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Monday, November 10, 2014

Creativity weekend with Nita Leland

Fly Away, 11 x 14" mixed media collage
This past weekend I spent three days with Neta Leland, author of many creativity and art technique books from F&W Publishing (http://www.nitaleland.com/) and really wonderful water media artist.

This was her "Creativiy" workshop that included playing with mono prints and collage techniques as well as sketchbook execises about design & creativity.  8 women gathered at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati to share our ideas and art supplies.  It was fun.  I schlepped half my studio to the workshop. In hindsight I could have taken far less with me but I was happy to have all the choices.  In my experience collage taps the intuition and it helps to have lots of stuff.

It was fun to work with acrylics again.  I had accumulated a lot of collage supplies over the years. The above piece "Fly Away" was the result.


Lovely chaos all over the table. Notice the hot pink area 
that got toned down in the final piece.

I brought some rubber stamps into play


I added the red elements on the lower left to lead you into the piece 
and to balance the stuff on the lower right.

Abstact art is very different from my usual landscapes and pet portraits. Its fun to juice things up every now and again. Of course, getting it all loade back in the car and unloaded back at the studio was a bit of a challenge...

Remember, if you are considering commisioning a pet portrait for Holiday giving you need to let me know asap.  Calendars also make a terrific gift. (Hint-hint!) See ordering links to the right.

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can




Friday, October 31, 2014

2015 Calendar is ready!

2015 Calendar is ready for Pre-Order

I spent time this week getting my 2015 Calendar ready for production.  It features images of my paintings so far in 2014.  It's a mix of pet portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor.  It's always fun to sort through what I have created.  These calendars make a perfect gift for family members who resist going digital. Even in our iPhoe, iPad family we still fall back on the wall calendar when discussing upcoming plans.

Calendar size is 17x11" open, 8.5x11" closed. It features lots of room for writing daily reminders/appointments. This is a limited run so early orders are important! Price ($22) includes Ohio sales tax and shipping. Calendars will ship mid December. 
http://marioncorbinmayer.weebly.com/2015-calendar.html

Carmello poses with his portrait.


I have also updated www.marioncorbinmayer.com to include the calendar ordering form plus information on custom pet portraits.  I know that time spent with technology is part of my art business but I am getting cranky from not painting.

Next weekend I will be spending three days with Nita Leland playing around with color & creativity. I am really looking forward to stretching and using my collage supplies!

Have a safe Halloween and blessed All Souls celebration.

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Anticipation

Anticipation, 7x5", oil on panel

I am getting ready to create my 2015 calendar.  I am accepting pre-orders now. I anticipate offering it for $20 + tx & Shipping. Email me for more information (info@marioncorbinmayer.com)  Each year I try to create seasonal images and this one seems perfect for December or January.  My neighbor created the perfect snowman last December that was the inspiration for this painting.  The pines were inspired by the small pine grove in front of our house.

First a juicy transparent underpainting

then I start to add the opaque colors



Final adjustmet!

A friend of mine asked "Is he anticipating a hold up?" Ha. Ha. Indeed! Anticipating colder weather. Anticipating snow. Anticipating the blessings of the upcoming holdiay season.

This 7x5 painting is for sale...

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Monday, October 13, 2014

Carmello

Carmello, 8x8" oil on panel
private commission


Recently I created a pet potrait for a friend of mine. It was meant to be part of the '30 paintings in 30 days" challenge. Go figure, life goes on and I keep painting even when not directly inspired by a challenge. Carmello is a dauschund poodle mix & is love itself. He is my doggie's friend & Bubba don't like anybody!

Carmello simply runs his corner of our subdivision. On the weekends we have "small dog conferences" where those of us with small dogs tend to meet and chat during mid day walks. I will really miss this once winter sets in.

I use my IPad for my photo reference

sketch his face onto the board

transparent underpainting


Opaque colors go over the transparents


I may tweak it a little more, but his spirit is captured.

I do love painting dogs.  Especially fluffy dogs!  If you would like to commission a holiday gift for someone, please contact me (info@marioncorbinmayer.com) for details.

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Collage summary of the September challenge



I had fun creating this photo collage on www.picmonkey.com - I had to fiddle with it to get everything to fit but I think its a fun summary of my September experiences. I still have paintings to create in order to generate my 2015 Calendar so do plan to keep going in October.

My studio is almost ready for this weekend's art walk.  We haven't opened to the public since last March so you can imagine what the space looked like. Its amazing the junk you can generate in six months or so.  I had to take a break this evening to give my feet a rest. I will be back at it in the morning.

If you live in Cincinnati, please come on down to Essex Studio this weekend, Oct 3 & 4, 6-11 pm. You can find a map & directions on this blog, just look at the headers.  Our next art walk will be the first weekend of Decembe.  Y'all come down!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Monday, September 29, 2014

30 in 30 Challenge ponderings

5 O'Clock Somewhere, 6x6" Oil on Panel
$100 unframed
As Jimmy Buffet says "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!  I decided to play with a palette knife on this one.

I have completed between 15 & 20 paintings this month. Pretty good, I'm thinking. I stopped painting because this coming weekend is the Essex Studios Art Walk & I need to frame these paintings to get them ready for the event. Out of time,

It has been fun to keep plugging away, even after I got a bit behind. What matters is showing up to the easel each day.  No matter what my mood might be.

Harvest, 12x36", Oil on Canvas
$345
This one was fun. I started it sevral years ago then resurrected it over the weekend. I had lost the reference material so it was simply playing around with paint. I combined palette knife on the pumpkins with brushwork in the back ground.

Note the purple underpainting!




This was a whole lotta fun.  Hmm, probably there's a lesson there...

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

14 & 15 of 30


Twin Lakes #1, 6x8", oil on panel

Twin Lakes #2, 10x8" oil on panel

!Last Weekend I was blessed to be able to atten a Plein Air painting workshop with Mary Pettis (www.marypettis.com) through the Ciincinnati Art Club. We had wondeful weather! On Saturday we painted in a nearby park.  This bridge was a favorite spot for wedding pictures so there was a parade of beautiful people all afternoon. It was fun to watch them dodge the duck & goose poop!
Painting plein air has a multitude of challenges. This day it was the breeze and dodging stink bugs



My set up, featuring a Coulter easel and a Shade Buddy umbrella

Mr. Stink Bug (cast of thousands...)

In progress.
I do enjoy painting plein air, even if I cannot paint standing up any more. My feet just can't cope with the effects of standing to paint. Greg Storer (www.art-classes-cincinnati.com/greg_storer_bio_teacher.html) once said, "Painting in your studio is like shooting hoops in your driveway. Painting plein air is like being in the game!"  Well last weekend I suited up and threw some paint around!

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can