Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pheasant Feather


Pheasant Feather
original oil painting on gessoed artboard, 5" x 7"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


This feathered was found in my yard while I was mowing the lawn a couple of years ago. Pheasants frequently walk through it and this time one must have left a feather. This is the first time that I have painted on a gessoed artboard surface. I used gessoed boards that I have prepared myself, but usually there is some texture on it. However, this was extremely smooth. It is good to use if one wants a very realistic painting.

This painting will be put on ebay tomorrow evening. If anyone is interested in it, please send me an email. Enjoy and thanks for looking! Now on ebay ~ CLICK HERE to Bid.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Early Times Shot Glass


EARLY TIMES Shot Glass
original oil painting on canvas on artist board, 6" x 4", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

Available. Email me at info@maryanncleary.com for more info.

This shot glass was found at a thrift shop where I live and I thought that it would make a good subject as painting glass is always a challenge and fun. With this painting I used a pretty limited palette....ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium orange (just a touch), quinacrodine orange or a transparent earth red, and white. I enjoy using a limited palette. However, if I find that I need a color, I will use it.... I love all the variations of cadmium red. Usually, I will draw in the painting using the earth red or that long chemical name for the color as it is nice for having as the underlayer for the painting.


Today is day two of the 29-day giving challenge and I have a package that I am getting ready to mail off....remember there are now only three more give-away paintings available. Someone emailed me last night requesting one of my daily paintings. It is the Tabasco Sauce painting. If you are interested, drop me an email (see yesterday's post for more details). This painting will be put on hold until tomorrow and then it will be put up for auction on ebay. If you would like this as a gift for one of the paintings of the 29-day giveaway challenge, I am offering only three more paintings ...no strings attached.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Bob White Salt & Pepper Shakers


Bob White Salt & Pepper Shakers
original oil painting on canvas on artist board, 5"x7", framed
$75 plus $8 shipping
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


Available - email me for more info.

This painting was done from life. It is a set of salt and pepper shakers from a set of dishes made by Red Wing and called Bob White. I only have the salt and pepper shakers as well as the larger bird that one sticks toothpicks into for small appetizers. Today I either painted the salt and pepper shakers or a shot glass that I picked up at a thrift store....it has a fun, red label on it. I will probably do it tomorrow.

On another note, I am also doing the 29 Day Giving Challenge as I thought it would be a good way to give others an opportunity to a own a piece of my artwork, and also get my name out there. Yesterday evening, I made this offer on one of my other blogs and much to my amazement someone has already requested one of my paintings. If anyone would like to own a piece of my artwork with no strings attached, I plan on giving away five of my daily paintings (four now as one is committed) that currently are being offered on my daily painting blog (those that are up for bid or have been committed or sold are not available). Take a look. Send me an email of what one interests you along with an address and I will let you know if you made it as one of the lucky ones.

This painting is committed as one of my 29 day giveaways! Congratulations Jeremy!


Friday, April 25, 2008

Chinese Chop and Red Ink - SOLD



Chinese Chop and RED Ink
original oil painting on canvas on artist board, 4"x6"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


SOLD
This is a Chinese chop that I bought while I was living in China. The mark carved in the bottom of it is the symbol of the Chinese character for tiger. Since I was born in the year of the tiger, I thought it would be nice to have a chop with that symbol. I also have several others that I had carved with my Chinese name into it as well. The chop is the same as one's signature. My favorite is one that another artist made for me. That was an interesting exchange as neither of us spoke the other's language, but it is amazing what one can accomplish with body language and words even if they are in a different language. This artist actually was quite skilled in doing the Chinese characters with a brush....not an easy thing to make happen skillfully and quickly. I have pictures of him carving and he also gave me one of his catalogs....he was trying to tell me that he had won awards for his accomplishments.

My name translates easily into Chinese with just a slightly different pronunciation. If anyone would like more info or would like to see some of my other chops, please let me know. I would be happy to show you with photos.

This chop is actually made of a crystal and I had to wait a day as it had to be carved elsewhere and not with hand tools. If anyone would like to purchase this painting before I put it on ebay, please email me at info@maryanncleary.com.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rice Bowl from Thailand - SOLD


Rice Bowl from Thailand
original oil painting on canvas on artist board, 5"x7", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


SOLD


Today as I was trying to figure out what to paint, I ran across this piece of pottery that I purchased while visiting Thailand. It is one of my favorite pieces. The glaze is crackled and the painting on the bowl is plain and simple. This was fun to paint and I also tried to play the warm and cool colors off of one another in a subtle way.

POEM of the DAY - if anyone would like to contribute a poem to go with my daily painting, please leave a comment or email me.

