Thursday, June 29, 2006

"Under a Golden Sun" - 16 x 20" acrylic on canvas
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This painting of a German street was a lot of fun, because I got to use obscene amounts of my favorite color: yellow. I got to use it in the building on the right and again on the golden sun sign. After that, it was just a matter of throwing it around liberally to make the entire painting glow with gold-orange goodness. Anyway. It was fun.

Tomorrow I have to drop off 11 works to the Salem Church Library for a solo exhibit there; I won't even begin to describe to you the frantic framing frenzy that I am engaged in this evening. Oh Lord, give me patience . . . and an extra hand or two to stretch framing wire.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Carytown Series Underway!

The first half of the Carytown Series is finished and on eBay! Each of these little pieces is a lot of fun and presents a unique set of challenges -- it's a small space to paint on effectively. I really felt like I was channeling Carytown, though (is that how channeling is spelled?); it was so easy to remember standing right on that spot and taking that photograph. Not so much with the first one, which is in Carytown proper, but with second two, I definitely had a pile of memories that came back.

"Carytown- The Bicycle" - 6 x 6" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
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I liked the image of the lone bicycle in this one, sitting in front of an attractively cluttered antiques store.

"Carytown - Richbrau Brewery" - 6 x 6" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
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This image is full of memories for me. Right down there on the corner, where you see the black sign, is a restaurant called La Grotta. It's a beautiful little Italian restaurant, not for the faint of wallet, located beneath Richbrau. It's dark and intimate and the food is wonderful. Save room for dessert. Believe me.

"Carytown - Sine" - 6 x 6" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
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This image holds perhaps the most memories of all for me. When I was in college just four or five years ago, I started an Irish band called Ballynoola (our most loyal of fans may still remember us and play our CD) and we toured all around Virginia and Maryland. One of our gigs was in front of this Irish restaurant, Sine, in honor of their grand opening. It was Halloween and everyone walking by us was in costume. I remember in particular Princess Leah (is that even how you spell her name? I know some Star Wars fan is going to be irritated with me) walking by holding her baby Yoda in her arms. Good times!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Carytown Series & a Lot of Rain

"Carytown - The Bicycle" - 6 x 6" on canvas

I'm almost ashamed to post this photograph of my latest little work because it's such a bad quality photo. I'm located in Virginia, and if any of you have been following the weather for our area for the past few days, you'll know that we haven't seen the sun for quite awhile. My camera (a Sony Cybershot if you're interested) does very poorly without sunlight, so even when I ventured out into the gloom between rain showers, I was unable to get a clear, vibrant photograph.

But I didn't want you to think that I wasn't being productive. Indeed, this little work is the first in a series of 6 that should be appearing on eBay either tomorrow or Thursday. They will all be of Carytown, on gallery wrapped canvas with black painted sides. The first two are already complete and they look very neat hanging together on the wall; it's the first time I've painted on such a little proper canvas and I really like the effect! I'm thinking of all sorts of things to do with small canvas groupings now, especially now that I've found a good supplier. I like to keep my Fedex man busy, you know.

Anyway, rumor has it that we might see the sun tomorrow so hopefully I will be able to get better photographs then. Certainly I hope for sun by the weekend, when I'll be in my booth at the Rose Mount Farm Fireworks Horse Show. Cross your fingers for me!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Door Number 3 - Carytown Series

"Door Number 3" - 16 x 20" acrylic on canvas
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This is the first of my Carytown paintings, and I have to say that I'm rather pleased with my efforts. It's difficult to capture the smack-you-from-across-the-room effect of a painting with a photograph, and this is one of those paintings. The simple but dynamic shapes really make an impact and to me, it captures the colorful and whimsical nature of Carytown.

I often watch movies while I'm painting (well, it's often more like "listening" to movies) and the result is that every time I look at the painting in years to come, I'm reminded of the movie that I watched while painting. Well, this one is no exception, and looking at the photo right now, I am weirdly put in mind of "National Treasure," the movie I watched while painting the final touches. And cookies, of course. It took at least 8 cookies to complete the final stages of this painting.

This painting is going to my month-long solo exhibition -- it's being delivered on the 30th of June. As the works need to be marked either "for sale" or "not for sale", I have this painting in my store but I will list the ending at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 29th. If it's not sold by then, it will wear a price tag of $200 at the exhibition (which is the price that it is listed at in my store -- remember your "make offer" option!). If it does sell, it will be shipped to the winning buyer at the end of July when the exhibition ends.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Salem Church Library Exhibition

"Want Company?" - 9 x 12" on colorfix paper
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Weather was indeed peculiar yesterday, but it held enough for me to get some good shots of Richmond's Carytown & Shockoe Slip areas. I have plenty of painting fodder to hold me through at least a few weeks! A quick glance at the calendar, however, reminded me that the deadline for my July exhibition at the Salem Church Library's gallery space ( is just around the corner. So I'll try and put a few small works on eBay for sale this week, but any big paintings that I do are going to the exhibition.

What was I going to say? Oh, right -- I will post images of these works as I finish them this week, so anyone interesting in purchasing one at the end of July can drop me a line to let me know. They will be listed for sale at the exhibition with a price tag of $200 each, but I can make arrangements for a painting to be listed "not for sale" if you fall in love with one of them.

A little work may appear on this blog later today. Keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Spot of Tea

"Spot of Tea" - 5 x 7" on canvas board
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Here's today's effort -- my second acrylic version of my clear glass tea-cups (I have done them with colored pencils before: "Want Company?" is currently in my store on eBay). I never, never get tired of doing version of my tea cups. The way that the sun comes through tea and turns it a lovely rainbow of oranges and reds and browns is just too tempting to pass up. This piece was done with a surprising amount of green to underpaint the oranges and reds, and also rather a lot of blue to make it "pop." I'm pretty pleased with it, especially considering I've never painting on such a small surface before. It was quite a challenge.

As my landscape that I finished this evening has already sold, I find myself in need of some new material. Tomorrow has been deemed "field trip" day and I will be trekking an hour south to Carytown and Shockoe Slip in Richmond for some good street scene shots. Watch this space . . . as long as weather lets me take some good photos, you'll be seeing pieces of Richmond here in the days to come.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Snow White & a Sneak Peek

"Snow White" - 5 x 7" colored pencil on colorfix paper
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Believe it or not, I finally figured out that each blog post begins with the date so I was wasting my time titling each day's post with the date. This is the only finished piece for today, a small, relatively quick study of an apple -- taking great care with the little details like pencil stroke and unusual color. The evening was spent on the painting that will be tomorrow's offering. Below you can see the progress shots on my latest painting, and you can click HERE to buy it before it goes on auction tomorrow night when it's completed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

June 20th

"Company Tea" - 11 x 14" on canvas
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"The Student" - 16 x 20" on canvas
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Because I had my camera handy today while I worked, I took two progress shots as well for the curious -- from the first "ugly stage" in blue and green, the middling ugly stage with the base colors laid down, and finally the finished result up above.

Monday, June 19, 2006

June 19th

"The Cathedral" -- 11 x 14" acrylic on canvas
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Current Offerings - June 18th

"Milo" - art card (2.5" x 3.5" on drafting film)
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Hello, Folks!

Hi everyone! I'll keep this short and painless. My name's Maggie Stiefvater, I'm an artist specializing in equine art and landscapes/ cityscapes, and this blog will be a place for my admirers, stalkers, or friends to keep track of my daily art offerings. Just about every day I create a piece of art for eBay, and you guys will see it first here. Feel free to comment on what you thinking I'm doing wrong or right or how a piece makes you feel.

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