Saturday, May 19, 2018

They're changing the rules

But that's not a bad thing! In fact, it's good for you.

Dear Email Subscribers.

On May 25, some new data regulations are going into effect.  What's great about them is, they put you in control. You can be selective about the kind of information you receive from people you've given your email address to. (like me)

This set of regulations is called the GDPR.

Sometimes I don't mind breaking rules, not this time. These rules give you control over how your email address can be used to send you information. And they give me permission to send you the kind of information you want.  #win-win

So here's what's going to happen.

In the next day or so, you're going to be getting an email from me that asks you to update your settings.  There will be 3 categories you can check.  You can check as many as you want or none of them. It's not complicated and it's only going to take a second.

No matter what categories you choose you'll always be able to unsubscribe at any time. And if you decide to unsubscribe, we'll still be friends.

Big hugs,
Maggie


Now that all the boring stuff is over, you deserve something fun to look at.

I just finished a series of roosters using oil paint and a palette knife.  I had a request for a rooster in the same colors that I use in my sunset and cloud paintings.  I sounded like fun to me.  Here are 3 from the series.

They're so new I haven't even added them to my website yet.




Suncloud Rooster #2
20" x 16"
Oil on canvas $495

Suncloud Rooster #3
20" x 16"
oil on canvas
$495



Suncloud Rooster #1
20" x 16"
oil on canvas
$495

Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

Her studio and gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Everyday? I don't think so! AKA a celebration of the Pineapple.

I love everything about the pineapple!

The way it looks; prickly bottom half, smooth and spikey top half.
The way it changes color as it gets riper.
The way it smells; like a far away tropical island.
Its incredible, indescribable taste.

It's a special occasion fruit, a holiday fruit, a family gathering fruit.
Seriously, do you drink Pina Coladas after work on a Wednesday? No! The super cute pool boy brings one to your chaise lounge in THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY on your vacation. Now that's special.

Also, consider the way it's treated with reverence.
It's always has a place of prominence in the supermarket. It's at the end of aisle, or on a raised dais.
The Queen of Fruit would not be CAUGHT DEAD in the middle seat between the potatoes and the onions, hell no! First class all the way.

Everyday fruit? Oh no it isn't! (picture my index finger wagging side to side here)

And don't forget it's the universal sign of *Welcome*.  I think they put one on Voyager 1, if they didn't, they should have.

That's why I paint the esteemed pineapple over and over.  Here are some pics of my most recent study session. These are all oil paintings. And the really cool thing is that some of these will be headed to a gallery on Cape Cod soon. I'm jazzed about that. I wonder which ones are going to be chosen to go?


Pineapple studies
both 18"x14", oil on canvas board, palette knife
$195 each

Note to artists: I intentionally took a different approach with each painting. I used limited palettes, I played warm against cools, I explored grays, I used the palette knife on some, I explored using a transparent first layer. All were done
alla prima and they all started with a transparent earthy red underpainting.
Fun fact: Pineapples have warm green and yellow-gold bottoms, and cool green and blue tops.



Aloha dear friends,

Maggie

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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 


Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,

the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

Her studio and gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042


Monday, March 19, 2018

It's all his fault.



Blame it on Bob.

Recently my favorite mentor, Robert Burridge, was in town and we had a chance to catch up at the opening of his show at the Lucky Street Gallery. His continued enthusiasm and dedication to painting is uber infectious. I've taken a number of his "Loosen Up" workshops and loved every one of them. It was great to see him and his paintings.

I recently went through a phase where my paintings got a little out of control (well okay, maybe a lot) and the colors were super amplified. They were huge fun to do. And because the fall hadn't been all that much fun, (Thanks Irma :(() It was just the thing I needed at the time. I used almost all of the techniques Bob taught me in that series. I could hear him in my head going, "A brush has two ends." "Negative shapes, negative shapes" and "Where's the wow factor?"

Which was a very good thing because this painting came in handy

When a local gallery, that shows some of my larger pieces, came to me and said that they wanted paintings that were "brighter" I was able to say, "I've got just the thing for you!" 

