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

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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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Angel in a Green Hat" Child Portrait by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Angel in a Green Hat" Child Portrait by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

12" x 16" Oil on Raymar Linen Panel

The photo used for reference for this painting was taken by Barbara Tester 
from Australia and used with permission.  The little girl's name is Eden and
loved to play dressup.  This latest completed painting has been sold, but I enjoy it 
so much that I wanted to share it.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Beauty" Charcoal Drawing by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Beauty" 15" x 22" Charcoal Drawing

The photo I used for reference to draw this beauty was shot by a 
photographer in the UK, Ruth Archer.  I've begun working on a few
drawings and paintings for two shows coming up that feature a western theme.
Of course, selling my art before it gets to a show is even better!  This one is
available on my website, which you can check out HERE

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Monday, April 10, 2017

"A Moment for Thanks" has found a new home!

"A Moment for Thanks" SOLD

I had a great time in Phoenix on Saturday at Berridge Nursery I was invited to 
show at their 19th annual Art in the Garden.  We set up among beautiful
flowering plants and trees with a closeup view of Camelback Mountain.  I can't 
think of a better venue!  A big Thank you to my friend Dianne for helping
me with the set up and take down and keeping me company 😊

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"Jada" Pet Portrait in Oil by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Jada" Pet Portrait in Oil by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

8" x 10" Oil on Linen Panel

I enjoyed painting this commissioned piece.  Those eyes!  I don't
believe I've ever seen a cat with this coloring before. 

Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mural on Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ by Team MAC

Volunteers filling in

Ashley, Chris and Me

Mural painted 3/25/2017 by team MAC (Mary, Chris, Ashley)

"Musical Ostrich" is a mural on a major street in Chandler, AZ.  The
idea was to promote safety at this busy crosswalk on Arizona Avenue while
giving a nod to the heritage and present day interests of downtown Chandler.
The design has some significance to Chandler.  Each year, Chandler hosts the Ostrich Festival. 
It's a unique experience!  There are ostrich races and camel races (with riders), food trucks
 and plenty of vendors.  The Jazz Festival is another big event.  We combined the
two ideas in our design and presented it (along with five other designs) to the city.
We were awarded one of four designs accepted for the project.
Volunteers helped to paint the design.  It was a fun day!  The street was closed for
another great event, the BBQ and Beer Fest.  Fun, fun, fun!  

I dug up a photo taken in 2011 at the Ostrich Fest. 
Debbie W, me, and Mary H.  Fun times! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1954 Buick Skylark

"1954 Buick Skylark" Vintage Auto Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat

11" x 14" Oil on Linen Panel

I don't claim to know a lot about cars, but I do enjoy
painting them.  The reflections are so interesting to me and can sometimes
 tell a little story about the people at a car show.  This is my painting for 
week #12 in my year long painting challenge.  If you like this
painting, or would like a quote on a custom painting, 
please click HERE 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Week #11 challenge painting


12" x 9" Oil on Stretched Linen

This little painting is a favorite of mine.  The colors are fun and I
always enjoy painting light reflection in the shadow areas.  If you would like
to fine the details or purchase this painting, you can follow this link.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mural Award

TEAM MAC ( Mary, Ashley, Chris) has been chosen to implement one of our mural designs in downtown Chandler.  Chris Venema, Ashley Walden and myself submitted six designs.  One of Ashley's was among the designs chosen.  We will be laying out the 5' x 26' design beside a crosswalk on Arizona Ave. on March 25th during the BBQ and Beer Fest.  We'll be recruiting volunteers to help fill in the design, so if you're in the area and want to help, please let one of us know.  It should be a fun way to participate in the activities!