Sunday, March 30, 2008

Buy Massive Size Prints

Massive size prints, 60" x 44" and smaller are now available for the following southwestern landscape paintings on

The Meditation

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Encaustic Continues to be Fun

Wed., March 12, 2008--I was so tired today. I had tons of work to get done. It was a very social day so I didn’t get a whole lot accomplished in the studio. By the time I was ready to work it was 7:30 pm. I did some work on three encaustic pieces which continues to be fun. I feel much better now. Isn’t it amazing how refreshing doing art can be?

Artist Studio Visit

I visited the studio of Cass Shaw today. She has a studio above Isaac's right next to Anne Simonsen, who is moving out. I ran into Cass at the local coffee shop and she invited me to her studio. I love her work. She is doing oil abstract paintings using dots. The result is intriguing. I love visiting other artist's studios. I find it so inspiring to see their process and work station. Cass has a beautiful and spacious studio which is well organized. She is using a simple wall hanging device of nailing a 2" x 4" to the wall and then hangs her paintings from it. Neat idea which I think I will try in my own studio. Thank you, Cass, for the tour.

Arts & Cultural District Designation Update

Last night we celebrated the designation of our town, along with Las Vegas, being designated as an Arts & Cultural Destination in New Mexico. This is a really big deal in our small town. About 20 representatives from around the country are here right now interviewing people in the town about how to capitalize on this designation. I talked to four of the team members (John, Rich, Jennifer, and a guy from D.C.--sorry I forgot your name) to put my two cents into the mix. I also discovered a few new resources and avenues for my art. New Mexico is actually artist-friendly. It was a good night. Rich gave me button with our new logo so I could strut it around town today. Tomorrow at lunchtime, they will present a summary of their findings to whoever is interested enough to show up. That would be me!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Encaustic Painting: Earth Light

This abstract encaustic painting by me, Mary A. Gravelle was inspired by a photograph I took of a sunset sky in Oracle, Arizona. The original painting is 8” x 10”. The colors of brown, orange, ivory, gold, yellow, and ivory are unbelievable and real. The southwestern sky in Arizona and New Mexico never ceases to amaze me in its unique cloud formations and color. This abstract painting was created in layers using acrylic paints and mediums to achieve a luminous effect. The final encaustic acrylic painting looks more like a cave where you can see light through it.
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My Art Hero: Marc Horowitz

The question -- is it art, is it comedy, is it performance, is it just plain crazy arises around the art of Marc Horowitz. I read the article today and watched his "National Dinner Tour" YouTube video which is linked in the article. This guy blows away any preconceived notion of how creative we can be. He IS CREATIVITY at its core. He gives everyone permission to just go out and follow through with creative ideas, to follow through with your creative thought. If for nothing else than pure curiosity. My kudos to this young man who has had the guts to follow his heart.

Marc Horowitz article

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Encaustic Painting using Acrylics

This is the first enacaustic painting that I have finished using the techniques from a workshop I took a few weeks ago: Encaustic Effects with Acrylic. It was facilitated by Nancy Reyner, author of Acrylic Revolution.

I used a pouring and embedding technique. I'm still experimenting with all of the other pieces we did in the workshop. I think this one is complete and need to sign it.

This is a highly addicting process for me. I have a landscape painting in process and need to get back to that!

I wonder where this process will take me. Visit Nancy's website for more information on her workshops and book: