Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kudos to my GVAL friends!

Good things have been happening!  This weekend I attended an art gallery reception in Chandler where my friends Marsha Blumm and Sandy Wilderman had wonderful pieces showing at the Vision Gallery  I ran in to several other artists I know and the art was terrific, but as with most shows, no photos were allowed.

Ann Wallace, who is home in Bellingham, WA for the summer, received honorable mention for her landscape at the NW Landscape Intimate Show.  Congratulations Ann!  Check out more of Ann's paintings at 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Women Making Faces

I'm really excited to be part of an upcoming exhibition called "Women Making Faces".  The plan is for twelve Arizona female portrait artists to paint a total of 60 portraits of notable Arizona women.  They are going to be hanging in the Chandler Center for the Arts along with the subjects' biographies.  Part of the deal is that the twelve portrait artists need to have our self portraits hanging in the gallery with those notable women as well.  There's something about painting myself that's making me dread this task.  Maybe it's the lighting over my bathroom vanity, but I look SO much better in my mirror than I do in photographs!  How many lines can I leave out before I'm unrecognizable?  Anyway, as soon as I get brave enough to take a serious set of photographs, I'll start sharing the progress on my self portrait.  I'm afraid I'll need to keep the other 5 portraits under wrap until the show next year!

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Blue Door 4" Contemporary Still Life Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Blue Door 4" Contemporary Still Life Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
5" x 7" Oil on Linen Panel
This is another small painting in the blue door series.  To view
or purchase any of my paintings, please follow this link: .  Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Blue Door 3" Small Contemporary Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Blue Door 3" Small Contemporary Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
5" x 7" Oil on Linen Panel
Here is another small painting in my Blue Door series.  I used a
palette knife on much of it, so it has a lot of texture.  To purchase
or view any of my paintings, please follow this link.  Have a nice day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

FASO Featured Artist

I was so happy (and a little surprised) last week to see an article about me in the FineArtViews newsletter by Carrie Turner (editor of FineArtViews).  I was a FASO featured artist and also a staff pick from the Daily Art Show by Brian Sherwin (editor of The Art Edge)!  Good things seem to be happening all at once.

 Soon the weather will cool off and the art show season will begin.  I'm working hard to build up an inventory of new paintings, keep my website updated, and send in those show entries and jury fees before the deadlines.  I'm going to include a link to the articles I mentioned.  Both FineArtViews and BrushBuzz can be requested free of charge and come daily to your e-mail address.  There is a lot of good information for artists or anyone in the creative field.  Life is Art, Paint Your Dreams!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Useful Book for my Artist Friends

I ordered a book recently and I've found it to be very helpful.  It walked me through the process of writing my artist statement, bio, and resume.  It's called Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists by Vicki Krohn Amorose.   I ordered the online version.   In it, you'll find helpful information, along with words and phases that will aid you in marketing and writing about your art. 

As someone new to the art world, I'm amazed at how much time and effort goes into making and selling art.  It's an exciting and interesting business to be in.  Never the same day, never a dull moment! 

If a book, blog, or online video has been helpful to you, I'd love to hear about it and share it with the rest of my friends.  Happy painting!

Life is Art, Paint Your Dreams

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Sweet Liberty" Contemporary Portrait Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Sweet Liberty" Contemporary Portrait by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
Please follow this link to view my finish work or for
purchase information.
Commissioned portraits are welcomed and appreciated.
Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Conference Call" Contemporary Seascape Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Conference Call" Contemporary Seascape Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
12" x 6" Oil on Panel
This small painting looks great in a black frame.  To purchase
any of my paintings or to find out where I'll be showing my work,
please follow this link:
Have a great summer day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

On My Easel

I started this 12" x 12" painting yesterday.  If it turns out, it will
be my entry into the Constitution Week art show in Gilbert.  It needs
a day or so to dry before I can work on it.  The mixed media look is
new for me.  I used a copy of the actual US Constitution, tore a couple
of the corners off, and applied it right to the canvas.  I'll post it to my web site
in a few days (if it turns out!).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Twilight's Edge" Contemporary Figurative Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Twilight's Edge" Contemporary Figurative Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
16" x 20" Original Oil on Canvas
To view more of my work or to purchase, please follow
this link  Have a wonderful day, and
thanks for dropping by my blog site!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

On My Easel

I'm almost done with this painting.  It needs some drying time
before I can finish.  No title yet...let me know if you have any
suggestions!  To see my finished work, follow this link
Thank you for visiting my blog site!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On My Easel

I'm back from my visit to Iowa and started this painting
yesterday.  It's a photo of a man from Indonesia that
I found on the Paint My Photo website.  The block-in is finished
and I'll be able to make some progress on it tomorrow.  I'm headed out
to a one day workshop with my painting buddies today.
Blessings to you! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Do You Have Something to Say?

"Red Skirts" Sold
When I declared that I was planning an art blog to round out my on-line presence, my niece, Lisa, said, "Do you have anything to say"?  I wasn't sure.  Don't all artists have something to tell the world through their art?  But am I an artist, or just someone who has the ability to paint?  At what point does the craft person stop and the artist begin?

 I do know that as painters, artists, and everything in between, we are continually learning while seeking out the best way to convey what we want to present to the world.  It's a way of life that has no required retirement date, and the richness of experience is equal to the time and effort invested.

So do I have anything to say?  I think we all do.  And the best time to begin is always in the present!

Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams!