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Girl Scout Speaker

  Experimenting with three types of art materials      On Oct. 10, I had the privilege to be invited as guest speaker for the Girl Scout Troop 486. They were working on their Art merit badge and the theme was “Women who paint”.    I spoke about how I became involved in the arts…

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melissa - October 20, 2008 - 12:40 pm

hi maggie!
what a wonderful post and thing you did for those girls. you inspire so many people!
:) melissa

Maggie - October 20, 2008 - 12:45 pm

Thank you so much!
It is I who benefits from sharing my passion, and these girls were so much fun.

KW - October 20, 2008 - 9:23 pm

Your work is fantastic and energetic. It’s also great to see you involved with your community!

Maggie - October 20, 2008 - 10:13 pm

Thanks so much KW, it means a lot!

Maggie - October 20, 2008 - 10:16 pm

Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and talent with the girls. They all loved it!
I apologize for being a bit anxious. I was the only leader and a bit frazzled… so I really appreciate that you helped out in that area as well.
Thanks again, Barbara

A New Medium

  Here we are in my studio where I’m creating a new portrait of a Jack Russell named Madeline. I wanted to show you my new set up. I’ve decided to video tape the process of painting a portrait using the time lapse setting of my camera. It is a bit bizarre painting with a…

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KW - October 17, 2008 - 7:21 am

Nice set up. I can’t wait to see the video. Your works is fantastic!

leandra - November 13, 2008 - 10:36 am

I’ve been wanting to do something like this with my paintings too. I absolutely love to see the artistic process. You have a nice set-up there! :)

maggiesangels - November 13, 2008 - 2:07 pm

Thanks so much! You should totally do it. I’m working on the video now and should be up soon.
Take care, Maggie

Video of Preparing Wood Canvases

I’m currently working on a group of paintings, and while I was working I thought that you might be interested in the process. So I created this short video to show you all the work that goes into preparing my 8″ x 8″ wood canvases. I like cutting the boards myself, and since my husband is…

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Irene - February 4, 2009 - 6:53 am

Hi, i’ve just started to learn how to paint on wood.
I applied gesso on a plywood but when i start sketching on it, the pencil’s lead scratched the gesso and took off some of it.
It’s the same when i tried to erase some sketches with the eraser, the pencil line will still be there.
Instead, it’s the gesso being taken off.
I waited for the gesso to dry before i sketch on it.
How do i do it correctly?

maggiesangels - February 18, 2009 - 5:57 pm

Hi Irene!
When you seal your wood canvas with Gesso you have to allow it to dry completely. I usually do multiple ones that way they are ready to go when I’m ready to paint on them.
I usually do at least 2 layers of Gesso on all sides including the back (3 layers is ideal) for longevity.
Once the Gesso is dry, then you can sketch on on it.
I sketch on Vellum or Tracing paper first so all the erasing and corrections are done on that and not on the wood. Once I’m happy with the drawing then I transfer it using another piece of Velum that I have rubbed completely with a 4B pencil, you can purchase transfer paper, but I just make it my self.
By transferring the drawing, you keep the Gesso clean and then begin to paint.
If you do not want to deal with transferring, you can always add a layer of clear coat to the pencil sketch that is on the wood, let it dry and then start painting. The lead will be sealed and will not mix with your colors.
I hope that helps.
You’ve given me a nice idea for a blog post and I’ll be explaining it using pictures.
Take care


automotive jacks - March 14, 2009 - 8:28 am

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p.s. You have an awesome template for your blog. Where did you find it?

maggiesangels - March 14, 2009 - 9:24 pm

Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it. I’m trying to be better about doing post more often, specially focusing on giving tips & letting people know what I’ve learned. Its always nice to hear its appreciate it.
The template I have was a combination of one Template that already exist on Word Press & then my husband who is a Graphic Designer created the banner for me, and my nephew George Drage, who is an expert at Word Press somehow put my image up & set up my blog. Once it was set up I am the one that manages it.
Here are their websites and info if you need them or want to ask question.
Kent Weakley is the Graphic designer;

George Drage is social media, web, blog expert.

George is my go to guy every time I have questions, He is amazing.
Hope that helps,

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