Coming Soon!  Jumpstart your art sales: online class

A Step by step plan that gets you set you up to have your art seen, appreciated and sold!   

It's easy, it's low-tech and we walk through it hand in hand. #totallydoable *

Coming May 2018, email for info

If you've been making paintings and gotten to the point where you wonder what you are going to do with them, OR...........

If you feel your friends and/or family aren't taking your creative efforts seriously, THEN..........

Maybe it's time you thought about selling some of your art. (Heck, you've probably already thought about it, but aren't sure how to start.)

Wouldn't you like to......
  • get rid of the nagging voice in your head that's saying, "What are you going to do with that when it's finished?"
  • use your art sales money for art supplies and classes to improve your painting skills?
  • get some props with your crew and gain some creds with your fam?
  • Tru Dat!
Jumpstart Your Art Sales sets up an easy to use on-ramp formula that won't take up a lot of your time. But it will establish a basic foundation that you can customize, build on, and use forever.

Group Classes

Creative Catalyst Sessions
Thursday Afternoons, year round
1:00pm - 4:00pm
This class is for painters of all skill levels who want to focus on their own projects, with my guidance.

Basic Acrylic Painting
Thursday Mornings, January thru March
9:30 - noon
This class is for beginning painters and those who haven't painted in awhile.

To join the class, send an email to

Are these classes for you?  More info

I know you want to expand your creativity!

 But for some reason you can’t:

A. seem to schedule the time
B. don't know what supplies you need
C. figure out where to start (this one's a biggie)

Do you always say “I could paint that! But never do? 
Then these classes might be perfect for you. Keep reading.

Thursday Group Classes
Yes, private and closed small group sessions are available. More about that below.)

 The Thursday classes are for beginners and serious painters.
 I am super duper good at holding your hand and guiding you through the first steps.  You will be surprised at how quickly I get you up and painting.

Committing to a regular weekly painting session with like minded artists really propels your progress.  If you keep saying to yourself you want to be a better painter, the only way to do that is to paint more.

Here is the nitty-gritty on what happens inside the classes.  Read this and decide if they are for you. #itsnotforeveryone
I expect every student to have some basic painting supplies, because you never know when your creativity bone is going to act up and you just need to "freaken' paint right now!" 
However, I don't expect you to drag your whole studio with you to each class.

These essentials are supplied: paper towels, water containers, drawing supplies, table top and standing easels if you want one.

Classes meet on Thursdays in my own air conditioned, light and airy painting studio. You won't fight the heat, the rain or the wind (wind is the worst), no-seeums, or mosquitos.
Instead you'll focus on your art with other creatives who'll give you the support you deserve.

Each class starts with a discussion about our objectives and sometimes a painting demonstration by me.  Now, I've got to be truthful, my demonstration skills are okay, but not fabulous.  And sometimes my demo painting is a total mess. But really, that's great too. Because you get to learn by my mistakes and understand that it doesn't always go perfectly. Even for those of us who have been painting awhile.

During the demonstration you'll learn through example what I'm doing and why. We go through the decisions I'm making and what I'm going to do next.
We talk about the materials, the colors, the brushes, and the composition.  You get a ton of useful info. You get to ask as many questions as you want.

Then of course you get to paint. That's the big juicy benefit, YOU GET TO PAINT.  And while you're painting, I'm in the room with you, watching your work in progress and giving you help through the tricky spots. 
And this is where the magic happens. You will begin to develop your own personal style. I excel at recognizing each artists' strengths and personal style. #itsnotbraggingifitstrue
You will blossom into the artist you are meant to be. You know it's there inside of you.  You will develop your own style and produce paintings and artwork that are uniquely yours.

Class ends with a super supportive group critique. This is where we talk about each student's piece, the triumphs, how they got there, and next steps if needed. 
Lots of "Aha!" moments, inspiration and "I should try that too!" happen during these critiques.

Note: When I was in college alot, but not all, of my profs were present at the beginning of class, and then left. And maybe came back at the end, tsk tsk.
To register call Maggie 305-304-1013

Who this class is not for:
This class is not for you if you want a step-by-step follow the leader type of class. There is nothing wrong with those classes. They are fun for sure. We just take a more personal approach in my classes.

This class is not for you if you are never-ever-never-ever happy with your work and you want everyone to know it. 

 In this class misery doesn't love company.  That doesn't mean that we don't express our dissatisfaction from time to time. We all have moments of distress when we paint, but we don't wallow in them.
But hey, I know that if you've taken the time to read all this info and your eyes haven't glazed over this class is for you.  I'd love to see you in it.

 If you'd like to work with me privately please email me.

 Acrylic painting supplies 

Below is a complete list of acrylic painting supplies.  Don't let it freak you out. You can start out with these items:

4 tubes of paint: white, red, yellow, blue  Tip: Do not buy a set of paints, they contain colors we will not use in my classes.

A canvas or panel and 2 or 3 brushes.

Here is a list of fundamental painting supplies that you will find helpful for any acrylic painting class you take. Or if you'd like to start painting on your own at home.

 Please note in the studio I supply paper towels, styro plates for palettes, and I always have brushes and paint you can use to fill in your supplies. An easel is not necessary in my classes.


Student grade paints are acceptable, except for white.  If at all possible buy a good quality white paint, such as Liquitex or Golden.

These are the colors I consider essential for acrylic painting:

These are colors that create a bright tropical painting.   These may be different from the colors you have used before, but these colors do well for tropical subject matter.

 naphthol red medium or cadmium red medium

• azo yellow medium or cadmium yellow medium

 phthalo blue

• phthalo green

Dioxizine purple 

Quinacridone Magenta
• titanium white 

Optional colors

Ivory Black

Terra Cotta

Turquoise ( you can mix your own, but the premixed are easy)

Orange ( here again, a premixed is just easy)

Lemon Yellow


Brushes are sold by size, shape and what they are made of. I like white nylon brights or natural bristle brights. 

#4 bright

#6 bright

#8 bright

#2 round - a small brush for details

And 1 large brush

A palette to mix your paints

If you don't have a professional acrylic palette, Styrofoam plates can be used.  You will probably use 2 or 3 each session.  I save the Styrofoam trays that meat and vegetables come in from the grocery store and use those. 

A stretched canvas, your choice of size. While canvas panels are more economical, the poor quality of the canvas makes them harder to paint on.

Other supplies

Rags or paper towels

An apron or clothes you don't care about

Pencil and eraser

Sketch pad or paper

Where to buy supplies in Key West

Books and Books, the new bookstore and art supply store in the TSKW building, corner of Simonton and Eaton.

Keys Framing and Art Supplies (on Truman Ave)

On line:

Jerry's Artarama

Dick Blick

Cheap Joe's

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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