MOCA Fundraise Bracelet

360 hand-painted bracelet Hand Painted Bracelet of Downtown Paragould

The new MOCA Arkansas had a unique fundraiser to benefit the contemporary art museum that will soon be located in Paragould, hopefully downtown. They asked local artists to paint wooden bracelets to be auctioned off at a private viewing of their collection. There was also a small contest for best bracelet.

I wanted to do something that would represent Paragould and my miniature paintings, of course the downtown landscape came to mind.

Seersucker and Linen was a unique event featuring big hats, croquet, Bourbon punch and the auction of our bracelets. I have to say a lot of work went into all the bracelets features. Jim Porterfield, an artist from Jonesboro’s bracelet was a particular standout.

I was honored to win the bracelet contest and $100 – thanks MOCA!

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Bathing Beauty, Newest Painting – Step by Step

I am proud to announce my newest painting, Bathing Beauty. Oil on 16″x20″ stretched canvas.

Bathing Beauty by Mandy Maxwell

Bathing Beauty by Mandy Maxwell

This painting felt like a great accomplishment to complete. I worked with a very limited and specific color palette of complimentary colors, plus white. It was quite an experience and I think the result turned out even better than the photograph.

Original photograph taken by me with my friend Jen modeling. We had her in my bathtub with with flower petals and limbs with giant thorn clusters (not in this picture, however).

Bathing Beauty, step by step.

Base drawing of Bathing Beauty

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ArMOCA Bracelet Fundraiser

At the Arts & Music Festival, the new ArMOCA had a bracelet contest that I couldn’t resist to enter. The tall shape gave me an idea.. and, even though it took me way longer that I ever should have worked on this bracelet.. I did this..
 

 

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Little Caboose

Ben and I have recently joined the board for Main Street Paragould. I am loving being a part of something where I can make a difference right here at home. I live pretty close to downtown, and probably use it more than most: my yoga class is downtown, I get coffee and cupcakes often, meetings, bars.. I love it.

The Director, Gina is a wonderfully spirited woman and I couldn’t help painting her little caboose, aka the Main Street Paragould headquarters.

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Little Caboose in the snow.

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Me giving Gina her Caboose.

2014 Arts & Music Fest

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Instead of a small Art & Stroll this year, Paragould began the first annual Arts & Music Festival. I did the branding: logo, posters, flyers, website, tshirts, stickers, brochure…. you name it, I probably did it. Here are just a few items from the 2014 campaign.

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The poster with all info.

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Tshirt design for the $500 giveaway. Buy a ticket to enter the raffle.

BAAC National Juried Exhibition

Two of my miniature pieces were selected to be a part of the 2014 National Juried Exhibition in the grand opening of the NEW gallery space for the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery. There were over 220 entries and only 28 selected; I was 2 of them.

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As you can see from the photo above, mine are the smallest paintings in the show by far, but they definitely held their own. I was able to attend the artist reception and met a few brilliant Arkansas artists.

Revival – Special Guest Speaker

I felt honored to be invited by the Arkansas State University AIGA to be a speaker for their student show – Revival!

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The show was impressive and it was fun to see the ASU campus again.

About the Show

(from their website.)
This is a competitive juried show for graphic design students in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. The jurors are respected professionals from across the country who each have an educational tie to the Delta region. The chosen student winners will be on display in Arkansas State University’s Fine Arts Gallery. 
The award ceremony will be on opening night, Saturday, April 26th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The guest speakers will be starting their presentations at 7:00pm, followed by the announcement of the winners and their prizes.

Much Needed Recap of New Work

I have got to force myself into the habit of blogging more.

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Arrowhead Drawing

This is a miniature drawing of my friend’s favorite arrowhead. He has a large collection.

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Buffalo River Butterflies

From my canoeing photos.

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Tyronza River

Taken on the bridge near Bethany’s Chapel near Earle, AR. Oil on wood. Sold.

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White River En Plein Air

Painted while camping at Gunner’s Pool in FiftySix, Arkansas. 4in x 4in miniature oil on canvas.