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Friday, May 31, 2013

Mine, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald


There are few things as fun to paint as whiskey and ice.  There.  I've said it!  Glass, ok, that too.  Now... I want to reassure everyone that I have NOT quit my blog.  I simply have had an avalanche of things to do for my painting career.  I'm teaching 2 classes... getting things in my gallery, the Art Stable Gallery in Westport, MA, entering and picking up paintings from shows and Festivals... yeow... not to mention family things and pet things and house things and.... and...  well... recently I DID take another day off (I think one a month is allowed, no?) and had my friend Mary Sheehan Winn (check out her blog!) over to my new studio in Warren!  Below you can see how enchanted she was with this big cow on our walk from the parking space to the delectable lunch at the Providence Art Club. (the meter maid saw us park her car, and we timed it perfectly for the 1-hour zone - 57 minutes!)
I've missed this girl!  She's back from a warmer clime, and came all the way to Warren to visit me.  We later had pizza on my porch, with a poor excuse for a sunset, but she was a good sport anyway.  
I'm going to be doing a "Painting Safari", where we have a plein air class once a week in the East Bay RI once a week, with a demo, and a critique (if wanted)... details coming soon.  I will also travel for a one-day plein air lesson - within an hour's drive of Providence, just email me.  It's almost summer, we might as well!!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mad Me 6x6 inches. acrylic

This morning was one of those days - everything that could go wrong.. did.   It was supposed to be warm and clear - it was neither, so no plein air for me this morning.  But I took Paco over to the beach, where he tries to ingratiate himself with the fishermen, because he is SURE they have cookies.  Bait.  They have bait.  Paco thinks the little containers have dog cookies.  OK, then the wind picked up, but I was determined to paint on the porch.  I have a couple of little commissions to work on (overdue, of course).  But first a dog walked down the street with it's people.  Paco turned into Cujo,  twirling and barking and strangulating his leg (he was screaming so loud and twirling so fast I couldn't even tell WHICH leg - and getting more and more tied up)... OK, phew, fixed, on to painting.  

Did I mention the wind?  Please, PLEASE don't email me telling me how much you love wind.  I used to love wind, too.  But we call this wind eyeball peeling wind.  I thought I had anchored myself, my easel, my paints, my water, but things kept blowing back past me (did you know brushes can be like arrows?)

This painting is me, leaning over to see the mirror propped to the side of my canvas.  Yup.  I'm furious. Wind, Dog, Escaped cat, flying brushes, hair whipping into my eyes, over my eyes, into my mouth (and not wanting to disturb my husband on his conference call inside.... no barette or elastic).  My Art Club Class is going to try self portraits as Daily Paintings so I am, too.  Lots of fury in these strokes.  Much calmer now.  Good thing I got Depak Chopra's meditation guide, huh?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cocktails For Two!, 8x10 inch oil painting by Kelley MacDonald

8x10 inches
$200 & $10 S&H

In my painting classes last week we had a 'cocktail party', and I was totally inspired by the colors and set ups that my students selected.  So I thought - I MUST have something to celebrate, and it will come to me as I paint.  So... *tick*tick*tick* (time going by)... I found out my painting Maine Chicks won an Honorable Mention at the upcoming North River Arts Festival.  I'm honored just to get IN that show!  So... Cheers! (And yes, I ate 2 cherries just setting this up...)
(and even though I always HATE to put a $200 price on a Daily Painting, this is 8x10, and that is a fraction of what it will go for at the gallery - if it doesn't sell this week, it goes on the Art Stable Gallery walls!)

Here's the little Maine Chicks...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Manhattan, 5x7 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald


Hey, TGIF, right?  Apparently there are a few people out there who like the Mad Men cocktails... Manhattan!  This was fun to paint - I could almost smell it as I painted it.  It's the weekend, and I am stacked up - Class on Saturday (we're having a 'cocktail' party - and we have a couple of slots open due to travel, so.... you're welcome!), then the Spring Bull opening, where I have 3 Gull paintings, then the Girls Just Wanna Paint will meet at my studio on Sunday.  All good things.  I am grateful for all my peeps, and for the art in my life!~

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Alternate Universe, 8x8 inch Acrylic Painting of White Tulips by Kelley MacDonald

$125 & $10 S&H

A bit grainy photograph is what happens when you take the shot too late in the day, and the light is going.  I'll get a better shot tomorrow, and replace it.
My Girls Just Wanna Paint topic was 'white', and I had these gorgeous white tulips, but I was playing with two backgrounds.  Who knew so many people love the color purple?  I have a lot of friends who say it is their favorite color.  All artists, mind you.

I took a large part of today to PLAY.  I haven't had a day off in a loooong time, and with no wind and clear skies, Paco and I took off for the beach.  Good call... he loved it.  His blog is now happening again, feel free to visit!

Also... mark your calendars!

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