Monday, April 14, 2014

Finalists, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Oh, YUM!  Soft, pillowy, sugary sweetness, one on top of the others.  It's like they're the 3 finalists for the Miss Donut Beauty Contest.  It's a real art, you know, coaxing just a dribble of that jelly out.  My family thinks I'm dotty because I first suspend them opening-down to get the jelly to pool in front… then I gently squeeze till just one ruby droplet peeks out - ahhhhhh…. perfect.  Lights… Paints… ACTION!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Raphael, 8x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This is archangel #2 for a collector who wants 4 archangels  - one for every corner in a very special spa room.  Now she has Ariel, and this one, Raphael.  Two more to come.

I went to Joreen Benbenek's opening at the Pratt Library in Cohasset tonight - fabulous work.  A lot of her paintings were from our Maine trips, although she had wonderful huge paintings of Marshfield landscapes - and a gorgeous Hummarock Beach painting.  It's really a great show, she's very talented and prolific!

It's going to be a jelly donut weekend for me… heh heh heh… so guess what I'll be posting next week! I have a friend running in the Boston Marathon Monday, so I'll hopefully get to see her at the finish line - no painting Monday! 

Anyway - 'hi' to Kathy, who I met in person tonight…. someone who 'gets' the angels… and the donuts!  Great to meet you in person, thanks for the comments on my blog!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Patchwork Fields, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Things are starting to green up…. we are barely out of winter, but lots of budding going on - HOORAY!  There are farms around here, and I love the patchwork look of the fields as they get ready to dress for 'the season'.  Soon there'll be corn, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, hay… all kinds of things.  And I don't know about you, but I. Am. Ready.

I did my first plein air piece today at the beach.  It was a total failure, but it didn't matter because I WAS OUTDOORS!  I've spoken to folks who say this winter didn't seem so bad to THEM.  Oy.  They are welcome to my world, where I spent half the winter shoveling and re-shoveling paths for the dog.  Or whole evenings trying to convince him that there is NO grass available, as he gets more anxious as our evening walks progress.  Days where it was so cold IN THE HOUSE that I couldn't paint.  Just crawled under blankets with the dog and cats.  Yes.  Now we will have heat and ticks and mosquitos…. but I'm feeling grateful for this gentle warm up.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Angel Of Healing Love, 5x7 inch Mixed Media Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I know there are some hearts out there that are hurting, and when I was painting this angel I thought two things: 
1) She looks like she's strewing love, a healing love, as she swings by, and 
2) I can make this even better for someone by absorbing the shipping cost.  So… my contribution to a healing heart.

In the photograph the weave of the canvas looks so prominent.  In person, it is less so.
I love her little purple and blue flowers in her hair, too. :D  Have a lovely weekend!
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Tulips Open To The Sun, 6x6 inch acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Hey beautiful…. yes, you!  You are making the Spring flowers bloom!  These are Passionate Pinks! I am always torn by my tulips (actually got the bulbs on a painting trip to Holland a few years ago)… whether to cut them and have them in the house/studio, or let them open up in the sunshine.  I usually dither so long they stay in the garden.  I completely understand Tulip Mania.
"Look here in the garden bed
Something beautiful is growing…
Bright, shaped like a cup - all red
Tulips open to the sun…."
When I was a little girl we sang this song in school, and I had no idea what a tulip was.  We lived in a multi-family house and there were no flowers in the yard.  My husband made sure I fell in love with all kinds of flowers, and now I can't see my life without them!  I think gardening is mind-expanding.  
These are fun, and they are the Girls Just Wanna Paint submission for the topic this month of "Open".  Check out the other paintings HERE.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

How Fun Is This?

Do Not Adjust Your Set!
A friend of mine who is very talented took my recent image of a triple stack of jellies bound for a friend (BVL) and made this image - I just got such a CHARGE out of it.  There was actually more, but I couldn't make a screen shot out of the whole thing - it looks like such a fun pattern - are they really jelly donuts?
I'm very inspired, and thankful for your emails and inquiries… I see some more donut stacks in my future this week… Let's see if I can be creative with them!!!!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dusted! 6x6 Inch Oil Painting of Jelly Donuts by Kelley MacDonald

Well, here we are, dusted with powdered sugar!  That is ALMOST my favorite part.  The jelly, always, is my favorite.  Same with doing dogs or faces - the eyes.  Because there are so many levels of light and color! So I'll let you know if the collector chose this one or THIS one:
*update* he chose the stack of 3 jellies*

Now, like a lot of artists… I can procrastinate with the best of them!  When I have a deadline I will do almost ANYTHING but work on the piece.  Why?  Why do we do this?  I think because, although it sounded like a good idea at the time, we are wrapped in fear.  FEAR that we will somehow screw it up.  Well, you know, don't you, that the only way to get rid of that fear is to FACE it.  And let Fear know NOT to MESS with YOU.
So… what did I do this morning?  A bad 6x8 selfie:
I was fighting bad brushes and dwindling supplies of paint.  Bad combo. I look really fed up, don't I?
Well, I put down that bad girl and went to the easel (I do the 'selfies' in the bathroom mirror) and finished the sugar on the donut, and finished an Archangel commission, and started another.  *BAM*
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

WIP, 6x6 inches, oil (or, Life And Death In DonutLand) by Kelley MacDonald

This painting just may be spoken for (a good blog friend has dibs), but I thought maybe you'd like to see a bit of the process of a donut painting, and to hear a bit of a saga that JUST MIGHT make you cry.  

OK, so this wonderful fellow artist/blog friend requested a 'triple decker' donut painting that was already spoken for.  Now, I believe donuts each have a personality, and individuality, so even though, after painting HUNDREDS of them, I could definitely 'phone it in', and just paint from my imagination, I don't.  I go get new donuts every time.  And no, I don't eat them afterwards.  I usually buy 4 and one doesn't 'make the cut' in the beauty pagent of Jellies. (THAT gets eaten, and I share with Paco)

So for this painting my husband offered to pick them up.  I agreed, since I was a little wobbly from the flu.  He's a darling man, but he came home with SQUARE donuts. ????  How could this be?  Well, some Dunkin Donuts shops are careless and squash those tender fresh lumps of dough, that's how.  So…. no painting them.  I actually threw them OUT.

A day or two later I got out early and picked 4 perfectly plump jellies.  Only…. I wasn't nearly really done with the flu, and the simple SIGHT of them made me run for the bucket, and nausea overtook.  
Fast forward to Feeling Better.  Yes, I've discovered, you must yield to the flu.  So I did.  And I got new donuts (let's just say my purse was empty after this particular trip to the donut shop, and I did not know when it would be replenished.  Let's just leave it at that.)  Well, of course I had my dog Paco 
with me, and as we arrived home the dog next door went wild (a lovely Rottweiler) started flinging himself against the windows of his house, howling and scrabbling to get to us so he could eat Paco.  Which caused Paco to jump INTO the box of donuts, dumping them all over the driveway, with me trying to catch him before he jumped into each and every one.

Yes.  I curled up in a corner of the bathroom and howled my despair at EVER getting these donuts painted.  For about 5 minutes.  Then I went into the driveway and found 3 that had not been squeezed jelly-less.  And I started PAINTING the DARN donuts.  And you know what?  I LOVED how they came out.  All that's left is a sweet dusting of sugar and the tablecloth that they sit on.
INSPIRATIONAL?  I think so.  I will not be daunted!  I'll show you the finished piece in a day or two! 
Be happy!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

First Tulips, 2014, 8x8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Last week was my birthday, and one of my children gave me these beautiful purple tulips.  I've spent a lot of days recently trying to catch up on commissions, and putting bids out there for work.  But I just had to paint these heralds of Spring!  I wanted to keep it fresh and uncomplicated.  I love the dance that tulips do!
I'm working on some larger pieces, and maybe I'll give you a peek, although right now it's a struggle!  Be well!  Enjoy the warmer days!
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

So Long Gone

I apologize for being absent but I've been laid low with the flu. But while I've been 'down', a rather significant number of folks looked back and back through my blog, asking for paintings that caught their eye. These boots went a-walking to a new home, as well as a couple more. There were some I KNOW are still available, but couldn't put my hands on. This has prompted me to think about an e-commerce site. Which, frankly makes me want to run far and fast! 

I'm giving a talk Wednesday on artists blogging at the Providence Art Club and I will be sure to mention how a blog 'works' even when you can't! I love helping other artists get their Social Media 'game on'!

Hope you are all staying healthy! Spring is just around the corner.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Martooni Time, 10x10 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I made one more swipe at this one today after I photographed it, but couldn't get a photo without even this much glare!  So hopefully I'll get a better image tomorrow by noon, and replace this one.  This is another 'Recovery' Painting.  A painting that did not 'make the cut' getting another chance at life with a new painting over it.  I leave little strips of the old painting, which looks like colored stripes, peeking out… to remind the new painting that it has roots.  Hoping that the new painting is one that sticks, and gives it a new lease on life.  It's exciting and fun, and I can't even remember what the old painting was by the time I finish the new. 

I'm on a martini kick these days.  Lemon garnish coming later this week.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blue Moon…. 8x8 inch Mixed Media painting by Kelley MacDonald

When my children were young, I sang to them every night.  They each got a story (or 2, or 3) and then a song or two.  My youngest, my daughter, got to a point where she only wanted me to sing "Blue Moon", which would have been fine, except I couldn't really remember the verses.  I knew about 4 lines, which she had me sing with more and more emotion and vigor… until I think my neighbors must have thought I was a little soft.

This month my Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge was to do a mixed media piece.  Here's the story:  At some point this was a reeeaaallly bad painting I had done.  I painted over most of it, leaving bands of color in strips here and there.  I called paintings like this "Recovery Paintings", and in my mind I was thinking of the people I knew who, through illness or situations, were re-making their lives.  What I saw was that their recoveries made them stronger.  I thought… maybe my 'recoveries' will have a new lease on life!  So I took a 'recovery' painting, and used ink to place the moon.  Then painted over most of the recovery painting.  Then added text and some images of birds (returning to us now that the winter is waning).

So, though layers and layers of paint, ink glue, paper, and even on the 'snow' some iridescent glitter, I hope there is strength to be found here!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Approximately 6x8 inches, Oil on Canvas pad

This is to all of YOU who keep me buoyed and up no matter what!  I've been down with the usual winter health issues, but this week in class we had a 'Cocktail Party'.  I encouraged zooming and cropping, enhancing the background and love, love, loving the glass.  We all were interested in the way the 'gin' magnified the olives, reflected them upside down and just did crazy things!  And the glasses grabbed color from as far away as the painter next door, with their bright blue trash bags, or the blue of the sky.  Anyway, cheers!
Here's some of our work:

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

You Are My Special Angel, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Some people need more than one Angel, so you get a team. :)  They are like perfect partners.  They can finish each other's sentences, interpret for each other, 2-heads-are-better-than-one type of scenario.  This duo actually has silver paint in two colors for their 'robes'.

For me?  I'll take two any day.  I probably am the high maintenance type. :D

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Is That A Wookie?, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

What a mischievous, inviting face!  I've got some real charmers to work on!  Please continue to send me inspirations… although I won't ONLY do pets, I find them fun and refreshing. I think I saw some pups like this at Westminster Dog Show last week.  A real little imp, I think.  What was so great about the show (and as I get my photographs, 80% of which were blurry - time for a camera evaluation) is when the owners were also the handlers.  LOVED seeing the dogs get a little kiss or hug as they waited for their turn.  Those dogs were so much more relaxed, and CONFIDENT.  

