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A Light To You


10″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE  or contact me directly maria@mariapacewynters.com

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I also went back into a previous painting I did. It just kept calling to me and telling me it wasn’t done so, I listened.

Here is the reworked painting:

The-Magic-Of-WishingThe Magic Of Wishing, is available  through my Etsy store or by contacting me:



The Redhead Returns


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

This painting is available HERE

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
Nelson Mandela




12″x36″ mixed media/encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

This painting is available HERE

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My Protector

9″x12″ mixed media painting on a wood cradle. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are red.
Available HERE
I have spread my dreams under your feet;Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.


Shooting Star


3″x17″ mixed media/ encaustic painting on paper covered wood. The sides are midnight blue and are 1.5″ deep.

This painting is available HERE

The Procrastinator- Dream Stealer

This is a 12″ x  36″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

So this painting goes back to the beginning of the year.  I was at a James Murdoch concert and as the second set started I had this image come into my head.  There was nothing in particular that triggered that vision but there it was right in front of me.  A fully formed vision of a painting thrown in to my lap in a split second.

I had to paint it. I was consumed by it.

I went out and bought the right size stretcher.

I took a photo of Imogen.

I searched the internet for good reference photos of birds.

I drew it out.

And then, I left it.  It was a pretty technical and detailed painting.  Not as fun to paint as some. I’d get to it later.

“OK, divine giver of painting ideas, I am ready for another …inspire me again. Give another one of those light bulb type visions”.

Nothing came.

Hmmm.  Maybe that divine giver of painting ideas was a little annoyed at me. Maybe he felt  like he just gave me a pretty sweet idea and I had not even finished it before asking him for more. Maybe he didn’t like that.

So I have been working for the last 6 months but it has been  a struggle.  I have all sorts of ideas and have started paintings but I’ve been putting them off.  Casting them to the side.  Promising to come back and see them through at some stage.

Initially this painting was going to be called The Trap, which kind of made me uncomfortable because it was really sinister ,  but then that little bird on her hand had something to say.  I just could not shut him up or shut his mouth up and it totally changed the dynamics of the painting. It was like he was pleading his case for all of those trapped birds.

“You really can’t do this”, he was saying “this kind of behavior just really isn’t acceptable”.

But what did these tangled birds represent for me? Dreams of course.  Trapped dreams.  She was a dream catcher? A dream keeper? No, she was a dream stealer.  She was stealing dreams.

But whose dreams?

Then it all made sense to me. She was stealing her own dreams.

Just like me, by procrastinating, I was stalling my dreams. I was stealing them away and trying to keep them for later , hoping more dreams would come.

Am I ever glad that little bird gave me a talking to.

What floors me is that the divine  giver of inspiration knew what this painting was about before I even procrastinated about it.

So, I am cultivating all the dreams I have lying around my studio. “Circus Dogs” was one,   I  had that idea ages ago but never acted on it.

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

Growing Up

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

After Imogen’s  first day of rehearsals last week for A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  I looked down the hall to welcome her home and ask her  how her day was when I stopped short.

She literally looked older, maybe  wiser, than when she left in the morning…

growing up right in front of my eyes.


At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
Salvador Dali

Her Courage

5″x7″ Mixed media painting on canvas covered canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

Trying to gather her strength and make it my own.  Can you conjure up courage? It is worth a try.  I have nothing in particular to be strong about, to be courageous about.   I think that having all this time to paint. Time I am not use to having , has made me over think stuff. I am not stealing time, anymore. It is laid out in front of me ….in expectation of what I am going to do with it.

To. Much. Pressure.

So I am just trying to fill this time one second at a time and nothing else.  Staying present is the strongest position one can take when wrestling with time. Oh, and having fun. Staying present and having fun is very helpful indeed.