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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Transcending Time....

Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore of Lake Superior is a sight to behold, particularly after heavy rains. One cannot witness a morning like this...fog lifting into the breaking sun... without wondering who else stood in awe on these very rocks. Shared human experiences have a way of transcending time.

Honorable Mention - Art Renewal Center's 12th International ARC Salon (Landscape Category). Currently exhibiting in the AMSA's 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition.

"Fog Lifting over Gooseberry Falls" 
30x20" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spring Chickens in January

"Spring Chickens" was selected as a finalist in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition. Thank you to the Jurors and The Artist Magazine! My name will appear among the lists of finalists published in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue.

Have you seen it?

"Spring Chickens"
8x8" oil on linen

Monday, January 9, 2017

Back in the dark ages....

Back in the dark ages, my first gallery, in Osceola WI, was one block and a huge staircase from this beautiful falls. Several times I climbed over the roped steps in heavy winter gear with my French easel strapped to my back to learn about its magic. I painted it in all seasons, but waterfalls in winter are a particular joy!

"Cascade Falls in Winter" (plein air)
24x20" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I LOVE being caught up!

The 4 new paintings at the shipper's yesterday to be sent to Palms Gallery in Kauai! I LOVE being caught up with commissions and deliveries! Life is good!

"Gentle Cove"

16x24" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Light on Morning Waves"

14x24" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Song of Ages"
24x32" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Talking Story - Walking Together"
30x20" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

Monday, August 22, 2016

When I can see evidence....

Here is my initial wash of "Cedars in Springtime". 

I loved the sloping hill with rich, lush greens peaking through last year's ochres, sweeping up along the rocks to the upright stand of trees. 

You can see indications of my armature in the washed pyramid (symbol of strength and stability) of the main trees, bound horizontally to the edges of the canvas by a band of similar cedars and oaks.

When I can see evidence of the finished painting in my wash, and when the lines, shapes and initial colored values describe how I feel, I can move to the next stage.

I connect my dark patterns and begin to lay heavier paint, noticing and often marking where I will push warm/ cool relationships and textural effects along the focal path.

The sky keeps changing, but I try to stay open and present, watching for the perfect, thin overcast which lends a lovely saturation to these colors I am building.

Nearly done. Keeping what helps me tell the story; eliminating or playing down what doesn't.

The finished painting.....

"Cedars in Springtime"

16x24" oil in linen