Mixed Media Artist

Harlequin

Circus Tricks

18″x 36″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 3″ deep and are a continuum of the painting.

Available HERE

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Be As Cute As A Button At Art Walk 2012

I can hardly believe that it is July and the art walk is less than a week away!

Crazy.

Please come and see me, I will be in front of Bamboo Ballroom again this year.

I have many new original paintings I’d love to show you. There will be 10% off  all original paintings for my blog/facebook followers.  See, there are perks to following me …

I will also have buttons (see above)…I am selling them for $2 each or 3 for $5.

For anyone not in Edmonton, please feel free to email me directly (maria@mariapacewynters.com).  I would be happy to mail a button or three to you.

 Art Walk Info:

July 13, 14 and 15.

In front of Bamboo Ballroom  ( 8206 104 st)

Daily 10 am – 5 pm

And even more info:

Facebook page:  Art Walk 2012

Website: Art Walk 2012


Spring Harlequin

9″x12″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood cradle. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

In celebration of the first day of spring.


Harlequin ‘s Paper Hat

This is a 9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is SOLD

Keeping the peace is difficult in my house lately. My girls are driving me crazy because they just so happen to be driving one another crazy. What is up with that? Pushing each others buttons with such skill, you’d think they had some fancy paper degree professing their outstanding abilities in this area. It is driving me crazy and today as I was having my shower I prayed that I would have patience to deal with them with kindness and compass…..

…was that screaming I could hear? They hadn’t even waited for me to get out of the shower. I was praying for patience and instantly I was given a chance to exercise that patience. Was I willing them to not get along? Hmmmmm….

I kept my patience. I was cool. I didn’t yell and most importantly, I was kind. Sometimes I forget to be kind. Sometimes I am not any older than them and can give them a run for their money when it comes to pushing buttons or at least (I admit I have actually said this) throwing around the “Whatever” s.

Really.

The kindness really did work …as did separating them as quickly as possible. To both, I tried to show them how the other might be feeling in the situation, without using any blame words. Just tried to appeal to their compassionate side because one thing my girls have in spades is compassion. For other people as well, but for each other. Other than in the heat of the moment, the last thing that they want is the other to be hurting. They are protective of one another. They love one another deeply and often, even call each other their ‘best friend’.

Peace lasted for another whole 30 minutes until I had to separate them again but doing it swiftly, without blame and with real ‘calm’… (not that pursed lip silence that we try to fool everyone with ‘calm’)(by the way, you’re not fooling anyone! My eight year old can read me like a book “you are not saying anything mum, but I know you are mad)….anyway, that worked.

The other thing that worked for me today was using the phrase ‘this is an opportuntity for you to (rise above) (You can fill in the blank). I used this with my eight year old and it really worked. She rose above it. Good for her, I am proud. I know that it is not easy to do that.

So it was a tumultuous day but a good one, I think. Perhaps tomorrow will be smoother. Perhaps I can shower without visions of Psycho dancing through my head. Simple pleasures, hey? Ahhh, yes simple pleasures.

maria@mariapacewynters.com


The White Harlequin

This is a 9″x12″ mixed media painting on paper (.25″ border).

This painting is available HERE.


The Harlequin’s Prayer

9″x12″ mixed media painting on paper (.5″ border). This painting is on paper and will need to be matted and framed.

This painting is SOLD

It is so quiet in the loft right now. I usually try to fill the quiet. Swallow it up with sound. Music, TV, Audio books. My new Feist CD has just finished  and I am resisting the urge  to fill that …what? …VOID?  Is it really  a void?

The longer I sit here in the silence the more calm I feel.  Silence.  Sweet silence.

This painting feels silent to me. She is alone in her thoughts. There is a silent longing in her eyes. I do not know what she prays for. Perhaps she is simply asking for peace. Peace in her mind. To quiet her thoughts. Perhaps this is what I too am trying to quiet with all the noise I continually switch on. Quiet my mind. When I quiet my mind though am I numbing all my other senses as well?  Can my mind miss an inspiring thought because it is too distracted by all the noise I am constantly assaulting it with.

External silence helps to achieve inner silence. (Meher Baba)

This love is silent. (T. S. Eliot)

I sat staring, staring, staring – half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born. (Emily Carr)


The Scarlet Harlequin

6″x8″ mixed media painting on clayboard. The sides are painted red and are 2″ deep.

This painting is available HERE.

Gosh, I love clayboard. I know that I have said it before but it is soooo amazing to work on. If you haven’t, you should try. Nothing goes according to plans. You may as well be working with your left hand. It is really good for loosing up, if you feel you are getting too comfortable with your medium and set in your ways. If you paint, you know what I mean. It is a bit of a splurge but it is worth it.

You know what I have been doing lately? I have been listening to books while I paint.  This is another way to get out of your own head while you are painting. If you are listening, you are not thinking (or rather  not listening to your nagging, doubt inducing ego …ha, ha…Take that ego).


Harlequin’s Yellow Birds


This is a 14″x18″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5 ” deep and are red.
This painting is SOLD


The Plaid Pierrot


This is a 6″x6″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise.
This painting is $65 and is available HERE.

Enter January give away.


IF ‘flawed’- Sad Song

sad-music

Her song was only flawed by its sadness.