Tag: Maggie’s Angels

“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  🙂

Art Classes

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Custom Art Classes

All the art classes that I teach are custom made to fill your needs or your child’s needs.

We can start with the basics or jump right into a painting and learn as we create.

Its all based on how you like to learn, and we figure that out in our 1st meeting.

I can teach you how to paint in:

Acrylic Paints

Watercolor

Pen & Ink

Pen & Ink on Animation Cell with Acrylics

Mixed Media

Paper Painting

Black & White Graphite

One on One Lessons:

Personal Drawing, and Painting lessons that are tailored made for You.

Whatever you want to learn, in whatever medium you like, I am here to teach you.

Classes can be held in your home,  my studio or a designated location.

Prices:

2 hour lessons- $70

4 hour Lessons $90

I supply the materials

Mommy & Me Lessons: 

Are you and your child wanting to be creative together?

Let me help you create some artwork that you can both do together.

Maybe even create paintings to decorate a room in your home.

This is an experience that focuses on the development of your child and your relationship.

We will decide on the painting you want to work on and the parents or adult (it can be a Grandma or Aunt etc.) can create a painting along side their child or work on one together using different mediums and materials.

Call me and we’ll get started.

Prices:

1 hour painting lesson $40

I supply the materials

Group Lessons:

We must have a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 15 people.

Classes can be held in your home, or a designated location.

I can create a class that is tailored made for you and your group.

I supply the materials, drop cloths & clean up.

There are 2 options for the Group Painting Lessons;

1) The students can all paint the same subject matter, I will have a variety of paintings to choose from.

2) The students all create different paintings but they are all using the same art material which we will pick before hand, and I can teach you techniques using that art material of choice.

Prices:

2 hour everyone creates same painting $30 a person

4 hour everyone creates same painting $60 a person

Clubs, Parties, or Organizations:

Are you looking for a fun Party Experience~

Are you having a Birthday Party, a Girls Night Out, a Baby Shower, a Bridal Shower, or any kind of party/ event you can think off,  make it even more special & memorable by having me create a Custom Themed Painting for your party that everyone will create and keep. Plus, we’ll have a blast doing it. Talk about a great Party Favor!

I can also come into Nursing Homes, Day Cares, Home School Groups or Companies and design Painting and/or activities that will inspire, unite and teach everyone while having a great time.

Prices:

2 hour everyone creates same painting $30 a person

4 hour everyone creates same painting $60 a person

Materials are included

Murals:

Looking to Custom Decorate a Room.

Do you have a wall, space or furniture that you want to be transformed with a custom made painting.

Contact me and we’ll design it together.

My rate is $20 an hour. The final cost depends on the simplicity or complexity of the design.

Here is my contact information:

Maggie Weakley

cell: 352-615-4629

email: callmaggie@yahoo.com

 Call Me!!!

 

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!

Cat Cut Outs

        

        

 

Here is Gracie & Sophia, two very sweet kitties that I painted for a client.

These are cut out of wood, I gessoed & painted them in acrylics. It is same process I do for my portraits. They came out so cute! She is going to place them near the doorway that goes into their little cat room. It will be so fun for them to welcome people into their Lair.

Before these two kitties left to their new home, they checked out a few of the spots around our house, and of course I took a few photos. While they waited for their new mommy to pick them up, they sat on my desk watching the “Bird TV” as I call it, which is the bird feeders outside my studio window which get fabulous bird visitors throughout the day!  😉

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!



A Good Morning!

This morning I was blessed with this spectacular Sunrise. The blues, purples, and pinks lit the sky like a fireworks show. It’s amazing how beautiful the sky can get and how quickly it disappears. After a week of gloomy rainy days that had me in a slump, this explosion of color is just was what I needed. Now the sun is out & just like a little miracle so is my energy. Oh, how my moods and energy are driven by the weather. I wish it wouldn’t, but just smiling into the sun this morning was the jolt I needed to start my day. I hope you get a charge for whatever it is that ignites your passion and energy today. Blessing to you!

My Son’s First Art Debut

 

 

This is my 13 year old son Max in his first Art Exhibition showcasing his Photographs. The Marion Cultural Alliance is having  a show called “FINS, FEATHERS & FUR” at the Artful Gallery in the Circle Square Commons. The show runs from January 21st through February 26th, 2011. The Opening Reception was Friday, January 21st, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This show is very special because my husband, my son, and I are exhibiting together in one show. I believe this is very special & who knows when it will happen again. I am beaming with excitement. Our night was wonderful! Nancy Ledding, the executive director of MCA, was very kind and gave Max so many compliments about this great accomplishment. It was fun seeing him acting very mature, and answering questions about his photos. He did a really great job. I’m so proud of him. He seemed to love all the attention he received. There were many people at the show and a lot of friendly faces showed up giving him enormous support and you could see how proud he was to talk about and showcase his photos. We were so disappointed we had to leave early than we wanted to, because my other son Lucas’ Robotics club were done earlier than expected and his school was on the other side of town. People were starting to pour into the gallery as we were coming out. Regardless, it was a huge success in our eyes. We left with big smiles on our faces. It was wonderful that Max’s first taste of being an artist was very positive.I am so Thankful for the wonderful support & encouragement of our friends and colleagues. I am blessed to have such a support system.

I hope you get to go out & see it this marvelous show.

If you would like to see more of Max’s Photographs please got to maxweakley.com

I Love this quote about sons, I truly believe it. You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”

 

The photos above are;  1) Max with Jessica McCune & me  2) with Nancy Ledding 3) Max talking about his Moose Photo with Laurie Zink & Dylan Menard 4) with Laurie Zink & Dylan Menard  5) with Mark & Mary Emery 6) Max in the Gallery

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


httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSkh0hm_IKM

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


“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  😉

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!

Bianca

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This is “Bianca” she is 30″square.

I created three paintings with a kaleidoscope of color and motion filled backgrounds. The most important element in all my paintings is the eyes. Its the one feature I spend the most time on, because it is the eyes that engage you and tells the emotion of the subject.

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Golden Luna

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“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.

Empty Space

“Valentino” is 24″ wide by 48″ tall. Its a nice size painting with Valentino anchoring and relaxing at the bottom of the Canvas. I have stared a lot at this painting asking whether or not to add something to that empty space, but each time I draw an image to place there, there is a little voice saying leave it alone, so I am. I think the empty space grabs you and Valentino holds you in it!

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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.  🙂

 

 

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  🙂

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 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!

 

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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