I know not everyone can show their dog.  And I also know that AKC dogs are definitely not the only dogs that are amazing. (Hello…Paco????)  But it certainly was fun to see the competition and to see if I could pick the winners.  Breed by breed, I do OK.  But the evening competition where the best of the breeds competed?  Bet against ME!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Party Girl!, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Finished this late in the day, and could not get a good light to photograph it.  So this image will be updated by noon on *Valentine's Day* :)
Freshly back from a WONDERFUL time at the Westminster Dog Show, I'm beyond high on dogs.  But having posted a couple of dog paintings, I wanted to start up with something different.

I had asked for photos of some of your amazing pets.. and THANK you!  I have a wonderful assortment to choose from, and am always looking for more.  Please just email them to me at!

This girl is a Princess.  I can just tell.  I felt like her coat was very festive!  A glorious, luxurious Calico… she has, as well, an all - knowing look.  She's got your number!

When my oldest son was very young (a week after turning 2) our cat had kittens, 2 orange and 1 calico.  We told him he could keep his favorite.  He chose the calico.  For some reason he decided to call my Mom 'Calico' at this time (no, she had highlighted hair, but it was not tricolor).  All I can say is the name stuck, and for the rest of her life all the family kids called her Calico.  It's even on her headstone.  Truth is stranger than fiction, I think.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Pretty Girl, 6x8 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I'm having dog-gone FUN at the dog show!  This is the other painting I did of Molly the Springer.  Her master chose the verticals.  I think she has that soulful, Springer look.

I am totally enjoying the whole doggie world.  I only have a pug to use for a model, though.  So if you have a cute head shot or photo of your dog that you wouldn't mind me using to paint, just send it to me at  Not for purchasing purposes, I just love dogs.  And cats.  Did I mention I love cats, too?  I'd better not get to know any goats or horses, or I'll be lost!
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unsinkable Molly, 6x8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I recently completed a commission of a beautiful Springer Spaniel named Molly.  I did a vertical and horizontal for the owner to choose.  I will definitely be at the Springer Ring at the Westminster show this week, but I think I won't see any I like better than this pup.. she is adorable!

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Pretty Girl, 6x8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

I *Heart* You! 10x10 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This special valentine comes wired and ready to hang. It's 10x10 inches and just $200... Email me if you would like it by Valentine's Day!

I have some VERY exciting news! I'm lucky enough to be attending the Dog Show in NYC next week! If you're interested in a painting of a particular breed, let me know via email before Sunday, and I will be sure to get some good shots to paint from!

For now... Just so you know... I do *heart* you .... And SO appreciate your comments, notes and emails!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

This Little Piggy…, 6x6 InchOil Painting by Kelley MacDonald


Last Fall I went to a Harvest celebration at a local farm with a dear friend who has a Farm Share there.  Not a big, industrial farm, but a very intimate farm (with an ocean view, I might add) , where the animals are handled with care and the vegetables grown without chemicals.  Two huge black sows had just had babies - and were they CUTE!  This white & gray one reminded me a bit of my pug, Paco.  When they were nursing, he was sure there was a 'better' spot constantly, and kept jumping up out of his spot and running right over all the other piggies, back and forth, from mother to mother…. to get the most interesting food.  I'm sure he'll grow up to be the plumpest.  He certainly was the funniest!

One winning aspect of this farm is that they are compassionate and give the animals a good life before they have to 'take' them.  I'm conflicted about eating meat generally, but if they animals have a good life, I feel much easier about it. (TMI, I know.  Sorry)

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Black Magic, 6x6 inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

$100 & $10 S&H

This is my submission for the Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge this month, which is "MAGIC".  You can see the other artist's pieces HERE.  

