Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!... Here are a few from 2017.
Thank you for being a part of it.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

River Walk

River Walk      9" x 12"       oil on panel

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Crop - A Lost and Found Painting

First Crop by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 8" x 8"
First Crop          8" x 8"         oil on linen panel
Sometime around our move, 4 years ago, I sold this painting. Or at least I thought I had. When I went to pack and ship, it was no where to be found! I searched everywhere in my studio and just finally gave up. I had no good explanation and had finally decided that it had sold previously but that I had no good record for it. Lo and behold, it has been recovered! These Pink Lady apples have been quietly resting between the covers of a painting book. How it got there I will never know..... I should be re-reading all my painting books....who knows what I'd find!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Golden Days

Golden Days       11" x 14"      oil
A sunny fall day and time on the water for this guy in Yellowstone Park. I replaced my Viridian for Prussian Blue on this one. It's great for mixing interesting greens and works as an alternative to the Ultramarine that's alway on my palette.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turning Fall

Turning Fall                                 oil                           11" x 14"

This is a painting that started as I usually do, with a red wash of the major value areas. I liked the lead-in and had planned it as a landscape only. But, I saw the perfect space for a fly fisher and a long space to use a fishing line creating motion in the foreground. Once I saw it in my mind's eye, I knew it would be a solid way to finish and am happy with the results.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beach Run

Beach Run     oil on panel    8" x 10"

This is not typically the time of year I think about the ocean considering it's a week before Thanksgiving. But, this is a memory from a couple years ago, in Oceanside, CA. It was a late afternoon and people were still enjoying a few last hours of the warm day before the sun went down. A pink underpainting using a thin Cad. Red wash  helped bring a nice warmth to the blues.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Silver Teapot

Silver Teapot by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 10" x 8"

Silver Teapot    oil    10" x 8"

Here is one that is all about a limited palette, which was fun and different for me. Even small bits of blue and orange in the reflections carried the idea of it being colorful against a variety of grays.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake          oil       11" x 14"

This is from a photo I have had many years. Just wanted to paint something lively and festive today so how could I go wrong with roses and birthday cake!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Six Chicks

Six Chicks          oil          8" x 10"

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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Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Painting and Newsletter

River's Edge               oil             11" x 14"

Here is a new painting from the Big Horn River, last spring. And, this is the link to my October newsletter where you can sign up for a Painting Give Away

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cast Away

Cast Away     9" x 12"   oil on panel

This is a fisher from the Lochsa River. It has a bit of an old fashioned or maybe timeless feel to it which I liked. I think it is the slouchy hat and vest which made him look a very comfortable part of his surroundings.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017


"Double!"      oil      12" x 24"

detail - "Double!"   

Here's another long format painting which I enjoy for variety and a different kind of compositional challenge.  It is on a deep edge canvas which is painted on the edges to allow for framing 'as is' or framing. This is from the Big Horn river in Montana.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Creekside Meditation

Creekside Meditation                    oil                 8" x 10"
Here's a look back on a trip to Ennis, Mt. and the surrounding area. This one has some of that fall color I always look forward to!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Solo                oil on linen                8" x 10"

Back to one of my favorite subjects, apples. I love painting them on branches from random orchard and garden photos I've collected over the years.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cottage Garden Bouquet

Cottage Garden Bouquet   9" x 12"   oil on linen panel

This bouquet was sitting on a table in the gardener's cottage at the Kylemore Abbey. There were formal gardens as well as smaller garden plots for cuttings and vegetables. The gardener's cottage no longer has anyone living there, but it is set up like a small museum of days gone by. This  arrangement sat on a table across from a peat burning fire and mantle displaying old photos. Another great place to visit if you ever have the opportunity.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

A Connemara Pony in Heather

A Connemara Pony In Heather     oil on linen panel       9" x 12"

The Connemara Pony is a breed that originated in Ireland and known for it's versatility and good nature. We saw many that were white or shades of white and gray and they always looked wonderful surrounded by the lush green fields. The heather was just beginning to bloom and gave us a preview of the blue and red violet color that would soon be all around.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cawdor Castle & Gardens- Scotland

Cawdor Castle & Gardens- Scotland             oil                   11" x 14"

This painting is from Scotland's lovely Cawdor Castle and surrounding gardens not too much of a drive from Inverness. This fairytale castle has all the features we come to think of from illustrations and movies..... corner spires, a drawbridge, moat and massive main structure. The gardens are fabulous as well and it's hard to pick a favorite view.... but this is certainly one of them.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blue Boats In Galway

