Friday, December 27, 2013

Free Watercolor Theory Workshop

Starting January 20, 2014, I will be hosting my very first online workshop.  It is FREE to anyone that emails me  marybspires@yahoo.com.  Website www.maryspires.com
The workshop includes a 23 page workbook that will be emailed to you.  Sign up today!



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Florida Herons

This is a 6x6 study for a larger class project......30 paintings in 30 days

Friday, September 6, 2013

Purple Astor



6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This purple Astor was Day #2 of the challenge....

Holly Hocks



6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This is #5 of the Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings in 30 Days.....This has been
a direct painting technique.....I do not draw a sketch first, just paint.  So it's
been a challenge....

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peach Poppy #3



I have about a 100 of these wonderful Poppies pictures from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
We just returned to Florida so I'm trying to catch up.....will start teaching at the Beach Art Center next week.  We decided to do a Tuesday night class.  I will teach the same project for Tuesday & Wednesday.  I'm so excited about all the new happenings at the center....Check out our new class schedule.....

                 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Poppy

        
        6x6 Transparent Watercolor
Well I did it!!!! Signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  I did it a year ago .... It truly motivated me to painted first thing every morning.  This was painted from a photo that I took this summer in Steamboat Springs.   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Angel Trumpet

I painted a small cooler one a few days ago.......I can't believe how different the look!

                  6"x6" watercolor










Today Drawing - Can Opener

I'm really getting into this challenge - I'm using Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
This is a wonderful book it plays on "drawing on the right side of the brain" by 
Betsy Edwards .... I probably have given this book away about 20 times over the years ..... Since ice been playing around with oils my drawing has gone down... 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Purple Iris


                   6"x6" Watercolor

This was painted from a photo from the Yampa Garden.....a painting at ever turn.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mushrooms

        6"x6" transparent watercolor
I've given myself a year long challenge....draw every morning while having my coffee.....paint a small 6x6 watercolor.....




Monday, July 8, 2013

Hawaii Rooster

Can't believe how many chickens and  Rooster are running free!!!! This takes "Free Range" to the next level.....I actually chased this guy into the bushes at a McDonalds in Maui... 

                     6x6 watercolor

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Red Cherries

                     6x6 watercolor

      Painted in the Tuesday Morning class with Donna Noice ....  So much fun visiting with old friends.....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red Poppy


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor

I'm in Ohio this week, visiting my family.  My brother is in Chemo.....we lost our
older brother, father & mother with cancer.  It is in the family.  I had breast cancer 25 years ago.....I was lucky.  We are having a family get together on the 4th....everyone
will be there, except my great granddaughter Gigi.  She visiting her grandfather
in Florida.  We will miss that little smiling face.  
I got to paint yesterday with my friends at Donna Noices watercolor class at Robert
Warrens Art Loft.....this was painted from a photograph taken in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dreama's France Challenge

Dreams is posting a small watercolor sketch daily.  She will be giving it to one lucky follower!  Sign up for her blog post to be in the drawing!  With all the travel this summer, I'm doing little pen & watercolor in my journal. Today I decided to try one from her posting ....join her in France via little videos and photos

Monday, June 17, 2013

Columbine


6"x6" Transparent Watercolor
Dick & I visited the Yampa Valley  Garden
on Saturday and all the spring flowers were in
bloom.  I had visited the gardens when we were here
about 3 years ago, but it was fall.  Spring has sprung
in the Rockies!   

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Clematis


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This was painted from an old photograph I took
at my mother in laws house.....this plant was on a
trellis outside her back porch .....it provided
wonderful shade. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flower Name

Angels' Trumpet - Jill Macfarlane a friend and Florida artist ...... posted on Facebook....
Angels' Trumpets belongs to the nightshade family and is highly toxic.  Keep the plant
away from young children and pets, and gardeners should wear gloves to prevent contact
with the plant's sap!

Flower Hawaii???


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor

I have no idea what this flower is called (if someone out there
knows please let me know)....the first time I
saw one was at Renoir house in the south of France.  They are huge...
about 8-10 inches long.  We just returned from Hawii and I have
to say it was "wonderful".....we drove "the road to Hana", which is
 the road into the rain forest.  Long winding road but it was worth the
eight hour trip up and back. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Woody
11" x 15" Transparent Watercolor
on Watercolor Paper
This painting will be in the Society of Decorative Painters Magazine Winter Issue later on this year.  There will be step by step photographs, plus step by step instructions with a drawing. If you're not a member
you may want to join for lots of fun projects.  We also have a National Convention, plus several regional mini conventions.  I usually teach at the mini convention in Columbus, Ohio.

