Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gilbert Visual Art League Show and Sale

5x7 painting for the GVAL 2014 fundraiser
I just finished this little painting for the GVAL fundraiser.
Such fun to paint.  Thanks Elaine G., a friend from Iowa, for permission
to use the photo!  If you're in the area on Nov. 15th, come to
downtown Gilbert, AZ to purchase from the GVAL members.
Check my website under EVENTS for more info!
Life is Art, Paint Your Dreams!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Desert Path" Plein Ait Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Desert Path" Plein Air Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
12" x 9" Oil on Wood Panel $135
This is one of paintings I began in a recent outdoor workshop.
I set up my French easel in the backyard yesterday and I plan on taking
advantage of the beautiful fall weather here.  I want to finish up the
other plein air paintings I started in the workshop within the next
two weeks.  It's Monday....have a great week!


Friday, October 24, 2014

"Wild Fire" Vintage Car Oil Painting by Arizona Artist Mary Opat

"Wild Fire" Vintage Car Oil Painting
by Arizona Artist Mary Opat
11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
I finished this vintage car close up today.  This Buick is number 5
in a series. 
I've also been working on a portrait and will share it with
my painting group on Tuesday for critique.  It's the first portrait for
the "Women Making Faces" project I've finished.  It's a collaborative
effort with 12 female artists participating.  I won't be sharing photos of
the portraits until next summer, but trust me, I'm working on it! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

On My Easel

Here is what I worked on today. Another of the close up
vintage car series.  I'll let it dry before I put on the final
If you happen to be in the area tomorrow, Oct. 18th, come on out to the
Superstition Mountain Museum for Art on the Patio.  You never know
who will turn up there or what you'll see for sale.  Along with artists and crafters,
there are usually homemade jams and salsas, homemade fudge, lots of jewelry
and of course the gift shop inside the museum is open.  Check out the
directions and more about the museum
The old west buildings and the trails are open (and free) and the
view of the mountains is spectacular!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Plein Air Workshop Day 2

Our friend Donna and her husband happened to be in the area on
Friday and Donna took a photo of me and also one of Becky and
my friend Bev, who was also taking the workshop. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 1 of the Becky Joy Workshop

Becky Joy giving a demonstration at the Superstition Mountains.
I took this photo of Becky Joy at the workshop today.  The day started out
cloudy and the rain came down pretty steadily in the morning.  We were under
a canopy and the fog made for some beautiful cloud formations.  I think my painting
of the mountains turned out pretty good.  My rendition of a Palo Verde tree, however,
leaves something to be desired!  I'll take photos of my paintings in the unfinished
state at the end of the workshop.  Tomorrow we're changing locations.  We'll
be traveling a little closer Saguaro Lake.  I think I have the Plein Air bug!
Look for some of the finished paintings on my web site soon.

Monday, October 6, 2014

GVAL Artist of the Month!

Thank you GVAL members for voting my painting "Twilight's Edge" the
Artist of the Month award at the October Gilbert Visual Art League meeting.
This painting is for sale on my website
The presentation for the October meeting was by Karen O'Hanlon.  Karen studied her
craft once a week for five years with a Japanese artist.  She travels to Japan to buy the papers
used to make her kimono art.  Karen shows her work in many shows throughout the
U.S. and will be at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.  You can check her art out here .
Thank you Karen!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Coolidge Museum Visit

I attended a reception at the Coolidge Museum last night.  I met a lot of
really wonderful people who are very proud of their town and
the progressive plans they have for making Coolidge a destination
for visitors.  I happened to find a photo of Reed on the internet, who fought in WWII and
can probably tell you about every item on display at the museum.  I really enjoyed visiting
with him and hearing stories of years gone by.  If you happen to be in the Coolidge area,
be sure to visit the museum and say hello to Reed. 
He has 91 years worth of history to share!