Wednesday, August 3, 2016

......And a Star to Steer Her By

The Power of Poetry


The world seems to be a little Helter Skelter  lately, just over the top meanness and crazy. Regrets if this bums you out, bums me out too.  So? What to do? What to do?  For me personally, it was to add some poetry* to my painting. The world needs more poetry, really.  This painting took the edge off that icky feeling for me.  I kept thinking about how the lines of poetry in the piece could represent the wind that moves the ships forward.

Because this was such an uplifting experience, I decided that my next painting classes** are going to focus on adding inspirational messages or symbols to the paintings. 

So, I'm going to tell my students to dust off their Jonathan Livingston Seagull, rummage through Pinterest for the perfect Rumi quote, or re-read their journals for snippets of things they've written that have helped them through their angst  filled moments.

I want to create a mini-movement of inspirational art.  I'm even considering a show of the work at the end of weeks we work on this.  But don't tell my students yet, just in case I can't make it work. 


Ships and Stars
24 x 24"
original acrylic
©Maggie Ruley 2016
*Sea Fever, I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick, and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking

John Masefield

P.S.  I get my daily dose of poetry through The Writer's Almanac

** painting classes will resume the end of August, not sure the date because there's a week I might have jury duty.

Featured Giclee

Another way to add some smiles to your world is to look a Flamingo in the eye.  Everyone smiles when they do. It's a scientific fact.

Flamingo Feathers
Click here to purchase. It's easy peasy!




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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-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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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Half Mile Road Trip; Guess who called Shotgun?

Road Trip

It took 2 and a half months to plan a half mile road trip for this rooster and his family.  That sounds a little excessive doesn't it?  Well, let me add that he wanted to take all his friends and then his friends invited friends. Making more sense? No?

Here's the deal!  They have a brand new pop-up gallery* in the old Fast Buck Freddie's** window.  On the corner of Duval and Fleming, 500 Duval.
       
The Blue Heaven Rooster
30 x 24" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$1,495.00 Giclee prints available
©2016
A lot of things have changed at the Blue Heaven building since I had my studio there (1985-1996). But not the roosters.  They are still as big, bold and beautiful as ever.

Blog post about my time there.
And another

Pop-up Gallery, 500 Duval Street, Key West, Florida

* Pop-up galleries are kind of like the lemonade stands you had as a kid.  Here for a season, and then gone. 
** Fast Buck Freddie's was a super fun, Key West style, department store that closed several years ago. 
My new gallery is display only.  The sales don't happen on site.  My website and contact info are shown and buyers call or email me.  This will be up August through November.  I can rearrange and change it as much as I want.  It's going to be fun.
 





 
Who called "Shotgun"?  A number of the smaller paintings had to sit together in the passenger seat of my car.  All the paintings had to wear trash bag raincoats, because we made the trip in the rain. 
 
 

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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-gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042
 
Find more things to love on my website: www.maggieruley.com
 
Connect with me on FACEBOOK
 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Juicy Fruit


All American Weekend

The height of summer fun requires fresh flowers and ripe fruit. Head out to your local farmer's market today.  Or visit one of those really cool roadside produce stands. 



Summer Bounty
oil on canvas
on the drying rack
16 x  20"
©2016





This week I did a short video on Facebook about how to make corrections to your acrylic painting using clear contact paper and dry erase marker.
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Painting classes are meeting on Thursdays. Want to paint with me? CLICK HERE to find out more about my painting classes.
 
 

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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-gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042
 
Find more things to love on my website: www.maggieruley.com
 
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

 

It's so good to be back from Vacation!

It was great to get away and it's wonderful to be back.  Seeing things like squirrels and pine cones and magnolia flowers was a treat. I could watch the silly squirrels for hours.  The very best thing was spending time with family. 

