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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.”

 

 

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 🙂

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/

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!  🙂

Golden Luna

GoldLuna

“Golden Luna” is 24″ by 30″ Just finished him.

I’ve had this very ornate frame for a very long time. I found in an estate sale but its quite rough, and I need to repair it, fill in cracks & then I want to Gold leaf it. I think it will be magnificent once its finished although it does look pretty good now up close its a mess.

The painting is on wood. I textured the Gesso as I was sealing the wood creating wonderful surfaces for the paint to hold on to. I’ve layered the colors in my usual fashion, but kept the painting as Monochromatic as I could. Wanted an old technique and look updated with my whimsy. The expression is playful just like my wonderful Luna is.

A Night in Spain Salon Party

The Table with the Bull Fighting Menu

My Father Jorge and Mother Maruja

My Boys placed Luminaries down the walkway and made the "Adios" very special

On Sunday February 15th my husband and I hosted a party we called “A Night in Spain”

We belong to a charitable group called “The Salon Group” “. This wonderful group raises money for Scholarships for Seniors in High School who want to go into the field of Art. We gave away $30,000 this year to 4 very lucky teens. It is an amazing group of people that I feel honored to be around. If you would like to see previous years winners please click here. I will post this years winners when the information gets on the web.

Our group gets together at a different members house every month to celebrate art with wonderful food and entertainment. This month it was our turn to have the party. I wanted to showcase my wonderful Spanish culture. My Parents were there to celebrate and helped make this evening special as they charmed everyone and even danced to the wonderful Flamenco music.

We had the privilege of having Juan Olea as our chef, his food is just incredible. We started the night with a variety of Tapas and it lead to an incredible Paella full of seafood and chicken, it was not only visually stunning, but our taste buds could not get enough of it. It was perfect! For desert there were these cakes called the “San Marcos” that were to die for, creamy moist and oh so decadent! All night we served Sangria, Red and white Spanish wines and Cerbeza Estrella (spanish beer). Carmen del Corral, Olea’s wife, helped us serve and kept everything moving seamslessly. It was truly delectiable!

Omar Miguel, “El Niño de la Isla” played the Flamenco guitar. He is truly an amazing talent! The flavor, the feeling and the  technique of his talent mesmerized everyone. He played all night capturing the flavor of Spain by filling the house with music. You can see and hear his talent at his website, http://www.omarmiguel.com

Along with Omar, we had a Flamenco Dancer named Eli, also known as “La Salerita”. She brought some heat to this fiesta. She danced in the traditional Flamenco style, adding the spice that only a Flamenco dancer knows how to do well. She even coaxed me into doing a little dance. I did my best, but I doubt I’ll be staring on Dancing with the Stars  😉

The party turned out fabulous, a good time had by all!

And even making it more special, my boys surprised me by lining our entree way with Luminaries. Creating a magical ADIOS!

 

Artful Giving

Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, Nancy Ledding and Rob BushfieldMe too!

Artful Giving is a wonderful event that transforms the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) into a Christmas boutique. This is the second year MCA brings unique, affordable gifts handcrafted by local artists to the Brick City Center for the Arts.

We had so much fun celebrating the grand opening. There was wonderful Christmas music, refreshments and of course a lot of art ranging in prices that brought a smile to all the holiday shoppers. So, from Nov. 18 through Dec. 23 drop by, and get anything from Christmas trinkets, ornaments, to Ocala/Marion County-themed creations. Your purchase benefits our local artists and the work of MCA. You can see a variety of my work there too.

If you drop by be sure to meet the fantastic people that keep MCA filled with holiday cheer. From left to right on the above pictures is Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, yours truly, Nancy Ledding and Rob Bushfield.

Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!!!!

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.

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