Maggie's Studio News The latest news from Maggie's Studio. en-us Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:17:29 CDT Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:17:29 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 Zac and Dan <div>Dan and Zac are great.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I've never met them, but they are the guys that designed my website (for which I get many compliments). &nbsp;But they didn't just design it, collect my money and then walk away. &nbsp;They write me all the time. &nbsp;Okay, they write to all of their clients all of the time, but these guys are different than the average businessmen. &nbsp;They sell me a product (website) and then they keep encouraging me to really use it and make the most of it. &nbsp;Which I don't.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They have been sending tutorials to me for the past year how how to blog and then how to get my blog out there so people will actually read it, see my art and buy something. &nbsp;The problem is me. &nbsp;I started out strong, but then I dropped the ball. &nbsp;I haven't been blogging, much less following their lead on how to get my blogs read.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But today I'm starting in again and I'm going to go back through their tutorials and do what they say. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And if you EVER think you might want a website, artist friend of mine, THESE ARE THE GUYS! &nbsp;<a href=""></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now let's see if I can remember how to link to their site...&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 06:21:36 CDT Teaching Young Children to Paint and Draw <div>We have worked in clay, acrylic, charcoal, graphite on paper, canvas and board.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This first young lady has been studying with me for about 6 months now.&nbsp; She brought her cousin in about 2 months ago.&nbsp; We have created some wonderful things together.&nbsp; And I don't mean your usual "kiddie art camp" stuff.&nbsp; These girls have shown an aptitude for handling sophisticated supplies and subject matter.&nbsp; Let me give you a glimpse:</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Madeleine0511.jpg" width="336" height="448" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here's my first student hard at work on a still life.&nbsp; This particular piece we started by drawing the image in with charcoal together.&nbsp;&nbsp; She took it from there picking the brush she wanted and the acrylic colors that worked for her.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Next we have my second young student working on an image of a horse and rider we took from a photograph taken at the 2010 Hampton Classic.&nbsp; Again, we drew the image in together with charcoal and she did the painting.&nbsp; I talked her out of making the horse blue...</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/2Victoria0511.jpg" width="336" height="448" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:44:15 CDT