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Vincents Sunflower wins 3rd place at Fine Art America

March 20th, 2017

Wow, I am amazed to find out that I won 3rd place in the "Love Van Gogh" art contest over at Fine Art America. There were 159 entries all inspired by the work of impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Thank you to everyone who voted for my artwork "Vincent's Sunflower". The 11"x14" original pastel painting is still available (please contact me directly).

New Artwork - Lake Louise

December 8th, 2013

I visited Lake Louise several years ago. Unlike the photos you see, the place is not serene or quiet. It is a tourist mecca and, because the beach at the end of the lake is so narrow, each tourist gets a few inches of elbow room to take a photo or create a painting.

This painting was made some time later from a photo. I wanted to show something other than the typical tourist shot of a flat lake, so I focused on the foreground of the beach and the small red canoe that was left there. The Rocky Mountains are still visible in the background but the foreground provides a little more interest and leaves the viewer with some unanswered questions such as "why was it left there?" which I find always makes a painting something you can look at repeatedly as it does not resolve in your mind.

I'd be interested to know what you you think of when you view it. Please leave your comments under the painting. Enjoy!

A bit about Pastels

August 13th, 2010

A bit about Pastels

Pastels are a dry pigment. In fact, pastels use the same dry pigments as those found in oil paints. By eliminating the linseed oil used with traditional oil paints, pure pastel pigments exhibit exceptional brilliance and clarity of color. Simply put, there is less to come between the painting and the viewer.

Technically, pastel is powdered pigment, rolled into round or square sticks and held together with minimal amount of a non-greasy binder. Pastel is the most permanent of all media. It will never crack, yellow or darken with age.

Historically, pastelís origin can be traced back as far as the Sixteenth Century. During the Impressionist period Degas became a prolific user of the pastel media. Today pastel is becoming an increasingly popular media with many of our most distinguished and renowned artists embracing this timeless and brilliant medium.

Source: Timon Sloane

Livessence Art Show

August 4th, 2010

Livessence Art Show

This week I'm getting ready for an upcoming "Stick Figures" art show with the Livessence Society in Kelowna, BC. I will be exhibiting with the other Livessence members. The exhibit will go up on Monday August 2nd in the Galleria at the Rotary Center for the Arts, Kelowna, BC. You are all invited to drop by to take a look at the fabulous work done by this group. Admission is free.

I will be exhibiting "The Swing", a new painting previously not seen called "Dolphy".

If you do take a look, I'd love for you to leave some feedback either in my online gallery or over at my fan page on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Marina-Garrison-Fine-Art-Photography/135146403187756?ref=mf

Reflections - Large Acrylic

May 26th, 2010

Today I had a lot of fun with a large canvas (30"x40") which I am preparing for the Gallaghers Canyon "Picture This" Art Show (11 and 12th June). It is an acrylic which has been painted in an impressionist style. The piece will be called "Reflections" and is the reflections cast by Birch Trees in fall across a pond. The piece is almost complete with some minor finishing left before I place it in my gallery.

Can't wait to share it with you!

Love Van Gogh contest entry

May 24th, 2010

Love Van Gogh contest entry

I'd love for you to vote for my work "Vincent's Sunflower" in Fine Art America's "Love Van Gogh" contest: http://bit.ly/bmhUBj

Prints and Greeting Cards now available

May 22nd, 2010

Prints and Greeting Cards now available

Hi Everyone
I've added the ability to purchase prints and greeting cards of my artwork on my newly upgraded site.

For the time being, I will only sell greeting cards of my painting *after* I've sold the original painting, however you are able to purchase a print of it in a variety of sizes starting at a 5x7. These prints are great if you can't afford an original piece of artwork or are worried about shipping and delivery to your area.

Enjoy!

Upcoming Art Show in Kelowna, BC

May 22nd, 2010

Upcoming Art Show in Kelowna, BC

Hi Everyone,
I will be participating in the annual "Picture This" art show held at Gallaghers Canyon, Kelowna, British Columbia on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 2010. I will be exhibiting "Bare" and "South Kelowna Vista" and probably 1 other painting which I haven't chosen yet.

If you are interested in seeing my work up close and can make it into Kelowna on these dates, consider this my personal invitation to stop by and take a look at the artwork that myself and my fabulous colleagues have put together for your enjoyment. I will be attending the event in person on both dates if you have any questions for me or would like to purchase a painting.

Hope to see you there!

In the beginning there was art.... and a blog.....

April 29th, 2010

Welcome! This is the first post of my new blog here at http://marina-garrison.fineartamerica.com. I have removed my old blog "Pastelart" (http://pastelart.blogspot.com) in order to "simplify" where folks interested in my art have to go to find out more about my work and visit my galleries. Everything is here, in one place and I hope that you enjoy it :)

I have recently picked up the pastel sticks after over 2 years of not painting. When you have 3 children under 6, and a husband who is recovering from cancer treatment, life just gets in the way sometimes. But I *love* painting, and pastels are my medium of choice. I love the contact between the paper and my hands. I love that I don't have to reload a brush with color. I love that I don't have to mix paint on a palette and that my palette is my paper.

I {heart} comments, so please feel free to comment on my art.