Tag: dog art

“Zoe” Pit Bull Boxer Mix

Here is the Beautiful Zoe I created for my cousin Rebecca. This is Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell.

I start with a photo then I ink the drawing then I paint on the back of the cell like you would if you were painting on glass from front to back.

Layering the colors and textures down you can see the different tones I used.

Here is the final piece “Zoe” 11″ x 14″ Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell. Call me & we’ll create one of your little baby!

“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  🙂

“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 😀

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms & Grandmas out there!!!
Here is a card I made in your honor. If you would like to send this card to a wonderful Mom you know please click on MothersDayCard and you will have a pdf file version of this card ready to print and give out to the mom’s you love.
My gift to you 🙂
Enjoy! and Remember to give her lots of hugs!

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 😀

Recharging

Every summer we head out in our RV and go on a family vacation to explore this amazing Country we live in. I always go with the intension of doing art work. I bring sketchbooks, watercolors, colored pencils and a backpack full of many other things always thinking I’ll have time to create some new work.

My husband, Kent Weakley, is a photographer so our vacations are somewhat planned according to the “shots” he wants to get. We wake up at the break of dawn and get back to camp after sunset, those are the best times to photograph, and from what you can see on his site, his photographs are stunning, and we’ve been to some amazing places creating lasting memories. For my boys and I it’s an adventure in endurance, we love the hikes and the magnificent vistas, but when we get back to the RV, we download photos and go to bed and recharge because we’ll do it all again the next day. Even though we do have some down time, its nice to relax and have a glass of wine by the campfire while the boys roast their marshmallows and forget about everything else.

I realize that our vacations are not about creating, they are about recharging. I do a lot of thinking while we are on the road. My thoughts are about what I have accomplished, about creative projects I want to do, and about what I will come up with this coming year. I think its important to get away from the everyday “to do” lists and even from the work we normally do, and think about the year ahead (by the way my year starts and ends according to the school calendar, at least while my boys are still in school).

I am blessed to have this time to look out the RV window and think, recharge and re- ignite my creative fire. Summer is almost at an end and for me a new year will soon begin. I have some great new ideas that I want to try, aside from the pet portraits that I am really exited about. I’m also going to become a better blogger, I admire all of you that blog consistently. Lastly, one very important goal for me this year is to have some Balance, yes, it is something that its difficult for me and I need to figure out how to achieve it!

I hope you had a fabulous Summer! I would love for you to share your thoughts of what you did and where you went and what your new year will bring, so please leave me a comment so we can all hear about it 🙂


Here is the Map on the side of our RV of all the States we’ve been in the last 5 years. We do have a rule which is -we must sleep in the State in order to earn the colorful sticker. As you can see we’ve been to almost all of them, except the the upper eastern States which we will hit next summer. A heck of an accomplishment don’t you think? You can see some of the stunning photography my husband has taken at KentWeakley.com

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!



Parade of Pigs

A Couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if I would paint a piggy bank for the United Way fundraiser. Above you can see my piggy I named “Love Your Animals”.

Tonight, November 30th from 5 to 7 pm at Gateway Bank on Silver Springs Blvd., you can come out and see all of the creative pigs’ people painted at the “Parade of Pigs” showcase. To view the pigs is FREE, however, they are serving a casual dinner of pulled pork sandwich, side dish, brownies, chips and soft drinks for $10.00 each.

Hope you will stop by and see some awesome piggies 😉

Dog Gone Fun!

Here is a Sketch I’m currently working on, I think it will make a fun Greeting Card. I was going to finish it today, but my right hand is hurting so much, that I decided to take it easy with it. Sad thing is, I don’t know what I did! Maybe its the weather, its been so rainy & humid around here. Anyways, I hope it feels better tomorrow so I can finish it. I’m using Pen & In & Watercolors. I’ll show it to you as soon as its done. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Angel & Pup ACEO

Here is my first ACEO print (2.5″x3.5″) that is for sale.

What is an ACEO read about it here http://www.rusticmooncrafts.com/ACEO.html

I’m starting to play with my Pen, Waterproof Ink and Watercolors again, its been a while since I’ve done them. Its a big change from the Commissioned Acrylic Pet Portraits that I normally do and I love it because it does feel like playtime. I used to work at Shoebox Greetings Inc., Hallmark Cards, as an Art Director and I was fortunate enough to do a few pieces for them that made it in the line, but then I got married and moved to Columbus Ohio with my husband & became a Freelance Illustrator. I did work with many other Greeting Card Companies and my style was similar to this. I have to say I’m a little rusty, but I was just freely drawing with the Pen & Ink and that medium is not as forgiving as the Acrylics, LOL. I’m going to sketch out my ideas with pencil first, then ink them, but when you are playing you have to just go for it, right?

