Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hollyhock Impressions

Hollyhock Impressions   14" x 11"   oil

One of my very favorite old fashioned flowers.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day is Sunday June 17th!

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th!

Consider a gift certificate toward a painting of his choice.
Email me for details

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Quiet Place

                                                  A Quiet Place    oil     10" x 8"

Here's a new one that uses concentrated color and a small stream to create mood.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Blue Pool

Blue Pool    oil    10" x 10"

This is my husband fishing (and catching) in Montana and the composition seemed perfect for a square format which I haven't used in awhile. I played with some creative color in the shadows for fun and used blues against the orange undertones for punch. This triad of orange, blue and green is one of my favorites.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Does It Match The Sofa?

Sunset , Ruby River,   24" x 36"  oil on deep edge canvas

I've been wanting to try a painting mock-up like this for some time and now just getting around to it. This is a fun way to envision the size of a painting within a particular environment. Here, 2 x 3 foot painting is shown against an approximate five or six foot sofa,. If you have an interior photo that I can help you re-imagine with one of my paintings, let me know!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

And The Winner is....

The winner as picked by number using is J. Jensen from Washington. 
Thank you to all who entered! Hope to see you here and on Instagram!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Painting Give-Away

Birch Trees     oil      12" x 9"

I'm doing a painting give-away for "Birch Trees", with a bit of a twist. This one is through Instagram, so if you 'like' this post and follow me on IG.... you are automatically entered to win. And you only have to wait until June 1st to find out who the winner is! Find me on IG... @mary_maxam

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Another Giant

                 Another Giant    10" x 10"    oil on panel

Here's another view from Arches National Park. The rock formations there are so giant and different from the Northwest that I really have to think about the shapes and color and try not to overdo either.  

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spring Greens

Spring Greens,  9 x 12",  oil

I dug out a nearly finished roll of linen today that I hadn't used in a long while. It is much more textured than my usual surface, but seemed just right for all the twigs and grasses in this landscape. 
(Claessens #66 Single Oil Primed ) I enjoyed the change and always feel it's a good thing to change it up now and then.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

A Little Bird

     A Little Bird              8" x 10"               oil on panel

The tangle of dead branch shapes caught my eye when I came across this fallen tree, but additionally I liked the contrast of the small yellow bird that hopped full of life and song.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Southwest Landscape

               Southwest Landscape        oil       8" x 10"

We've recently returned from Arches National Park and this is my first attempt at trying to capture some of the color there. It is both rich and subtle and the shapes are inspiring.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Single Bloom- Geranium

           Single Bloom-Geranium  10"x5"  oil

This is from a couple weeks ago. I always love a spot of red and this geranium in the window of a second hand store gave me both color and an unusual format to play with.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Westport Docks, End of Day

Westport Docks, End of Day                    oil on panel                10" x 8

Another re-post from the the Washington coast this time.....

A quick post on this dock scene from Westport, Washington. It's pretty active and I used an umber underpainting which I usually don't do. While it worked out, I still prefer a more vibrant color wash underneath, such as cad. red or rose.  

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Six Chicks

Six Chicks          oil          8" x 10"

I'm posting a few favorites from  the past year this week.....

I needed to get my chicken painting fix as it had been too long! As with other recent paintings, I loosely sketched this in Cad. Red and blocked in large passages of darks in that as well. It helps to remind me of the values as I proceed to color. The red doesn't seem to affect the top color other than to warm it a bit. 

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Working The Back Channels

Working The Back Channels       oil on canvas          16" x 40"

Another of my recent larger works. I had fun with bringing all the individual areas here into a cohesive whole. I had a real challenge at one point where everthing appeared too red and intense, but cooled things down with some blue and gray glazing. 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunset, Ruby River

Sunset, Ruby River      24" x 36"     oil on canvas

I've been planning a few larger works lately and this is the first of them. Feels good to stretch out the color and brushwork and work on depth in a way that smaller works don't allow in the same way.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Shadows and workshop

Shadows       oil     9" x 12"

This one is a bit different for me as I am experimenting with the palette and soft edge approach of Kevin Courter. He's a master of creating mood and special lighting effects in the landscape and I recently returned from his workshop in Sacramento. Kevin is an excellent teacher and generous with his time and information.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pink Rose Bower

Pink Rose Bower

Had to paint some sweet pink roses today. These are from a photo I took of red roses, but I brought all the values up and decided on a much more spring like feel for it. It must be the influence of Valentine's Day.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Birch Trees

Birch Trees     12" x 9"    oil on panel

I painted this with the intention of using a different color palette. This uses the triad of violet, green and orange. It was a good experiment for me. I tried to keep the path through the trees in a high key to provide contrast and a window into the depth of the landscape.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Using A Transparent Value Plan, International Artist Magazine

I am happy to share exciting news this month about my article in the current edition of  International Artist magazine  "Using a Transparent Value Plan" includes a step-by-step painting demonstration and thoughts on some of my other paintings that are featured. You can see a brief preview online,  page 64.
My next five painting purchasers will receive a copy.

In addition, my newsletter posted today, and you can view it HERE

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