I had the great honor to be interviewed by Paige for her terrific website The Equinest, which is dedicated to Horses.
I love the paintings she picked out and the way the interview turned out. I’ve gotten a fantastic response from it. Thanks Paige 🙂
If you get a chance, check it out and leave me a message, I promise I’ll write back.
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 🙂
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 🙂
The Silver River is considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in this world. The water is crystal clear, the plants are is lush and abundant, and there are all sorts of critters running around for you to see. We had the pleasure to enjoy it on Saturday April 4th, it was a beautiful sunny day. The best part is that we just happen to live near it and are able to go any time we want. How lucky are we!
We saw so many different kinds of birds, turtles, fish even the Rhesus Monkeys gave us a fun show to watch, but the number one animal you see thriving in this River is the Alligator. We saw 22 gators that day, I’m sure there were a ton more that we didn’t spot, but we knew they were there. All different size gators were basking in the warm sun or hiding among the water lilies.
We came across this big boy of a gator camouflaged perfectly among the water plants, and I was able to get my little point & shoot camera and capture this great reptile in action. Hope you enjoy the video and the pictures as much as we enjoyed the day!
Check out my husband, Kent Weakley’s Blog for 2 amazing photos he took that day, http://kentweakley.com/blog/