Winter Fog – acrylic painting


“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality” – Andy Goldsworthy

If you look long enough a quiet beauty can be found in freshly fallen snow.  I was drawn to Andy’s quote that seemed to described the scene I was trying to convey in this painting.

Winter Fog, an acrylic painting (14×11) was done on a gessoed hardboard using Liquitex and Golden brand paints.  What attracted me to paint this scene was the warmth radiating from the sun soaked land, even though it’s winter – that juxtaposition between warm and cold was an interesting element to capture.  I am thinking that the scene is missing a little life, so I may go back in and add a few birds in flight.

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Cottage in the Winter – acrylic painting


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.” – by Edith Stillwell

Several years ago a wonderful photographer at pmp, John Warren, took a beautiful photograph of a thatched-roof cottage during the summertime.  It is located in Selworthy England.  For me, this was quintessential England – perfect.  Only when I saw the image I saw the cottage surrounded by snow.  Edith Stillwell’s quote sums up my feeling about this special place ~ there is no place like the comfort of home.

Cottage in the Winter, an acrylic (11×14) painting was done on a gesso prepared hardboard using Golden and Liquitex brand acrylics.  I took some artistic license with the scene and added a few elements – snow (of course), a road, stairs for both the front and back entrances, and a distant lake.  For the most part the cottage is as John presented it to us through his lens.  This type of winter scene was a new undertaking for me, but I have to say it was a real joy to paint and express it as I saw in my mind’s eye.

Spring is almost here – enjoy the last of the wintry days.  Click onto the image to enlarge ~

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Winter 2018 – acrylic painting


“The beauty of winter is when mother nature blows kisses all over the earth and spreads her white blankets onto the land,” author – Mary

I don’t know about you, but 2018 and especially the month of December went by as a blur and I’m finally coming up for air.  I’m happy to be catching up with my blog, but wow we are already well into the start of a new year.  My goal was to get this painting completed to use as a Christmas card, but it took longer than expected and I missed the deadline.  Oh well, next time ~

Winter 2018, acrylic (11×9) was painted on a gessoed hardboard (I love using with acrylics) using Liquitex and Golden brands.  I’m continuing to learn the purposes of a variety of brushes, the techniques of layered coverage and how to get certain marks.

Winter can be so beautiful especially right after it snows, as the sunlight dots the undisturbed white stuff – gorgeous.  I remember some amazing scenes in Maine when we lived at the coast – pine trees would be laden with snow and roads packed with it, and then there are the ice particles that glistened off anything it formed on.  At the shore one can find huge blocks of ice that are forced there by incoming waves.  Mother Nature can turn a harsh cold winter into a real beauty.  I still don’t like the cold though ~

Happy (belated) New Years to you and yours.  Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

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A Seagull and The Boat – acrylic painting


“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”  Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A tribute to my friend who passed away from ALS.  A progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  The quote from Jonathan Livingston Seagull couldn’t be more right – live in the here and now – you never know what tomorrow brings.

A Seagull and The Boat is an acrylic painting (8×10) done on canvas paper – it was painted using mainly Liquitex and Golden brands.  This painting was the final piece I did for an upcoming auction being held in FL.  I was pleased that they accepted it and is my hope that it goes home with a lucky bidder and the organization reaches their goal in raising money that will go toward caring for women and children.

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A Pair of Puffins – acrylic painting


“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Robert Lynd

A Pair of Puffins, an acrylic painting (8×10) was done on canvas paper using mainly Golden and Liquitex brands.  This piece was painted as a possible candidate for a women’s/children’s benefit auction.

Puffins have the most sweet / cute personalities of all bird species – actually pretty comical to watch.  In the U.S. they are found mainly along the coast of Northern Maine.  On the internet there are live cam’s that have been placed on Sea Island, Maine that let you watch in prime time.  I found several exceptional photographs on pmp that I used as a reference to paint these little guys.   Another different subject for me to paint, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed working on.

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Seal Pup – acrylic painting


Her eyes, deep sad pools, tugged at my heart and with her tilted head she spoke ~ by Mary

Seal Pup, an acrylic painting (9×12), was painted on canvas paper using mainly Liquitex and Golden brand acrylics.  Who would have thought I’d be painting a Seal, it’s so completely different from my norm, but originally this painting was created for a mother’s/children’s benefit auction.  It was fun piece to try and capture this little one.  I fell in love with this Seal, she was sweet as could be.

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Yellow Waterlily – acrylic painting


“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”  – by Lao Tzu

That includes me .  .  .  I can’t resist.  There is something very beautiful about waterlily’s and ponds, a tranquil sense of being comes over me when I look at them.   Whether the scene is drenched in sunlight or it’s a rainy day, the sight of these delicate flowers is always calm and welcoming.

Yellow Waterlily, an acrylic painting (11×9) was done on Canson canvas paper using Liquitex and Atelier brands.  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at painting a waterlily and transparent water.  I wanted the waterlily to be the star in this production, so the challenge for me was in keeping the background muted, lessen any intensity of color, little if any hard edges, and then to develop some waviness to the images beneath the water.

I enjoyed painting this scene ~ thanks for checking in and visiting.  Please click the image to see it in a larger size.

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Colorado Atmosphere – acrylic


“One eye sees, the other feels,” by Paul Klee

Sometimes when I paint it is both and it’s then that the painting session gives me that endorphin rush that artists seek when they are creating.   It’s like you get this extraordinary sense of being able to feel your work ~

Colorado Atmosphere an acrylic (10″ x 7.5″) painting was done on a gesso prepared hardboard, using mainly Liquitex and Atelier brands.  It’s been a while since I’ve used hardboard as a surface and it worked out beautifully for this painting, giving some nice textures.  When I saw this scene the clouds spoke to me and I knew it was time to go after another landscape with a bit of atmosphere – not threatening, but rather a windy summer day.

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Texas Country Path – acrylic painting


Texans wait patiently, they know what’s coming.  From the brown, hardened clay dirt will spring forth a brilliance of color and elegance –  wildflowers of blues, oranges, reds and yellows will wash over the landscape and Spring’s renewal will visit again ~ by Mary

Texas Country Path, an acrylic (8×10) painting was done on canvas paper using Liquitex, Golden and Atelier brand paints.  On a recent Spring ride we went to see the wildflowers and saw this quiet scene.  The path was gorgeous, lined with patches of blue bonnets, everything was fresh including the budding new growth on the trees.  Some probably passed right by, but this was one of those places I couldn’t help but notice, the quiet beauty of it kept calling out.

Thanks for visiting ~ hope you are having a lovely Summer (it’s hot and dry in Texas).

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Upside Down Sardines – acrylic painting


The whole is more than the sum of its parts ~ by Aristotle

In January I was looking to paint a still life that would challenge me technically as an artist, this one gave me just what I had hoped for and more.  While painting this I had to remind myself not to get lost in the details, but remember the whole – what was I trying to convey.  Aristotle’s quote spoke directly to me ~

Upside Down Sardines, an acrylic painting (7×5) was painted on Canson Foundation paper canvas using mainly Liquitex acrylics.  It was the first time I painted fish so I had to manage the size of each sardine correctly and get the fish scales shiny and translucent so they were believable – my first set of challenges.  Another was working the jar to show the glass reflections and transparency allowing the fish to show through.  The napkin was another story entirely – lines, curves and shadows.

As I said, this painting gave me all the challenges I was looking for and then some.  But was a great learning experience.  Thanks for visiting ~

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An image provided by a Russian photographer, Viacheslav (on pmp), was used as my inspiration.  He has an impressive portfolio of photographs – Viacheslav is a genius in his creation of interesting still life’s.

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