Monday, July 25, 2016

Two of My Favorite Landscape Paintings Available at the Welcome Center

Magical, 48 x 46 x 3 inches, Acrylic on Wood.
Copyright 2006 Mary Gravelle.
$1,800. Inquiries Mary@MaryFineArt.com

Two Landscape Paintings Now Showing at the Sedona Village Welcome Center

Two of my favorite landscape paintings are now available for purchase at the Sedona Village Welcome Center. 25% of the proceeds goes back to the Welcome Center to help pay operating expenses.

Both paintings are scenes of Oracle, Arizona, painted on gorgeous oak panel boxes that I built with three inch inside frames. They have a great presence having the three inch depth between the painting and the wall.

Magical

The first one is called Magical. It happened one day while housesitting during my first month in the Southwest. My new best friend, Doug, was visiting the amazing land that the house sat on where I was housesitting. A double rainbow appeared to be sitting in front of the mountains. Coming from Connecticut, I had never witnessed such a magical sight. I was in awe.
Me: Mary Gravelle (Braylee Rush)
with the first double rainbow I saw in Arizona.
It was sitting in front of the mountain!

Paradise, 48 x 36 x 3 inches, Acrylic on Wood.
Copyright 2006 Mary Gravelle.
$1,800. Inquires: Mary@MaryFineArt.com

Paradise

The second painting is from a scene while hiking. It looked like Paradise to me at the time. It was a lush-looking scene at sunset.

Would You Like to Own These Paintings?

If you would like to own either of these paintings, or both, please email me at Mary@MaryFineArt.com. They both sell for $1,800 with 25% commission ($450) going to the Welcome Center. Shipping cost is additional.

Are You Ready to Buy Art?


Are you ready to bring one or more of my paintings to your home or office? Email me at Mary@MaryFineArt.com

Tips for Purchasing Fine Art


When it comes to purchasing fine art, buy a piece that you love. If you connect strongly with a work of art, go ahead and consider purchasing it. The joy and happiness that this original work of art will give you will be immeasurable.

Imagine a space in your home or office where it might fit. And ask yourself some questions such as:

  • Why do I like this piece?


  • What does it remind me of?


  • How do these colors make me feel?


  • Overall, how does this piece make me feel?


  • What location or room would this piece fit into?


  • Would it make a great gift for someone special?

  • About the Author

    Braylee Rush

    Braylee 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 websites and work are: Wisdom Painting for Self-Discovery, Igniting Your Intentions, Sedona Art Hikes, and Silver Graphic Design.

    Contact her today with commissions or requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.

    Inquiries


    Inquiries about this en plein air acrylic landscape painting can be made through the contact page.

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

    Until Next Week


    • Create art
    • Appreciate art
    • Buy art

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    8 Tips on Collecting Fine Art

    En plein-air painting:  Eden, Cathedral Rock, 
    9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Wood,
    Copyright 2016 Braylee Rush/Mary Gravelle

    8 Tips on Collecting Fine Art

    As an artist, it is integral to my art career to gather collectors and patrons of my art.
    As in any business, it becomes important to not only locate customers–for artists that would be art patrons and collectors–but to educate them as well. Collecting fine art might be easier than you think.

    Follow along as I give you some tips that I think will make your fine art collecting a meaningful experience. Whether you are purchasing fine art in person or online, I think these tips will apply. I will be referring to painting in my tips, as that is my medium of choice. But, you can substitute work of art for painting, if you want.

    Tip #1: Take Your Time

    The first tip in collecting Fine Art is to take your time. Once you purchase a painting, you will live with it for a long time. So, take your time in selecting just the right pieces. They will become your friends over time and offer you enjoyment for many years to come.


    Crystalline Energy and the Blooming Century Plant,
    Acrylic on Birch panel, 12 x 24 inches, en plein air,
    copyright Mary Gravelle.

    Tip #2: Go Where There is Art

    Go to museums, galleries, artist’s studios, browse online galleries and artist’s websites, and anywhere else where they show and sell art. As in Tip #1, take your time looking at different paintings. Begin to get a feeling for what style of painting you like.
    My collectors have bought my art online, from my studio, from my home, from galleries, and hopefully not dark alleys… lol. The point is that you can find and buy art anywhere there is art. Don’t limit yourself to the typical experience of purchasing only at fine art galleries.


    Walking in Paradise, en plein air, 11 x 15 inches,
    acrylic on canvas, copyright 2016 Mary Gravelle.

    Tip #3: Allow Your Tastes to Grow

    Taste is acquired over time. Just as you may have started drinking Boones Farm wine in your teenage years, you have most likely graduated to fine wines over time. It’s the same with your taste in paintings. Once you begin collecting, you will become more sophisticated about what you like in a painting. But, don’t let that stop you. Dive right in and begin to experience making the purchase and enjoying what you have bought. It’s a process that can be fun. You will delight in how your taste in painting changes once you get the hang of it.


