Category: Learning & Teaching

Art Classes

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Custom Art Classes

All the art classes that I teach are custom made to fill your needs or your child’s needs.

We can start with the basics or jump right into a painting and learn as we create.

Its all based on how you like to learn, and we figure that out in our 1st meeting.

I can teach you how to paint in:

Acrylic Paints

Watercolor

Pen & Ink

Pen & Ink on Animation Cell with Acrylics

Mixed Media

Paper Painting

Black & White Graphite

One on One Lessons:

Personal Drawing, and Painting lessons that are tailored made for You.

Whatever you want to learn, in whatever medium you like, I am here to teach you.

Classes can be held in your home,  my studio or a designated location.

Prices:

2 hour lessons- $70

4 hour Lessons $90

I supply the materials

Mommy & Me Lessons: 

Are you and your child wanting to be creative together?

Let me help you create some artwork that you can both do together.

Maybe even create paintings to decorate a room in your home.

This is an experience that focuses on the development of your child and your relationship.

We will decide on the painting you want to work on and the parents or adult (it can be a Grandma or Aunt etc.) can create a painting along side their child or work on one together using different mediums and materials.

Call me and we’ll get started.

Prices:

1 hour painting lesson $40

I supply the materials

Group Lessons:

We must have a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 15 people.

Classes can be held in your home, or a designated location.

I can create a class that is tailored made for you and your group.

I supply the materials, drop cloths & clean up.

There are 2 options for the Group Painting Lessons;

1) The students can all paint the same subject matter, I will have a variety of paintings to choose from.

2) The students all create different paintings but they are all using the same art material which we will pick before hand, and I can teach you techniques using that art material of choice.

Prices:

2 hour everyone creates same painting $30 a person

4 hour everyone creates same painting $60 a person

Clubs, Parties, or Organizations:

Are you looking for a fun Party Experience~

Are you having a Birthday Party, a Girls Night Out, a Baby Shower, a Bridal Shower, or any kind of party/ event you can think off,  make it even more special & memorable by having me create a Custom Themed Painting for your party that everyone will create and keep. Plus, we’ll have a blast doing it. Talk about a great Party Favor!

I can also come into Nursing Homes, Day Cares, Home School Groups or Companies and design Painting and/or activities that will inspire, unite and teach everyone while having a great time.

Prices:

2 hour everyone creates same painting $30 a person

4 hour everyone creates same painting $60 a person

Materials are included

Murals:

Looking to Custom Decorate a Room.

Do you have a wall, space or furniture that you want to be transformed with a custom made painting.

Contact me and we’ll design it together.

My rate is $20 an hour. The final cost depends on the simplicity or complexity of the design.

Here is my contact information:

Maggie Weakley

cell: 352-615-4629

email: callmaggie@yahoo.com

 Call Me!!!

 

The Painted Trail Community Project

 

My Friend Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson told me about this great Community Project that she was participating in called Paint the Trail, and invited me to join in. So my husband Kent (who did an amazing time lapse video- click on his name to see it) &  I went to Orlando to pick up some fence panels to paint.

Jeff is the Mastermind behind this wonderful project that has really taken off his motto is “Bringing the community together along the Seminole County Trail through artwork.”

Check out his FB page here https://www.facebook.com/painttheseminoletrail?fref=ts so you can see what wonderful art is being created.

If you want to see a terrific interview with Jeff check him out he was in the news on myfoxorlando.com

He has gotten a lot of fabulous media, and the project has really taken off. We are honored to be a part of this and we are probably going to do a few more panels. Its fun and enjoyed by so many.

If you want to participate in this project and paint a fence panel contact Jeff.

You can paint your own design, or if you are not an artist, but want to paint one, he will give you a panel that has the drawing on it color coded it (like a paint by numbers) and you can do one too.

 

 

The Secret to an Artist’s Success

Ira Glass

 

Are you feeling a bit down about not selling your work? I know I am!