But getting back home and seeing palm trees and coconuts and blue, very blue, water reminded me that I already live in an idyllic location.  
#absencemakestheheartgrowfonder

It's our rainy season here in Key West and big gray rain clouds will appear on and off during the day, but the golden coconuts shine even more brightly against the gray sky

Lovely Bunch
oil on cradled panel, 24 x 24"
unframed
$750
©Maggie Ruley 2016
 
 
 
This week I did a short video on Facebook about how I get back into the creative groove after being away.
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Painting classes resume June 30. Want to paint with me? CLICK HERE to find out more about my painting classes.
 
 

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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-gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042
 
Find more things to love on my website: www.maggieruley.com
 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Capturing the Blue Calm

I have this lovely little blue china buddha that I bought when I made the move to Fleming Street.  It was a delightful little piece of "blue calm" at a time that wasn't calm.


I've painted it several times. And each time I do, I like the painting well enough, but I feel like I've haven't really captured the essence of how looking at the Buddha makes me feel.  You know the good thing about that? I get to keep painting it until I feel that I've captured the "blue calm".
With any luck at at all.  That will take a very long time and I'll get to keep painting my little Blue Buddha over and over.
#nufsaid

Buddha Collection
Wood Buddha "The Saint" by N. Syzlagi $345
Buddha contemplates the origin of the Sunflower
small Buddha painting, gold frame $145


Buddha Contemplates the offering
Oil on canvas 16 x 20"
$495
©Maggie Ruley 2016


My lovley little blue china Buddha
with an offering


The gallery hours have changed a little. But just for the next couple of weeks.

Gallery hours June 8-23


Painting classes resume June 30. Want to paint with me? CLICK HERE to find out more about my painting classes.

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

Find more things to love on my website:

www.maggieruley.com

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I usta was............

I usta was the Flip Flop Lady...

Yep, I'd get a phone call and the person would say are you the person who? and I'd say, "yes, that's me. I'm the flip flop lady."  These days it's not often that I get to make a pair. Therefore, I choose to think of them like as a "small batch" item.  If it's good for whiskey, it's even better for flip flops, right?


Back in the Day
handmade ceramic flip flops, large and small pairs
© Maggie Ruley 2016


I had a special order for a couple of pairs last month and while I was doing them I did a few extra pairs.
It was a fun blast-from-the past to make them. 

The photos you see below are the pairs that are currently hanging in the gallery. 

I call this design "Sea Life"
$59 pair
©Maggie Ruley 2016

Blue Palms
$59 pair
©Maggie Ruley 2016

Green Flamingo
$59 pair
©Maggie Ruley 2016

Light Blue Flamingo
$59 pair
© Maggie Ruley 2016

Red Pineapple
$59 pair
©Maggie Ruley 2016

The gallery hours have changed a little. But just for the next couple of weeks. 


Gallery hours June 8-23


Painting classes resume June 30. Want to paint with me? CLICK HERE to find out more about my painting classes.

Connect with me on FACEBOOK


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

Find more things to love on my website:

www.maggieruley.com



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mind Blowing Red

Every year this time in Key West our Royal Poinciana trees are in full bloom with mind blowing red flowers.

If you haven't been to Key West when they are blooming, regrets. Late May/early June is the primo time to see them. Can't make it then? No worries, they continue to have flowers through the summer.  Take a look at these beautiful ancient trees/souls. Enjoy these photos and see how my painting class did their own fabulous renditions of them.
#omg



Key West Royal Poinciana Tree
photo ©Maggie Ruley 2016


Grinell and Southard St. Key West
photo ©Maggie Ruley 2016


Poinciana Blooms Key West
photo ©Maggie Ruley 2016

 I love how my students each have a unique style and vision.  I encourage them to work in a way that lets their own way of seeing shine through their paintings.


Maggie Ruley Painting class June 2016
Poinciana Trees
photo ©Maggie Ruley 2016

My class really worked hard through the winter and spring and to celebrate that I gave them a pre-class luncheon in my studio.

