Saturday, May 14, 2016

5 Words An Artist Doesn't Want to Hear.


5 Words an Artist Doesn't Want to Hear:

"What made you paint THAT!?"

The Story Book Giraffe
20" x 16" acrylic on canvas
Giclee prints available
©Maggie Ruley 2016
When people get used to you painting a certain subject matter or in a certain style it can be a little un-nerving for them to see something different from you. 
If your new subject or style upsets someone, hold their hand, tell them to breath and that it's going to be okay, really.
Here's the deal, it's a great big sparkle-y world out there full of amazing beautiful things for me and you (this also applies to non-artists) to interpret and rearrange. 
And I would be totally bored if I didn't take advantage of that when the urge strikes me.
This painting started as a demonstration for my class. We were exploring complicated backgrounds,negative shape painting and finding pattern.  In my mind Pattern = Giraffe, no brainer.
I don't always finish my class demonstrations but this one was full of all the things that made me want to fully develop it.  Fun color, elegant shapes and a boat load of stars.
It's kinda like an illustration in a child's book, hence the title.
How great would this look in a child's room?  Totally Great!
The delightful work by my students.
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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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