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. https://www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org/programs-events/art-classes/adult-art-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