#yespaintingiswork
#itsthebestkindofwork

Maggie Ruley painting class luncheon
Island Inspirations Key West
photo © Maggie Ruley 2016
I invited artist David Scott Meier as a special guest.  He was a great addition to the luncheon. We talked about travel, sky diving, art, food and much more.  The hour flew by. 
David is famous for his "Yellow Straw" (Nice Hat) and his dog paintings.
See some of David's Giclee reproductions on the wall in the photo above.

Doesn't my small middle gallery make a fabulous dining room?

Maggie Ruley painting class luncheon special guest, David Meier
Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St. Key West, FL 33040
photo © Maggie Ruley 2016

Want to paint with me? CLICK HERE to find out more about my painting classes.




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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-gallery is located in the Historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042
 
Find more things to love on my website:

www.maggieruley.com














Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mango Madness

fbmember

Mango Madness

Every June The Studios of Key West has a show in their main gallery that highlights the talents of its artist members and celebrates the start of mango season here in Key West.  The title of the show is, of course, Mango Madness.

To add some extra fun to the prep for this show two other TSKW members, David Meier and Pam Hobbs, joined me in my studio to paint together for the show.

When David presented this idea to Pam and I we said, "Yeah! For Sure."

It turned out to be a great day of painting.

Painting is often a very solitary endeavor, so this was a delight

Finished paintings

I haven't seen David's finished painting yet, but here are mine and Pam's.  And all I can say is, Were we even in the same room?"


Mango Tea
acrylic 16 x 20"
©Maggie Ruley 2016
 contact tskw.org to purchase
.

Pam Hobbs' Mango Painting
used with permission
#pamhobbs
I'll be at the opening, so if you're there make sure you say hello! Below are the deets about the show and opening.


The Members Summer Salon and Mango Madness!

Opening Reception and Mango Madness Party:
Thur June 2, 6-8pm
Sponsored by The Restaurant Store
Mango themed work not required!

 
The Members Summer Salon showcases the work artists have been busily creating over the past season. Members display new works echoing the brightness and lightness of summer. The Members Salon includes all media and stylistic approaches.
 

Below are photos from our group painting day.



getting started
Pam Hobbs on left, David Meier, center


the original set up


Thank you Davie Meier for the great set up



The original set up wasn't working for me, so at the end of the day I rearranged it and added the blue vase.

 

And thank you again to The Studios of Key West for our fun poolside painting class last week.


Pool side painting class at The Marker Key West sponsored by
tskw.org


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

www.maggieruley.com

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Poolside Painting with Maggie,


Fresh Cut
©Maggie Ruley 2016
Poolside Painting with Maggie
The Studios of Key West, a really great arts organization and The Marker Key West, a brand new (and really swanky) resort in the historic seaport area of Key West are partnering to create art experiences at the resort.  One of these is (drum roll please) Poolside Painting with Maggiea once a month painting session for resort guests and locals.

In April we painted loose and juicy watercolors with sunflowers and bougainvillea for our inspiration.

Mark your Calendars

The June class is Wednesday, May 25, 5-7pm at the pool bar at the Marker Resort.  That's right, pool bar.  Did I mention we had our own cocktail waitress to bring us libations while we painted? 
#rumanddietcoke
 It was huge fun.  The Marker Resort is located at the foot of William Street right where it bumps up against the Gulf of Mexico.  If you'd like to sign up for the class and paint with me this Wednesday, CLICK HERE.  I take a colorful and loose approach that makes watercolor fun and easy for all. And The Studios of Key West provides all the supplies.





Here is what we painted


I had to do some warm ups before the class.


Isabel, from The Miami Herald followed her inner Muse
#El Nuevo Herald
 
Poolside painting with Maggie Ruley, April 2016


Poolside painting with Maggie Ruley, April 2016
These lovely ladies are from Miami. They are from the Miami Herald and NPR


Poolside painting with Maggie Ruley, April 2016
 
 
 Find out more about The Marker Key West
 
Find out more about The Studios of Key West
 
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And Second,Thank you! Please forward it on to anyone else who might enjoy it. Thank you again.
 
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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-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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