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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.”

 

 

“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  🙂

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 😀

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

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 🙂

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/

Day 3 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 3 of Elin’s Color Boot Camp brought the use of both warm & cool colors in one painting emphasizing in composition & values. We started the day with a one hour lecture showcasing great Masterpieces and evaluating the value system these great masters created. Its great to see work that we love and know well with a different eye, by squinting you can see the lights, darks & middle tones and what that does for the paintings.

The time of day we painted today was High Noon. We picked photos that had good contrast and shadows that were beneath the subject. The neat thing is that Elin is teaching us that if you don’t have a great picture you can adjust and manipulate it to the time of day you want to paint. Here she illustrates that perfectly. The left photo above is the picture she will be using and its on her computer. She is only using it as a guide, but you can see how she is changing it to make it more interesting and dynamic. She started with a watered down wash of acrylic Burnt Siena, and is drawing it in with a more opaque  tone, she is continually adjusting the drawing, by “erasing” the background using water, and pulling the wash out.

She begins blocking out the shapes using  intense colors and keeps adjusting it as the painting progresses keeping in mind her Color System. She has not finished the piece yet, but its stunning as is, don’t you think?

She is doing this demo as we paint, and on occassion spills treasures of wisdom that we all listen intently. She is very open to questions and is fabulous at explaining why & how the color system works. I wanted to show you her palette below, the pill boxes are a fabulous way to keep your main colors wet, while you pull from them & mix on your palette.

Above is a nice picture of Elin Sparky & me, sitting on the couch that I’ve cemented & made myself at home in 😉

The picture I chose to represent High Noon is of when we went to Monument Valley, in Arizona. We came across a herd of wild horses (I’m sure they have some contact with humans) but they were holding their ground & grazing from this very rough terrain. While my husband, Kent, was photographing the herd and this Palomino’s foal, I saw an opportunity to go up to this mare Palomino that was grazing on her own  off to the side of the herd. I rounded my shoulders showed the back of my hand and slowly went up to her, I gently reached for her and she allowed me to touch her nose. All the other horses watched in frozen horror as I made contact with this mare. She was stunning with light golden eyes. It was a moment I treasure every day & thank goodness my husband was able to capture that precise moment of contact, because a second later the whole herd moved on into the gorgeous scenery.

I started by painting in the scenery first. and then added the Palomino. I’m just starting to paint horses, so I had some issues with the anatomy, specially since the horse is at a foreshortening angle, so I made it even tougher on myself. So I sent an SOS to Elin, and in the above picture you can see what my horse looked like and the pictures below are the fixes that Elin helped me with. Its an honor & a joy to watch her paint on my piece. I learned so much from watching. Its amazing how she lays the paint down, so sure of her color choice & brush strokes. That is what years of practice brings to you.

The painting is not done, but when she walked away I thought to myself  “I’m not touching or painting over anything she painted, to me this painting is done!”

When I come home I was exhausted, its been a lot of information, all great but a lot to process. I would love to kick back and take it all in & relax, but today I had to run to the grocery store before I got home, feed all the animals, then make dinner, clean up, help with the kids spelling words, and then check emails before I write the post. I keep hoping to post earlier but when you have kids they come first. My husband is so supportive taking on some of the daily tasks I have to do, but now if I could only convince him into cleaning the stalls, hummm  ;D

Tomorrow in the morning we are painting Sunset or Evening Light and  in the afternoon we are tackling subjects with back light. Should be challenging. I’ve never painted with the specific time of day, so its exciting to break it down & study how light and color influence each other.

Today was a rainy overcast day, and on my drive home I saw the misty overcast colors that we learned on Monday’s lesson and I could see the colors & how I would mix them to make the trees in the distance look like this weather. Oh! Elin’s Color System is cementing itself in my head… and I like it  😉

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks and I hope you come back tomorrow!

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

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”

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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

Luna

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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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.  🙂

 

 

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! 

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

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