Happy Hour aka Giant Umbrella Drink Painting
24" x 30", acrylic on canvas
available @ Art on Duval, Key West, Florida

Mini version

Happy Hour II
10" x 20" 
acrylic on canvas
$385.00 available in my studio

Bob Burridge at his opening with local artists.
thanks Bob for all you do.
Find out more about Bob HERE    If you're and artist make sure to sign up for his Bob Blast videos.



Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,

the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Because you're special.

The 2nd Annual September Special


There's a delightful tradition in Key West where every September the local businesses thank the year-round island residents and loyal customers by offering all kinds of wonderful specials on their products. 

We look forward to it every year.  I jumped on the bandwagon last year. I mean, now that I have my own location, it's only right, right?

But I don't want to extend it to just the local customers. I think you should be included too! Many of you have been readers of this blog for years and years. And sweeties, God Bless You for that!

So with that said, (drum roll please) I want to announce my second Annual September Special. 

I'll be starting it here in Key West on Friday, but you are special, so you are getting a little sneak peek.

Click THE LINK to see all the deals.  And to see my new website if you haven't see that yet, it's pretty.

as always big hugs,
Maggie

P.S. And if you have any friends who enjoy a good discount pass this on along to them.
P.P.S. And yes, more new pottery is coming soon!





Note to Key West Artists:
I'm unveiling a new class in my studio in September.

The Art Sales Starter Kit Class: an easy 4 week class guide to help you get your artwork seen and appreciated.
The complete class description IS HERE.


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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 


Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042


Sunday, August 20, 2017

The first batch of pottery in over a YEAR is out of the kiln.

In other exciting news!

I said last week that there was new pottery in the works and now the first load is out of the kiln.  It really is enjoyable spending Mondays and Tuesdays in my pottery studio with my hands in the clay.

It's been so long since I made pottery I had to refresh my memory by looking at older blog posts like THIS ONE.

My first load had to include flip flops because I have been getting mucho requests for them.  And in fact, most of the pairs sold right away, but there are still 4 pairs left.  And some of the really cute fish flops. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the small pairs of flip flops anymore, but then I looked at ALL THESE cute designs and I think I will do some small ones.  They are so cute in kids rooms.

The next round of firing is going to include platters and serving pieces.  :)

There's not a lot to say, I just want to show you the pics.

Hugs,
Maggie

What all these cuties look like before they get the glaze.

The first batch of flip flops in really, really a long time!

What I like about the fish flops is you can hang them vertical or horizontal. They'll fit in any space.


These fun fish hang on the wall.  I think next batch I'll have to make some swimming the other way.

Mermaids for the wall as well as spoon rests.  The little fish are spoon rests too for those beachy kitchens.

Note to Key West Artists:

I'm unveiling a new class in my studio in September.

The Art Sales Starter Kit Class: an easy 4 week class guide to help you get your artwork seen and appreciated.
The complete class description IS HERE.


Other ways to connect: I'm just a click away




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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042






Friday, August 11, 2017

Olivia Street Cottage, from en plein air to commission



I encourage my painting students to paint from life as much as possible.  It really accelerates their learning speed. Painting from photos is fun and easy, but you see everything in 2D and there are a few other challenges.

To keep up my painting skills I like to go and paint en plein air (fancy French term for painting outside) occasionally. The lovely lanes and cottages that abound here in Key West make great painting subjects.

Plein air painting sessions tend to be shorter than indoor sessions. Not only is the light always changing, but wind, bugs, heat, and other elements can work your last nerve.  In order to complete, or get close to completion in a short amount of time, plein air paintings tend to be on the small size.  But not always.

Many artists use these smaller, quicker paintings as studies for larger works.  I recently turned a small 11" x 14" plein air painting into a larger work because a customer liked the painting but needed something larger to fill her space. 

A studio piece is never going to be exactly the same as the outdoor study. What I like is that it gives the painter a chance to make some changes.  I changed the light and shadow under the porch because I wanted to. (I think slashing diagonal light is more interesting)  And I changed focus to the front door and the plantings along the fence line because the customer said that was what she liked about the original painting, the color she saw in the plants.