I"m not much for actual magic.  The magic of love?  Yes.  The magic of a miracle?  Absolutely!  But regular magic is so fakey-fakey, you know?  And a lot of people associate black cats with magic (witches, etc.).  Well, I had the most wonderful cat in the world about 20 years ago - well, he was my daughter's but he was mine in my heart.  His name was Max.  (He looked like this but this is not him)  He was huge - not fat at all, just a big boy - 18 pounds.  And you did NOT mess with him.  He refused to go into the house through the door, once he figured out that the bulkhead led right up to a kitchen window.  Yes, everyone in our house knew that he would meet you at the window if he wanted 'in'.  He was very affectionate to me, and had rules.  One rule was - beds made first thing in the a.m.  No dilly dallying.  He would block the doorway to my bedroom, staring at the bed, at me …. then at the bed… just blinking.  And I knew.  So as soon as the bed was made he'd hop up and curl up in the middle, against the pillows.  I'd give anything, ANYTHING at all, to have him boss me around just one more time.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Littlest Angel, 8x6 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This is a very loose sketch of a teeny tiny girl named Angel, and her siblings. Baby Angel! How cute! 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Clutch Of Angels, 6 x 8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

The sky actually is a blue-green here. I particularly like how their wings came out.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hallelujah Angel, 6x4 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I am working this theme out as I go - playing with texture, layering, shapes, values.  This angel actually has gold wings, the light was funny - kind of going down as I shot it.  I'll replace it mid morning when the light comes it.  Very odd, as I'm working with about 6 little paintings at once…..  angels all over the place here!
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Archangel Gabriel, 8x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

"The Angel Of The Lord Appeared Unto Mary…."  Yes, that's Gabriel.  Although many depictions of Gabriel show a male angel, in fact (ahem…OK, I don't know how they know this) Gabriel is supposed to be a female angel.  She is the Angel of fertility and adoption, as well as the Angel of writers, artists and creative people in general.

The name Gabriel means "God is my strength".  In addition to telling Elizabeth and Mary about their pregnancies, Gabriel is credited with dictating the Koran to Mohammed. Gets around, this girl.

Invoke Gabriel in prayer if you are wanting a child, if your are a writer, singer, artist or actor and are looking for doors to open for you.

With 7 days left to my Angel Challenge, I find I've got more to say about them.  I'm inspired now to dig deeper.  But don't worry.  My regular fun paintings will be showing up as of Februrary 1st, even if I continue to explore this theme now and then!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Among Three Angels, 6x4 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

All the bases are covered if you've got these three on your side.  Health?  Relationships? Abundance? Work?  Children? Grief/Loss?
I am enjoying painting in this very different manner for a few paintings… so very many layers of colors, and all the while keeping color, value, temperature in mind. Plus, can I tell you how satisfying it is to mix up a color and SLATHER it on with a palette knife?  MMMMmmmmMMm.  Tomorrow's will be more traditional (I THINK).

This trio brings to mind, though, my daughter and her two close friends growing up.  They were peas in a pod, one blonde, one light brown, one dark brown haired.  At age 29 they are all still close, though the darkest 'angel' lives across the country, and is married, with a babe on the way - we are all going to be vicarious Grandmothers in our group!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Flying Angel, 6x4 Inch Painting by Kelley MacDonald

$100 & $10 S&H

She is just a wisp.  A reflection of light off your watch, a flash from a passing car, a sundog, a rainbow, a bit of glitter on the water…. she's a glimmer in the corner of your eye….   She's faster than lightning in answer to a prayer.  This one's ginger haired… for you!
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Angelic Team, 7x4 Acrylic Painting by Kelley Macdonald

Many times Guardian Angels are one-on-one with us.  But every once in a while, there's a soul that needs 2 Angels.  So there's a team.  The are usually complementary, with different skill sets, and quite different in personality.  You may need one more often than the other.  But there is a time in your life when you need both, or just the other.  No worries.  You're covered.  

