Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fairy Wings

"Fairy Wings"
pastel, 16x20 inch
copyright 2011 MaryAnn Cleary
Second Place Winner in the Image Show

Capturing the essence of a small child and their behavior is one of my muses for painting children's portraits. Imagination and pretending are such an important aspect of being a child. As adults we tend to forget about the world of "make believe" and become entangled with surviving our daily struggles of living our lives.

Fairy Wings is meant to bring us back to that time when the child in us loved to dress up and pretend of being someone or something else. It made us feel special and seemed to give the child in us power and strength when times could be difficult.

The model for this painting is my granddaughter and when I brought her the gift of wings and a ruffled tutu skirt, she immediately put them on and absolutely refused to remove them. Her sweet innocence and for her the power of being a "fairy princess butterfly" made her feel so special.....but of course she is. The power of make believe is incredible and as adults it could not hurt for each of to pretend some times.

Monday, October 03, 2011

"Fall Colors"

"Fall Colors"
8x10 inch, oil on linen, landscape
plein air, unframed
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

This past week while picking up paintings from the show in Grand Marais, MN, I decided to spend a couple of days enjoying the fall colors and also to do some plein air painting. This painting was done plein air and the location is near the Trail Center Lodge - one of my favorite places stay. The food is fantastic and the area is absolutely beautiful.