Painting

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.

Self Portraits by Mandy Maxwell

I haven’t done a real self portrait since I was in high school, but recently had a kick I suppose.

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In the Light

Miniature self portrait – 4in x 4in oil on canvas.

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Windswept

Me and my long hair… 5in x 7in oil on canvas.

Much Needed Recap of New Work

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

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Mom’s Christmas Present

This was painted for my wonderful Mother for Christmas 2013. It is me and her from a photograph she loves. It is now hanging in the entry way of her house in a beautiful white frame.

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The faces were fun and … that lacy shadow.. was fun to paint!

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.

Win A Micro, Instagram-Style Painting by Mandy Maxwell

Win an Instagram-style Painting by Mandy Maxwell!

Win An Instagram-style Painting by Mandy Maxwell

For the past 2 years, Instagram has captivated my life. To be able to look back at the details of each day is something I could have only wished for in the past. (I’ve never been able to keep up with scrapbooking.) This app makes it effortless to create something beautiful daily. But more than that, the photos of the people I’ve met through the community do so much to stir my muse. I know others love their IG photo collection just as much as me, therefore I want to give back.

These tiny 2×2 canvases are just a little bit bigger than an Instagram photo on my iPhone screen. I use very tiny brushes, like the ones used to paint miniature models, just to get the details. Each micro-painting takes from 1-5 hours or more, depending on the subject matter. I like the challenge of painting these little details! So,

How To Enter

1. Be on Instagram – Don’t forget to friend me – @mandyartist.

2. Share! – From Pinterest to Facebook, to Twitter, you can find me pretty much anywhere. Please help me spread the word about my artwork and this contest! (Details below, keep reading!)

3. Tag your Instagram Photo – I will choose a winner based on the shares, but also based on the Instagram photo you tag.

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Portrait of Ms. Mini

Ms Mini watercolor for my aunt for Christmas. Thought I’d share a few photos.

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