    Waters of Birth, 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches, Acrylic on Canvas,
    Copyright Braylee Rush / Mary Gravelle.

    Tip #4: Learn How to Appreciate Art: Curiosity is Key


    As an art patron, appreciator, or collector, stand before a work of art in your home, a gallery, museum, the artist’s studio, or an online art gallery or website. Pick out one painting.
    Let yourself become curious about that painting. Imagine yourself being taken into the painting and becoming part of it, ala Alice in Wonderland. Where is the painting taking you? What is happening to your thoughts? What is happening in your body? Are certain areas of your body, such as your gut, or head, uneasy or tingling? Or maybe parts of your body feel joyous and delighted. Are certain emotions arising? Allow your curiosity about the painting to open you up to what it might have for you. Your Curiosity is the key to understanding or at least appreciating the painting.

    Summer’s Song
    Acrylic on Canvas
    60 x 36 x 1.0 inches
    ©2008 Mary Rush Gravelle.
    In private collection.

    Tip #5: Do You Love It?


    When it comes to purchasing fine art, buy a piece that you love. If you connect strongly with a work of art, go ahead and consider purchasing it. The joy and happiness that this original painting will give you will prove to be immeasurable and priceless.
    One collector found one of my paintings online. Her and her husband had just inherited a small amount of money and wanted to use part of it to purchase a southwestern landscape painting. They made it a fun adventure while drinking wine one night as they googled “southwestern landscape paintings.” They found one of mine that they fell in love with. They contacted me, I shipped it, and as they told me, “made them smile.”

    In Situ. Cherry Tree Promise, 36 x 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
    Copyright Braylee Rush / Mary Gravelle

    Tip #6: Ask Yourself Questions


    Listed below are some questions that you might ask yourself.

    • Why do I like this painting?
    • What does it remind me of?
    • How do these colors make me feel?
    • Overall, how does this painting make me feel?
    • Would it make a great gift for someone special?


    Tip #7: Imagine Living With It

    Either physically or in your mind, peruse your home or office. What room or space could you imagine it fitting into or adding some sort of ambiance or atmosphere?
    Paintings add energy to your space. From the questions above, what kind of energy does this painting give off for you? Which area of your home would benefit from that type of energy? Imagine in your mind’s eye, the painting hanging where you think it would be a perfect fit. If that excites you, get out a measuring tape and measure your space to the dimensions of the painting. You might need to rearrange furniture to create just the perfect place for it.

    Tip #8: Allow Art to Fulfill Its Destiny

    If you connect to a certain painting, allow it to fulfill its destiny of energizing your space. Allow the painting to be in service to you. Paintings can soothe or instill passion or anything in-between

    Once I have completed a painting, I wish for it to fulfill its destiny by finding the right buyer, someone who will appreciate it and give it a good home.
    Serenity, 24 x 48 inches, Oil on Wood, in private collection.
    One of my collectors has several of my paintings. She is in the medical field and travels with her job every 13 weeks, sometimes staying as long as a year. She has been collecting my art since 2006. You can imagine how many times she has moved into a new home, taking my paintings with her. She tells me how much joy they bring her every time she moves. She carefully wraps them in a moving blanket and off they go to her new home.

    Summary

    Paintings have much power to fulfilling your long lasting joy. They will become your friends. So, get out there–look at some art, appreciate art, and buy art! It’s easier than you think.

    I would love to hear from you. Make a comment on this blog article, or go to my Contact page.

    Become a Patron of My Art

    I have made it easy for collectors and patrons to support me and my art via the platform, Patreon. Here is a YouTube Video where I explain the four reasons why you might want to do that.

    https://youtu.be/LBgdkNvBjZM

    Further Reading

    Now that I have shared my tips, there is a great article on theInvaluable website that will enlighten you even more.

    About the Author

    Braylee Rush is an artist, author, and creativity catalyst and consultant. She resides in Sedona, Arizona with her loving and efficient assistant, Sir Kitty. Her art and other work can be found at:
    Art Website,
    Art Blog,
    Sedona Art Hikes,
    Wisdom Painting for Self-Discovery,
    Igniting Your Intentions.

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Self Discovery and the Artist

    Crystalline Energy and the Blooming Century Plants,
    Acrylic on Birch Panel, 12 x 24 inches,
    Copyright 2016 Mary Gravelle

    Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

    –Jackson Pollock

    Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
    –Michael Korda

    I have heard and read of many artists who came to make art because they wanted to discover more about themselves and the world around them. Or, they may have come to the process of making art or other creative outlets such as music or dance for the much needed emotional outlet that it delivers.

    I came to painting from a place of emotional outlet. I didn't realize this until after I completed my first painting. It was that first experience that felt so exhilarating and freeing that sent me on a path of helping others do the same through painting. The workshop went through various stages and names. Now, it is called Wisdom Painting.

