sunset over the ocean and acrylic palette knife palm trees in the foreground.  

Tuesday, January 22
Learn how to create color charts and mix primary colors to make cool, warm and grayed colors to use in your acrylic painting. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Getting It Into Perspective
Tuesday, February 19
Understand how to draw houses and buildings in perspective. Bring an 8” x 10” photo of a building for reference. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Purple Underpainting in Watercolor
Tuesday, March 5
Paint beautiful yellow flowers with depth using transparent watercolors techniquesInstructor: Mary Giacomini
In the Woods
Tuesday, March 26
With this watercolor project, you will learn to use mask to paint a forest of springtime aspen trees. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Get to the Point
Tuesday, April 16
Learn to paint with dots of acrylic in the style of the impressionist Georges Seurat. Instructor: Mary Giacomini

Oil Painting Class; without the toxic solvents

I am offering a brand new oil painting class in my studio (just west of Loveland, Colorado) on February 21, 28 & March  7th, 2019.  We will meet from 2-5 PM Thursday afternoons.  I will cover the basics of oil painting, color mixing, underpainting and how to safely use traditional oil paints.
The cost is $105 with your own supplies (given at registration) or $120 all supplies included.  My classes are small (Max 6) so you will get plenty of attention. This is your opportunity to give oil painting a trial run!  If enough students want to continue after the 3 class intro, we will.
Learn about color; get to know your paints and create a cohesive pallet for each painting.

Learn about color mixing, values and grays.

Learn how to compose and create an underpainting

"Impending" (oil) -demo finished in class
Contact me for more info

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018


 I recently had a client that liked my "Last Call" (pastel) painting so much that he commissioned me to paint an oil of the same scene.
The reference I used was from a photo I had taken in late Autumn, right after an early snow. The  snowy pines with  Aspen trees  reflective scene is just outside of Estes Park, Colorado
I created an underpainting using Alizarin Crimson so I could have a warm undertone in the relatively cool landscape.

I painted in my darkest darks & lightest values so I knew what my value range was.

This is how I progressed on this painting. I tweak until I feel like I'm getting what I like.

I decided to let it snow and also added swirls in the water from the falling snow.
"Equinox" 20" x 16" oil (sold)

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Loveland Art Studio Tour 2018

It's studio tour time again!  This year I'm setting my artwork up at the Gressiwick 426 N Lincoln Av in Loveland, Colorado.    The talented Marc Jones & I are sharing this space downtown during the #LovelandArtStudioTour   We will be open for a preview Friday, Oct 12 from 6-8PM and Oct 13, 14, 20 & 21 from 11AM-5PM.  I am bringing a large selection of original watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylic paintings.  Stop by!  You can pick up a free book at our location or download one at Loveland Art Studio Tour.

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