I can't believe I haven't posted in over a month....it's been a little crazy with teaching, plus 
I've been spending a lot of time at the Beach Art Center.....It's the busy time of year
for us with all the snowbirds taking classes plus all our fund raisers activities are scheduled at this time.
We launch our new marketing branding plan this month with Facebook.  

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Umbrella

7 1/2" x 11" Transparent Watercolor on Paper
This is another small painting for the Make It Take It
Fridays.....we have two Friday's scheduled in March.
  The First being March 1 and 8th....hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Beached

7 1/2" x 11" Transparent Watercolors
I painted this one for Make It Take It Fridays..... It
will be taught in March.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Step by Step Demo

These are the steps that was taught to me by 
Jerry Fresia.....I was able to take his 5 day workshop
on  Lake Como this past fall.  This is one of those things that
change you for life.....my journey into impressionism.
Thank You Jerry!

Step by Step Demo

Step by Step Demo

Oh My! O'Keefe

25" x 25" Transparent Watercolor on Paper
A few years ago I was teaching in Indianapolis, Indiana,
of course I had to go to the museum.  All I can say is WOW!
What a collection......this painting is huge, maybe 6 feet square.  
I couldn't help myself when I saw this young lady looking at the
painting.  I first did this in oil and loved it!  So let's see
what it would look like in transparent watercolors.
If  you would like to purchase this please email me at
marybspires@yahoo.com
$350

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pen & Ink Sunflower

6 1/2" x 6 1/2"  Transparent Watercolor on Watercolor Paper

Another little project for Make it Take it Friday.  Not sure when I will teach this one.  A
couple of the Ladies from my condo complex want to do a Quetzal Bird from Costa Rica. 
Dick & I joined my daughter and her husband for a fabulous week a couple of years ago.
Those wonderful Birds sat outside of our villa every morning.  Day 35! not stop 
painting daily!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Spoonbill Make it Take It Friday

Transparent Watercolors
on Watercolor Paper
6 1/2 x 10 1/2

Florida Birds are so much fun to paint because they are so colorful.  This will
be the first project for Make It Take It Friday, Feb.8th at 9:00 am.  Please call
Beach Art Center 727.596.4331 to make a reservation.  All supplies are included in the class
price of $35.00.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Collage 30 Paintings 30 Days

I think I made painting daily a HABIT!!!! 
Saturday is our open studio with a model at the Beach Art Center.
I haven't been painting the model but working on various projects.  Yesterday
two of my friends decided to work on collage paintings using torn paper from
magazines.....while they were collecting their papers I work on two small watercolor
paintings for my Friday Make it Take it Class.  Thursday, day after 30 days I also painted
a small watercolor for the Friday Class.  I hope to continue painting 5 days a week.  Just
think I could have 260 paintings by January 2014!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday Class Project - Day 30

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas
WOW! We made it!!!!! This has taught me so much about
keeping to a schedule and just DO IT!  I still have a few more
things to do on my list of "things to do in 2013".  Our next new
challenge with Leslie is to paint every week and post 2 paintings
on her blog every weekend.  That seems like a piece of cake.  This was painted in
Judy & Larry's Wednesday afternoon class....It's very wet but I want to do a couple 
more things just to finish it off....

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rita's Poppies


24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
Finally finished it!!!!!  I started this one with acrylics, it was a great way
to base in the design.....I probably have about 36/40 hours all together.  I didn't post
for 4 days so this one counts as a 4 day.  I painted it at her condo with 4 or 5 girlfriends (not painters) drinking wine and giving their 2 cents worth....I'll post a better picture later.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Flower Pot St. Paul de Vence - Day 27

Three more days! WOW! The two days I didn't post I was 
working on the 24" x 36" Commission. I hope to finish it this 
week.....I hope the rest of you guys are motivated to paint
more.  I have produced more painting in this month than I did
in six months last year.  Thank - You Leslie!



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eze Looking South - Day 26

11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
The warm tones is what the Impressionist were talking about,
the light is different in the South of France.  I was there about 8 years ago....it's one
of my favorite places.  Eze is a little village north of Nice that sets on the top of a mountain.
I think I'm beginning to understand the Mechanics of Painting that was taught by
Jerry Fresia..........

