Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I'm Back!

This had to be one of the highlights of my trip to France.  It was a visit to the cafe
Van Gogh painted during his stay in Arles, 1888.
I took a few photos at the same angle Van Gogh used to paint 
"Cafe Terrace at Night".  My plan is to do a loose
rendition of his painting using vibrant colors, to hang my home.

I took over a thousand photos while in the Provence region.  The colors
and architecture were stunning.  I've been asked for more door paintings, and 
believe me, I've got the reference photos! 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Quantum Leap Series

I'm getting so much enjoyment from painting my Quantum Leap Series.  Here is the second painting in the series.  "Rose Rising" is a 15" x 30" mixed media painting on a gallery wrapped canvas.

Quantum Leap.   When particles haven’t actually formed yet.  When such things as electrons, photons, quarks, gluons, and bosons are still waves.  When electrons jump between one atomic obit and another. That instant when quantum physics tells us that the act of observation or interaction forms solid particles.  This series represents that split second in between, when the miracle of presence happens.

 In these paintings I'm trying to represent that by combining realistic painting with paint applied in abstract layered swirls.  It's different for me and I hope you enjoy the paintings!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

GVAL Member Show

I've entered these three paintings into the Gilbert Visual Art League 2017
Members Art Show.  The show runs from November 4th through December 2nd at
The Gilbert Historical Museum in Gilbert, AZ.  I won't make it to the opening reception 
because I'll be in Gold Canyon showing in the Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour.
You can find information on both of the shows on my website events by 
clicking HERE    Have a great day.
Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams!

Frontiersman 24"x36" Oil on Stretched Canvas

Grandma's Table  12"x12" Oil on Stretched Canvas

Horse and Friend 14" x 11" Oil on Stretched Canvas

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Join me at the Olive Mill on October 8th!

My first show of the season is at the Queen Creek Olive Mill on Sunday October 8th. I'll be in the beautiful olive grove again with some fellow Artists of the Superstitions.  If you haven't experienced the Olive Mill before, you will be delighted.  The food is delicious as well as the large selection of local products including olive oil and olive oil products, wine, locally roasted coffee, and the best gelato!  They also offer locally crafted beer and barbeque on the grounds.  Grab a picnic table and enjoy the art and the music.  The show starts at 9 am to 3 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 4, 2017

"Mystical Mirage" Mixed Media Original by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Mystical Mirage" Mixed Media Original by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

36" x 24" Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

This was an exciting painting to do.  Thank you to Janina Suuronen for
your wonderful photo!  It was fun to take a great photo and make it my own
creation.  This is the first painting in my new Quantum Leap series.
It's going to be hard to part with this one, but you can find it for sale on
my website HERE  As always, feel free to contact me if you would like more info
or more detailed photos.

Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Work in Process

36x24 oil and acrylic

I'm nearly finished with this painting.  I haven't decided on a
title yet.  Look for it on my website soon HERE

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Work in Progress

Here is phase 2 of this 36x24 work in process.  After I finish painting
the horses and water I'll decide on the final finish for the background.
With any luck, the colors in the background will be peeking
through to give the piece some sparkle and excitement.  Finished
painting to follow soon!

Life is art...paint your dreams!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

36x24 mixed media

I decided to share this painting in several steps.  My plan is to paint the middle 
section in oil and the background by applying acrylic paint with
a knife and oil pastels as accent.  This will be my first attempt at 
anything like this.  So far I've used acrylic to cover the white of the canvas
and have started drawing the horses in oil.  Acrylic can't be applied over oil,
so I need to plan ahead more than usual.  The splash of water is
heavy body acrylics.  I'll be posting several more within the next couple of weeks.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

"Sarah" Contemporary Figurative Oil by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Sarah" Contemporary Figurative Oil by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

14" x 18" Oil on Stretched Linen

I just noticed I've painted three people in a row.  I have to admit, this is
what I love to paint.  I've started a lovely bouquet of white lilys in a
pretty blue vase, but I have a difficult time getting excited over florals.

I've joined a brand new group of artists.  We call ourselves AZ Artopia
and had our first meeting just a month ago.  I've volunteered to be the
publicity person, so you'll see my posts for the group from time to time on 
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram showing new paintings and announcing our 
gallery shows.  For now, I'm taking a break for a month or so to enjoy my family
in Minnesota and Iowa and celebrate two of my grandchildren's graduation
from high school!  If you would like purchase information for this or any of
my artwork, you can click HERE

 Art...Paint Your Dreams!

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Fortitude" Figurative Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Fortitude" Figurative Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

16" x 20" Oil on Linen Panel

For some reason this little girl just spoke to me and I had to paint her.
Her story is relevant in so many countries today.  To view or purchase this
painting or any of my work, please click HERE  I'll be adding more paintings
soon.  I'm just a little behind!

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