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Summer Days

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12″x16″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red. This painting will be in the upcoming online auction in March with Stephanie Gagos.

 

I think I may be trying to conjure up warm summer days, filled with peonies and butterflies, it has been so cold in the studio – the idea of floral scents and a warm breeze is very appealing. Yes, I continue to live vicariously through my art.

This month marks 10 years from when I decided that it was time to really go for it and make this ‘artist’ thing a reality. I had just turned 40 and I really felt the need to make some serious changes in my life.

I decided that I need to show up everyday in order to make that happen. Showing up meant going to the ‘drawing board’ everyday, no matter what, 15 minutes at least, EVERYDAY. Doing this  started the wheels turning. The more I showed up, the more I wanted to show up. The more I thought about showing up, the more ideas I had about what I was going to do when I showed up.  I painted what I knew, what was around me everyday, what inspired me; my children.

Ten years have passed. A decade. I turned 50 this week and I feel like I need to revisit my journey and perhaps make some changes in my life. Kick it up a notch. A lot has happened in those ten years. When I started, I was painting small art cards and selling them online. The more I sold, the more confidence I gained and the more I trusted myself –  I was making the right choices,  I could call myself an artist with out cringing. My girls have grown and are now 11 and 14, and my paintings have grown with them. Some parts of my life are easier (bedtime) some parts are harder (hormones, time management, taxes). What changes do I want to make? I don’t really know yet but I think now is a good time to  look around and take stock. What is important to me? What direction do I want to go in? If I showed up in other areas of my life, could I make positive changes there too? I feel some growing pains, and I am not just talking about the top button on my jeans, no,  I am  feeling the need to  reassess what it is that I want from this next decade.

This may mean making changes but I think that it also means looking back a little. I have been looking at my old sketchbooks and have been thinking about the directions that I didn’t take. Ideas that weren’t completely fleshed out or ones that have been forgotten. One thing that really stood out to me was the show I did for the gallery at The Paint Spot ages ago.  The show was called ‘To Call Myself Beloved”, which was a line from a wonderful poem called Late Fragment by Raymond Carver.  His words circled my brain for months ,they still mean so much to me, but I will be honest, I hadn’t read the poem for ages. So I will leave you with these wonderfully inspiring and meaningful words. They are everything.

 

Late Fragment

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

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A Message Of Love And Peace

12″x12″ mixed media/ encaustic painting on wood. This painting has 1.5″ deep sides that are painted turquoise.

This Painting is sold

This white crow has a message of peace and love for 2018.

She is the first painting of the year. I am trying to get back into the flow of painting which is not easy after a break. Peace and love to you all for your kind words, hearts and follows.  I don’t know what I am going to paint this year but the possibilities are endless! Hope you continue to share my journey.  I am going to try to write more and am going to reintroduce give aways … haven’t done those for awhile… so stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

The Magnolia Crown

12″x16″ mixed media painting on mixed media board. This painting will need to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is available HERE

 

Unlimited Dreams

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10″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red (but can be painted turquoise).

This painting is available HERE

Another year is coming to a close and I can’t help but think ‘where the heck did it go?’ The girls are so busy, I am so busy, Chris is so busy … we don’t take much time to breath it all in, it just seems to be happening so quickly. I constantly feel rushed. The noise in my head continually barking out my ‘to do’ list to me.  I chant what I need to do in my morning shower like some mantra or prayer. I plan tomorrows dinner while eating todays. I love my life, it is sounding like I do not and I don’t mean it to sound that way. I am blessed, I know this. I remind myself of this everyday but I need to figure out a way to fit it all in with out missing it all at the same time. I get to paint for a living and that … that is my dream, that is what I have wanted to do since I was a little girl.  I get to hear people telling me how much they love my art, how much it means to them, pretty much on a daily basis. Really, what more could someone want out of life?  And still, I feel unaccomplished. Striving for the next thing. Worried that all my future art will be shitty and no one will want it anymore (Do you hear that EGO? you are still winning).  In January I will turn 50. 40 was an epic year for me. I read Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and they helped me to find the strength to make my dreams to be an artist a reality. The universe aligned perfectly for me so I was able to do just that: Children napped more frequently, the internet had this thing called Etsy and I had a digital camera and a big ass scanner.  So 50, here is what I want from you. I want to write more, breathe more, eat less (or better), stress less, love more, walk more, laugh more … be present more. BE PRESENT MORE. BE, NOW.  These are my intentions as I look toward next year, a big one. My dreams are unlimited but that doesn’t mean I’m unhappy, it just means I know that I can get even more out of this blessed life that I lead if I can actually experience living it.