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Florida - Day 25

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Board
I'm still working on the commission, it's so close to being finished, so I hope to post
tomorrow.......I attended the open studio at the Beach Art Center this morning.....
great fun..........we have a model but I worked on a landscape scene from France.  
Have a couple more hours on it....will post tomorrow also.....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lenno Still Life - Day 23

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas Board
If you haven't noticed I haven't posted the last couple of days.....I've been working
on a commission that is 24" x 36" big blue vase of Poppies!!! It's just about finished maybe a 
couple more hours.  This is one of the "stash" I painted at the beginning of the challenge.  This was painted 
from a photograph I took of a still life set up at Jerry Fresia's workshop last fall.  The vase was beautiful, this
painting does not do it justice. Just can't believe we have one more week!!!!! WOW!!! When I quit
smoking the theory is if you do something for 30 days you can break a habit, or create a habit.  I
think I've created a new wonderful habit of painting at least 5 times a week!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

St Paul Steps - Day 21

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
I started this one yesterday but didn't like the start, so I did my
famous "wipe out".  The colors in this painting are much warmer and brighter.  Still
working on the photographing the wet paintings. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Flower Pot - Day 20

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Board
One of the biggest technique I learned in Dreama's Workshop was the
use of transparent colors.  She "blocks" in the design covering the entire
space with transparent colors.  As a watercolorists I understand the 
use of these clean colors.  When you apply the opaque layer you pick
up a little of the first layer.  Not only were the colors clean using this technique
but you get a glimpse of the design.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Biot Stairs - Day 19

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas Board
As most of you know I'm not a landscape painter!  I took a workshop from Dreama 
Tolle Perry this past summer hoping it would get me in a another zone so I can
paint landscape.  Well, I'm still not excited about landscape, but I am excited about
those little vignettes that we see on our daily walks.  While in the South of France a 
few years ago I took a zillion pictures of those wonderful little landscape "still lives" we
see everyday around us. This challenge was about stepping out of what is comfortable and into
another world of painting.......so my final challenge is too paint 11 days of those wonderful
little landscape still lives. It's all about practice!!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pomegranate in Threes - Day 18

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
I think this will be the last of the pomegranate....they're looking pretty bad!  
The pomegranate's are tough to paint, all those colors of RED.  I can't
believe we are on day 18....I didn't think I would be able to keep up but
when you are so motivated by the group of over 200 artist...it's kinda
hard not to paint.  I want to THANK all the artist that have left a comment. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lemon True - Day 17

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Board
I started this in the Wednesday afternoon class.  Of course my brain is
mush by this time after teaching......so I finished it this morning....I'm still
not happy with the photography.....need to work on this.  The painting
does not show all that soft color.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Taos Door - Day 16

7 1/2" x 11 !/2" Watercolor on Paper
One of my all time favorite places in the world is Santa Fe, New Mexico.  There are so
many wonderful old buildings to see.  Plus all the galleries up Canyon Road. Georgia O'Keeffe
said that the light was different.  Once you spent time there you know it is different! As in this little
painting you can feel the heat and brightness of the that intense sun.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuscany Door - Day 15

11" x 14" on Watercolor Paper
This is a watercolor that I did at the beginning of the "30 paintings in 30 days".
I teach at the Beach Art Center on Wednesday morning plus I take
Judy & Larry Pumfrey's oil class in the afternoon.  I did a demo today on
the "Mechanics of Painting" that I studied with Jerry Fresia in Italy. I knew when
we started the challenge that I would need a couple of paintings ahead.  I'm soooo
happy that I did do a couple ahead........can't believe we are half way through! WOW

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Little Rebel - Day 14

10" x 12" Watercolor on Paper
I've had this photograph for about 5 years....we attend a Civil
War reenactment at Heritage Village in Largo, Fl.  I have several photographs
of this little guy.  I didn't realize that the Rebel Uniform was more blue-green than gray.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tuscan Window - Day 13

11" x 14" Watercolor on Paper
This week  I plan on working on Watercolor Projects for my
Wednesday Morning Class at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks
Beach, Florida.  This will be a fun project to teach because we used Salt to
create texture on the very old wall.  I try to teach a technique with every 
project we do.  So many people say they can't paint, have no talent, it's not
about any of these, some people do have a natural instinct but it's like
learning to play the piano.....practice, practice, practice!  It's a SKILL.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sugar N Orange - Day 12

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
This painting is very "High Key", the Impressionist, especially Monet painted with in
this value range.  My problem is getting a good photograph.....the colors look "chalky" in the
photo, but are very bright in real life.  Today I'm going to try to play around with
different locations with various light sources.  I have a "photo box" with lights
but they seem to wash out the painting.  If I get a better one I'll be sure to post!
Having sooooo much fun, plus I have 12 new paintings!!! Yea! Yea!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cherries Squared - Day 11

