Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paintings for Sale at Welcome Center

Braylee Rush on the right with her paintings behind her
at the NEW Sedona Village Welcome Center.
The Sedona Village Welcome Center had its Grand Opening gala event on April 7. I was invited to hang a few paintings for sale. A percentage of each sale will go toward keeping the new welcome center open.

I didn't realize it, but I am a founder of this center. As a board member of the Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA), I volunteered to be on the committee to analyze the start up of a visitor's center in our part of Sedona.

We are situated outside the city limits and down the Red Rock Scenic Bypass from the main part of Sedona. This causes us to be slightly invisible to the five million annual tourists to Sedona. People coming in from Phoenix, however, drive right through our Village on their way to West Sedona and Uptown Sedona.

If you have traveled up State Route 179, you have witnessed the spectacular and breathtaking view of Sedona coming around a certain curve. This view captures interest and awe from everyone traveling from that direction. It causes red rock fever in the hearts of many.

Number 4: Four Squared, Mixed Media on RayMar Panel
24 x 24 inches, copyright 2009 Mary Gravelle.
Now showing at the Welcome Center.
The SVBA could not see the vision. We were being handed this opportunity to showcase our businesses by the new owner of a complex of buildings formerly known as Tequa Plaza. Thomas McPherson of Phoenix bought the complex after his car broke down coming through Sedona one day last November. He is extremely visionary and creative. He wanted a visitor's center in his complex. He offered the SVBA a great deal.

Since SVBA could not see the possibilities, Amadeus Larew, the person that volunteered to be general manager; I, as a committee member; Beverly Copen, President of the Vision Alliance; and Ken Rouse, President of SVBA all stepped forward and said, "YES" to getting this project off the ground. In three short weeks, it became a reality.

Jazz, Mixed Media on Wood, 12 x 12 inches
Copyright 2009 Mary Gravelle.
Now showing at the Welcome Center.
I look forward to the ongoing expansion of the vision of the Sedona Village Welcome Center.



















Below are two more paintings now showing at the Welcome Center. All four paintings are mixed-media works of art.

The Natural World, Mixed Media on Wood,
12 x 12 inches, Copyright 2009 Mary Gravelle.
Now showing in Sedona at the Village Welcome Center.

The Buckhorn Saloon, Mixed Media on Wood,
24 x 24 inches, Copyright 2010 Mary Gravelle.
Now showing at the Welcome Center.



Until Next Week

• Create art
• Appreciate art
• Buy art

Mary Gravelle (Mary Rae Rush)


About the author: Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved assistant, Sir Kitty. Her art can be seen on her website.


Sir Kitty



Monday, April 11, 2016

New Painting: Beneath the Surface

Below the Surface, Acrylic on Canvas Floor Cloth,
24 x 36 inches, copyright 2016 Braylee Rush.
The green abstract fluid painting is now complete. It looks as if the earth has been cut down the center and you can see below the surface and into the nooks and crannies of dirt and plant roots.

This painting was an experiment with watered down acrylic paints that were poured on the surface and directed by lifting the canvas. This is a tedious process that requires days upon days to create as each layer needs to dry overnight before proceeding with the next.

Each one of these experiments go in their own direction. Each one is unique in color and style. They all seem to take an abstract look. See my previous article on my fluid painting process.

What do you think?

Early in process shot.

Early in the process.


Detail.

Bottom detail.

Until Next Week

• Create art
• Appreciate art
• Buy art

Mary Gravelle (Mary Rae Rush)


About the author: Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved assistant, Sir Kitty. Her art can be seen on her website.


Sir Kitty





Monday, February 29, 2016

Two In-Process Fluid Paintings

Trauma, Mixed-media on Wood.
16 x 20 x 1.5 inches.
Not sure if this is complete.
Copyright Mary Gravelle.
I'm still experimenting with watered down acrylic paints in what I think is my own version of fluid painting technique. From the Youtube videos I've watched so far, they aren't watering down their paints as much as what I am doing.

I don't know where this technique is taking me, but it's kind of fun. It has surprising results that sometimes I love and sometimes not so much. Here are the two I'm working on right now.

The painting above began as a cast aside piece. I had made a nature art piece that had fallen apart in transporting to and from my various storage units.

I find that usually when I paint over a piece, it gives me challenges. This piece is no different. We have had a tug of war between me wanting to listen to it and me wanting to exert my will over it. Can you relate?

In process painting, 24 x 36 inches.
Acrylic on canvas.
Copyright Mary Gravelle.
The second piece is painted on a blank canvas floor cloth. I had six of them in storage. Always looking for a surface to paint on, I grabbed one of these handy in a box in storage. This one is looking a little different than my previous pieces.

Have you experimented with watered down acrylic paints? Do you still use the technique?

Do you like the look of the process?