Tag: pet portraits

“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

A Ceiling Tile

Today I participated in a very special Event at the Appleton Museum of Art. From September 12 thru October 10, the Appleton is hosting the Centers’ “Healing Hearts” Exhibition. This is an incredible program were an artist from the Ocala community pair up with the Marion County Mental Wellness Coalition and they create artwork with mentally challenged individuals creating a very powerful and moving show. The artwork ranges from children all the way to adults, from abuse to drug-related problems, to mental handicaps. It is art healing the mind, soul, and spirit. The artwork is amazing especially when its paired with the explanation of how the person was feeling and what it means to them. I hope those of you that live close by will get a chance to stop by and see it.

Today the Munroe Regional Medical Center had Ceiling Tiles for anyone that wanted to stop by and paint them. These ceiling tiles will be hung around the Hospital, usually above beds, so that the patients that are staying there can see artwork when they look up. This project has been going on for years and I’ve had the pleasure to have worked on my second tile. The first tile I created was a Lab Angel Puppy flying in the sky. It was sweet and very colorful. I had a client of mine bring a friend to my studio because she wanted to meet me because when she was at the hospital she stayed in the room were my ceiling tile was. She told me that looking up at that smiling puppy when she was so ill brought her Hope, it almost made me cry she was so sweet. So when I had the chance to participate again I jumped right in. I went with a dear friend of mine and her son and I created this whimsical horse and rider. I wish I would have had more time to work on it, but for about an hour an a half of work I think it will bring a smile to someone’s face. This is such a great program, they had a great turnout and some amazing pieces were created. I can’t wait to stop by and look up to see them 🙂

Day 4 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 4 of Elin’s workshop was full of Vibrant colors. The theme was to add chroma, and be Bold!

We painted sunsets or evening light. Above is a picture of Elin using and old postcard of a Florida landscape and making it her own. For this time of day, we are looking for DRAMA! Strong lights and darks or values, and rich colors. We add Cadmium Orange to just about everything, and a purple-ish hue to the shadow areas. The oranges and purples love each other because the are complimentary colors and the sing together making for dramatic and rich paintings. She added some grays to the sky so when she added the oranges it became even more dramatic, as you can see below in her finished piece.

The 5″x7″ Palm Tree painting  was created by Elin in about 20 minutes, yes 20 minutes. Just amazing how she can quickly put down a scene rich in color, value, composition and drama.

Above we all our trying to capture a moment in a day. By the way we are still using the Color System, the same 14 colors that we’ve been using this whole week. Its incredible!

I also have to tell you that I’m in love with working with the paints being in the pill boxes. My Acrylics have stayed wet for 4 days, can you imagine how much money I will save, as long as you mist them with a spray bottle while you work and then when you are done painting for the day, wrap them in a wet paper towel and slip them in a Ziplock bag. Brilliant!

So, here is what I painted today. My 13 year old son Max, upon seeing me gathering photos for the workshop, asked me if I would like some of his pictures to use. He is like his father in that photography is his gift, but instead of photographing landscapes like his father, he loves to photograph wild life- he gets that from me. He is a little bit of both of us, & I love it!

So he tells me this is a Waterbuck, I looked it up to make sure & it is. He knows his animals, he has been reading animal encyclopedias since he was 2 years old.


I began the painting by doing a purple wash over the canvas to knock out the white. Then I sketch out the Waterbuck with a deeper purple keeping in mind placement and composition.

I began putting down the background using the colors from my cool box and as I got closer to the foreground I introduced the colors in the warm box. Making sure I added Cadmium Orange to my lights as well as some of my shadows, and keeping all my shadows cool using Ultramarine Blue with Alizarin Crimson and a touch of White all from the cool box. I kept blocking in shapes and forms adjusting and balancing the colors.



