Tag: Maggie’s Angels

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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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. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

Sophie’s Time Lapse Video with the new Intro

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 ¬†ūüôā

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.

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 Ni√Īo 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 ¬†ūüėČ

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!

 

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

 

Promotional Photos

I wanted to share with you a few new promotional photos of me taken by my husband Kent for a video that will feature me as a guest artist.

These photos along with my time-lapse video of Madeline and samples of my work will be included in a dog show related video coming out at the beginning of 2009.

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