Happy Holidays everyone. Much love,

Maria

It’s A Wrap … Party that is!

We are having a wrap party for all of the paintings that didn’t get snatched up on the first go round, so now you get another chance to get some beautiful art for your wall … or someone else’s!

Here is the link to the auction wrap party https://m.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1706105642773284&type=3&hc_location=ufi

I added some OOAK fine art mounted reproductions to the wrap party as all of my stuff sold! Thank you! Here is what I have left …

Open Studio, Tomorrow, Dec 9 3-8

Tomorrow, Dec. 9th,  is my Open Studio from 3-8pm. I’d love to see you. I have calendars, pillows, jewelry, bags, and OOAK reproductions. Come by, say hi and have a glass of wine.

Happy Holidays.

Here is some info you may need:

11520 94 st,

Edmonton, AB, Canada

780-604-7523

maria@mariapacewynters.com

 

These two original mixed media paintings are available for sale:

“Unlimited Dreamer” 10″x20″  mixed media painting on wood.

“Red Raven”, 9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood.

 

You can still order calendars and other merchandise directly through Redbubble, just go HERE https://www.redbubble.com/people/mpwynters/shop?asc=u

Use the coupon code DAYNINE for 20% off home decor items

Auction /OOK Fine Art Reproduction

The following OOK Mounted Fine Art Reproduction are made up individually by me, they will up for auction during the Handmade Holiday auction which runs from November 27 – Dec 11, 2017.  If you would like to join in the fun, and believe me, it is not only fun … you will be drooling with your eyes, there so many amazing artists and their amazing work, … just follow this link.https://www.facebook.com/events/176537172920618/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1511492796843470

img_6152Red Butterflyimg_5433Cherish One Another’s Hopeimg_5166A Bee In Her Bonnetimg_4544Winter Kissesimg_5079The Bluebird Carries The Sky On Her Backimg_5273-1The Fortune Hunter

Determined

DeterminedSewing Bee

The Sewing Bee

Handmade Holiday Auction – Originals

The following paintings are original works by me, that will up for auction during the Handmade Holiday auction which runs from November 27 – Dec 11, 2017.  If you would like to join in the fun, and believe me, it is not only fun … you will be drooling with your eyes, there so many amazing artists and their amazing work, … just follow this link.https://www.facebook.com/events/176537172920618/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1511492796843470

OK, here they are, in no particular order :

Twirling

Twirling 24″x30″The Magic Hour copyrightThe Magic Hour 8″x16″

The Bridal Shop copyright

The Bridal Shop 6″x12″

The Bridal Shop 2 copyright copy

The Bridal Shop 2 8″x10″Peony's Bliss - Maria Pace-Wynters

Peony’s Grace (Bliss) 18″x24″

Balancing Act

The Balancing Act 3″x24″

A Soft Place To Land

A soft Place To Land 10″x20″Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea 8″x10″Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum Tea 12″x12″

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Return To Love 12″x18″img_6687

Little Crow’s Dream 8″x10″Cactus In An Asian Pot

Cactus In An Asian Pot 8″x16″img_6607

Uncaged Freedom (Dreams) 10″x20″img_6872

The Circus Star 12″x18″

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In The Glow Of The Light 5.5″ x14″

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Fireflies, 5.5″x19″img_5998

Pink Willow 10″x20″

Little Circus Performer copy

Little Circus Performer 6″x24″

Cactus Slice

3″x18″ mixed media/encaustic painting on wood, the sides are 1.5″ deep and is available HERE

2018 calendars in my REDBUBBLE shop https://www.redbubble.com/people/mpwynters?asc=u

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