Tag: Acrylic

I WON the Poster Contest!

I’m proud to say that I won the Ocala Culinary Poster Competition with this concept.

Final art was due December 1st. The final painting was auctioned off and all proceeds went to MCA Ocala.

 

 

To know more about the festival go to http://www.ocalaculinaryfestival.com/

Here are some kinds words from the Ocala Culinary Festival about me.

“We are pleased to announce that artist Maggie Weakley has won the inaugural Ocala Culinary Festival Poster Contest! Stay tuned for details about the reception we are throwing to unveil the final work.

Thank you to all the artists and jurors who participated in the contest and thank you Marion Cultural Alliance for helping us organize this contest! We couldn’t have done it without your guidance!

A little about Maggie:
She graduated Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA degree in Illustration. She is the former Art Director for the Everyday Card Line at Shoebox Greetings, Hallmark Cards, Inc. She popped up on the local art scene in 1998 when she participated in the Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever public art project. Since then she has participated in countless exhibits and community art projects through the years. In 2000, she launched MaggiesAngels.com and has become known for her collection of whimsical colorful pet portraits. She also serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Fine Arts for Ocala. She is an illustrator, painter, art teacher and avid supporter of the arts that freelances for many private collectors and companies.”

 

 

“Tank” the sweet Pit Bull

 

Here is my Cousin Daniel’s dog “Tank” that I painted for him for his Birthday!
This is an 11″ x 14″ matted & framed Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell.
I love doing these animation cell paintings. The materials are fun to use, and I’m always delighted by the results.
I’ve always loved drawing with the pen & ink,  you can achieve some beautiful lines with it. The only disadvantage of this technique is that you have to paint backwards so you have to think carefully what you want to see first. Also, its very important that each layer be completely dry or some of the paint will peel off. Its tricky, but once you understand how each of the materials work together its so fun.
You can see the different steps to creating one of these pieces below.
Hope you try it out. If you have any questions please let me know I would love to help  🙂

The Story!

 

Here is a Portrait of Lucy a very sweet Great Dane that I had the honor of painting. My client told me wonderful stories about her beloved Lucy and that is how I was able to capture her sweet nature. Lucy recently passed and it is such a comfort to my client to have her beautiful face smiling back at her.

It is in the stories you tell me about your furry kids that ignite my imagination to paint your pet how you see them. I’ll draw 3 sketches for you and then you get to decide which one is the one you love the most, then I begin the painting.

My standard sizes are an  8″x8″ acrylic on wood portrait is  $210.00, the 12″x12″ is $420.00 each, with each portraits you receive a set of 5 Bookmarks from my collection. If you would like to have larger paintings done with multiple pets please contact me at callmaggie@yahoo.com and we will work out the details. Thank You!

For more detail information please click on this link: http://www.maggiesangels.com/MaggiePages/MAcommission.html

This Link shows you the photos and the finished Portrait of some of the beautiful Pets I have done: http://www.maggiesangels.com/MaggiePages/MAcommissionGallery.html

You can see the video of how I created this painting here

http://www.youtube.com/user/callmaggie#p/u/17/0BliJFGll2w

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 😀

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

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


Art Exhibit

The Month of December I will be exhibiting brand new art work at the downtown Bank of America in Ocala, Florida. I’m having a Reception on December 4th from 12:00 pm- 5:00pm. I’ll be there giving out Free bookmarks and have refreshments for everyone that comes. I hope to see you there.

I will show my signature Maggie’s Angels colorful style, but bolder & bigger- well Huge! The paintings are very large, and hopefully people will find them engaging. I am a bit nervous about showing all by myself, because it is the first time in a solo show.

As an artist you put a little piece of your heart, mind and soul for people to look at and sometimes judge, I just have to remember to keep breathing 😉

So, I was asked to write an “About Me” piece for the Show so people can see a picture and learn a little about me. It has always been hard for me to say as much as I can with as little words as possible, although it is getting easier now that I’m practicing on Twitter, it has certainly helped with that, LOL!

I would love for you to take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks!

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