Oil on canvas 12×24″.
Once again, I worked with the wonderful people at the Ozark Foothills Film Fest to create the branding for this year’s fest. In the past I try to work in the theme of the Ozarks and Arkansas, at least in some way, but this year I went a different route. I chose something more eye catching and direct.
Tshirt Design ↑
Last night was a big surprise for me. We helped host an awards ceremony for our local Main Street organization, of which I am VP. Awards were given to outstanding businesses and community members. I won local Volunteer of the Year for my town. Ben also won Local Hero award.
Representatives from the Arkansas Main Street state program were there to give 2 awards to our community. I kind of guessed we had won for Best Online Presence. (I created our website: Downtown Paragould this year, and Gina, our director, does an amazing job with our social media.) But, to my incredible surprise, I also won the Volunteer of the Year from the state Main Street program!
What a weekend! Not only did I get to catch up with some wonderful filmmakers I have met in the past, but also got to meet some new and very incredible people, and see inspired films from around the world.
For a while now I have been actively showing my works-in-progress on Snapchat. It is a great platform for informal, behind-the-scenes stories that are more personal and real because they disappear to the public.
I have also found it to be quite difficult to find other artists on Snapchat. Typically “snapchat artists” on emerging directories are referring to people who doodle on their snaps with the built-in capabilities of the app. Don’t get me wrong, @Cakes1toDough1 ‘s cute cats are to die for, but I’d love to watch the daily practices of fellow traditional artists. If you draw or paint on snapchat please send me a friend request – mandyatlarge – let me know and I will definitely give you an add back!
I created a new Twitter account for keeping up with my art. I will be posting work in progress pictures, videos and much more! Follow me!
I’ve been working hard so far in the new year. I found a book on figure drawing my Andrew Loomis that I have become obsessed with. I’ve been producing dozens of figure sketches to really hone my skills for the future.
I absolutely loved this project.
For this project we did a full photoshoot. From those photos, the family selected a favorite (which was actually my favorite too) for the portrait. The eyes are captivating.. and huge!
Again this year I got to create the look for the annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. I really like the way this years turned out and especially the tshirts. Looking forward to another great day of movies tomorrow. Bob and Judy are the very best.
Ugh… My website recently got hacked, but that gave me an excuse to work on it, I guess. I have made a lot of changes to the galleries, and there is artwork missing from some of the galleries, but I am working on it. It should all function better on mobile and be easier to update. Enjoy.
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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I am proud to announce my newest painting, Bathing Beauty. Oil on 16″x20″ stretched canvas.
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).
Base drawing of Bathing Beauty