I’m going to continue creating little ACEO’s I think they are a terrific size to paint and a great price point to sell.

This one is $15 for the Original, $4 for a print plus SH.

Let me know if you are interested, Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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


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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 🙂

“The Meet & Greet Door”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was painting the “Kitty Tree” (Previous Post) at the Humane Society, the director, Bruce, asked if I could paint the words “Meet & Greet Room” on the door of the room where once a person chooses a dog they might like to adopt, they bring them in there to play with and hopefully adopt. The door was in such bad shape that I decided to strip it, and start over. I had this Lime Green Paint which I think goes pretty well with the green stripe in the hallway, I gave it three coats and its as good as new. Then thinking about how I was going to put the words on the door I thought off the “Albert & Vicky” Portrait I had done. I think they look like they are greeting each other, the colors worked well with the color scheme of the room, and its perfect for the room where potential people meet their soon to be pets. My Husband, Kent,  being the brilliant designer he is, put the whole image together in a very fun design. I had the poster laminated and we added Velcro tape to stick it on the door so when it starts looking bad we can pull it off and make a new piece without any damage to the door, pretty smart right, my husband came up with that idea as well, like I said brilliant! I hope these two happy Corgis will greet everyone that comes into this very fun room. Let me know what you think  😉

My Bank of America Art Show

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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”

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and “Bianca”.

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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!  🙂

Luna

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Here is my Painting of “Luna” its 30″ square.

This is my blue eyed Overo Paint that I’ve had since he was three years old, he is twelve now. I love this horse deeply. He is in my soul. I always refer to him as my “dog horse”, because he is loyal like a dog, follows me around like a dog and is always hungry  🙂

This painting shows how I see Luna, confident, playful and in motion. Enjoy!

A Little Different

This is one of the new piece I just finished.

“I Miss My Angels” is 2′ wide by 5′ 2″ inches tall. I used Charcoal, and Water Color Pencils. It is very different than the bold colorful portraits I usually do because the subject matter is that of remembering my two dogs who still hold a piece of my heart.

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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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Greeting Cards

My Career at Shoebox Greetings Cards, Inc at Hallmark Cards started right after graduating from college. I worked at Shoebox for 3 years and then I Freelanced for a variety of Greeting Card Companies. I stopped creating Greeting Cards when I started the Maggie’s Angels portraits, but now I want to create a card line that will compliment my pet portraits. This is a project that I can work on this summer as we travel in our RV across the USA. Here are a few ideas, of what the cards could look like.

