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  1. The Bleak Mid Winter

    December 5, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

    In the bleak mid-winter
    Frosty wind made moan;
    Earth stood hard as iron,
    Water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
    Snow on snow,
    In the bleak mid-winter
    Long ago.

    Christina Rossetti

    The snow has begun to fall in Helena with wind gusts up to 35 to 40 mph. Winter has finally arrived and I have been content that Old Man Winter has taken his sweet time arriving. While the weather outside has been harsh and bone chilling my apartment has stayed warm and full of color and joy. I am grateful and happy to have time to continue painting on commissions and playing with Archie, who is now in full bird adolescence. His juvenile antics make me smile everyday.

     

    The garden rose bush with one last spot of color.

     

    Below are some of the new items I have on my website. 

     

    The 2017 Christmas Ornaments have been finding new homes but there are still some available for purchase.

    click the photo above  to see all the ornaments for this season.

     

     

    The Magnificat 

    Acrylic on wooden box panel.  9 inches W x 16.5 inches H

    Click the photo to see more information on this painting.

     

    The Welcome Angel

    16 inches long x 14 inches 

    Click the photo to see more information on these items under Christmas Ornaments.

     

    Video of my art studio and the 2017 Christmas Ornaments. If you can not view the video in the newsletter email then just click Here. 

     

    Best wishes for a safe and joyful December.

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  2. Holiday Art Show Featuring The 2017 Angel, Santa And Tree Ornaments.

    November 21, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments (0)

    This past weekend November 18 and 19 I hosted my annual art show here at my home. I had a wonderful turnout and people seemed to enjoy their time as they viewed my latest art, shared stories and enjoyed freshly baked cookies and a beverage. Many of the angels and other ornaments flew away to new homes along with many paintings, wearable art and embossed Welcome Trees.

    Here are just a few photos I wanted to share with you. I have also listed on the website new available paintings, the 2017 Christmas Ornaments, copper and metal Welcome Signs. I hope you enjoy the photos and click the links to the new art. Many of the items for purchase are affordable and will make wonderful Christmas gifts. All are hand made with love and joy.

     

    Flying Angel 

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    Ramblings Roses

    lick Here to see New Paintings.

     

    Wearable Art

     Mini paintings set in a pendant and covered with glass.

    They can be worn or hung on a key chain.

    Click Here to see all the wearable art.

     

    The Ho Ho Ho Santa wooden ornament is making his first appearance this season.

     

    Wooden Christmas Tree Ornament is also new this year. Hand cut wood and painted with layers of paint.

     

     

    The 2017 Christmas Angels. 

    The angels are available as brown or light skinned.

    Click Here to see All 2017 ornaments.

    I made 200 angels this year. They do sell quickly so order soon in time for Christmas giving.

     

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to reach out and share some joy, food, and time with those most in need in your community and family.

     

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  3. A Stroll Through My Autumn Neighborhood

    October 20, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

    Are you surrounded with Mother Natures color? 

     

    A stroll through my Helena neighborhood.

     

    The Forest holds high carnival to-day, 
    And every hill-side glows with gold and fire;
    Ivy and sumac dress in colors gay,
    And oak and maple mask in bright attire. 

    Ellis Parker Butler

     

    Mother Nature knows that red and green are great compliments.

     

     

    Summer Day Lillies after an abundant summer bloom.

     

    Maple Tree with vibrant red stems.

     

     

    A pot of red above the dried and fallen leaves.

     

    A child’s delight, a runway of leaves ready to crunch and scatter.

     

    Wherever  you live I hope you find a bit of color in your neighborhood that warms your heart and that makes you smile.

     

    Holmes Presbyterian Summer Camp

    acrylic wood relief 10 x 12 inches

    A Commission.

     

    My latest painting.

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  4. Some Like It Hot Some Like It Cold

    October 6, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments (2)

    What is your favorite color?  

    We all have a favorite color and often we have more than one. Most people will either gravitate more towards warm colors or more towards cool colors. How about you? Are you a warm color person or a cool color person? This week I am giving away one of the paintings below. The winner gets to choose which painting they would like, warm or cool.

     

     

     Rhythm Of The Sun

    Acrylic on wood

    10 inches x 10 inches

     

    Rhythm Of The Sun which is a mix of the warm colors, yellow orange and red with a bit of white and black mixed in. The black when mixed with orange creates a beautiful subdued green as you can see in the painting.

    Starry Night is a mix of lime green, navy blue, aqua and white. The green/yellow areas reminded me of the sky in Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night.

    How to enter the drawing. All of you on my mailing list are automatically entered into the drawing as you have been my true and faithful followers for the past 7 years. However you can have your name entered more than once if you leave a comment in the comment box below telling us which painting you prefer, Starry Night with cool colors or Rhythm of The Sun with it’s warm colors. or if you go to Facebook and like my page, Urban Pastures Art. Here is the link to the page  Urban Pastures Art FaceBook. A third way to enter your name is to share my Facebook page post about this giveaway on your Facebook timeline.  On Sunday Evening I will pick a winner using Random.org. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    If your new to my blog you can also sign up to join my mailing list and receive my weekly newsletter by filling in the form on the right side of this page.

