Little 9×7″ pretty lady in high detail.
For a while now I have been actively showing my works-in-progress on Snapchat. It is a great platform for informal, behind-the-scenes stories that are more personal and real because they disappear to the public.
I have also found it to be quite difficult to find other artists on Snapchat. Typically “snapchat artists” on emerging directories are referring to people who doodle on their snaps with the built-in capabilities of the app. Don’t get me wrong, @Cakes1toDough1 ‘s cute cats are to die for, but I’d love to watch the daily practices of fellow traditional artists. If you draw or paint on snapchat please send me a friend request – mandyatlarge – let me know and I will definitely give you an add back!
I absolutely loved this project.
For this project we did a full photoshoot. From those photos, the family selected a favorite (which was actually my favorite too) for the portrait.
The new MOCA Arkansas had a unique fundraiser to benefit the contemporary art museum that will soon be located in Paragould, hopefully downtown. They asked local artists to paint wooden bracelets to be auctioned off at a private viewing of their collection. There was also a small contest for best bracelet.
I wanted to do something that would represent Paragould and my miniature paintings, of course the downtown landscape came to mind.
Seersucker and Linen was a unique event featuring big hats, croquet, Bourbon punch and the auction of our bracelets. I have to say a lot of work went into all the bracelets features. Jim Porterfield, an artist from Jonesboro’s bracelet was a particular standout.
I was honored to win the bracelet contest and $100 – thanks MOCA!
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I am proud to announce my newest painting, Bathing Beauty. Oil on 16″x20″ stretched canvas.
Bathing Beauty by Mandy Maxwell
This painting felt like a great accomplishment to complete. I worked with a very limited and specific color palette of complimentary colors, plus white. It was quite an experience and I think the result turned out even better than the photograph.
Original photograph taken by me with my friend Jen modeling. We had her in my bathtub with with flower petals and limbs with giant thorn clusters (not in this picture, however).
Base drawing of Bathing Beauty
Ben and I have recently joined the board for Main Street Paragould. I am loving being a part of something where I can make a difference right here at home. I live pretty close to downtown, and probably use it more than most: my yoga class is downtown, I get coffee and cupcakes often, meetings, bars.. I love it.
The Director, Gina is a wonderfully spirited woman and I couldn’t help painting her little caboose, aka the Main Street Paragould headquarters.
Little Caboose in the snow.
Me giving Gina her Caboose.
Two of my miniature pieces were selected to be a part of the 2014 National Juried Exhibition in the grand opening of the NEW gallery space for the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery. There were over 220 entries and only 28 selected; I was 2 of them.
As you can see from the photo above, mine are the smallest paintings in the show by far, but they definitely held their own. I was able to attend the artist reception and met a few brilliant Arkansas artists.