In this economy the first thing to go are the pleasures of life. People & companies tend to hold back on the extras to make sure they have what they need. It can become discouraging to all of us in the creative industries. I found this video that is quite inspiring, because sometimes we feel a little discouraged and what we really need to do is to create more art & ignite our passion. The more we produce the better we get & when the world is ready look out ~we will have a fabulous volume of work to sell.

Hope this video by the wonderful Ira Glass inspires you too 🙂

Paper Painting Party

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DSCN8830DSCN8815My girlfriend Julie introduced me to a wonderful artist named Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson, please go to her site so you can see the fabulous paintings she creates. She also has a wonderful blog, Paper Paintings. Julie bought her DVD and after we watched it, we decided we would have a paper painting party.

To get started you have to create your own papers because they will become your medium. I decided to paint my image first so I would know the palette~ colors & textures~ I would need.  Then I gathered printer paper, notebook paper & graph paper and went to town painting them with acrylics, you can use any kind of papers you like.

DSCN8841I layerd colors, splattered paint & dry brushed them. I also wanted to have different patterns, I love how Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson incorporates patterns, stamps and all kinds of cool things into her pieces, but I did not have the time & didn’t want to spend the money to go look for special papers. So I decided to use what I already have. Since this was experimental playtime I wanted to keep it simple, I have  a ton of files that I keep as inspiration, we call them Morgue files, and one of my files is dedicated to patterns. I wanted to keep my original clippings so I decided to photo copy, in my laser printer, the patterns that had similar colors & textures that I was looking for.  Since I know that if I apply any sort of medium or water to  laser copies they will bleed or smear, I seal them by  filling my spray bottle with a mixture of Clear Gesso & Water & sprayed it on the copies. As you can see from the photos above it created all kinds of wonderful textures & colors plus the paper was now sealed. We also gathered colored tissue papers, ribbons, stamps, gold leaf, and all kinds of other things, but I only ended up using the papers that I had painted.DSCN8836

To glue everything down I used Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel because that is what I had and it was similar to what Elizabeth uses. I recommend you getting her DVD for more detail information on doing this technique, it is excellent!

Julie came over on a Saturday morning and we painted from 10am-4:30pm. We had so much fun talking, tearing paper & pasting it down. I have to be honest, when I was creating the papers I thought~ this is a lot of work & I and I don’t even know if I’m going to enjoy this technique, but to tell you the truth once we started creating I found it to be very therapeutic. It is so different from what I do daily that it was like a taking a creative vacation. I loved doing it & I think I will be incorporating some of the papers I painted into my pieces, but I probably will not do final pieces all in paper, because I love using my brushes & paints too much.

In the photos above you can see Julie & I spread out on my kitchen table, the papers I painted and our final pieces. She created a beautiful flower and I created a horse which I named “Soul Seeker”. I embedded the words; Soul, Harmony, Love, Blessed & Believe, hidden within the textures. I also added specks of Gold Leaf into it which gave it a little extra sparkle. For my very 1st try, I really love how it turned out.

I’ve been experimenting a lot these days. Work is slow, and instead of worrying about it I am playing with ideas, mediums and textures. I have to say I’m having a ton of fun doing it too. Its terrific to get out of our comfort zones & try new things, because you never know if a spark of creativity will get lit. Hope you find some time to play because its marvelous for our souls 😀

A Ceiling Tile

Today I participated in a very special Event at the Appleton Museum of Art. From September 12 thru October 10, the Appleton is hosting the Centers’ “Healing Hearts” Exhibition. This is an incredible program were an artist from the Ocala community pair up with the Marion County Mental Wellness Coalition and they create artwork with mentally challenged individuals creating a very powerful and moving show. The artwork ranges from children all the way to adults, from abuse to drug-related problems, to mental handicaps. It is art healing the mind, soul, and spirit. The artwork is amazing especially when its paired with the explanation of how the person was feeling and what it means to them. I hope those of you that live close by will get a chance to stop by and see it.