    A Self-Discovery Reflection Back to the Artist


    The practice of making art, reflects back to the artist, who they are. The choices they make along the journey of the process of creation is revealed in the final product. This process, however, is personal to the artist who created it. Layers upon layers of work went into the piece. Some layers are buried underneath and hidden from the viewer. Only the artist knows exactly what transpired during the process.

    If a viewer is intuitive, they may be able to feel the vibe of the piece, the energy of the artist who made it. In this, then, that viewer may be able to discern the hidden layers. The art then becomes a process of self-discovery for the viewer as well. The viewer gazes over the piece and might try to imagine how the artist created it. This becomes a personal journey for the viewer.

    Self-Discovery and the Artist


    Are you an artist? What is your favorite medium? Do you find that you discover things about yourself through the process of making art? Are these discoveries made through your decisions and choices you make along the way of creating each piece? Do you discover different things or ideas in every piece that you create? Do you make art as a way of self-discovery? Or is self-discovery evident while you are creating or afterwards?


    Ways to Use Your Art Making for Self-Discovery


    Subject matter


    What subject matter are your drawn to? What subject matter are your curious about? Are you creating from a sense of wanting to discover something about yourself or about your subject matter? Perhaps the subject matter is your entry to self-discovery.

    If you paint flowers, for instance, what about the flower intrigues you enough to paint it? Is this a reflection of your interior, the flowering within you? Is your life flowering in ways that you are aware of or could become more aware of now that you are painting flowers? Is it the beauty, the color, the unfolding growth? In answering some of these questions, you might be able to discover something about yourself consciously.

    I also think that we don't have to dissect everything little thing for meaning. Sometimes the discovery is unconscious and yet, changes us somehow for the better.

    Choices


    Tune into your painting process and the choices that you make along the way. What are your choices of color, brush, materials, and painting substrate. What do each reveal to you about yourself and why you made those choices?

    Process


    I have heard that the way we do one thing is the way we do all things. How do you approach your art making? Does this tell you anything about the way you live your life and how you approach life?



    Immersive painting for self-discovery. 
    Let it flow.


    Paint for Flow and Creativity


    Allow yourself to express creatively without judgement or planning ahead. Just show up to the paper or canvas. Quiet your mind and let go of all preconceived notions about what to paint. Just paint. Dip a brush into paint and let it do its thing. Just keep going at it. Don't stop when you think you are complete. This could simply be resistance to what wants to be revealed to you. Keep painting. You might want to continue this painting for a week, painting everyday on this same painting and allowing its discoveries to come to you. Keep a journal to write your learnings, observations, and epiphanies down.

    Other
    Researching for this article, I happened up this interesting website on art and self-discovery. I don't think I used any of the material, but it's worth a visit.

    Ways to View Visual Art for Self-Discovery


    So, you are not an artist, but rather, an art patron, appreciator, or collector. You stand before a work of art in your home, a gallery, museum, or the artist's studio. Let yourself become curious about the painting.

    You could imagine yourself being taken into the painting and becoming part of it. What is happening to your thoughts? What is happening in your body? Are certain areas of your body, such as your gut, or head, uneasy or tingling? Or maybe parts of your body feel joyous and delighted. Are certain emotions arising? These are clues about self-discovery.

    What is this piece revealing to you? It's all about you at this point. The art is here for you. Allow it to take you on your very own personal journey of self-discovery.
    Beneath the Surface, Acrylic on Canvas,
    24 x 36 inches,
    copyright 2016 Mary Gravelle.

    What Do You Think?

    Does any of this make sense to you? How do you use art making as a tool for self-discovery? What are your ideas on self-discovery through the art making process?

    Are You Ready to Buy Art?


    Are you ready to bring one or more of my paintings to your home or office? Email me at Mary@MaryFineArt.com

    Tips for Purchasing Fine Art


    When it comes to purchasing fine art, buy a piece that you love. If you connect strongly with a work of art, go ahead and consider purchasing it. The joy and happiness that this original work of art will give you will be immeasurable.

    Imagine a space in your home or office where it might fit. And ask yourself some questions such as:
     


  • Why do I like this piece?




  • What does it remind me of?




  • How do these colors make me feel?




  • Overall, how does this piece make me feel?




  • What location or room would this piece fit into?




  • Would it make a great gift for someone special?

  • About the Author

    Braylee Rush

    Braylee 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 websites and work are: Wisdom Painting for Self-Discovery, Igniting Your Intentions, Sedona Art Hikes, and Silver Graphic Design.

    Contact her today with commissions or requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.

    Inquiries


    Inquiries about this en plein air acrylic landscape painting can be made through the contact page.

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

    Until Next Week


    • Create art
    • Appreciate art
    • Buy art