Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Miniature Portrait

Working on such a small scale is challenging, but a very intimate experience. I am so close to the canvas and concentrated on such a small space that it creates a very special connection with the piece. This tiny portrait, Sofia, is 2 inches by 2 inches. I used acrylic paints and very very thin brushes.


I painted the sides and edges gold, this gave the piece the feeling of those 18th century miniature portraits people used historically to introduce each other from a distance. I added my personal touch with a gossipy bird in the frame.


Finally, I painted a Jo Malone perfume box with her name.


Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Marybel


Monday, June 15, 2015

The Sisters


Those of you who have sisters know that you go through phases. Sometimes you are best friends with each other, sometimes you detest each other, sometimes you support, sometimes you ignore, but you always, always love each other. The Sisters is inspired on that dynamic. The relationship that only sisters understand.




Here is the original drawing:



This is Cian, my son, and my model.


xoxo,

Marybel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Want to see my Thesis Proposal?


This past term has been absolutely bonkers! I did not paint one thing because I was working on my Thesis Proposal. I drew many pieces in my sketchbook as references for future paintings. I presented to a panel of professors on May 5th. It was surreal (like my paintings) and nerve-racking! Here are some snapshots of the process. Just three more days and this term is over!



This was during my presentation. It was a full house. Lots of friendly faces there to support. It felt great to have all of those wonderful people there!






 Notes for my presentation to make sure I did not forget anything...


The schedule


Practicing, practicing, practicing!



Part of my presentation, these are some my influences:


A drawing from my sketchbook, this may be a painting soon.


The idea is to encase my paintings in tiny dollhouse frames.


Wish me luck! Now to dive into the actual project. As always, thanks for stopping by! xoxo


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dear Diary

Artists' sketchbook are very personal. It's a place where we doodle, draw, plan and dream. Want to peek at mine? 










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Xoxo








Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Sketchbook

I use my sketchbook as a diary of sorts. I like to draw thoughts, worries and dreams. They all come to life on the pages of my sketchbook. Take a look!














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Sunday, February 8, 2015

May I Keep Him?


Sometimes when you have been dealing with negative things for a long time and suddenly, everything falls into place, and good things start happening, it's difficult to believe that something positive is actually occurring. It's a moment of disbelief and astonishment. Is this too good to be true? This is what this painting is about. Allowing yourself to receive the good in life.

This girl found a giant, fluffy, pink and white kitty in the darkness and is in disbelief. She is asking, "May I keep him?".



Pink and white kitty closeup.





Close up of this fiery redhead.




The process...




It all started with an idea and a sketch:



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Want to Protect You


This painting has come from deep within my heart. It is the very first painting I have completed this year. It's a very personal piece. I hope you enjoy it!




Close up of the bear and girl.


Look at all of those stars!


You can see a dark forest in the distance.


It all started with a rough sketch.




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Friday, January 9, 2015

They Came to Protect Her



There comes a time in a girl's life when she becomes a woman. She is strong and brave, ready to jump into life and take risks. She ventures away from the safety of her home and into the wild. When that occurs, women come across all kinds of beings throughout our journey. Sometimes we are lucky enough to come across some that accompany us and are willing to stand by us no matter what. This very special and personal piece is about that encounter, the adventure and magic that life is. Enjoy!




Detail of the girl



Wolves like dogs are loyal companions and fierce protectors. 



The bat in Chinese culture represents happiness. 



It all started with a rough sketch


Thanks for stopping by! Xoxo