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Abstract Impressionistic Work

Posted by mmarieart on May 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Ive been having some fun creating some Abstract Impressionistic pieces. It is different than what I am normally used to creating, but I've been having a lot of fun creating these. I have them posted for sale on Fine Art America where you can choose your size and print, canvas, cell phone case, etc. 

Poster for school assignment

Posted by mmarieart on October 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I had to work up a fictitious poster for a school assignment. I normally do wildlife or childrens art, but it can be essential to show your versatility in many venues. So, here are my poster skills. No jokes needed on the subject..maybe my hot steamy novel will be written in time for this signing next year =). 


Posted by mmarieart on September 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


You get up to do your daily tasks…like every day. Far more important than those that consume my days. The earth turns, and turns over, buds, grows, breaths, feeds on your daily walkings. My piece is dying, lonely, afraid, hurt, wandering aimlessly in the winds of time just wanting to breath, bud, grow, turn over, and become from your daily walkings.

My roots did not have the proper fertilization in the beginning, and now the stem is weak. The inner workings watered just enough to keep me alive, stimulated, barely breathing but still reaching toward the sun wanting it to reach back for me and pull me to it close. My leaves being plucked from me left and right the whole time, stripping me of my green, my life. The tramplings upon me beating me into the ground like some lifeless weed.

Tread lightly. Fertilize what is left. Stimulate me with your conversation so I am not so lonely. Re-plant me where the sun can lift me up. Breath your sweet breath upon my stem to warm my inner workings, and comfort me in your daily walkings. Help me to turn over, bud, grow, …..become.

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An Owl

Posted by mmarieart on September 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Quick digital sketch I did last night while attending an online seminar about social media. I think he looks rather content atop his fence post =). 

Malinois Digital

Posted by mmarieart on August 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I Can't work on the pencil drawing more until I get my 6B led in which should be Wednesday. However, I did scan my sketch and created a digital work with it tonight for fun. . Some items will be available with this design in my cafe press shop www.cafepress.com/thepencilbarnartshop before long if anyone is interested. I will post the stages of the pencil work in a seperate post. 

Lionfish Shampoo

Posted by mmarieart on August 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been working the past couple of days on an entry into the amazing James Gurney's online contest he is running. I've no grand dreams of winning this one (although how great would that be) but really enjoyed doing this picture and knowing that every drawing but enhances your ability. As an artist you never stop growing. 

Fairy and Cat

Posted by mmarieart on July 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I whipped this little picture up yesterday and thought I'd share here. 

Early Bird

Posted by mmarieart on July 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's Drawing. Looks like the worm decided to sleep in this morning.:)


Posted by mmarieart on May 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a subject very dear to me. I moved from the sidewalks of Washington DC when very young to a farm in Shelby County KY. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It was love at first step on the place. I was and am a HUGE animal lover. I would wake before school to go watch and try to assist in milking the cows, and throwing feed to the pigs. I would throw leftovers over the fence to the chickens after dinner, loved riding on the back of the mule pulled plow to plant corn, made mud pies that sat in our kitchen window to dry, sitting under the front tree to look for four leaf clovers after a ride on the pony, climbing in the barn, jumping in the hay, learning to ride my bike down the long dirt and gravel lane, and romping barefoot with my samoyed dog who was my great buddy.

When I was a bit older we moved to town where I would still rarely be found indoors. My friends and I would always gather to ride bikes, play marco-polo or softball, space 1999, or sleigh ride down the local school hill. We loved throwing rocks off the old wood train bridge, or finding treasures in the woods or dirt. We also frequented a local small grocers which was one room filled with the smell of fresh cut meats, breads, and cheese, bottled cokes you pulled from the machine and returned for a nickel deposit which you would then buy two cent gum with, or dime suckers from the counter. I can still almost feel my bare feet on that wood floor that had creaks which I loved. The owners new all of us neighborhood children along with our parents. We would buy popscicles from a small freezer up front in the summertime, boxes of cracker jacks in anticipation of the prize, fun dip, and jumbo pixie sticks and sit on the picnic table under the tree by the store laughing till our belly ached or talking about where we would ride to next. 

Now as I see that same small town building up more and more it saddens me. How many liquor stores, pharmacy;s grocery's, shopping centers,and gas stations are really necessary. All those small grocers that I loved are gone...replaced by large franchises. People are so consumed with material things that shopping has become a past time, and family sit down dinners lost. Kids are consumed with electronics versus nature, the mighty dollar seems to have outgrown the feeling of handmades, and genuine love. Animals habitats are being replaced by concrete. Kids are scared of animals or don't know how to react. So many don't have to even think for themselves because the electonics do it all for them. Many don't know how to cook. Quality time with family has been replaced by consumed hours of mindless nonsense that is not important. Farms are being destroyed and animals raised in unhealthy conditions crammed inside dark cages or indoor pens while franchises are filling there pockets and killing our population. People are the unwittingly donig the same thing...cramming themselvs in subdivisions inside their homes with postage stamp yards for their kids and animals to play in while they fill their bodies with unhealthy processed foods.

Our society has got to wake up. We each need to do our part..even starting in small  ways and working our way up...to saving our planet, which also means ourselves. Stop building shopping centers. Stop tearing up our land. Lets save farms and create more farms. Lets save our animals habitats. Lets realize that family, and time spent with them is the most important thing. Let's notice the green grass and trees instead of the almighty dollar. Shop local. Stop GMO's and large franchise, and instead learn a craft, or buy from a local crafter who is trying to raise a family. Lets get back to trade. If you have something you no longer need, pass it on to someone who can use it. Don't take and consume more than you need. Care about education as something you can pay it forward to our world with and not as something to merely make money with (I've met many doctors which at fault with this). We have got to stop being such a vain world, and get back to being caring and real in every sense of the world....enough plastics in more ways than one. This is what prompted my little piece of art I created today.

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This Weeks still Life Paintings.

Posted by mmarieart on May 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Please don't forget that before this class, I had not really painted traditionally. I am a pencil and digital artist, so this was a brand new experience for me. I really did enjoy this class. It was very therapeutic at times. I really enjoyed the feel of laying down the color in acrylics and watching my pieces grow from the beginning of class to the end of the semester. I am looking forward to some more future practice in this medium and furthering my artistic growth.