Two Years Later


by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


Has no one said those daring

Kind eyes should be more learn'd?

Or warned you how despairing

The moths are when they are burned?

I could have warned you; but you are young,

So we speak a different tongue.

O you will take whatever's offered

And dream that all the worlds' a friend.

Suffer as your mother suffered,

Be as broken in the end.

But I am old and you are young,

And I speak a barbarous tongue.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Afternoon at Sherbourne


Afternoon at Sherbourne
original oil painting on canvas on artist board, 4" x 6", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


No longer available ~ 29-DAY Giving Challenge

One afternoon a couple of weekends ago, I took a ride to an area near my home. It is a park of sorts with rules of such of no motor vehicles and such...there are a few trails for hiking. I love this area as no houses can be seen and it is natural. I grew up in Montana where there were many wide and open spaces. This reminds me of that. This painting was done from a photo that I took that day. I loved how the light hit the trees and the old oak leaves still clinging to the branches.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Old Tree on the St. Croix River~29 Day Giving Challenge


Old Tree on the St. Croix River
oil painting on canvas on board, 7"x5", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


No longer AVAILABLE ~ congratulations to Jose of N.J.

Yesterday I took a drive to Taylor Falls, MN as the weather was incredible...finally. I took a photo of this old, shapely tree as the sun was setting. The St. Croix River is just beneath the tree along a step rock embankment. The water in the river was swift and high telling everyone that Spring finally has arrived. I enjoyed how the light hit spots of the tree and some of the background.

If I find a good poem or if anyone would like to contribute a poem, I will take it into consideration for putting it on my blog with one of my daily paintings. Just leave a comment or email me at info@maryanncleary.com.

This free poem was found on "Free Poems" ~ A blog of a poet and others who contribute.


Water Falls


The water is cold where I lie, but no matter.
Its frigidity pleases me and soothes my wearied soul.
I have gone far, and now I am here and here only.
Up hills and over long, rocky roads that jam pebbles into the soft, precious spots of the feet.
Down ravines and over bones of old, indistinguishable prey,
Eaten by something, God knows what, and left to drain of existence in the sun.
The water gushes over my head, forcing it down.
My arms flail with the will of the falls, bouncing and dancing like life.
A single, endless noise rushes past my ears, but in a moment it is gone;
Replaced by a silence of familiarity and peace.
I place my chin on the top of the boulder over which passes the eloquent stream.
Now I know what it feels like to be the rock over which the river flows
For thousands and thousands of years without end or memory.

- Written by Karen Howley

Karen is an English Education major from the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona.

Karen's terms: "My poems can be used for free, just as long as if someone uses my poem, they give me credit for my work."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sliced Strawberry


Sliced STRAWBERRY
original oil paintng on gallery wrapped canvas, 4" x 4" x1.5"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


AVAILABLE ~ email me at info@maryanncleary.com

Another strawberry day! I sliced this one as I thought it might make a nice grouping with the other one that I just painted. Tonight I will fix the strawberries for my dessert...then a good movie or a book to read.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

TEACUP


TEACUP
original oil painting on linen canvas, gallery wrapped, 6" x 6" x 1", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


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This tea cup was a gift many years ago from a dear friend in Arizona. Since I moved to Minnesota, I have lost touch of her. The oil paints used to paint this were mainly a couple hues of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, sap green and white used to mix with the others. I usually stick with a fairly limited palette and tend to use the same colors again and again. One of my favorite things to do is to try to do a painting using just complimentary colors and then using white and an almost black color to mix different tones of each....mixing a little of the compliment into the other to get the hue needed and then adding white or a mixed black to get the value. Sometimes I have tried this and ended up with a very muddy painting....other times it has worked. It is a challenge, but I enjoy the simplicity of it.

Has anyone else ever used just complimentary colors to do a paintng? which ones? (I prefer orange-blue or red-green).

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Strawberry


Strawberry
original oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, 4" x 4" x 1.5"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


You can also purchase this securely through paypal. Please email me for more information at info@maryanncleary.com

Price: $100 plus $8 shipping USD (shipped U.S.)

This is the season of strawberries...two for one at the grocery store. Strawberries really are not one of my favorites, but I thought that they would be good mixed with other fruit for a quick dessert or snack.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunshine Sunflower


SUNSHINE SUNFLOWER
original oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, 6" x 6" x 1.4", no frame necessary
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

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Price: $100 plus $8 shipping USD (shipped U.S.)

