Maggie's Studio News The latest news from Maggie's Studio. en-us Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:49:14 CST Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:49:14 CST My Commission Work is Not Limited to Painting on Canvas:Painting a Mural on an Outside Wall <div><strong>My commission work is not limited to painting on canvas.&nbsp;</strong></div><div>When I first moved back to Indiana from Southampton, New York, I was commissioned to do a mural on an outside wall. This wall would be highly visible as it was on the side of a building on the route to entering Newburgh, Indiana from Covert Avenue.The goal was to promote a new greenhouse/floral business that had located on the old Kight Lumber property - From the Ground Up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>I began, as I always do with commission work, with three preliminary "drawings".</strong></div><div>I had Lowes cut a piece of drywall into three sections for me and then I painted them with three different ideas. I presented these boards to the client. The client chose one, but before I could begin...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The "drawings" were presented to the Town of Newburgh, Indiana Town Council.</strong></div><div>Because of Newburgh, Indiana town rules and ordinances regarding signage, the preliminary boards were presented to the town board for approval for the mural. We got it!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Working from the chosen preliminary painted board, I created the mural, and it seems to be standing the test of time.</strong></div><div></div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_0573.JPG" width="640" height="480" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_0566.JPG" width="640" height="480" alt="" />&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_0913.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="" /></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:43:33 CDT Teaching Children to Draw What They See, Not What They Think They See <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>The empowerment in mastering art skills is evident in everyone who tries. Children are no exception.</strong></div><div>I have a group of young artists who I work with on Saturday afternoons. This is not "arts and crafts", this is the serious study of drawing and eventually, when they have mastered some skills and show they can focus, painting. Two of my students are 5, and one is 7.&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Serious doesn't mean it's not fun.</strong></div><div>The initial challenge is to get them to really look at the object or objects they are drawing. They draw what they think an apple looks like then I put out an actual apple and they draw it again. Then they compare their first drawing with their second.</div><div><strong>Usually it takes 3-5 sessions to sink in.</strong></div><div>Eventually they are looking at the object more than the paper. And they are proud of their results.</div><div><strong>It's fun to improve. It's&nbsp;empowering and empowerment is fun.</strong>&nbsp;</div><div>Drawing their own shoes as they sit with them crossed in front is an excellent way to begin mastering this "drawing what I see, not what I think I see" skill.&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_2337.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:03:44 CDT The Window Well Commission Project: Part 2 <div></div><div><br /><div><strong><u>I had a unique mural job this year.</u></strong></div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>Recap from Part 1: &nbsp;My clients had finished their basement. The placement of the well meant that, when you came down the stairs and turned the corner, the first thing you saw was a window that looked straight into a concrete wall - the window well.</div></div><div>Their vision was to have a beach/ocean scene painted on the concrete surface of the walls&nbsp; turning their basement apartment into "beachfront property."</div><div>&nbsp;I began by massing in the beach, beach fence, ocean and sky.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Ayres_window_well3.jpg" width="336" height="448" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Ayres_window_well5.jpg" width="336" height="448" alt="" />&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Ayres_window_well6.jpg" width="250" height="333" alt="" /></div> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:17:59 CDT Creating a Commission Painting - Step 3:Making Preliminary Drawings <h3>&nbsp;<font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal;">I have four basic steps to creating a commission painting.&nbsp;Look for former posts for Steps 1 and 2.</span></font></h3><div><strong>STEP 3&nbsp;</strong></div><div><strong><u>I make three preliminary drawings, usually charcoal with a bit of pastel to show a little color.</u></strong>&nbsp; I try to include various images and various perspectives.&nbsp; I try to get these to the client within a couple of weeks of receiving the deposit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>In this particular case, I hired a photographer to take some shots of the images the client wanted. In the interest of privacy, I am not going to post the drawings of his home, but here are the ones for the dome painting.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="" height="448" width="336" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="" height="336" width="448" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The client's job is then to review these drawings, making notes as to what he/she likes and what he/she finds unnecessary.&nbsp; Perspective is decided.&nbsp; Then the drawings come back to me and, after a bit more discussion, I start the painting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:20:09 CDT Creating a Commission Painting - Step 2:What determines the price of a commission painting? <h3>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;">I have four basic steps to doing commission work. Find the first step in Creating a Commission Painting - Step 1</span></h3><div><strong>STEP 2</strong>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><u>There are two main determinations for the price of a commission painting: size and complexity of the image. </u></strong>Once we have decided on these two things, I&nbsp;come up with a price range that works.&nbsp; If the price is too high, we can talk about maybe reducing the size of the piece or simplifying the image.&nbsp; If it's lower than expected, than usually I am not grasping something that the client has in mind.&nbsp; The medium used - oil painting, charcoal drawing, pastel etc. - can also be adjusted for pricing purposes.</div>&nbsp;<div><div><u><strong>Once we agree on general size and price I ask for a deposit of 1/2 of the completed price.</strong></u>&nbsp; I also set a timetable for completion.&nbsp; Often a client will say it doesn't matter when the piece is done, but I believe it's important to set a date of delivery anyway.&nbsp; Of course this delivery date is subject to the client getting preliminary drawings, paintings and responses back to&nbsp;me on a timely basis.&nbsp; Time tables can be adjusted if something comes up for the client, but I try very hard to never make changes due to&nbsp;<u>my</u>&nbsp;schedule.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>The Indianapolis client and I agreed upon a price and the client sent his deposit.&nbsp; The paintings are to be oil on canvas, both the same size, and he has sent me pictures of where they are going to hang in his home.&nbsp; One is to be a painting of his home and the other is to include, among other things, the dome of the capital building.&nbsp; Our timetable is 60-90 days.&nbsp; In addition to pictures he sent me, I hired a local Indianapolis photographer to take additional images for me.&nbsp; Needless to say, the internet makes all of this possible and relatively simple.</em></div></div> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:15:15 CDT