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.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PAAC National Show

The art of "Lake Of Fire"

Now showing in Greenwood Village

The Art of "Lake of Fire"
When:  July 17 - September 8
Where:  Greenwood Village City Hall (Lobby)
What: Come celebrate the first ever Village Read with art. The Greenwood Village Cultural Arts program is proud to present "The Art of Lake of Fire". Colorado artists have taken topics and themes from our Village Read book, "Lake of Fire" and turned them into art. From fiery landscapes to related still-lifes, come see how local artists have interpreted our one read book. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scenes of Loveland at the Lincoln Gallery

Pallet Knife Poppies
 This month at the Lincoln Gallery I'm showing some local scenes from Loveland.  "Pallet Knife Poppies" is a 20" x 16" oil with lots of impasto pallet knife painting in the orange poppies.  This was inspired by a scene on the West side of Loveland with Longs Peak and the Colorado Front Range receding in the distance.
"Oasis" is a 12" x 9" plein air oil painting of the Devil's Backbone park just outside of Loveland, Colorado.  This is a favorite hiking trail in Larimer County. The park is normally desert-like but in Spring the Cottonwood trees were showing off  their green. I had fun carving paint with my pallet knife as a result this painting has lots of impasto.
I painted this 9" x 12"  original oil painting en plein air very early in the morning at Rivers Edge Natural area in Loveland, Colorado.  The water was perfectly reflective and caught my eye. This is a popular city park with lots to offer.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Lincoln Gallery's National Show

Mesa Arch
I'm proud to announce that my watercolor, Mesa Arch was accepted into the Lincoln Gallery (Loveland, CO) National Show which opens March 31.  The opening is April 14, 2017 from 6-9 PM and the public is invited to attend.
I played with a new technique with this original watercolor.  I masked spaces and let the paint flow within each space. I wanted to keep the paint as fresh as possible so used very little to no glazing.  I also used a limited pallet which helps give the painting cohesiveness. The scene was inspired by the gorgeous view in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.  This painting is available for sale.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


The Snowfoot Waltz  Oil Sold

 Wishing you lots of love on this Valentine's Day.  Whether it's new or old love, parental or sibling, friend or lover, may you be with the one you love.  These original paintings are either sold or not for sale but I would love to create one just for you.  The top 3 paintings were used for wedding presents.  Commissions welcome.

Soul Mates Oil Sold

Into the Sunset Oil Sold

Lasting Love Pastel NFS

Grandma's Secret Graphite NFS

Oh Brother!  Pastel Sold

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 2017 newsletter

Every few months, I  send out an email of my latest art, shows and classes.  Here is the latest one.

This is an example of what I teach in my (solvent) free oil painting classes.  I taught my students how to look at composition and value first, then paint with  thinned transparent oxide red oil paint for an underpainting.  Below is the finished piece.  The inspiration was a view from Hungry Horse Reservoir in Montana.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Beginning Watercolor Classes

I am starting a brand new watercolor class for beginners January 11, 2017.  Classes will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5 in my studio just west of Loveland, Colorado.  I will cover all the basics to get you started painting with watercolor.  Classes cost $30/each based on a one month commitment.  You will learn about composition, color, technique, paint properties, value and more.  I generally use transparent watercolors in my paintings. For more info.

Winter & Spring 2017 adult classes at the Loveland Museum

These are the classes I am scheduled to teach at the Loveland Museum Gallery in the coming months of 2017.  Registration begins Dec 27, 2016.  I would advice signing up as soon as possible as these classes usually fill quickly. All supplies are included.

Winter Aspen Grove
Tuesday, January 24, 1 – 4 pm
With this simple masking project, use a limited watercolor palette and paint a peaceful scene in the forest.
Instructor: Mary Giacomini

Palette Knife Snowy Pines
Tuesday, February 7
1 – 4 pm
Experiment painting with acrylic paints and palette knives while creating a wintry forest of the mountains.
Instructor: Mary Giacomini

ABCs of Drawing
Tuesday, February 21
1 – 4 pm
Learn how to draw what you see using a few tricks to engage the right side of your brain.
Instructor: Mary Giacomini