Lovely on Olivia
SOLD
16 x 20"


Lovely on Oliva Street - Study
acrylic, 11' x 14"
$345


Painting in the works

In other exciting news.................

I have a new gallery assistant and now I am able to get into my pottery studio 2 days a week and there are new pieces ready to go into the kiln. 

It was so much fun to make the pottery, I can't wait until it's finished. 

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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

About the paints I use....my thoughts on different paint brands.

This post was first written in December of 2013.  A lot has changed since then.  I've updated this post by writing my current thoughts in red ink.




Very often when I show photos of my work table with its jumble of assorted paints, in this blog I get e-mails or comments with questions about the paints I use.  So I thought it would be good for me to collect my thoughts on the paints I choose and tell you why I like them, or in some cases don't.

I paint in lots of thin layers.  I like what happens when the colors interact with each other and my paint choices are based on that. Also let me say that these are my opinions based on what I want my paints to do. this is all still true.

What I want from my paint.
I  want the paint to just flow off my brush, almost like ink.  I want as little drag as possible.  I like all different surfaces, canvas, paper, primed board.  They each bring their own personality to the finished piece and the paint has to work with all those surfaces. this is still true
I want to be able to put out big piles of paint without,  "OMG! What is this costing me?" This has changed, I now realize what some of the inexpensive paints have cost me in terms of time and vibrancy. I don't hesitate when it comes to buy the best. 


 Above is my diagramed photo (kind of like the photos in the Arlo Guthrie song Alice's Restaurant) of the paints I am currently using.  I have circled and number the paints and they correspond to the list below.

So in descending order of least favorite to most favorite they are...

  • #6 Liquitex Brand Paints    Don't look too hard, you won't  see many on my work table.  The heavy body paints get snotty in the tubes and almost impossible to mix.  The soft body paints aren't worth the price.   Except for........... 
  • #5 Liquitex Gesso which I use for white.  It flows great and has good coverage.  If you use a lot of white this is a very easy on the budget alternative to Titanium white in tubes.  I now use Golden acrylic gesso, I think it has more pigment.
  • #4 Lukas acrylics in the big squeeze bottles.  The blues are good,  the reds and yellows, not so much, too transparent and un-pretty color, except I did like the vermillion red and the Indian yellow.  The price is good. I don't buy these any more except for the vermillion and the Prussian blue.
  • #3 Amsterdam Standard acrylics.  These are the student grade of the line. The price is similar to the Liquitex Basics, but they are much better.  The white is worthless, the pale tints aren't good by themselves but they are great to mix with other colors.  You get a lighter value of the color that isn't the same old boring blue + white = pale blue. You get some really interesting colors. I still use some of these.  The turquoise, the pinks, the grays, but never the yellows, reds, or oranges.
  • #2 Amsterdam Expert acrylics.  Really good paint for the money. Lots of pigment in the colors.  A little stiffer than the standard but still okay.
  • #1  Totally Awesome Holbein Acryla.  But they are really really spendy and look how tiny the tubes are!  But there are some must have colors, Compose Rose and Opera. 
I know I didn't mention a lot of brands, Golden for example, but these are the brands that are working for me now.  Maybe next year will be different, we'll just have to see what the next year brings. I now use a number of  Golden paints, I use the cadmium yellows, oranges, reds, and their magentas. And the titanium white


Sunday, May 28, 2017

A day of rememberance


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you



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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Taking Names

What's been bothering me.

During the winter months my classes get a big influx of students who only spend a few months here.  When they arrive back in town in January I always ask them how their painting went during our time apart. 

Most of the time (seriously 97%) the answer I get is, "I wanted to paint, or take a class or something, but it just didn't happen."

That got me to thinking, if that's happening to the majority of my students, I bet it's happening to other painters too.  Makes sense to me.


I'm working on a free on-line class to help with that.

The class isn't finished and ready to roll out yet, but I'm starting to take names for it and I'm pleased by the response I've gotten so far.


If you're interested leave a comment, or if you get this via email, hit reply and I'll add your name to my list.

If you know someone else who might be interested please feel free to share this with them.






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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 

Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.

Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.

 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042










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