Today the Munroe Regional Medical Center had Ceiling Tiles for anyone that wanted to stop by and paint them. These ceiling tiles will be hung around the Hospital, usually above beds, so that the patients that are staying there can see artwork when they look up. This project has been going on for years and I’ve had the pleasure to have worked on my second tile. The first tile I created was a Lab Angel Puppy flying in the sky. It was sweet and very colorful. I had a client of mine bring a friend to my studio because she wanted to meet me because when she was at the hospital she stayed in the room were my ceiling tile was. She told me that looking up at that smiling puppy when she was so ill brought her Hope, it almost made me cry she was so sweet. So when I had the chance to participate again I jumped right in. I went with a dear friend of mine and her son and I created this whimsical horse and rider. I wish I would have had more time to work on it, but for about an hour an a half of work I think it will bring a smile to someone’s face. This is such a great program, they had a great turnout and some amazing pieces were created. I can’t wait to stop by and look up to see them 🙂

Last Day of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 5 of Elin’s workshop was all about Skies and Back Lighting. My Husband Kent, was kind enough to drop by VoilArt gallery and snap a picture of all of us. It was a wonderful group of artists ranging from beginners to professionals and I have to say we all had a great time.

Being inspired by the night before were Jackie Schindehette took Elin canoeing on the Silver River for a great adventure, according to them, were Elin ended up poking a gator with her ore and getting baptized by the gator with mud & gator poop, and experiencing the river at night as they canoed back in dark, the stories were great! Elin certainly got to experience our beautiful clear river & all the splendors it has so it was appropriate that she would paint what she saw on her last day in Ocala.

She used a picture from a Florida book and I let her use one of my husband’s photographs of an Egret that was backlit. Below you can see her working with oils and how she lays down the paint, sketching it out and blocking in the colors. She kept all the cool colors in the background and the warm ones in the foreground. You can see her finish piece and her explanation here one her Blog;http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com/


I had an off day today, I started painting a cheetah cub that was backlit and soon realized that it was not going to work. The photo I was using did not have all the information I needed & I just was not feeling it. So I started over & I painted this tree scene in the above picture, in about 20 min. Its not great & its just a start,  but for 20 min, its not horrible. While  I was working on this, Elin was reviewing and doing a critique of everyone’s work for the week, one artist at a time. In the picture below you can see all the painting I created for the week, the good and the bad. Elin asked each of us what we learned, what will we take away from the workshop, and how we would apply what we learned to our work.

For me, this workshop was a refresher course on color. My work is whimsical and colorful, and my strength is capturing expressions and conveying them on animals. Color is a strong suit for me and even in the large paintings I’ve been creating, the color I use is Bold and full of movement.

This workshop was the opposite of what I do on a daily basis, and I loved it. I had to paint realistically which I have not done in years, but even in my best efforts to create realisms, my whimsy style shined through. We all have certain styles that set us apart from all the other artists on this earth, its a quality that is hard to find within us, but once you do, don’t loose it. I took this workshop because I love Elin’s style, her brushwork,  her color sense and the way she paints horses. I also took it because I knew some of the artists that were attending the workshop which included Margaret Watts, Nancy Moskovitz and Elaine Trice. I believe if you paint along side great artists you will always learn something, and I did. I also had a blast with everyone there, specially Elaine cause we sat next to each other.

What I will take and use from taking this workshop is The Pill Boxes- I loved using them to organize the paints. Using one box for cool colors and another for warm colors is really effective, plus the acrylics stay wet. I will definitely use them again and the color system, when I’m working on my larger paintings. I’m currently working on a large piece that has two horses in a forrest scene with backlighting and maybe I’ll even include a stunning sky. I’m excited to start it. I have it drawn out, but I must finish the commission paintings I am currently working on before I start that one. Also, I will pay attention to the colors I chose when painting light, keeping in mind the color system because it makes for a dramatic painting.

