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.

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.

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.

45RPM Screening at The Arts@311

45RPM Screening & Art Show

Exciting news! I will be having an art exhibition of my 45RPM works this weekend with the screening of 45RPM the movie at The Arts@311 in Jonesboro. This is a special one day event  - DON’T MISS IT!

Screenings at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets are $10 at the door. Reserve online by emailing: TAA311@idcconcult.com

The Arts@311 is located in downtown Jonesboro.
311 South Church Street Jonesboro, Arkansas

More info at the Facebook event.

Buffalo Walls – New Watercolor

Buffalo Walls, watercolor by Mandy Maxwell

Finished this new watercolor painting last night. It is inspired by the canoeing trips we have taken down the Buffalo River here in Arkansas. It is 8×10 and already has a home in our newly-redecorated bathroom. I really like how it turned out (much better in person) and plan on doing more paintings inspired by our travels in the future.

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These unique rock formations are massive (can you spot the 3 kids playing on the rocks?). Floating by these gorgeous old walls is an experience unlike any other.