Monday, February 20, 2017

The Soft Approach - New Southwestern Landscape Painting from Camp Verde, Arizona

The Soft Approach, Oil on MDF, 12 x 24 inches
Copyright 2017 Mary Gravelle.
The painting does not have the green background around it.
One of the first things I did when I moved into my new place in Camp Verde, Arizona was to paint. I have a fantastic 360 degree view of mountains that seem to reach into eternity. Every window in this place offers inspiration for many paintings to come. I set my easel up to look out my kitchen window.

I painted The Soft Approach with oil paints using my fingers. I have not painted in oils for many years. I found it was easier to put on a latex glove and just dive into the paint full strength. I had forgotten the joys of mixing paint directly on the canvas. I had forgotten the joys of painting wet on wet. I used a lot of paint!

I call this painting, The Soft Approach, for a several reasons. First, the oil paints, being painted with my fingers made it impossible to get straight, crisp edges. I was seeking this new approach. My acrylic landscape paintings seem to have harder edges. I wanted to try something different. The landscape itself looks soft with its rolling hills sitting at the foot of the taller, large, looming mountains behind them. It's like a gentle invitation to the imagination of expansion within oneself. The other reason for this title is the final result of the painting. It looks soft in the way the paint is laid on. It looks soft in its application of colors and shapes compared to most of my vibrantly hued landscapes.


The Soft Approach, Oil on MDF, 12 x 24 inches
Copyright 2017 Mary Gravelle.


This oil painting is still drying. It will be available for sale in about a month. Once it is dry, I will varnish it. Then, I'll put it up for sale on my website. I will let you know when that happens. If you want to pre-buy it, just let me know! Email Mary@MaryFineArt.com. It would be my pleasure to reserve it for you.

Below are a few in-process photos.

In-process photo
The Soft Approach, Oil on MDF, 12 x 24 inches
Copyright 2017 Mary Gravelle.



My paint pile after completing this painting.
The Soft Approach, Oil on MDF, 12 x 24 inches
Copyright 2017 Mary Gravelle.


About the Author


Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist, author, and creativity catalyst and consultant. She resides in Sedona, Arizona with her loving and efficient assistant, Sir Kitty. Her other services are Sedona Art Hikes and Wisdom Painting.

Contact her today with painting commissions, requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She is happy to paint something just for you. Or she can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.

Inquiries

Inquiries can be made through the contact page.

And, as always, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. 

Until Next Week
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Moving and Storage of Paintings

I just hung this painting in my bedroom.
Number Six: High Minded, 24 x 24 inches,
Mixed-media on Wood
Copyright 2009 Mary Gravelle.
I moved into a new living space a few days ago. I'm happy that I was able to move out of all but one storage unit. This means that most of my paintings are with me now!

I have hung a few. Most are still in boxes waiting to be hung. The paintings that I don't hang will be safely stacked up in a corner somewhere.

Moving requires that your paintings be packed well for the journey. They need to survive storage if that is where they end up.

Packing Your Paintings

I have found that UHaul carries the perfect boxes for my paintings. They usually are referred to as mirror boxes. They come in a few different sizes that seem to fit most painting sizes. For large paintings, use 2 or more boxes. Cut and tape them together to fit. You want the entire painting to be boxed so you can tape the top securely so it will lie flat.


Two or More Paintings

This painting hangs in my bathroom. It's just the right size.
Sun Fire, 9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2008 Mary Gravelle
If you are placing two or more paintings in a box together, use foam core or cardboard to protect the paintings from scarring the surface from rubbing against each other. Place the face of the painting toward the outside of the box with the backs of paintings facing each other in the box.

Transportation

When transporting your paintings, you can stack them on top of each other if you managed to keep the tops flat. Be careful in the UHaul trucks or other trucks that they are secure from falling down. Usually, if you are like me, there is plenty of other stuff to keep it all together.

I think you will find that if you take these preventive measures in packing your paintings, they will arrive intact and just like new.

Resources for Painting Boxes for Moving and Storage

UHaul Boxes
ULine Boxes

Let me know if you have anything to add the conversation.

About the Author


Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist, author, and creativity catalyst and consultant. She resides in Sedona, Arizona with her loving and efficient assistant, Sir Kitty. Her other services are Sedona Art Hikes and Wisdom Painting.

Contact her today with painting commissions, requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She is happy to paint something just for you. Or she can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.

Inquiries

Inquiries can be made through the contact page.

And, as always, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. 

Until Next Week
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  • Buy art
  • Create art

Monday, December 26, 2016

Southwestern Landscape Art Pillows Now Available

Art Pillow, Southwestern Landscape Painting
Original painting details:
Lush Two, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2008 Mary Gravelle.
I'm having so much fun seeing how my landscape paintings look as pillows.

I have made three of my Silver City, New Mexico landscape paintings available as art pillows. They are Dawn's Light, Lush 2, and Delightfully Serene.

Check them out on my art website. Add some beauty to your home. They will look equally great on your couch or bed. Or perhaps you can think of another place to put them.

Art Pillow, Southwestern Landscape Painting
Original painting details:
Dawn's Light (Dawn on Boston Hill),
28 x 22 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2007 Mary Gravelle.
Art Pillow, Southwestern Landscape Painting
Original painting details:
Delightfully Serene, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2007 Mary Gravelle.

All Three Art Pillows, Southwestern Landscape Painting – Which is your favorite?
Copyright 2016 Mary Gravelle.

About the Author


Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist, author, and creativity catalyst and consultant. She resides in Sedona, Arizona with her loving and efficient assistant, Sir Kitty. Her other services are Sedona Art Hikes and Wisdom Painting.

Contact her today with painting commissions, requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She is happy to paint something just for you. Or she can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.

Inquiries

Inquiries can be made through the contact page.

And, as always, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. 

Until Next Week
  • Appreciate art
  • Buy art
  • Create art