You might be wondering if Elin’s Color System applies to my portraits? Well, in my particular case not really, just because I don’t use any main light sources in my portraits. Most of the photographs I get are snapshots that my clients have taken of their pets and they are usually done in flat light. The main thing I will take away from Elin is how she has changed the way I see each individual color, the temperature it has and how my eyes see it. I’m very happy with what I’ve learned and the new friends I’ve made 🙂

Day 4 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 4 of Elin’s workshop was full of Vibrant colors. The theme was to add chroma, and be Bold!

We painted sunsets or evening light. Above is a picture of Elin using and old postcard of a Florida landscape and making it her own. For this time of day, we are looking for DRAMA! Strong lights and darks or values, and rich colors. We add Cadmium Orange to just about everything, and a purple-ish hue to the shadow areas. The oranges and purples love each other because the are complimentary colors and the sing together making for dramatic and rich paintings. She added some grays to the sky so when she added the oranges it became even more dramatic, as you can see below in her finished piece.

The 5″x7″ Palm Tree painting  was created by Elin in about 20 minutes, yes 20 minutes. Just amazing how she can quickly put down a scene rich in color, value, composition and drama.

Above we all our trying to capture a moment in a day. By the way we are still using the Color System, the same 14 colors that we’ve been using this whole week. Its incredible!

I also have to tell you that I’m in love with working with the paints being in the pill boxes. My Acrylics have stayed wet for 4 days, can you imagine how much money I will save, as long as you mist them with a spray bottle while you work and then when you are done painting for the day, wrap them in a wet paper towel and slip them in a Ziplock bag. Brilliant!

So, here is what I painted today. My 13 year old son Max, upon seeing me gathering photos for the workshop, asked me if I would like some of his pictures to use. He is like his father in that photography is his gift, but instead of photographing landscapes like his father, he loves to photograph wild life- he gets that from me. He is a little bit of both of us, & I love it!

So he tells me this is a Waterbuck, I looked it up to make sure & it is. He knows his animals, he has been reading animal encyclopedias since he was 2 years old.


I began the painting by doing a purple wash over the canvas to knock out the white. Then I sketch out the Waterbuck with a deeper purple keeping in mind placement and composition.

I began putting down the background using the colors from my cool box and as I got closer to the foreground I introduced the colors in the warm box. Making sure I added Cadmium Orange to my lights as well as some of my shadows, and keeping all my shadows cool using Ultramarine Blue with Alizarin Crimson and a touch of White all from the cool box. I kept blocking in shapes and forms adjusting and balancing the colors.



When Elin came by to see what I was doing she immediately took the painting from safe to BOLD by putting teals into the shadows and intensifying my lights with oranges. This photo does not do the colors justice because in person it is very rich. Its not done yet, but for an hour and a half I’m happy with how far I got today. I think I’m going to leave it loose and maybe just tweak it a little bit more, what do you think?

We had our daily critiques and its neat to see everyones pieces, a lot of talented folks here.

Below is sweet Sparky, he lays in his little doughnut bed all day, perfectly behaved.

The painting on the right is an example of moon light (again the photo does not do this painting justice)

I’m proud to say this 5″x7″ little gem is mine! I bought it and I could not be more thrilled, I will treasure it!!!!

Last but certainly not least is Max & I, two artists showcasing their work. By the way, he wants the painting and its a joy for me to give it to him. I am using another of his photographs, a baby Cheetah, tomorrow for the back light painting. I hope I can do it justice and he can have that one as well to hang together in his room.

