A new year is here and I am hoping that things settle down for me so that I can get back to painting.  I know it has been quite a while since I have added any new paintings.  That is because I have not been painting!  I have had many changes in my life in the last year (actually the last several years) and I have been trying to get back into my "painting space".  I haven't been able to find it lately, but I am hoping that will change very soon.
I have moved from Colorado back to my home state of California.  I have my studio set up in the house and it is ready and waiting for me.  It is always somewhat intimidating to start a new painting when so much time has passed since I last picked up a brush to paint.
I think that the feeling is beginning to hit me....I have actually gone into my studio a few times in the last several days.  That is progress!  
Soon I hope to have something new to post.  I keep wondering if my style will be the same or if all of the things I have gone through lately will cause my style to be somewhat different.  I guess only time will tell....when I finally put paint to paper and see what happens.
Hope to see you soon!
~Mary Ann~
On December 10th and 11th, I will be participating in this show which benefits a Non-Profit called Birds of Prey.  I will have Paintings, Prints, Note Cards, Cutting Boards and Ornaments.  I will soon be adding the Cutting Boards and the Ornaments to this website.
If you are in the area during the show, please stop by!
Check out more information about the show at:
This painting came in Second Place in the Broomfield Days Poster Contest.  It is a watercolor of the Broomfield Depot which is now a museum about the early days of Broomfield.
My painting "What Lies Within" was juried into the  26th Annual National Fine Art Show being held in Louisville, Colorado in early September.  It will be hanging in the Louisville Center for the Arts which is at 801 Grant Street in Louisville, Colorado from Sept 5, 2011 through Sept 11, 2011.
I will be in Frisco, Colorado the weekend of July 2, 2011 and July 3, 2011 for the Downtown Frisco Art Fair.  I will have a booth with my artwork...Originals, Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards.  Frisco is a beautiful place.  If you are in the area, stop by the show to see some artwork!
I have entered a painting into the DAILY PAINTWORK CAHLLENGE which is called THE HELP JAPAN CHALLENGE.    All proceeds from the auction of this painting will go to the Japanese Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The painting I selected is a watercolor called BIRD ON A WIRE and is painted on AquaBoard.  The painting is sprayed with an Archival UV protectant which allows it to be displayed with or without glass and/or Framing.
The website for the aauction is:  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Challenge/FC50B15D-5016-4E5E-87F2-87C3F79BA65B    
Take a look!  There are many beautiful paintings.  Those paintings with bids on them   are auctioned off 7 days after they are originally posted. If you go to the site, you can also click a "like" button for the paintings that you really like.  I hope you will take a look!
I have some new paintings to post and will be doing that in the next few days.  I have also started a new one, but it will be a while before it is finished.
Included in the new paintings, there are two of horses in silhouette under the sunset.  I have always wanted to try to paint horses, but they are very difficult to do and can really end up looking all out of kilter.
I was intimidated by them!  My daughter has been riding horses for years so I thought it was about time to take a stab at it.  I decided to try them in silhouette to see if I could get the shape of the body to look correct before attempting to paint a complete horse in detail. 
After completing the two silhouette paintings, I decided I liked the effect!
What d you think?




Check out the page titled Giclee Prints.  Please vote for your favorite painting of those posted on that page.  I would like to make several into Giclee Prints and would like opinions as to which paintings I should consider.  Vote and let me know.  The results will come to my email when you click the submit button.
Thank you very much!
Mary Ann

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