Mixed Media Artist

Archive for May, 2012

Mid Dream

This is a 8″x11″ mixed media painting on stone paper. This is not mounted or framed like my work usually is.

This painting is available HERE.



Memories Of A Girl

This is a 11″x14″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is SOLD

Dream Patterns

This is a 16″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Dream crushers.

I have blogged about them before. Those people who feel it is their duty to tell you that you really shouldn’t bother with your dream as it is so unlikely that you will ever be able achieve it.  After all, they are only doing you a favor, they are just trying to spare your feelings and wasted energy.  Why would you want to inspire someone to do better, to be greater , to be their best if it is just all going to be a waste of time in the end.

I will tell you why.

Because it is never a waste of time to be your best, to work harder or to be greater than you ever thought you could be.

It is important that we inspire and instill that in our children

And guess what?

As a teacher, that is your job.  That is  your job to every single student in your class. It is way to easy to simply inspire the obviously gifted child, the challenge is, for a teacher to realize that they need to inspire the child that may not be self motivated or show special interest, 0r to  make sure not to discourage or overlook the child that is inspired but may be a little shy,  or have gifts that are buried a little deeper or just haven’t developed yet.

Yes, it is my job as a parent to do this as well.  I know that,  but teachers must realize the power that they wield.  As a parent, it is very difficult to undo the well-intentioned advice or  the effect from complete disregard that a teacher can inflict on my child.  They are just that powerful.

Life is the process. It is not the end result. Don’t diminish one child’s possibilities  in order to bolster another’s. In the end, no one knows what the future has to hold for that child. But right now, to inspire and motivate a child to be the best, better than they can even  imagine themselves, is so truly  honorable.

I saw this recently during Imogen’s performance in The Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She struggled with a lift that she had to execute with Puck holding her high in the air above his head. Her legs  had to be held out straight with  her toes pointed. Her choreographer worked her hard. She believed in Imogen and gave her the gift of achieving something really difficult.  That Choreographer is an inspiration giver, a dream believer and a self-esteem builder.


Now that is something to strive for as a teacher.  Be that.  BE THAT.  There could be no greater gift than that.

Swept Up In Your Eyes

6″x8″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood. Sides are turquoise and are 1.5″ deep.

This painting is available HERE.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

Shhhhhh…Dollies Sleeping

This is a 7.75″x 12″ mixed media painting on stone paper. This painting is flat so will need to be framed.

This painting is available HERE.


Forever changing experience in the Wynters’ household.

I have to say, as of late, much better.

Have I just jinxed myself?

Everyone is sleeping in their own bed in their own room.

Fingers crossed.

Dollies sleep in various locations. Imogen’s sleeps at the foot of her bed. Scarlett’s sleeps in a cardboard bed she made and decorated herself.

Hippos sleeps close by but not as close as the new sock monkeys, Bob Bee and Professor Monkey. Sorry Hippos, you are a little out of favor at the moment but this too may change.

Who knows.

It all changes so fast, I can’t keep up.

Redbubble Home Page

my art made it on the homepage of REDBUBBLE. Less than three out of a thousand pieces make it, so….



Wild Poppies

10″x10″ mixed media painting on canvas. The sides are a continuum of the painting and are 3″ deep.

This painting is available HERE.

Poppy Garden 2

12″x16″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ and are red.

This painting is available HERE

Hope You Can MAKE IT!




Getting Ready for Make It! Tomorrow!

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Make It!

Mention this post and I’ll give you a postcard just for being one of my fabulous blog followers!

See you there!

Maria Pace-Wynters

A Magical Time

This is a 8″x24″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted black.

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This painting is available


Monday morning, Imogen woke with a broken heart. You know, when you wake and there is a single moment when you don’t remember your heart has been broken and then in an instant, you remember. Heart ache. This is how it was for poor dear Imogen, and of course for me too because I feel everything that she feels.  Ah, me.

Sunday was her last show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I let her sleep with me because she was so distraught about it all being over. The people she met made such a huge impact on her.  They treated her with such respect and  love. It was truly a magical experience.  I remember when I was 12 I  had a small part  in The Miracle Worker. It was put on by a professional theatre company in Victoria at the time. I had my costume made from  drawings, just like Imogen did. It was very exciting and a wonderful experience.  When I was considering the amount of school that Imogen was going to miss and the amount of work it was going to mean for all of us, I only had to think back to that time. I remembered it with such fondness, truly one of my best childhood memories.

So, anyway, I was watching her as she opened her eyes that morning. She looked at me for half a second before the pain of her broken heart crossed before her eyes.  The thing about a broken heart is that it does get better. Time does heal. I know that her heart is bigger now and her memories are full and rich. I know that she will carry this experience with her for the rest of her life. Her love  and understanding of Shakespeare has been awakened, she could recite the entire play for you if you asked.

And you know, it has made me kind of realize something. Something that I kind of forgot.  Life IS your experiences, your experiences become you memories.  I have vowed to create more experiences. The great thing about theatre and live music is it forces you to be present and, if you are like me and have trouble being present that is really special.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream video clip

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…”
Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing…”
Elizabeth Gilbert

A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.
Charlotte Davis Kasl

Fire Red Poppies

10″x10″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 3″ deep and are a continuum of the painting.

This painting is available HERE

I love this bright orange/red and these greens/turquoises together. My favorite combination…but I think that you may have already figured that out!