Hope you tune in tomorrow to see what we do. Thanks to all of you that have been leaving comments, I appreciate you taking this journey with me 🙂

By the way the gorgeous Paintings of Horses you see as our backdrop is Sharon Crute’s artwork, please check out her paintings here http://www.sharoncrute.com/

On the opposite side of the Gallery wall we had Jackie Schindehette paintings, she creates beautiful Florida Landscapes. It was an inspiration to have both of these artist works around us. You can see see more of JAckie’s work at http://www.floridalandscapes.com/

Day 3 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 3 of Elin’s Color Boot Camp brought the use of both warm & cool colors in one painting emphasizing in composition & values. We started the day with a one hour lecture showcasing great Masterpieces and evaluating the value system these great masters created. Its great to see work that we love and know well with a different eye, by squinting you can see the lights, darks & middle tones and what that does for the paintings.

The time of day we painted today was High Noon. We picked photos that had good contrast and shadows that were beneath the subject. The neat thing is that Elin is teaching us that if you don’t have a great picture you can adjust and manipulate it to the time of day you want to paint. Here she illustrates that perfectly. The left photo above is the picture she will be using and its on her computer. She is only using it as a guide, but you can see how she is changing it to make it more interesting and dynamic. She started with a watered down wash of acrylic Burnt Siena, and is drawing it in with a more opaque  tone, she is continually adjusting the drawing, by “erasing” the background using water, and pulling the wash out.

She begins blocking out the shapes using  intense colors and keeps adjusting it as the painting progresses keeping in mind her Color System. She has not finished the piece yet, but its stunning as is, don’t you think?

She is doing this demo as we paint, and on occassion spills treasures of wisdom that we all listen intently. She is very open to questions and is fabulous at explaining why & how the color system works. I wanted to show you her palette below, the pill boxes are a fabulous way to keep your main colors wet, while you pull from them & mix on your palette.

Above is a nice picture of Elin Sparky & me, sitting on the couch that I’ve cemented & made myself at home in 😉

The picture I chose to represent High Noon is of when we went to Monument Valley, in Arizona. We came across a herd of wild horses (I’m sure they have some contact with humans) but they were holding their ground & grazing from this very rough terrain. While my husband, Kent, was photographing the herd and this Palomino’s foal, I saw an opportunity to go up to this mare Palomino that was grazing on her own  off to the side of the herd. I rounded my shoulders showed the back of my hand and slowly went up to her, I gently reached for her and she allowed me to touch her nose. All the other horses watched in frozen horror as I made contact with this mare. She was stunning with light golden eyes. It was a moment I treasure every day & thank goodness my husband was able to capture that precise moment of contact, because a second later the whole herd moved on into the gorgeous scenery.

I started by painting in the scenery first. and then added the Palomino. I’m just starting to paint horses, so I had some issues with the anatomy, specially since the horse is at a foreshortening angle, so I made it even tougher on myself. So I sent an SOS to Elin, and in the above picture you can see what my horse looked like and the pictures below are the fixes that Elin helped me with. Its an honor & a joy to watch her paint on my piece. I learned so much from watching. Its amazing how she lays the paint down, so sure of her color choice & brush strokes. That is what years of practice brings to you.

The painting is not done, but when she walked away I thought to myself  “I’m not touching or painting over anything she painted, to me this painting is done!”

When I come home I was exhausted, its been a lot of information, all great but a lot to process. I would love to kick back and take it all in & relax, but today I had to run to the grocery store before I got home, feed all the animals, then make dinner, clean up, help with the kids spelling words, and then check emails before I write the post. I keep hoping to post earlier but when you have kids they come first. My husband is so supportive taking on some of the daily tasks I have to do, but now if I could only convince him into cleaning the stalls, hummm  ;D

Tomorrow in the morning we are painting Sunset or Evening Light and  in the afternoon we are tackling subjects with back light. Should be challenging. I’ve never painted with the specific time of day, so its exciting to break it down & study how light and color influence each other.

Today was a rainy overcast day, and on my drive home I saw the misty overcast colors that we learned on Monday’s lesson and I could see the colors & how I would mix them to make the trees in the distance look like this weather. Oh! Elin’s Color System is cementing itself in my head… and I like it  😉

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks and I hope you come back tomorrow!

