Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Pure Joy and Character"

A wonderful article to lift your spirits by Andrew Webster of Fine Art Connoisseur! 
He did an amazing job of capturing exactly how I feel about this painting - what I saw beyond the surface.  
Thank you Andrew!!

"Russian Fisherwoman"
30x24" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis 

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Pastorale" catches the judges eye....

Many thanks to Judge Robert Burridge for your kind words and selecting my painting, "Pastorale", as a Finalist in the January Sedona Art Prize Competition. Congratulations to Best in Show winner, Natasha Jabre, and all the finalists!

To read the judges comments and see all of the winners, visit the Sedona Art Prize website by clicking HERE.

16x20" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis 

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Talking Shop" with Eric Rhoads....

I had the most wonderful opportunity to "talk shop" with Eric Rhoads recently for his PleinAir Podcast. Eric, (if you are reading this!) you are such an amazing interviewer. I don't know how you did it - in just one hour, we touched on nearly all the things that are most important to me in art. You are amazing.

Thank you to Eric Rhoads, PublisherAndrew WebsterBob Bahr, OutdoorPainter, PleinAirToday and Streamline Publishing for this amazingly fun conversation!

Click below to listen to the interview...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Waiting for the light brings results...

Surprise! We just found out that this painting is a FINALIST in the December 2016 
BoldBrush Painting Competition along with being included in the FAV15*. 

Thank you judge Larry Preston and BoldBrush for this recognition!

To see previous entries, visit

"Waiting for the Light II"
40x60" oil on linen

*The FAV15 represents the "Favorite 15%" by FASO and FineArtViews Staff Members.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Holding on to 'what I love'...

I was asked by a friend if I start and approach plein air differently from studio work. The answer is "Sometimes."
For this painting, "September Waters", I knew my light would hold for several hours, and my artistic intent was to record the subtle and sensitive shifts in color that saturated the scene and lent it the sublime quality that touched my soul when I chose this spot.
I approached it the same way as my studio painting: doing a 12-minute colored wash to capture the mood by tones and design alone, then working in and out along the focal path, comparing and relating each element, holding on to 'what I love' as best as I can throughout the process.

"September Waters"
12x16" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis

Monday, January 16, 2017

Greg's favorite story...

Thank you, Greg Lecker, for your generous sharing....

"My favorite story from Mary R. Pettis since I first heard her tell it Nov 2, 2013 at #366 Northrup King Building, when I first met the artist who would become an important influence in my development as an artist and as a person. As Mary described the background behind the artwork, we listeners stood in front of the painting - which is spectacular in its color. What appears, from a distance to be his pale blue gray garments, is up close a myriad of hues and brushstrokes. Simple electronics can not convey what one sees in life. What a way to remember a life of art in 2016 and look forward to 2017!" ~Greg Lecker

"The Poet"
36x24" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis

I first saw him as he bent over to catch a cricket. I didn't need to understand Chinese to know when he winked and smiled that he had a treat in store for us if we followed him up a winding path through the little village. We were exploring with our cameras anyway, so we followed.

The painting was done in my head as he uncovered his little bird cage and proudly showed us his little friend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Finding a new home....

The time has come for this painting to land in a new home. It has been to the AIS National Juried exhibition (Abend, CO), to the ASMA North Regional exhibition (Winona, MN) and to the Williamsburg Art Gallery's "Making Waves: An Exploration of the Maritime World of Art" exhibition (Williamsburg, VA). Tonight it returned to our studio/gallery (Minneapolis, MN) only to leave 45 minutes later for a new home. The circle is complete.

We hope the owners enjoy this painting for years to come!!

"Minnehaha Falls - Overcast"
12x16" oil on linen