Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Pickled Pepper

"Pickled Peppers & Salsa"
original oil painting, 9x12 inch, unframed
copyright 2010 MaryAnn Cleary

This my my first finished painting of the year. Since the weather is bitter cold outside, I am working in the studio from a still life setup. It includes a few of my favorite things - some Red Wing pottery. A small orange custard cup from the Gypsy Trail dinnerware of the 1930s and a dark brown glazed stoneware mixing bowl. The quart jar of salsa and the smaller jars of pickled peppers are all fruits of a summer harvest. It seems living in Minnesota one just gets back into doing canning of fruits and veggies. They are mighty tasty during this cold and frigid winters.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Two Best Friends

"Two Best Friends"
conte/charcoal drawing on paper, 12x28 inch, commission piece
copyright 2010 MaryAnn Cleary

This drawing is a commission piece that I finished up last month. I loved applying the technique of charcoal and conte to the dog portrait. It seemed to fit. The commission in itself was a challenge due to one of the dogs passing away and the lack of photos. There were few photos of the pet and the ones available were a challenge to use, but in the end it seemed to workout nicely.

For pet portrait commissions, one of the things that I like to do is to find out as much as possible about the animal. The personality. The quirks. The disposition. As it turns out with these two wonderful dogs, the German Shepherd was the alpha of the two - the instigator who shared his mischief with his buddy, the Rottweiler. The still life between them is a reminder of some of those mischievous times.

If you would like to have a pet portrait or other portrait commission, please feel free to contact me for more information.