Monday, November 26, 2012

Top Five Artworks on my Print Website

My artwork is for sale as giclee prints, posters, and greeting cards. The cards are glossy and offered in a luscious size of 5 x 7 inches and include an envelope. Print sizes vary with many options such as printed on canvas, acrylic, paper, or metal; framed, matted or not. Visit my print artist website to view and purchase.

Overall, over time, the top five visited artworks on my print site are as follows, in order of popularity:

Light Force, digital, ©2012 Mary A. Gravelle

1. Light Force.

The original was created digitally in Painter 11. This means that it can only be purchased as a print. I have sold two of these already.

It can be ordered as a greeting card or in any of these print sizes:
  • 16 x 12.625 inches
  • 24 x 18.875 inches 
  • 36 x 28.25 inches 
  • 48 x 37.75 inches

Sir Kitty in Saturated Colors.
©2012 Mary A. Gravelle

2. Sir Kitty in Saturated Colors

This is a digitally enhanced photo detail of my original painting, Sir Kitty at Home (not for sale).
One woman from San Antonio, TX - United States said:
"What a colorful change for Sir Kitty! Neat choice of colors. Love it!! I will have to show Boo :) lol"  Patti :)
It can be ordered as a greeting card or in any of these print sizes:

  • 8.38 x 10 inches 
  • 11.75 x 14 inches 
  • 16.75 x 20 inches

Sun Fire, 9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
©2012 Mary A. Gravelle

3. Sun Fire

Original: Acrylic on Canvas, 9" x 12" x 3/4" Completed in 2008 by Mary A. Gravelle
From the Series: Landscapes of Silver City, New Mexico

In this Southwestern landscape painting, the sun is setting upon the mountains of New Mexico. It is ablaze with fire colors of yellow and orange.

It can be ordered as a greeting card or in any of these print sizes:
  • 8.5 x 12 inches
  • 11.38 x 16 inches
  • 17.13 x 24 inches

The Place to Be, 24 x 48 x 3 inches, Acrylic on Wood.
©2007 Mary A. Gravelle

4. The Place to Be

Original, Sold: Acrylic on Oak Box, 24 x 48 x 3 inches. Completed in 2007, from the Painting Series: Expanding Possibilities--Landscapes of Oracle, Arizona. An overall orange color scheme with bright pink, gold, green, and turquoise welcomes the viewer into a land of belonging where peace and joy reign.

This southwestern landscape acrylic painting of Oracle, Arizona features a bold color scheme in orange and pink. The blazing sky sports turquoise highlights. The beige gold pathway leads the viewer into a place where they might want to be. Cactus, trees, rocks, and meadows in pink, green, and maroon beckon one into this desert landscape with a sense of joy and belonging. This painting will add bright color into any style home or office.

Go to the print site to view all of the wonderful comments on this painting.
It can be ordered as a greeting card or in any of these print sizes:
  • approx. 8 x 16 inches
  • approx. 12 x 24 inches

Desert Arteries, 24 x 48 inches, Acrylic on Wood.
©2012 Mary A. Gravelle

5. Desert Arteries

Original is available for sale from my fine art website. 48 x 24 x 3 inches, Acrylic on Wood.

Desert Arteries is an acrylic painting of a Southwestern scene in Arizona. The Southwest landscape scene captures cactus, desert, mountains, pathways, and big sky. The bold colors in this expressive southwestern landscape painting are shades of red, pink, and purple.

It can be ordered as a greeting card or in any of these print sizes:
  • approx. 8 x 16 inches
  • approx. 12 x 24 inches
  • approx. 18 x 36 inches
  • approx. 20 x 40 inches
So, what do you think? Which one do you like the best?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

My Art Resume

Meditation, 12 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas.
©2008 Mary Rush Gravelle.
Today, I am sharing my Artist Resume, on my art website. It contains pretty much everything I have been up to in my art career since it began in 1992. Enjoy. Communicate by leaving a comment. Have a great week.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Is Everyone an Artist?

Number One: The All One, 24 x 24 inches
Acrylic on Wood. ©2008 Mary Rush Gravelle.

My Stance

No. In the past I have used the term, Artist, in a generous way. No more. Not everyone is an Artist. I believe that everyone is creative, but that does not make him or her an Artist. It makes them whatever they are that they use their creativity for.

Why I Believe the Way I Do

This new thinking comes about from a recording I listened to this past week, Blue Stocking Salon, with Ariane Goodwin and Lori Wolfson. Ariane discussed a new book that she had been reading. In it, the author wrote that everyone is an Artist:  Cooks, Lawyers, Hairdressers, Lovers, etc. Ariane argues that, no, not everyone is an Artist. And to say that, degrades the profession of being an Artist, with a capital A.

My Argument

After listening to this recording, I agree with Ariane. Not everyone is a lawyer or a plumber. Why does everyone have to be considered an Artist? That totally takes away the talent and the heart of the Artist. This goes along with a TV program that I have been watching on Netflix, Saving Grace. The main character is a Detective and Cop. She often refers to “the heart of a Cop” and whether people possess it or not.  I think the same is true with being an Artist. One has to possess the heart of an Artist, in order to be an Artist. The operative here is “to be”. The heart is the center of being.
Number 2: The Presence of The Other, 24 x 24 inches
Acrylic on Wood. ©2008 Mary Rush Gravelle. 


Let’s give Artists the respect they deserve just like any other profession. Artists work hard, they educate themselves on their craft and their field, just like any other professional. They pour their heart and soul into their work. They take their work seriously. Especially in the U.S., the Artist has to work really hard to earn a living because they are pushing against a societal belief that denigrates their work as silliness and nonsense. It is not. 

What About You?

So, what do you think? Is everyone an Artist? Why or why not?

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Misc Art Making

Praying Mantis Sculpture at the All Souls Procession
Event in Tucson, AZ on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
Photography. ©Mary Rush Gravelle


In lieu of painting or doing ceramics, other ways of creating are taking forefront right now. Photography is a good outlet. I seem to be finding events and other things to photograph lately. Taking them into Photoshop, I can use my creativity to enhance the original shot.

New logo for my graphic design.
Since moving to Tucson, the
colors I used in the old logo
make no sense of the name.
Hopefully, it makes sense now.

Graphic Art

Graphic Design is another source of art making for me currently. This one moves in and out of being a creative endeavor and just plain old tedium. There are so many details to take care of. Other times, when I get colors and design aligned, well… my heart sings.

How is your creativity taking form these days? Does it make your heart sing?

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