Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Website

If you've tried to check out my paintings by following a link to the Contemporary Fine Art International web site within the past few days , you'll notice that most of my paintings have been removed.  The site has made some changes and now only twelve paintings are showcased for each artist.  Also, the paypal shopping cart is no longer available to us. 

I was a little bummed out until I realized that it might be a good thing in the long run.  It forced me to get off my you-know-what and shop around for an individual website.  I'm planning to keep using the international blogs that are available through CFAI.  I add my paintings to 8 blogsites in addition to this one and I'm getting a good presence on Google Images because of that.

Here is a link to my new website:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Oil Painting of a Girl on Her Horse by Arizona Portrait Artist Mary Opat

Oil Painting of a Girl on her Horse by Arizona
Portrait Artist Mary Opat 
16" x 20" Oil on Canvas NFS
I finished this one up today.  Please check out some of my
Thanks you for visiting my blog.  Happy
first day of Fall!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 3 girl on horse

Here's what I'm working on after day 3.  I'll put it away for a few
days to get a fresh perspective on it before I finish it.  Please visit
Contemporary Fine Art International to view or purchase my work.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

day 2 girl on horse

I was able to get a few hours to paint today.  At the end of
day 2 both the horse and rider look a little scary! To see some of my
finished work, follow this link:
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day one Horse and Rider Portrait

I started this 16" x 20" portrait yesterday of a little girl and her
Arabian horse.  I got most of it blocked in on the first day.  I like the way the
jacket turned out just using a few strokes and leaving it...something I'm
getting better at!  I'll post the progression of this one so check back. 
Thanks for visiting.  You can see more of my work at

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Two Women with Baskets" Contemporary Figurative Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Two Women with Baskets"  Contemporary Figurative Oil
Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat
16" x 20" Oil on Canvas
Please follow this link to see or purchase my
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Another great presenter at the GVAL Meeting

Bruce Marion gave a demo at last night at the Gilbert Visual
Arts League September meeting.  I'm so excited to be joining a few of my
friends in November at one of his workshops. You may see some crazy good
paintings from me in the near future!  I snagged this photo of
Bruce from the internet.  Another great meeting with good friends
and learning at GVAL.  If you live in this area of
Arizona come join us!  Here are links to GVAL and to
the site where I display and sell my art work.  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wildlife Mural

Mural at the Cresco Wildlife Club  8.5' x 35'
One of my good friends from Cresco, Iowa sent these photos to me
of a mural I painted several years ago.  The photos remind
me not only of the fun I had painting the mural, but also of the
fun times at the events hosted there and friends I won't forget.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September "Pick of the Month" from Mary Opat

John and Elli Milan
It's September already?  Where did the summer go!
This month I'd like to feature the web site of my friends
John and Elli Milan.  They are both artists here in the east valley and
in addition to producing beautiful, colorful paintings, they
teach art classes in their studio.  You can check out their
artwork and class schedule by following this link:
find my work at
thanks for visiting my blog!