To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com

The Paintings: http://www.elinart.com

The Horse Paintings: http://www.equinepaintings.com

Day 2 Elin Pendlenton’s Workshop

Day 2 of Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot camp brought a lot of information. Elin explained in detail the Color  System and why & how it works. Fascinating that you can use 7 cool colors & 7 warm colors to make all the colors you will ever need.

Our 1st assignment was to paint a Moon light painting & I have to say that was hard for me & I feel I had no success in it. I will definitely be redoing that pice.

The second Painting was of a sun light filled day. Here is Elin’s example. She painted as she lectured & you can see the start on the left & the finished piece on the right. Just beautiful, using mostly the warm color palette & the cool palette for the shadows & distance.

Here I am in the mists of painting my sun light painting. I chose an Aussie, of corse had to be a dog, and pushed those lights & darks. Below you can see the source photo, the painting & a black & white photo. I used this to check if the values were correct. I needed to make a few adjustments, & as Elin recommended, I added purples to the shadows to make them recede. You can see the final piece at the very end of this blog.

She gives us about one an a half hours to complete a piece, so we have to paint fast. About 3:30pm we finish up, & we all talk about & critique the paintings.

We learn a lot from each other.


Another full day!

Tune in tomorrow for day 3  🙂


To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

 

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com

The Paintings: http://www.elinart.com

The Horse Paintings: http://www.equinepaintings.com


Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot Camp Workshop Day 1


From May 3 through May 7, 2010, from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm I will be attending Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot Camp at VoilArt Gallery downtown Ocala were Sharon Crute and Jackie Schindehette create their masterpieces. Here is a picture of the gallery and how we are set up. There are 10 artists taking the class, of all different ages and levels of art experience. Its a real fun group with a ton of talent.

This is Elin’s infamous COLOR BOOT CAMP, where she will teach us the Color System in and out. Five FULL days of painting, seven different times of day in landscape painting. We’ll  learn to paint all times of day and all lighting situations. I’m so excited!

Here is what we did today:

She taught us about the “5 Value Plan”

The percentage of lights & darks in our paintings and the importance to see the values. We created 6 mini abstract value studies with different formulas for achieving successful paintings.

We then layed our Palettes using large pill boxes. We used 2 of them, one for cool colors and the other for warm tones. She is very specific in her colors of paints and the positioning of each color in each of the compartments.

She then gave us the second assignment to create what she calls a “Silly Painting”. Were we use both cool & warm colors, but we cannot blend any of the colors together to achieve value. We have to paint the value using the pure chroma. I chose this picture of a Westie in very dramatic light, & I loved painting this way.

Here is my finished piece, along with my classmates, mind you we only had an hour to do this, so its fast study.

Elin told us that if we did it right, and we took a black & white photo of the “Silly painting”, we would be able to see the value in it, and it would look correct or real. It was so neat when I did it with my camera, because it works! I had an AHA! moment.

Here are Elin’s examples of the “Silly Painting”, the Goat & blue pony.

Elin painting the Misty, Overcast painting. Using only the cool palette with only 7 colors. For our Third painting, we had to create a piece that looked overcast, using mostly a gray color scheme. Well You all know how bright my palette is, the Westie painting I did earlier, that was fun, but this gray color scheme I’ve never painted anything like this. To say I struggled is an understatement.

We had to use the 7 colors, no black, & blend them to get the right feeling of values. You can see what I created in an hour, I still have to work on the horses, but over all there is a softness & light that I really like. Below is my painting along with other classmates when we had a critique at the end of the day.

Elin along with her super sweet, perfectly behaved dog named Sparky. He patiently stayed beside her the whole time. She brings his little bed & he lays beside her while she paints & teaches.

We all gathered around at the end of the day & showcased our work. Some fantastic pieces were done & we learned from one another.

I had a wonderful day & can’t wait to get started tomorrow 😀

I hope you come back tomorrow & check out my blog so you can see what day 2 brings.