When Elin came by to see what I was doing she immediately took the painting from safe to BOLD by putting teals into the shadows and intensifying my lights with oranges. This photo does not do the colors justice because in person it is very rich. Its not done yet, but for an hour and a half I’m happy with how far I got today. I think I’m going to leave it loose and maybe just tweak it a little bit more, what do you think?

We had our daily critiques and its neat to see everyones pieces, a lot of talented folks here.

Below is sweet Sparky, he lays in his little doughnut bed all day, perfectly behaved.

The painting on the right is an example of moon light (again the photo does not do this painting justice)

I’m proud to say this 5″x7″ little gem is mine! I bought it and I could not be more thrilled, I will treasure it!!!!

Last but certainly not least is Max & I, two artists showcasing their work. By the way, he wants the painting and its a joy for me to give it to him. I am using another of his photographs, a baby Cheetah, tomorrow for the back light painting. I hope I can do it justice and he can have that one as well to hang together in his room.

Hope you tune in tomorrow to see what we do. Thanks to all of you that have been leaving comments, I appreciate you taking this journey with me 🙂

By the way the gorgeous Paintings of Horses you see as our backdrop is Sharon Crute’s artwork, please check out her paintings here http://www.sharoncrute.com/

On the opposite side of the Gallery wall we had Jackie Schindehette paintings, she creates beautiful Florida Landscapes. It was an inspiration to have both of these artist works around us. You can see see more of JAckie’s work at http://www.floridalandscapes.com/

My Bank of America Art Show

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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!

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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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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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.

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.

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

A New Medium

Here we are in my studio where I’m creating a new portrait of a Jack Russell named Madeline. I wanted to show you my new set up. I’ve decided to videotape the process of painting a portrait using the time lapse setting of my camera. It is a bit bizarre painting with a camera hovering over me, but as I watch the video, I love to see the portrait unfold. I just wish I could paint as fast as the movie shows. Hope you stop by to watch it!

Video of Preparing Wood Canvases

I’m currently working on a group of paintings, and while I was working I thought that you might be interested in the process. So I created this short video to show you all the work that goes into preparing my 8″ x 8″ wood canvases.

I like cutting the boards myself, and since my husband is very handy with the power tools it works out well. We buy a huge 3/4″ thick wood board, and measure the 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ squares. It takes the two of us to balance and accomplish all these cuts on the table saw. Once the canvases are cut to size, we bring out the router and create a slot so you can hang the painting from.

I then sand the top, back and all the sides of the canvases and wipe them clean.

I set up my studio similar to an assembly line and start Gessoing all the sides of the wood. I prefer Liquitex Gesso because of its consistency. It is important to Gesso every inch of the board to seal it. This way moisture will not affect it.

I apply the Gesso as smooth as I can with a 1″ brush to the top and all the sides. Wait a couple hours until it is completely dry. Then sand each of the sides using a belt sander or medium grade sand paper.

I repeat this process three times. I feel it is important to have 3 layers of paint on all sides for longevity purposes.

I then flip the boards over and paint one layer of Gesso, sand it and then I apply a high gloss black acrylic paint found in the paint section of your hardware store. This gives me the 2nd layer. At this point I’m done, because once I complete the portrait I will apply the last black high gloss layer to seal it.

Now you know why I do so many at a time. The process usually takes 3 days, but it depends on the weather. I live in Florida so humidity plays a big part.

Make sure to put wax paper or regular paper in between each of the canvases so they do not stick together. I store them in a safe place and when I need to create a new piece I’m ready to go!

I love working with wood. It is time consuming, but I love the quality that the wood brings to each of the portraits.

After I finish creating the portrait, I then add 3 layers ofLiquitex High Gloss Varnish to the portrait. The high gloss not only seals the acrylics but makes the colors sing. I love how it looks. Once it is completely dry I flip it over, paint the last layer of black high gloss acrylic paint, wait until it is completely dry. I then Stamp my Logo using acrylic paint and a custom stamp I created. To fish it up I apply one last layer of the High gloss Varnish and its finally done!!!!

 

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