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“Katie & Piggy”

The process for one of my Commission Portraits starts with a picture of a beloved pet  and a story. My client’s name is Jen & she wanted me to paint her twin sister’s furry kid named Katie Scarlet. Katie is quite the Diva & Queen of the house, so in her portrait, she must have  a sparkly crown for her to wear. She also wanted me to include her stuffed toy “Piggy” because she is obsessed with it. Jen sent me the pictures of what she wanted & I sketched out what she described. I suggested to her to write down some words & sentences that mean something to her and sister, because I would include them in the Portrait. These are the Words that she chose:  Toonsy , Katie Bird, Scarlett, Princess, Miami, Notre Dame , South Bend, I bark for the Irish and everything else for that matter!, Cartoon dog, Landie Loo-that’s who!, MLK Day, Piggy, Our birthday, First love, You didn’t want to live in London anyway, More treats!, Nanny Pam, It’s all about me, Mommy      Daddy, Love, Devotion, Stubborn, Best Friend Companion, My Heart   Sister My Best Friend My Sister, Who do I Love, Endless Devotion, Heart, Love, I want, Sisterly Love , Twins, Forever Yours. I thought about how I would incorporate all these words & my solution was to create Katie with them, since it is what makes up their relationship. Keeping the background simple, using similar value tones & creating a horizontal pattern, I thought it would feel quiet next to Katie who would be so detailed and busy, plus I wanted her to be the focal point.   I made a little video of the photos I took while I was painting it & added some subtitles so you could know what I was doing. Hope you like it & inspires you to do a Mixed Media piece.

 

Here is the Picture of Katie Scarlet, the sketch and my work space.

Here is part of the process, with these mixed media paintings you want to start placing the papers from farthest background to the foreground. Make sure you think about the structure of your subject matter and place the papers in that direction, because if you don’t, your subject will look flat.

Here is the final piece. The crown is very glittery, using very sparkly beads and glitter.

My client loved it!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions I would love to help 😀

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 Cat Walk Wall





On Wednesday August 18th, my husband Kent, my son Lucas & I spent the day in  the middle Cat room at the Humane Society of Marion County. I had already done some work there earlier this year, but we still had to finish the Cat Walk Wall. My husband had a great idea in mind of what would be fun for the kitties, and boy was he right.

Above are some of the pictures from that day, and as you can see there are a lot of happy cats exploring the wall. The first photo showcases the whole wall and all the tubes and boards that we put up so the kitties would have a place to hang out, literally 😉 You can see me busy painting & touching up the walls that I painted a soft lavender. My husband and son are the ones wearing the black shirts and Bruce Fishalow, the Executive Director, is in the green shirt checking out our progress. Everyone at the Humane Society specially Bruce, Lyn Zambito & Mary Wrye were thrilled with the way it all turned out. They are such such Angels! The best reward for all our hard work, was seeing the kitties having a fabulous time on the cat walk. There are so many sweet and gorgeous cats there ready to find someone to love and care for them, could you be one of them? I hope you can stop by and see the Cat Walk Wall and maybe meet a new companion 🙂

When I was there I asked myself, If you look at the cost of becoming a member of the Humane Society which is as little as $15 a year  and think about how much that money can help all of them and think about how many cups of coffee you can buy at Starbucks for that, maybe 4, I think we could all brew some coffee at home and help out all these sweet animals and the amazing people that take care of them. Please Think about donating to your local shelter and you will feel like the white Kitty in the picture above, Blissfully Happy!

Check out this link to see all the different ways you can help http://www.humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com/index_files/page0014.htm

Thanks So very much!!!!

Also you can check out this page from their Newsletter they wrote some very nice things about me 🙂

http://www.humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com/index_files/Page0032.htm


In February I remodeled the 1st  kitty room and  also painted a huge tree with kittens in it, here is a short video of how it turned out


httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSkh0hm_IKM

My Bank of America Art Show

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER3tN3zBC4Y

From December 1, 2009 to January 5, 2010 my Paintings and Giclees will be on exhibition at the Downtown Bank of America in Ocala, Florida.

This is a video of the Reception were you can see the paintings I have on display. The Reception was on Dec. 4th and it was wonderful! Its amazing seeing all of my work in one space.

Many people showed up and the best part was I sold two paintings that day.

“The Enchanted Trail”

The EnchantedTrail

and “Bianca”.

Bianca

I’ve had so many wonderful comments about my work which brings a smile to my heart.

I hope you get to go see it, if you do, would love to know what you think, and if you can’t then I hope this video will make you feel like you did!  🙂

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  🙂

Angels in Dog Show Videos

Here is a terrific website hosted by a really sweet and charismatic person name Simone Di Santi. A Road Retraveled has a variety of shows on many different kinds of topics, from Travel to Food to Dog Shows. That’s where I come in. I joined this little social networking site called Twitter, and I have been able to meet some pretty amazing people through it like Simone.

She was getting ready to do a show on “Dog Shows” and asked me if she could use some of my Angels as part of her show. I, of course, loved the idea, and sent her some files and my Angels are now featured in Part 1 & Part 2 of her “Dog Shows”. My Maggie’s Angels images are sprinkled throughout the show and at the end, there is a nice compilation of my paintings & even a photo of me. It turned out really fun and it was great working and getting to know Simone better.

To check out the shows, please click on these two images, they will link you to the videos.

Enjoy!

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! 

A Special Gift

If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, give them a Maggie’s Angels Portrait of their little Angel and they will treasure it for a lifetime

It is the wonderful gift for you or someone you love.

I will create a one-of-a-kind Gift Card (see video above) that will be gift wrapped in a unique way.

Your loved one will not only receive a treasured portrait, but they’ll get an experience they will never forget. The Gift cards are included in the price of the portrait.

This is not just for Christmas, but for any special occasion, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries or just because….

Order soon!

Call 352-861-8003, or email me at callmaggie@yahoo.com

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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