    If you are a patron who already has several of my paintings and not sure you should enter the contest be assured your participation is helpful by sharing my art with others on the internet. If you  win you can always gift the painting to someone who may need some art in their life or may need to know you care about them enough to give them a gift. 

     

    Starry Night

    Acrylic on wood

    6.5 inches x 6 inches

     

     

     

    Below are three new paintings I have up for auction at Daily Paint Works. If you want to see more details about the paintings or want to place a bid just click the link below the painting.  Thank you for your interest in my art and your friendship. Your support has keep me self employed now for 9 years and I am deeply grateful.

     

    Moonstruck

    Acrylic on wood panel box.

    6 inches x 12 inches x 1.5 inches D

    Click here for auction details  Moonstruck

     

    Autumn Raven

    Acrylic on wood panel box.

    10 inches x 10 inches x 1.5 inches 

    Click here for auction details  Autumn Raven

     

     

     

    Rambling Blues

    Acrylic on canvas.

    8 inches x 10 inches x 1.5 inches D

    Click here for auction details    Rambling Blues

     

    Click here for auction details 

     

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  5. Archie True And Brave

    September 21, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog, Uncategorized | Comments (0)

    Why are Names Important ?

     

    I would like to introduce you to Archie.

    He is my new companion in the art studio. I traveled to Missoula MT on Sunday to bring Archie to his new home. He is just 8 weeks old and working hard to adjust to his new environment. I am sure he is missing his many siblings all flying around in the cozy aviary. As I drove back to Helena I set my mind to thinking of a good name that he and I could both live with. I was looking for a name that would fit his physical appearance which I see as regal and majestic, as well as a name that will be easy for him to speak. The name Archie is Scottish in origin and means true and bold. I resonated right away with both meanings. I know with experience that cockatiels are true to their nature and they are extremely bold as they explore their daily surroundings while flying, entertaining or talking. It will probably be a few months before Archie gets his vocal capacity but in the meantime I am talking to him constantly and playing You Tube videos of cockatiels singing for him to mimic. Like humans they pick up sounds quickly at an very early age.  I am thrilled to have a cockatiel back in the art studio as I paint. For sure he makes me smile and reminds me to be true and bold each and every day as I pursue the creative process.

     

    His crown feathers are really long and I am sure he has regal cocktail blood in him, lol.

     

     Archie wanted me to make sure I took a photo of his beautiful patterned wings for you to see.

     

    As for paintings this week I have three that are just off my easel. I have them up for auction on Daily Paint Works. If you have questions about them contact me. You can see auction details in the link below each photo. I hope all is well in your neighborhood and life. 

     

     

    Evening Canticle

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction

     

    Wind Fire and Water

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction

     

     

    Silence is Golden

    6 inches x 6 inches

    Click here

    Daily Paint Works Auction

     

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  6. Love is Patient, Love is Kind.

    September 13, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

     A  60th Wedding Anniversary Commission. 

     

     

     

    Uros and Ljudmila Roessmann were married in 1957. Their eldest daughter Anita Roessman, my landlady, commissioned this piece to celebrate their 60th year of marriage in June of this year. Uros and Ljudmila were born in Slovenia and were young adults at the end of WWII. Soon they immigrated to America and setteled in Cleveland OH where they raised their family. Now they reside here in Helena just 10 mins from our house. The piece above depicts some of the places they lived in Slovenia nestled under Our Lady of Brezje, Slovenia at the very top. In the middle section is a partial skyline of Cleveland OH, Uros and Ljudmila and on the right views of Helena MT along with their currant home. In the bottom portion of the painting are their 4 children in their early years and two of the homes they lived in growing up in Cleveland. Anita and I had a great time planning this out. She gave me many photos to work from and knew exactly the size she wanted, 16 x 22. The handmade wood frame was also apart of the commission and is made of birch. The red and white carnations were painted on the gold background on the top of the frame, they are the national flower of Slovenia. It was such a gift to be asked to create this piece for Uros and Ljudmila in honor of their 60years of marriage. Happy Anniversary Uros and Ljudmila.

     

    Close up of the painting.

     

    Something New

     

    Below are two of my small paintings. White Tulips and August Moon. They are both up for auction at Daily Paint Works which is an on line art gallery. I have wanted to try out the auction format for sometime on this site. Daily Paint Works is a wonderful site, very reputable and filled with beautiful paintings from artists around the country and a few beyond. They get lots of traffic and sales and are highly regarded among both artists and buyers. In the next 4 weeks I hope to list more paintings and see if some of them can find a new home. Those of you who are on my mailing list are the first to know. If your interested in small works then you can click the links below the paintings and they will take you directly to my Daily Paint Works gallery page.  If you have any questions please leave a comment below or send me an email. 

