Maggie's Studio News The latest news from Maggie's Studio. en-us Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:18:19 CDT Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:18:19 CDT Floral is Done - Painting Created in One Day, An Hour in the Morning and Another Hour in the Afternoon <img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_3813.jpg" width="267" height="384" alt="" /> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:13:23 CST Custom Books Hand Illustrated and Written by Maggie <div>About a year ago, as a Christmas gift, &nbsp;I illustrated and wrote a book for my first grandchild. Of course, I then had to write one for each of the others - I still have one to do!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><u>The Adventures of Hadley &amp; Mim "Looking for Blue"</u>&nbsp;</strong>was the first. (I am "Mim" to my grandchildren). The story tells of an adventure I go on with Hadley to find blue paint so that we can have an art lesson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Next came <u><strong>A Baby at the Door</strong></u>. &nbsp;This is the story of how my daughter and son-in-law came to adopt their daughter Violet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last is <u><strong>I am Ava</strong></u>. &nbsp;Ava is my son and daughter-in-law's second child. Not to be out-shone by her older sister, this story is about how Ava knows exactly who she is!&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/FullSizeRender__8_.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>These first three books were soft covers. I didn't foresee just how much they would mean to my family! They encouraged me to not only keep writing for them, but to offer the idea to others. &nbsp;Improvements were made: Hard covers, plastic sleeves... And a new commission offering was born.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_3531.jpg" width="300" height="400" alt="" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/IMG_3538.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="" align="right" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/FullSizeRender__7_.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"Not a dry eye in the room" is what I hear from the families that receive them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:54 CST Painting Over a Gessoed Canvas - Recycle That Old Canvas <div></div><p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; -webkit-text-stroke-color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-kerning: none">I started a simple floral today. I have been doing a lot of work recently for other people, and today I need to just paint for myself.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; -webkit-text-stroke-color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; -webkit-text-stroke-color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-kerning: none">I started with a canvas on which I used gesso to "white out" a previous image. Gesso is a preparation of plaster of Paris and glue that you can find at most any art store. Often when I use a canvas to teach, I no longer need the demo image that I painted. I use gesso to "white out" the image so I may start something new.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><span style="font-kerning: none">IMPORTANT:&nbsp;</span>Gesso is water based and therefore cannot be used over oil. Rule of thumb: Oil over water based paint(i.e. acrylic or gesso), but no water based paint over oil.</strong></div> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; -webkit-text-stroke-color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; -webkit-text-stroke-color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-kerning: none">It's good to use a recycled canvas instead of tossing it. The added bonus is usually there is some texture left from the painting under the gesso that adds a little something to the new image!</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One hour in...&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Floral_1___1.jpg" width="486" height="640" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div></div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:17:41 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