I’ll be able to post earlier than this late hour I did today. Better get to bed. Good night 🙂

To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com


Acrylics

                                               

I have a lot of people ask me about what art materials I use to create my pet portraits, and in recent post I showed how I prepare my wood canvases, and about the palette I use. Today I will speak about the acrylic paints I tend to use most often.

I Love Liquitex Acrylics, I’ve used them as long as I have been an artist. I love the texture and pigment the paints consistently have. I use all the different types of consistencies that Liquitex makes. The Heavy Body line, I use for backgrounds and finishing touches, the regular tubes for practically everything, and the Concentrated liquid acrylics for background colors and detail work.  I also love the Winsor & Newton Finity line of acrylics cause I find them to be thicker in consistency. My choices in the paints usually comes down to the colors . My technique is a combination of a watercolor layering effect with areas of thicker more oil paint type of strokes. That is why I love working with Acrylics, you have the flexibility to manipulate the medium to have the incredible unique qualities that an artist style and imagination can come up with.

One thing I do all the time is to look for deals specially since paints wether acrylics, oils, watercolors, guage, or any other medium can get pretty pricy. Michael’s Craft store has 40% of regular price items in most Sunday’s paper, plus they also have 50% coupons on occasions, I take full advantage of those coupons even splurging some times. Hobby Lobby also has some 40-50% coupons and I look for those every week cause any little bit helps.

Let me know which are your favorite paints?

Now back to my paintings  🙂

Sophie’s Time Lapse Video with the new Intro

My multi talented husband, Kent Weakley, has outdone himself this time by creating a brand new introduction to my time lapse videos. Kent is a Graphic Designer, owner of BlueSky Graphic Communication, Inc. He creates major full fledge campaigns for clients which include all aspects of his talents, from Photography, to web design, to media designs, to logo, to video, to book design, he can do it all. I am fortunate enough to have this major talent be my partner for life. Talk about fringe benefits. It is because of him that I am able to take Maggie’s Angels to the next level. My company is not just about the pet portraits it is about the connections I make creating these special paintings for my clients. Kent is able to showcase and create an image for my Angels on my website, blog, Youtube, Twitter, in my Etsy Shop,  my prints, my bookmarks, and all the other projects that come up. If you are looking to take your company, whatever it happens to be, to a professional cohesive level contact Kent and watch your sales skyrocket.


For this video of the Yorkie named Sophie, I decided to talk about creating my portraits, transferring them and the process I go through. I hope it is helpful and fun to watch. I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for watching  🙂

Phillip the Doberman Pincher – Time Lapse

Here is my latest time-lapse video of Phillip, a very happy Doberman who is the Sunshine of his mommy’s life. This was such a fun and happy painting to do. I caught myself smiling the whole time I was painting him. My video camera records 1 second every 30 seconds, and we use Final Cut Pro on our Mac to edit and speed it up between 800% to 1,200%. So you can imagine how long this took, those of you that are math wizards could probably figure it out, let me know if you do.

I start the paintings with a lot of layers of bright colors as my underpainting. Then I start glazing colors on top of each other and then add all the textures in the end. That is why you see me go over the same areas so often. I’m using the acrylics like oils at the beginning laying them down thick, then like watercolors very translucent, and then like oils again, with thick layers of textures using a dry brush technique. It takes me forever, but I love the results. The final pieces glow from inside out. Hope you enjoy them too! 

Belleview High School Presentation

I received this message from Sylvia Richardson;

 

I am a big fan of yours. I first learned about your terrific work when you were featured in Ocala Style Magazine. I teach art at Belleview High School and introduced my students to your delightful work. Some tried to do portraits of their dogs using your style. I was reminded again of your work yesterday when I visited a friend in the emergency room at Munroe Hospital. One of your dog portraits hung read more

Girl Scout Speaker

 

Here is Girl Scout Troop 468 holding up some M. A. PrintsHere is Girl Scout Troop 486 holding up some M. A. PrintsExperimenting with three types of art materials

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 and what I had to do to achieve my success. I brought in some samples from my Shoebox Greeting Cards, some original paintings, and lots of my dog and cat prints which the girls shrieked with excitement as they hugged them with love. It was so much fun to see how much joy my happy little Angels brought to these girls. They asked many terrific questions and I even saw some future artists in the making.