Blue Boats In Galway         9" x 12"           oil on linen
Another harbor scene from Ireland drew my eye for it's color and movement. I had fun with thicker paint on this one though it doesn't show too well in this photo. A transparent coral color helped liven up all the blues so that they don't read too cool.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blue Door (Croft House)

Blue Door (Croft House)   9" x 12:"      oil

A croft is a small farm in Ireland or Scotland. We saw many small farms dotting the countrysides and always surrounded by rolling fields of green. We must have seen every possible shade of green under blue and gray skies that changed by the hour. The brightly painted doorways were one of my favorite sights too.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Irish Rose

Irish Rose       9" x 12"      oil

"Irish Rose" There are roses everywhere in the beautiful country of Ireland. And since they're one of my favorites to could I resist these? 
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle     10" x 8"    oil

This is one of the towers at Cahir Castle in county Tipperary. We visited many castles and beautiful views reminding us of the very real history behind the illustrated books and movies that they've  inspired over the years. I knew this would be a painting on seeing it. 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Galway Harbor

Galway Harbor      8" x 10"       oil on linen panel

Summer is slipping away and this is the first painting I've done from our travels in Ireland. There is beauty everywhere, but the blocks of color in the oceanside town of Galway.caught my eye. We lucked out with the weather and sunny days were on order nearly every day. We had showers, but they were brief and refreshing for the most part. All the towns had bright color that vied for our attention while the landscapes were saturated with every variety of green possible.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Italian Jar and Sunflowers

Italian Jar & Sunflowers       2" x 9"      oil

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland and Scotland. I hope to soon have the time to paint from the photos I brought back from the beautiful landscapes there. Meanwhile, this is a painting I finished just before we left, but I ran out of time to post. It is one of my favorite Italian pottery pieces and always competes with any flower I use in it.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017


Sidelight       10 x 8       oil on linen panel

Another floral today from a local garden. 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Violet Favorites

Violet Favorites       10" x 10"      oil

I can't seem to stay away from painting Hollyhocks for too long. I love the rich color and variety of trumpet shapes that draw me in. This was done on a linen I haven't used for some time. It is acrylic primed and is a very smooth portrait grade. It's very absorbent which I struggle with a bit, but it also allows for very soft edges.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rainier Park Viewpoint

Rainier Park Viewpoint   10" x 10"  oil on panel

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Paradise,  10" x 10",  oil
This one sold before the paint was dry.... nice when it happens that way! It is a beach from a trip to Hawaii with wonderful Hibiscus blossoms everywhere.
I've had more requests for tropical scenes lately and it seems people have their minds on vacation and relaxing places for a little escape.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017


Dogwood            9" x 12"          oil

I just love the red of Dogwood in the landscape. There can be no better contrast for me, than the wonderful reds against a variety of greens. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trout Lake, Yellowstone

Trout Lake, Yellowstone             oil          8" x 10"

This is Trout Lake in Yellowstone Park. It's a bit of a climb up a hill from the main road and I was with a friend while our husbands fished that afternoon. Jane is energetic and encouraging and she kindly waited for me as I struggled to climb the steeper bits of the path. The climb was worth it though. There is a lovely path all around the small lake and I took many photos, one of which I used here.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

River Path

River Path           oil          8" x 10"
Another spring river scene. Loved painting the warm greens and reflected blues here. 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring, Big Horn River

Spring, Big Horn River     oil      9" x 12"

We recently returned from the Big Horn River in Montana. I got several photos of fly fishers and this maroon red boat was a beautiful shape against the blues and greens of the landscape. I painted this one the day after taking the photo, while it was fresh in my mind and I had a good idea of what I wanted in the finish. 
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Sunday, April 2, 2017


Mums                  oil                7" x 9"
A small still life to get me thinking about spring! This is a set up with one of my favorite bowls and blue vase. My limited palette here was cad yellow light, permanent rose and ultramarine blue. Once again, I worked off of a light gray background to gauge values.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Red Dash

Red Dash      12" x 9"     oil on panel
This is another of my favorite references from a Basque festival,. I decided to combine more of an abstract feel in the background. I also used loose edges to help convey a sense of movement and liveliness to an otherwise still figure.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blue Fly Shadows

Blue Fly Shadows              14" x 11"               oil
A familiar image again, but this time I did try something a little different in the process. I typically work on a light wash of cad. red or sienna in order to have a warm background to let color bounce off of. In this case I used a light gray background mixed from white and a bit of black gesso. this certainly shows up your values clearly and it was an interesting way to work. I sketched out the scene in cad red medium before beginning to lay in larger color masses. I liked the result and will definitely use the same approach again.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Backstage Details

                                     Backstage Details          oil             9" x 8"

Here's a post from a Basque Festival photo taken awhile back. I always enjoy their dancing and the whirl of red skirts. The backstage action is good too with the anticipation of performance and a lot of helping hands and emphasis on the costumes.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fenced In Hollyhocks

Fenced In Hollyhocks          10" x 8"       oil

One of my favorite subjects to paint. I really needed to turn to a favorite for this one. It continues to amaze me that after years of painting, I've learned that time away from the easel creates a kind of creative blindness when I begin again. I can still feel like a newbie at the easel if I  haven't had the opportunity to paint everyday. One of the ways I get back into the swing of things is with a comfortable favorite subject like this one. Colorful and splashy...