Kind of comforting knowing that no matter what life hands you, you are not alone, and you don't even have to 'believe' to be cared for.  Thankless job, sometimes.  Wisps of color or a scented breeze… a beautiful sound, a memory that comforts but you can't quite place it…. touches of the angels.  

If you ask me how I know this???? I will tell you that I read some books.  I Googled it.  I had Angel readings… or… I just know….

In the Home Stretch now for the 30 in 30 paintings.  10 more.  CAN I do it?  I've missed a couple.  I still have so many kinds/types/images of angels I thought I'd get to!
xoxo Thanks for staying with!

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Angel of Comfort, 6x4 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

$100 & $10 S&H

This angel, painted with a palette knife, is one you can turn to when the world is just too much.  You are never too much for her.
Loved doing the layers, and using the knife to almost sculpt her in.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Archangel Ariel, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Ariel is called the "Lioness Of God", and she is often shown warrior-like.  But her passion and influence is the natural world, and she lets herself be felt when we observe and enjoy the forests, meadows, beaches, deserts and mountains.  She invites us to experience the joy of nature, and supposedly when you find yourself feeling a sense of calm and 'rightness' as you look upon the waves of the ocean, or a bubbling stream or the awesome heights of mountains… she is with you.  

Also included in her realm are all of God's animals, and she is their protector and guardian.  
They say that you can call on her to help your beloved pets, so keep that in mind!

I think I prefer painting on smooth surfaces, like boards.  I like the way the paint slides on - and I don't have to 'fight' with the canvas, which grabs the paint.  Just easier, I think.  So why, you ask, am I going to Dick Blick this afternoon to use a gift certificate for their awesome sale on canvases?  *Shrug*  Can't resist a good sale.

As I was painting this I thought… who does this angel look like?… Do you have an idea?  purely coincidental….. huh...
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Angel & Harp, 12x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

$100 & $10 S&H

This painting was started the day after a talk I went to from the Liquitex Acrylic Paint Company at the Art Club.  There are at least 10 layers of paint, and it was very very hard to photograph because I mixed Iridescent Medium into the top layers of the painting, making it very reflective and prone to glare.  The background is a velvety deep blue, slightly lighter than pictured. 
She was inspired by a folk art angel that was given to me by my friend Sally Dean.  Since I started this project I've been given and sent all kinds of angel paraphernalia.  I have wings, photos, images, halos, angels, books, etc.  It's fabulous!

It may look that this type of painting is simple.  But that's where you'd be wrong.  Building up the layers and treating the paint like it was a 3rd partner in the painting (me, the subject and the whims of acrylic paint).  But though this angel is not 'named', no need to worry. Tomorrow…. look for Archangel Ariel.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Someone To Watch Over Me, 4x6 Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This angel is inspired by another painter Anne H. Neilson.
I'm a big fan of her work.  I think I may use the palette knife more if I try this again.
I think we all need Someone to watch over us.

I'm thrilled that I'm at the halfway point for the Challenge.  Although I feel I have a lot to learn still… and will keep going!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Uriel, Angel of Light, 8x6 Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Uriel is the Angel of Light, his/her name meaning "God Is My Light".  He/She guarded and guided St. Elizabeth and baby St. John the Baptist on their Flight Into Egypt.  He/She is one of the Angels who will reign after the end of the world.  

Guide and Guardian.  I'm loving this Angel.  

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pouty Angel, 6x8 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

A few days off and I'm buried in 'back angels'!  I am ending up posting even if I am not thrilled - which is, I think, part of the 30 in 30 Challenge.   I know people will say I should never say these things but honesty is my only policy…:)  Will work on this again this month.  And hopefully catch up!