    As always thanks for your support and membership here on my blog it means a lot to me.

     

     Click Link for Auction

    Auction for White Tulips 6 x 6 inches

     

    Click link below for August Moon

    Auction for August Moon 6 x 6 inches

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  7. What Lies Within Us ?

    August 30, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments (0)

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

     

    Waldo

     

    Waldo came to Helena Mt. from The Westside German Shepherd Rescue Center in Los Angels CA. He is now the beloved pet of my nephew Jonathan Drake. Needless to say Waldo has melted all of our hearts. One can not help but smile at his wild hair and laugh as he energetically tries to engage you with his charming and loving personality. My sister and brother in law commissioned me to paint a portrait of Waldo for Jonathan’s Birthday , August 22. I have to admit this was one painting that made me smile the entire time I worked on it. I’m hoping if Waldo is ever in need of a pal when Master Jonathan is away I will get the job. In case your wondering he is named after one of Jonathan’s favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

    Below are some photos showing the painting in progression as I worked on the piece.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Waldo

    Acrylic on Canvas

    9 x 12

     

    Commissions for pet portraits are always welcomed. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  8. For The Pause That Refreshes.

    August 16, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (1)

    What is your best cleaning strategy ? 

     Summer is in full swing and during June, July and now into August life has been filled with activities, people, surprises, work, earthquakes, smoke, volunteer activity and of course laughter and beauty. But it is one of the surprises that I want to share with you. My art studio has been in utter disarray since my art show in June and it was not until this past weekend that I finally had a chance to begin cleaning out and reorganizing all the mess. The question was where would I start and what should I tackle first? My strategy was to start with the least desirable, the endless paper stacks. Then I moved on to moving furniture, washing walls, sorting through hundreds of paint brushes, throwing out dried paint bottles and finally repainting the furniture. Below are some before and after photos for you to see the change. I was surprised that such a loathsome task could hold such a jewel of a surprise. Having an ordered and clean space lifted my spirits and actually brought new passion, vision and joy for creating art. In retrospect I was reminded that some of the best things about life are hidden in the rough areas of our daily messes.

    I would love to hear your best strategies for big cleaning projects. You can leave a comment in the comment box below.

     

    Before 

    A larger art studio would be nice but I am sure the mess would also be larger.

     

    After 

    Shinny….mmm how long will this last?

     

    Below are photos of a new abstract that came from all the cleaning and I can’t tell you how energized I was in creating this painting. Another surprise.

    Close ups of the first layers being applied

     

     Oranges being dripped into the aqua and yellow

     

    Purples and blues over the aqua and oranges. A total of 12 different layers of paint.

     

     

    The finished piece, Jitterbug, 24 in x 36 in

    I’m a happy painter.

    Thanks for all your support and wherever you are enjoy the Dog Days of Summer.

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  9. Highlights Of The Summer Art Show 2017

    June 23, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

       Photos from my Summer Art show, June 17 & 18 2017

    I am very pleased to announce that my Third Annual Summer Art Show went extremely well. There were 40 guests who came and shared some good conversation, laughs, food and art. I was delighted that 9 of my paintings have found new homes. I sold out of my garden bird houses but I am now taking orders. Many guests were delighted to also take home some hanging dragon flies and birds and beads on a string. Both bring a splash of color to a patio awning, overhang or window. 

    For those who live far away I thought I would post some photos for you to see how I set the show up. Unfortunately there are not people in the photos only because I was to busy interacting and enjoying my guests.

    You can click the links below if you are interested in purchasing something from the show.

    Thanks to everyone who came and to all of my patrons who support me in my daily work.

    New items in Birds Paintings Bird Houses

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

     

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  10. Summer Art Show

    June 8, 2017 | Author: Maureen White | Category: Blog | Comments (0)

    I am happy to announce that my 3rd annual Summer Art Show will be Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18 10am to 4pm.  All are welcome to attend. I am almost ready with 22 new paintings completed and some whimsical garden art.

    I wish those of you who live out of town could be here but I know there are many reasons why that maybe impossible. I thought I could at least give you a preview of some of my new work as well as an opportunity to purchase some items here on line.  Below are 2 new paintings I will be showing and then there are photos of my new bird houses and dragonflies.

    I hope your summer is off to a great start. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to see what I have been up to.

     

     

    Yellow Tulips

    15 inches x 23 inches

    Rain Dance

    24 inches by 36 inches. 

     

    Below are 2 of the 7 bird house designs that are now available.

     All 7 can be seen by clicking Bird Houses under available work or by clicking the photos.

    The bird Houses and Dragonflies can be preordered and will ship out the week of June 19.

     

     

     

     

    These are 2 of the 5 dragonfly designs I have available  for purchase.

    All Five can be seen by clicking Birds under available work or by clicking the photos.

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