Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Bridge With A View" by Contemporary Landscape and Figurative Arizona Artist Mary Opat

20" x 16" Oil on Canvas

I believe the photo used for this painting was taken
 in northern Minnesota.  Skip and his wife travel all over 
the U.S. and have supplied me with photos for many future paintings!
I'd like to try this one again and go for a much looser effect.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

News Article, RE: Mural in Gilbert.

It's in the newspaper, so no turning back now!!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Oriole Feasting" by Contemporary Landscape and Figurative Arizona Arist Mary Opat

The photo used for the bird in this painting was taken in 
Mom and Dad's back yard in Iowa.  The foliage was added 
from my imagination.  It's the first painting I've done using leaves and berries 
and I'm anxious to try it again!  The original is SOLD
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Friday, February 15, 2013

My First Portrait, by Mary Opat

11" x 14"  Oil on Panel

This was my first finished portrait.  I took the photo
 indoors and the lighting was great.  I was pleased with the result and
found that portrait painting isn't so scary after all!  I'm finding it
to be very satisfying.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Sisters" Contemporary Landscape and Figurative Oil Paintings by Arizona Artist, Mary Opat

22" x 28" Oil on Canvas

I've almost finished this painting.  These two girls were 
photographed in Copper Canyon, Mexico. 
 Photo credit to Galen Frysinger.  It hasn't been varnished yet, so
it will be fun to see how it will look when it's complete.  
I'll have to live with it a few days to decide if it's finished.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

CFAI advertisement, painting by Contemporary Landscape and Figurative Arizona Oil Painter, Mary Opat

Wow, it's fun to have one of my paintings being seen all over the world 
as advertising for the online Spring Juried Show hosted
by Contemporary Fine Art International.  Thanks CFAI for
using my painting!  To view or purchase my paintings,
please follow this link

Portrait of Kylie by Landscape and Figurative Arizona Oil Painter Mary Opat

20" x 16"

This painting of my niece Kylie was done using a photo.  I
was planning to paint another portrait of Kylie and her sister, but 
they are changing so fast I may need to get
a more recent photo!  To view more of my paintings, follow this link

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Historical Mural

I'm excited to have been chosen to paint a historical mural on the American Legion building in Gilbert, AZ.  I'm working in conjunction with the Gilbert Leadership Class.  I'm finishing up on the design now and will keep you posted!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Debbie's Day, original seascape oil painting by Arizona Contemporary artist Mary Opat

I've just added a new painting to  Contemporary Fine Art International.  This oil painting was from a photo I took on Huntington Beach in California.  It's called Debbie's Day. I was on a road trip with my good friend Debbie Weatherford.  I'll never forget my first trip to the beach.  Debbie was always full of life and continually smiling.  She's making angels laugh now. To view or purchase my paintings visit

Debbie Weatherford

Sunday, February 3, 2013

GVAL Annual Art Show Award

I was very happy to get a third place ribbon for the portrait I entered into the GVAL art show.  There are so many talented artists in our group and everyone is so supportive of each other.  I'm blessed to know so many wonderful people!  To view or purchase my work, please visit

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Paintings in the GVAL Art Show

The Gilbert Visual Art League 10th Annual Juried Show and Sale begins today and goes through Feb. 16th. I'm posting the three oil paintings that I have displayed there.  Come and check out the show if you're in the area.  The show is hosted by East Side Art located at 9919 E. Apache Trail, Mesa, AZ 85207.  Two of my paintings were done using photos taken by Kristin while visiting Steve in Alaska.  I got a sneak peek at the artwork last night and it looks like a great show!  Two of the paintings are available at

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lately a lot of my friends back in Iowa have been asking to see my art.  I now have an "online presence" with  Contemporary Fine Art International.  When I mentioned blogging to my niece, she asked if I have that much to say!  Well, probably not, but I will share photos of my paintings as I finish them.  I'm starting out here goes!  This was painted from a photo.  I haven't added it to any art sites yet.