Well, just for fun, here are two older paintings I did (one a collage) that are 'angelic'…. I still have both, only the collage is buried somewhere in the boxes that came home from my studio when I moved.  If I EVER find it, I have someone who would like to buy it…. wish me luck!
"Angels Watch Over Her" (6x6 Collage_

"Angelic Me" 6x6 inch acrylic
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Van Gogh's Angel, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I don't know why I don't copy the masters more often!  I have such a great time doing it and learn so much every single time!  When you look at a Van Gogh, do you think of the layers and layers of paint?  The hundreds and hundreds of brushstrokes?  No, me, either, I simply stand in awe of his purposeful strokes, and keen color sense, as well as his amazing rendering skills.

So here is my interpretation of his angel.   I love all the many blues against the gold.
I am very proud of myself that I've done 8 in a row.  Believe it or not there are a handful of rejects that I  may or may not get in shape!  

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FASTER! 3 Timed Paintings by Kelley MacDonald

Yahoo!  2014 is here with a bang!  Started my class "Small Paintings, Big Art" at the Providence Art Club today.  What a great group I've got.  to get on the same page, we all painted from photos, but we timed ourselves.  Painting the same image in 60, 40 and then 25 minutes (I'll save the 15 minute paintings for much later in the class) we tried to 'nail' the compositions, color and brushwork, hoping it got a little easier each time.  For many of us the sweet spot was 40 minutes.  

I will probably paint this angel statue again, (now that I've done all the 'math').
And yes, believe it or not I painted all 3 from the same photo reference!
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Golden Angel, 8x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Well, this is what I get for continuing to paint after the sun goes down - the photograph is all crazy with it's colors!  the angel is actually dressed in a orange-gold robe, and the background is more bright turquoise!  I will change up the photo on the blog in the morning… I post at almost midnight, so no sun here!  See the difference, below, in color between night and day photography!

This is an Angel Ornament on my friend's tree.
I apologize to my subscribers who aren't Angel fans.  As a painter I wanted to explore another subject, one that is not, cannot be, literal.  So far they've all been acrylic, but that's mostly because I have them out!
Thank you for all your notes telling me about your enthusiasm for Angels.  Please feel free to send me inspirational images!  I'm happy I'm keeping up with the 30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge!!!  You should check out the hundreds of other artists who have been participating HERE!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Grieving Angel, 8x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald


I've always loved this sculpture - you can read about it's history HERE. I think grief is a hard thing - and different for everybody.  I know we want to quickly get through the 'stages' and be 'normal' again.  But even if we try… it doesn't work that way.  It takes the time, and cost, it takes.  I view it as an honor to the person/animal I'm grieving over.  
When I lived in Hingham, I would love to roam the cemetery and view this Angel.  I thought… the people who grieve can give their anguish over to this angel, and rest.  She will weep, not letting the deceased be forgotten.
I love cemeteries - have I told you that?  But when I 'go' I would like a seat-type sculpture, with a marble sleeping cat on one side of it.  :)
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Angel Kitty, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Not all Angels look like humans…. that's all I have to say….

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Angel of Patience, 6x8 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Meet Elerial, the Archangel of Patience.  I am finding out the most interesting things doing research for my angels.  For example, I painted her, then looked at her for a title.  To me, she was the epitome of Patience, waiting for someone to open their eyes to the obvious choice to be made.  Then I googled 'Angel of Patience', and BOOM tons of things came up.  But one of the MOST interesting things was from this Archangel page, and this is it:

Elerial's vessels are either male or female, but have tended to be females with calm blue eyes and long brown hair. 

This is who you turn to when you need patience, or you need someone to be patient with you.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Snow Angel, 8x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Appropriate for today, as we are having a Nor'Easter here in New England, that I would be inspired to paint a snow angel!  Bitter cold though it will be, we can still enjoy the beauty of fresh fallen snow!  I'm playing with layers of paint, colors found in white, and texture.  A little palette knife is just what is called for!

I'm getting more comfortable with painting from my imagination, and have been doing research on different ways angels are portrayed in art, and, again, if you have ideas or photo feel free to send them to me at

I really loved the pastels introduced into this snowy whiteness - the pinks and blues, yellows and lavenders were fun to work with!

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