Fresh and Fun Florals
Tuesday, April 4
1 – 4 pm
By this time of year, we are hoping that spring has sprung! Either way, create fresh blooms in watercolors in this fun and spring-ready class.
Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Palette Knife Poppies
Tuesday, April 18
1 – 4 pm
Learn to paint atmospheric perspective with acrylic paint, then finish by using a palette knife to paint brilliant poppies.
Instructor: Mary Giacomini

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Chasing Light

I was once again invited to the 4th annual  "Chasing Light" exhibition with the Plein Air Artists of Colorado group.  I paint with these talented hardy artists on some Friday mornings in Northern Colorado.  For one week we are showing our landscapes, both from plein air and studio at the Community Creative Center in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.  Check out the art show!
Oasis Oil; plein air

Expanse: oil, plein air

Deep Forest  Oil, plein air

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Cyber Art Show

I was recently contacted by Keith Stover  who I met online via Facebook.  He invited me to let him showcase my art.  He has put together a 'Cyber Show' of beautiful landscape artists.   He not only promoted me on facebook but also on the website he created.  Check it out.  I am honored to be in such a  talented group of landscape artists.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

New Gallery Representation in Estes Park

 I recently joined the Cultural Art Services of Estes Park (Colorado) Gallery.  I will be participating in their member shows.  The first is the Holiday Gifts and Miniatures show which runs through the end of December 2016.  I have several small framed original paintings that are hung plus affordable original bin work and prints for sale.
Spring (plein air oil)

Cliff Hanger (plein air oil)

Peaceful Pair (oil)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Loveland Art Studio Tour & Sale 2016

Once a year I open up my studio to the public for two weekends during the Loveland Art Studio Tour & Sale.  This year's tour is on Oct 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 10AM to 5PM.  You can find a map and brochure online, at the Loveland Museum Gallery or at my studio.  I have lots of new art, bin originals & prints for everyone to see.  This is your chance to check out artists studio's.  There is currently a preview show at the Loveland Museum Gallery where each artist in the tour has one piece on display.  I choose  "Tuscan Vines" (18 x 24" oil) for my preview entry.
Tuscan Vines

 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All Colorado Artists Show

I am pleased to announce that both of these original oil paintings were accepted in the "All Colorado Artists Show" at Mainstreet Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen, Colorado.  Both paintings are landscapes of the Colorado Rockies.  'Daybreak' was finished with a pallet knife with lots of impasto.  The scene is from Mueller State Park which is just West of Pikes Peak.  The leaves of Autumn were just beginning to change color.  I loved the way the early morning light was illuminating the Aspen trees.   I first painted this scene en plein air.  Always liking the scene, I decided to recreate it in a studio piece.
 "Serenity" is an oil painting inspired by the high alpine lake, The Loch which is a beautiful hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I've painted the Loch several times and still am inspired by the pristine landscape.
 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Joy Ride; the journey

Joy Ride  Oil  12 x 24"
"Golden Blankets"
9 x 12"
 Last Fall when I was plein air painting in Rocky Mountain National Park, a couple of horses & riders actually rode through my scene of Hallet Peak and the surrounding mountains.   I quickly grabbed my camera to get a reference photo and knew this could be an amazing painting.  The Aspen Groves were in their Autumn glory and it was a perfect, sunny Colorado morning.
I was happy with the finished "Golden Blankets" with it's thick impasto oil and warm Fall colors but in the back of my mind I wanted to make a studio painting with the horses.  I decided to try gamut mapping to create the new scene.  Gamut mapping helps you make a more cohesive painting by using a limited pallet.  I decided ahead of time what portion of the color wheel I would use, then made some color swatches from it to use for another reference during painting.
This is the portion of the color wheel I used for this image.  I examined my reference photo and narrowed down the colors I needed to make a more cohesive painting.
Once I had my gamut mapped out, I figured out how to mix my primaries which were orange, green & blue.  All of the colors had to fall within the gamut map but I could add white and black.
 I asked my oil painting students if they wanted to try to learn gamut mapping and they were game so this was painted almost entirely in class.  Although this is a challenging way of painting, it's also a learning tool that most did great at and appreciated knowing how.  I am starting up my solvent free oil painting classes on Thursday mornings mid September.   I do currently have an opening if you are interested in joining us.

 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


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!
 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

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 
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

 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

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
 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

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)
 You can see more of my artwork online: 
Facebook page (open to the public) 

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)