Here is a Post they released on Facebook about my win:
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.
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 🙂
Here is a great tip for all of us that love to multi -task.
I love to listen to Audio Books, or Music while I create. I would be great if I was able to watch TV while I paint, but everything takes twice as long to finish because I end up watching more than painting.
Its amazing! If you own a Mac or Apple computer, it can read to you. I emailed Tara and asked if she knew why I was not able to have “Alex”, the Mac voice I like to use the most (you have choices), read to me. She didn’t know about this feature so I explained how to do it and, she was kind enough to find out not only why it didn’t work, but fixed it too. I wondered how many other Mac users don’t know about this great feature?
Tara wrote about it in her Blog and put together a wonderful video explaining how to do it, you can see it below.
I hope you like this feature because I use it all the time to read documents in Text Edit, pdf files, Blogs, Websites, Free books on line, etc. The voices have gotten better throughout the years, as I’m sure they will keep improving them. I think “Alex” sounds the best, you can adjust the speed he reads. I think he does a fabulous job reading to me. Enjoy!
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 🙂
On the opposite side of the Gallery wall we had Jackie Schindehettepaintings, 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/