Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More Works in Progress for the 29day Giving Challenge

Works in Progress for the 29-Day Giving Challenge
copyright MaryAnn Cleary 2008

Here are two more small watercolors with pen & ink that I am currently working on for the 29-Day Giving Challenge. These will be number 9 and 10. I hope to get at least half of the 29 small paintings completed by the end of the week now that my visitors have left and returned home to Montana.

Once I have completed all the little paintings, I will be giving them away to those who have left a comment on my blog stating that they would like to have one. This is part of my personal challenge in regard to Cami Walker's effort of the 29-Day Giving Challenge.

I hope you enjoy them and I will keep you posted with the finished paintings as well as progress on new ones. These little paintings will be approx. 4x6 inch in size and I plan on matting them to a finished size of 8x10 inch so that they will easily pop into a standard sized frame.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date

Flower in a Vase

original oil painting, 10 x 10 inch, copyright MaryAnn Cleary

Here is my interpretation of the latest photo for the virtual sketching date. Sorry for the late posting of this one, but my grandson and his parents are visiting so I was a little side-tracked. However, I did manage to squeeze in some painting time this evening. I thought about doing this in charcoal or watercolor, but I opted to do oil in a more loose technique using a palette knife as well as a brush. Enjoy!

Thanks to those who helped put this together! What fun!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More Little Paintings for the 29-Day Giving Challenge

watercolor with pen & ink on Arches paper, image 3.5 x 6 inch (no. 5 of 29)
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

Yellow Flowers
watercolor with pen & ink on Arches paper, image 3.5 x 6 inch (no. 6 of 29)
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

watercolor with pen & ink on Arches paper, image 3.5 x 6 inch (no. 7 of 29)
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

Pink Impatiens
watercolor with pen & ink on Stonehenge paper, image 4 x 6 inch (no. 8 of 29)
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

It has been a few weeks since I actually updated the little paintings that I have for the 29-Day Giving Challenge. This past week I finished up four more so now I have a total of 8 of the 29 needed for the give away. Remember to comment on this blog about the challenge or paintings to be added to the drawing for one of these little gems. So far there are several names on the list.

When all the paintings are completed, I will mat them up and put them in a protective sleeve. The names who have commented on this blog will be put on slips of paper and I will have one of my neighbors do the drawing. You will be notified of which painting you will receive and I will mail it off to you. No catch. It is part of my giving challenge.

The final works will be matted to a standard frame size that can easily be purchase by the winner. Postage will be free.

Enjoy! Remember to comment to be a part of this.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Lake Superior Waves

Waves Along the Shore in Grand Marais, MN on Lake Superior
original oil painting on canvas on board, 11 x 14 inches, unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

This was another plein aire painting that I painted while in Grand Marais. I love the shoreline and the rocks there. The waves from the lake can be memorizing as they splash against the rocks, especially if a storm is brewing.

With this painting I tried to capture that feeling and the power behind those waves as well as the colors that danced against the rocks.

If anyone is interested in this painting, please feel free to contact me (info@maryanncleary.com).

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Getting Ready for Little Falls.....

The Last One
original oil painting on linen on board, 8 x 10 inches, framed
price: $150
copyright Maryann Cleary

This weekend is the Little Falls Arts Festival in Little Falls, MN. It is supposed to be one of the biggest festivals in the nation!! This is my first time attending this and I have a wonderful spot in a central location. I am not one of those folks who has done much as far as art festivals so I am a bit nervous and excited. I hope to at least get my booth money back and maybe make a few dollars.

To me, the important thing is to start getting my name out there. Working as an engineer for the past few years and putting my art on the back burner has not helped at all. At least when my kids were small, I belonged to art groups and would actually help with shows and promoting the arts. Now I feel like I am in a no where land....so difficult. I must also say that it seemed easier in other states. Maybe I am missing something, but it seems much more difficult now that I am living in the Midwest. Maybe it is being in a small town....

Anyway, I am putting hangers on frames tonight and I have a good inventory, especially after attending a workshop and then painting ALL week long in Grand Marais. Some days I even was able to paint three paintings. I love plein air painting.

I also received a compliment while at the show. The juror stated that my work had style and that the pieces that were hung for the competition all had a consistent style....I have been looking for my style forever and I just had not realized that it was already there!

Also, I have gained probably the most important piece of information that I must recommend to to other artists. Paint from your heart. When you see something that moves you, paint it. There is a connection and that is what art is all about. Don't paint because...oh, that might sell...or that looks good...paint from your heart.

Well, off to finish up putting on some hangers.....I think i need a paying job as it is so much easier than this work of being an artist (the pay is considerable better, too). However, this is what I love, where my passion is and I know that I will be an artist and a successful one. It just takes time.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Awesome Week in Grand Marais!!!

original oil painting of waves at Grand Marais, MN
oil on canvas on panel, 8 x 10 inches, created during the plein air event
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

This painting is one of many created last week during the plein air event held by the Art Colony at Grand Marais. This painting did not win any awards, but it was the first one sold!! A delightful woman from Thunder Bay, Canada was the lucky person who purchased this painting. It actually was my favorite of the many that I painted last week. That day I was out to paint rocks...they are beautiful in that area...but the waves captured my spirit. It was a cloudy day and the weather "iffy" so the waves of Lake Superior mimicked those conditions. They would come in with a fury and splash against the rocks, trying to make their way.

I am so glad that this one found such a good home. Tomorrow I will post more of my endeavors of last week. I really enjoyed it. In reality, this was my first time actually painting outside where I was not involved with a workshop and I was strictly on my own. I must tell you that I am addicted and I can only see improvement in the future. This painting looked so much nicer in person....it just had the magic......the rocks were wet from the waves, reflecting the glistening bluish-grey glaze of the sky.