A Burst of Creative Energy

  • Here’s what I’m currently working on, I’m finally doing paintings of my own animals. Angel the Westie, Sky the Aussie and Luna my horse, the goats are coming in the next batch. They are all at the beginning stages of the painting process, but you can still see the personality starting to come out.
  • The next picture is all the new canvases that I’ve prepared. I started adding colored backgrounds as my base instead of the white backgrounds to see if I like working like that, I’m not convinced I like it yet, but its fun experimenting!
  • Last year, I participated in a Fundraiser for the Humane Society called Barkitecture, and we created a Dog House were I did all these drawings of dogs & cats and cut them out of wood and painted them with acrylics. I created a lot of them, but I left some of them out because there were just to many. I decided to work on them and they will sit in doorways around my house greeting you as you pass them by. They are so cute, specially the Dachshund who is up on his little hind legs ready to greet you and to be petted as you enter my studio.
  • In this picture you can see the other paintings I’m currently working on. I started 8 paintings all in one day, and I’m working on them according to the mood I’m in. Its kind of terrific to go from one painting to the other as I wait for layers of paint to dry. You can also see in the photo the ceramic platters I’ve done in the past. I stopped doing them when I started Maggie’s Angels, but I did love it and sold all of it except these pieces which I could not part with. I still have some greenware ceramic pieces that are waiting to be painted which I might do in the near future.
  • The next 3 pictures are about my Illustrations. I was the Art Director for Shoebox Greeting Cards in Hallmark Cards, Inc. I love this industry and often miss it very much. I did a lot of freelance work for Greeting Card Companies, but once I started Maggie’s Angels I stopped. Well now a days, I bring my sketchbook with me and while I wait to pick up the kids from school & all of their after school activities they are involved in. While I wait, I come up with ideas. I’m developing a card line that will feature animals and whimsical characters. I’m hoping to work on it during the summer while we travel and hopefully reveal it later this year on cafepress and see how they do. I work with pen & ink & watercolors so its compact and an easy medium to travel with.
  • I wanted to show you this little sculpture I bought of this Angel horse. Well it didn’t look like that when I bought it, in fact it was the color of the base he is laying on. One morning I woke up and decided to paint him just like my horse Luna and I love how he came out. I hate to admit this but I often paint over items I find that look like my animals but don’t have the same markings. Don’t tell the Breyer Horse folks but I did that to one of their beautiful horses as you can see from the picture on your right. In the movie Spirit, the Indian horse Rain looked a lot like Luna except she had a blonde mane so I changed her a little bit. I did the same thing when I found these 2 cute little goats and I painted them to look like my little Pygmy-Nigerian goats Trixie & Lightning. I have a lot of fun with it, and I place them around the house were everytime I look at them they make me smile.
  • I hope this gives you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to in the last 3 weeks, along with everything else in our lives. Sometimes its tough to fit it all in, but when I get these creative bursts I really take advantage of them.  🙂

 

 

Acrylics

                                               

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  🙂

Flint Creek Outfitters

I have the honor and opportunity to have five of my Maggie’s Angels dog prints on sale by the dog products, at the new Flint Creek Outfitters in Ocala.

The store is outstanding, full of merchandize that caters to every outdoors man and women’s dream products. They also have high quality dog beds, collars, backpacks, toys and other really cool dog items.

I hope you get a chance to stop by and check out this wonderful store, and if you are like me, you won’t leave empty handed.

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! 

Bailey’s Magazine Debut

Click on the picture above to see this magazine showcasing amazing homes, but starting on page 20 which is the Cover Story you can see one of my clients completely custom home created by Luetgert Development.

A very special Maggie’s Angel’s portrait, created on an 18″ square cement board, made it in the magazine. Turn to page 29 and you can see Bailey a beautiful Schnoodle, in her custom shower/Spa, looking very proud.

What an honor to be included in this extraordinary house and beautiful magazine. Thanks to Carolyn and Steve Grantz.

I had showcased Bailey in a post I wrote in September. If you would like to see more please click on this link.

Bailey’s Private Spa

Bailey's Photo & Portrait

Bailey

 

Your Angel’s Ornament

I created this special ornament as a thank you to one of my friends whose Calico Kitty recently passed away. I must say that I love how she sparkled, just like Camden Mae’s personality.

I made her with Shrinky Dinks, Prismacolor Pencils, and Martha Stewart Glitter

I’m in the process of making much more and including them in my Etsy shop.

If you are interested in having your little Angel turn into a beautiful sparkly ornament all I need is a picture of your pet.

The cost for a custom ornament is $20.00 plus $3.00 for SH.

This could apply to any special occasion and any kind of pet.

Just email me, callmaggie@yahoo.com, and we can discuss the details.

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

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!!!!

Belleview High School Presentation

I received this message from Sylvia Richardson;

 

I am a big fan of yours. I first learned about your terrific work when you were featured in Ocala Style Magazine. I teach art at Belleview High School and introduced my students to your delightful work. Some tried to do portraits of their dogs using your style. I was reminded again of your work yesterday when I visited a friend in the emergency room at Munroe Hospital. One of your dog portraits hung read more

My Angels Touching Hearts

I wanted to share this wonderful letter from one of my clients with all of you because it symbolizes the reason and the inspiration of why I paint my portraits. It really is a gift to me when I receive such compliments. This gentleman saw the Jack Russell portrait on my Website and emailed me wanting to know “if this was an appropriate gift to give to a grieving couple who just lost their Dog?” I said, “I think the couple you will give this print to would be extremely touched by your thoughtful gift.” He placed the order, he wanted it matted and framed and I told him I would gift wrap it in a special way. This is what happened next;

Hi, Maggie. I received a call last nite around 9 pm from Roger. He kept saying you don’t know what you did….you don’t know what you did. Anyway, he said read more

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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