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
SOLD
The challenge today was to paint RED! How many reds in the paint world are there!
Well I think a lot!!!!! I had at least 6 tubes out ........the transparent  of the skin was
the hardest to get.....I love the yummy reds against the cools of the table cloth.  I added
a little light green, but it didn't show up in the photograph.  This painting is much better
than the picture.... you can't see the impressionist colors juxtapose together.  
Anyone doing the challenge can't help but get better......what fun!  Thanks Leslie!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Checkmate - Day 10

14" x 11" Watercolor on Paper
This is a transparent watercolor that I will be teaching step by step to
my Wednesday morning class at the Beach Art Center.  I still love
doing watercolor because they always create a challenge.  The big difference
between watercolor and oils is you have to have a "concept".  This was the topic of discussion 
in Wednesday afternoon oil painting class with Judy & Larry Pumfrey.  Larry ask the question
what is concept?  Basically it the plan, what's going on in your head about what
this painting should look like.  Watercolor, because of the way the paints are applied
to the  paper you have to have a picture in your "head" of what this will 
look like as a finished painting.  The nice thing about oils is you can change
your "Concept" in mid painting.  Just wipe off the area you want to change.
Not going to happen with watercolors......
This was a glass chest set our grandson gave us for Christmas a few years ago.  I love
the back light casting the shadow on the glass board.  This was painted with four tubes of paint, 
French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Turquoise.  
With the sedimentary nature of the French Ultramarine Blue and the Burnt Sienna, you get 
this very unique effect of the particles of paint separating.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yellow Apples - Day 9

10" x 8" Oil on Panel
Yesterday was a very busy day....first day of classes at the Beach Art Center, plus I take the oil class
in the afternoon.  I'm not a good painter in the afternoon especially after I teach, so this is one
of my "stash" .  I knew I was going to be very busy after classes started so
I painted a few ahead this past week.  Sooooo Happy I did!  The photograph does
not do this one justice.....it's a very warm and colorful painting.  Plus the "light areas" have
a few really nice thick brush strokes....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pomagranate in Red - Day 8

14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
Talk about a fun painting!  This guys just went together with out any effort, I think Jerry's
"enjoy the process" is finally sinking in......I'm still working with the lighting.  I photograph the 
process.  I have about 20 picture that are a step by step of the painting. 
 I hope to have a little slide show in the coming weeks.
While in Italy we worked with North light, it's the best.  I have a natural light that represents
North Light but it's not quite the same.  This will be on Daily Paintworks Auction.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Just a Pear - Day 7

4" x 4" Oil on Panel

SOLD
As Leslie said we've finished our first week!  Yea!  A couple of my friends
have selected a theme or challenge within a challenge....my challenge is just
to paint for 30 days straight....I'm loving it!  
I start my weekly Wednesday Morning Class at the Beach Art Center, it will be
great to see all the "snow-birds".  I have several new designs for them to
try out"....most of them don't know it that I use this class to "practice teach", 
the projects that I will be submitting to various traveling teaching classes.
Thanks Guys!
Daily Paintworks Auction starting Jan. 9th
Click here to place your bid.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Little Sunflower - Day 6

4" x 4" Oil on Panel
A few years ago I purchased 50 little frames with panels......I applied gesso to the panels and they are a great surface to paint on.  What a great time to use theme for the "30 paintings in 30 days".  It's  a little challenging to paint impressionist with a small brush.... .  another learning experience!  I will put this one on my Paintworks auction.....stating at $5.....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Three Apples - Day 5

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
This is a early morning (like 4am) painting.....I'm going to have a very busy week with
classes starting at the Beach Art Center......I need a few more watercolor projects for the next few months.  This challenge has been my first priority.  I've been wanting to take pictures of the steps and I do great on the drawing, scrumbling and the first layer of paint.....but I go somewhere and totally forget.  Jerry say you got to go to that place where it's all about the painting process...so I guess I go there.  Maybe the next time I'll put the video on my camera on!!!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Italian Pomegranate - Day 4

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
While in Italy this past fall taking the workshop with Jerry Fresia one of the students had these wonderful Pomegranates, I had never seen them in this orangy peachie green before.  I was so excited to paint them, I still think the original one was the first time that I knew I had it!  Impressionism!  The original is in my studio and is a constant reminder of the "mechanics of impressionism".