Mixed Media Artist

Archive for May, 2011

Day For Night

36″x36″, Mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

This painting available HERE as a iphone cover

This huge painting took me ages.  I have felt tired and uninspired as of late. Like I have lost my magic or something. I think that I have been using my head  to create art and forgetting about my heart.

That is  very dangerous.

I have to lead with my heart.

Quiet my thoughts.

Hush those voices.

I have to trust that whatever I create, when I am in the zone , is what I should be creating. Good or bad, happy or sad, full of colour or completely devoid. These are just NOT decisions that my BRAIN needs to be making. I must paint with my heart.

So bare with me. As I nourish my heart,

my soul,

my muse,

my divine inspiration.

These things truly DO have be tended to on a regular basis.

Little Princess In The Night Garden

8″x24″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE.

Email: maria@mariapacewynters.com


6″x8″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Imogen often tries to cheer up Scarlett. She considers it a challenge and she is really very good at getting her to laugh and forget about why she was sad or mad in the first place. It is really helpful  and I appreciate it but also makes me worry.  Imogen is so in tune with those around her that she often worries about why we are not feeling happy and it affects her mood.  My moods can significantly change her mood. She is that in tune with me.  I try to keep my mood in check but it isn’t easy for me, I too, am a very emotional person, that wears my feelings very close to the surface.  I guess it is good for creativity but is it good for getting through life?  I hope that Imogen has enough self-esteem and confidence that she can balance pleasing others with looking out for herself. She may surprise me, I have no doubt she will. I know that a lot of these worries that I hold about my children stem from the knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of my own personality. But my children are not me and they are not Chris. They are them and I cannot know these things, no matter how clever I think I am. I often  feel certain that I have it all figured out but am constantly reminded that I have no clue.

A good example is our recent experience with soccer.  I can not tell you how surprised I am with Imogen’s passion for this game.  She loves it. She wants to practice all of the time and is willing to play the whole game if need be.  She had her first goal last night. It was a beauty.  She is fast, but I knew she was fast, what I did not know was how aggressive she is. She gets that ball, she does not back down.

For instance:

A boy put his foot on the ball and yelled,  “Back off, back off”.

She stopped for a split second and then proceeded to take the ball from him.

The best part was that she was laughing when she did it. Not a bit worried about how he felt.  Afterall, it is a game and it is about having fun. I am just so glad that she can see that.  So maybe she’s already has found that balance or  at least is well on her way  to figuring it out.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

6″x24″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.





How does your garden grow?

MAY 2011 Give Away…

Lost In You and, 3″x4″ fine art reproduction mounted on wood (sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red). It is available for sale on ETSY.

This month, I am running a little behind. It has been a busy few weeks and I anticipate another few to come.

Anyway, I am just loving the blog Joy The Baker. You should check it out but I warn you, you may put several pounds on just browsing through this YUMMY blog! The photos are so delightful as is her writing.  I think I may have a slight crush on this blogger, or at least on her aesthetics!

Do you have a favorite food blog that you can share with me?  I know, I am all about the food. What can I say, it is my passion!

I anticipate some scrummy responses and for your trouble, I will put your name down for a chance to win the above reproduction!

(If your can’t think of a food blog, that is ok, just say ‘hi’ and I will put your name in the hat).


Seriously Five

Mixed media painting on rag paper 5″x7″ (.25″ border).

Available HERE.

Well, I have to be honest, I have been seeing this grumpy, defiant face a lot recently. I was wondering what was up and I realized …”Her 5th birthday is just around the corner”.

I remember five.  When Imogen turned five, I mean almost literally to the date of her fifth birthday,  she became difficult and a down right disagreeable. What is up with that? Pushing the boundaries. Seeing just what she can get away with.  Turning the tables on me …Scarlett actually counted to 3 while saying that she would not be my friend anymore  if she got to 3 before I did what she wanted.  Wow.I swear, I could see the horns poking out of the top of her head as she threw all of her pillows and stuffies off of her bed in protest of going to bed the other night.


Give me patience.

I am just trying to remember how long this stage lasts.

It could be a long summer…

I know that I am always trying to make the summer last a little longer, but THIS is not exactly the way I want to make it linger.

Just another example of ‘Be careful what you wish for’. Ha, ha.

A Gift

12″x16″ mixed media painting on wood.

I hope that all you Mothers out there had a great day. I couldn’t help but think about one Mother  that I know was getting a big  surprise .   The  Father of  this  little girl (the above beauty) commissioned this portrait for Mother’s day. What a great idea, huh? I hope that she loved it!

And April 2011 winner is….

… Michelle!   Congratulations Michelle and thanks for the recommendation of The Waitress!

Stay tuned for this month’s give away !