Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's Hard to Say Goodbye

private collection
acrylic 30"x40"
A wonderful couple from Massachusetts wanted some Key West Roosters hanging in their home up north.  They specified, Bold and Funky and Bright Happy colors.  They needed a horizontal format and we decided that two roosters would best fit their format.

When it came to designing the painting my first sketch ended up being a hen and rooster with chicks and they were happy with the idea.

We worked closely together during the painting process.  They got emails with photos after every session. And numerous changes were made to fit their vision.  Which was fine with me.  My paintings get richer and richer each layer that is applied.

I ended up loving this painting and it was hard to say goodbye. But because of the joint effort we put into it, I know it will be loved.

Notice the swatches hanging on the wall next to the photo.  I love swatches and paint chips and I will happily work with them.
#iloveswatches  #iwillmatchyoursofa

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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


  1. Hi Maggie!
    Beautiful, colorful, proud chickens! Right on with the palette given to you with the swatches. The new owners should be thrilled with this custom commissioned creation.
    So good to see you posting here-it's been awhile. I always enjoy seeing what you do.
    PS: We used to have 200 Araucana chickens when we lived in the country!

    1. Thank you so much for all those kind words. It was fun working with the swatches. 200 chickens is a lot. XXO Maggie

  2. Hi Maggie! Just checking in to see your blog. Looks very different from your last one. Easy to navigate. Loving the chicken painting and your swatch idea. My designer daughter gave me an old Benjamin Moore paint chip album and I use it for color schemes sometimes. Love your portrait and the painting behind you! Ha! Best of luck with the classes at the Marker. Fun idea!


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