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Monday, March 6, 2017

'Fishing The West'

Fishing The West                      oil                    8" x 10"

This is from the Big Horn river is Montana. I've painted this fisherman before and always enjoy the shape of his cowboy hat as a focal point. He was having a good day, and I was able to catch several shots of him fishing. 
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quiet Space

Quiet Space   8" x 10"    oil
Just time for a quick post today. This is the first of two fly fishing paintings I had time for this weekend. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

In the Shadows - Auction

In The Shadows 
Here's another painting I've just listed with Daily Paintworks Auctions.... see the details HERE

Once again thank you to John Simlett for his suggestions on how I might fix a couple Blogger issues I've been having regarding comments. My latest research tells me that the inline reply button on the blog can be 'broken' and not read correctly. Unfortunately, the fix is to change some of the html code and I am not feeling enough confidence to do so. On my second issue, since I receive some comment notifications by email but not all, I have concluded this is something to do with Google + and/or Google Circles. I do not receive notification for those in G Plus. However, my solution is to check in more frequently and accept the vagaries of technology! Pin It

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rose Bower- new DPW Auction

Once again, I am posting an Auction on DailyPaintworks.
 You can see the details for 'Rose Bower'

And, thank you to those who came up with some answers to my Blogger issues! I'm still trying to get it right.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Paintbrush Hillside

Paintbrush Hillside   oil    20" x 10"

This is a painting from Rainier National Park. The Indian Paintbrush had started to bloom and looking up this hillside gave a lovely path of red through deep greens. It's one of my favorite color schemes....

I'm asking a few tech questions in this post, so if any of you have answers, or have had problems with the same issues, please weigh in.

1. I'd like to reply directly to blog comments, but often find that Blogger won't post my comment. Sometimes it works out, but usually my reply comment disappears! I have looked at settings but can't seem to figure out what I'm missing.

2. I used to get an email notification that someone has made a blog comment. But in the last several months it rarely happens. I typically have to go back and check my last post to see if anyone has left a comment.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Chicken With Fruit

Chicken And Fruit   oil     10" x 8"

I almost titled this Lemon Chicken, but that's one of our 'go to' dinners, and it didn't seem very kind to the chicken! Chicken with Fruit still sounds like a recipe but......oh well...ii wasn't too creative with a title on this one.
This is from late fall, just before we started getting snow in November. There is a small farm nearby where I went to take some photos of chickens, goats and whatever was scratching around the yard. They had thrown a lot of lemons and oranges onto the ground for all their menagerie, and it made the whole scene extra colorful.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Auction - Side By Side

Side By Side        8" x 10"      oil

I decided to try something new for awhile and put up a painting on the Daily PaintWorks Auction Page. This auction will last for one week. Feel free to email if you have questions. Meanwhile, this is the  Link to Bid  and/or take a look at the details.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wenatchee Pink Lady Apples

Wenatchee Pink Lady Apples,   oil    12" x 9"

In deciding on an uplifting subject with great color to play with, I chose a favorite subject. Any fruit on a vines or trees always appeals to me. My painting process was to establish a brush drawing of umber and red to establish values and basic shapes. Then, started laying in deep greens and reds. I went for establishing the hot spots of pure color next and lightened up gradually into the highlights.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Friends And Fishing

Friends And Fishing                 oil                    12" x 16"

This painting was my personal antidote after shoveling snow (yet again) today. I caught these guys in a photo in Yellowstone Park last summer. I thought it told a good story of 2 guys heading out in anticipation of a good day on the water. I really enjoyed playing with all the rich color in the dry grasses and the feeling of comradery between the two.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

St. Mary's Falls

St. Mary's Falls                      oil on linen panel                       8" x 10"
St. Mary's Falls is in Glacier Park and I have painted this view before. But, I haven't tired of the picture postcard view and memories of a great trip. 

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Friday, January 6, 2017

River View

       River View                                                      oil                                            8" x 10"

As with many of you, we are dealing with below zero temps and snow, snow snow! Today, I re-lived a trip down the Big Hole River in Montana from last July. Beautiful blue skies and a great variety of landscape greens. Enjoy....

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