This painting was done from life from a bouquet of sunflowers that I bought. Spring is really trying to get to Minnesota this year, but it sure is slow. Today we finally had some nice weather, but the wind is blowing....tomorrow may be nice. Anyway, shadows are difficult to paint with yellows...one of my teachers many years ago told me to use green so that things would not get muddy. Some parts of the flower even had a bit of an orange cast in the shadows, while some did appear almost green.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring Tulips


Spring Tulips
original oil painting on canvas on artboard, 10" x 8", unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


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Price: $100 plus $8 shipping USD (shipped U.S.)

Today the weather finally is acting like spring...yahoo! I bought this bunch of tulips at the store on Friday, planned on doing some painting this weekend, but ended up going out instead. It was needed. This painting actually was fun to do. The tulips were the fun part, but I was worried if I could pull them off really looking like tulips since they are two-tones and seem to have many layers. If you would like more information (email me) or would like to leave a comment, please do so.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Gerbera Daisy


A Red Gerbera Daisy
original oil painting on canvas on board, 7"x5", framed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


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Price: $100 plus $8 shipping USD (shipped U.S.)

Spring is still not in Minnesota. Today since the snow storm decided to slow down some, I ventured into town to pick up the mail and hit the grocery store...since spring won't come to Minnesota, I figured that I would at least bring it into my house. So today I picked up a potted gebera daisy, a bouquet of tulips and also one of beautiful Sunshine sunflowers. All will make excellent subject matter. So don't be surprised if my daily paintings include more sunflowers and also an attempt at tulips (I think that I still have some growing outside someplace, but who knows when anyone here will see the good Mother Earth again.

Anyway, with this painting, the red really gave me fits. I probably should try it again when it is NOT the end of the day.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

MacIntosh Apple


MacIntosh APPLE
original oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, 5"x5"x1.4"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


Available. Email me for more information.

Yesterday I had one of those crazy days. I did do a painting, but I ended up wiping it out as I felt it was a disaster...sometimes that happens. Today I found an MacIntosh apple in the frig. My grandmother used to make a wonderful pastry with these apples. She said no other apple has the flavor that was needed except MacIntosh.

This was a fun one to do day. I really enjoy painting with red.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sunflower No. 4 - SOLD


SUNFLOWER No. 4
Original oil painting on gallery-wrapped canvas, 5"x5"x1.4", no frame
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


SOLD
Goodness it sure would be nice to get some warm weather. The closest thing that I can get to spring is getting a sunflower from the store.

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Spirit River



The SPIRIT RIVER
original oil painting on artist canvas board, 4" x 6", framed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


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Price: $75 plus $10 shipping USD (shipped U.S.)

This is the river that flows along my back yard. The ice has finally melted and you can see the river. This is the same river that I have taken my cross-country skiis and went out onto this past winter. However, today was not a sunny day and cloudy so I thought it would be fun to see what happened when trying to paint a landscape with a blah day.

Yesterday, I spent time checking out an old artist book that I have regarding color...very interesting. I tried out the tool made out of cardboard with a hole in it to isolate color. To learn more check out my other blog, A Line in Time, on how to make one.

Usually I do not do many landscapes as I feel that I have so much to learn in regard to doing them. I find them a bit overwhelming. With this one I tried to keep it simple and I plan on putting a small video of my progress. I really like using the color isolator as I now tend to focus on the color and value and do not worry so much about the detail and actually try to keep it simple. Look for more Minnesota landscapes. I am hooked.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

oh, clementine



Sweet Clementine Tangerine
original oil painting on canvas, 6"x6"x1.4"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

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Today was tangerine day. My favorite clemintines and also my favorite complimentary colors....orange and blue. It is fun to see how far one can push these two complimentary colors by using each as the full hue and then also putting a little of one into another to push the mid-tones. These are definitely my favorites as far as using a limited palette. There is so much that can be accomplished with the two colors orange and blue. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Egg



The EGG
original oil paintng on canvas, 5"x5"x1.5"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

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This was quite a challenge today. I may try another one tomorrow where the egg isn't partially in a shadow. I finally had to just put this one down and say...it is finished before I drove myself crazy trying to get it just right.....maybe I will wait a couple of days before trying another one. It was fun though as I love playing colors off of one another and two of the most challenging colors are in the egg...white and yellow...so if the egg is still in tack tomorrow, I might even try it again. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Baby Boys....Tomatoes


BABY BOY Tomatoes
Original oil painting on canvas, 4"x4"x1.5"
copyright MaryAnn Cleary



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Today was a tomato day. This little gems are pretty tasty and are called "Baby Boys" and were grown right here in Minnesota. Hopefully, winter will end soon and I can get fresh ones from the garden or farmer's market.