   After my presentation, the girls learned about Primary and Secondary colors, the use of different lines and techniques, values, shapes and color moods. Then they all were handed out three pictures, that were identical, and they had to paint them using three different mediums while applying the information they just learned. I gave out some pointers and watched them use their wonderful creativity.

   Lastly, the girls hung their finished works on long clotheslines for an art show and review. We discussed the variety of mediums used, the line work, borders and colors that each girl expressed. It was great fun and it was an honor to be there.

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 videotape the process of painting a portrait using the time lapse setting of my camera. It is a bit bizarre painting with a camera hovering over me, but as I watch the video, I love to see the portrait unfold. I just wish I could paint as fast as the movie shows. Hope you stop by to watch it!

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 very handy with the power tools it works out well. We buy a huge 3/4″ thick wood board, and measure the 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ squares. It takes the two of us to balance and accomplish all these cuts on the table saw. Once the canvases are cut to size, we bring out the router and create a slot so you can hang the painting from.

I then sand the top, back and all the sides of the canvases and wipe them clean.

I set up my studio similar to an assembly line and start Gessoing all the sides of the wood. I prefer Liquitex Gesso because of its consistency. It is important to Gesso every inch of the board to seal it. This way moisture will not affect it.

I apply the Gesso as smooth as I can with a 1″ brush to the top and all the sides. Wait a couple hours until it is completely dry. Then sand each of the sides using a belt sander or medium grade sand paper.

I repeat this process three times. I feel it is important to have 3 layers of paint on all sides for longevity purposes.

I then flip the boards over and paint one layer of Gesso, sand it and then I apply a high gloss black acrylic paint found in the paint section of your hardware store. This gives me the 2nd layer. At this point I’m done, because once I complete the portrait I will apply the last black high gloss layer to seal it.

Now you know why I do so many at a time. The process usually takes 3 days, but it depends on the weather. I live in Florida so humidity plays a big part.

Make sure to put wax paper or regular paper in between each of the canvases so they do not stick together. I store them in a safe place and when I need to create a new piece I’m ready to go!

I love working with wood. It is time consuming, but I love the quality that the wood brings to each of the portraits.

After I finish creating the portrait, I then add 3 layers ofLiquitex High Gloss Varnish to the portrait. The high gloss not only seals the acrylics but makes the colors sing. I love how it looks. Once it is completely dry I flip it over, paint the last layer of black high gloss acrylic paint, wait until it is completely dry. I then Stamp my Logo using acrylic paint and a custom stamp I created. To fish it up I apply one last layer of the High gloss Varnish and its finally done!!!!

 

Painting Celeste & Horsefly Video

        

                 

I wanted to include my experience of the 2001 MCA Horse Fever project on this blog because even though it took place so long ago, it was a fundraiser that really started our involvement in our community. My husband, Kent Weakley, and I participated in this Public Art project created and benefiting MCA along with other local charities that brought business and artist together to create Art on Fiberglass horses which were displayed all over Ocala. The public loved the horses and was visited by thousands. The 53 Horse Fever Horses sold at auction for 1.2 million dollars going to local charities.

Our garage became a temporary stable housing 3 horses. I painted Celeste and Horsefly and Kent painted Lucky. Kent also did all the promotional designs, the Logos, t-shirts, posters, etc. We had a month to paint them, and we used up every hour of those days. Kent, shot a time-lapse video and sped it up, so you can see the painting process in fast motion, (I wish I could paint that fast).

Click on the names of the horses to watch the videos of; CelesteHorsefly, Lucky.

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