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New Twitter Account

I created a new Twitter account for keeping up with my art. I will be posting work in progress pictures, videos and much more! Follow me!

@MandyMaxwellArt on Twitter

Figure Drawing Studies

I’ve been working hard so far in the new year. I found a book on figure drawing my Andrew Loomis that I have become obsessed with. I’ve been producing dozens of figure sketches to really hone my skills for the future.

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Christmas Cards 2015

This year, once again I handmade Christmas cards for all of my closest friends, family and coworkers. Each one was uniquely made for the person receiving.

This project means a lot to me every year. I mostly love seeing the reactions of people when they get something handmade.

Young Girl Commission

 

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 eyes are captivating.. and huge!

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Finally Framed

painting by Mandy Maxwell
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Finally got this girl framed. She is very large and hangs at the top of my stairs.

2015 Batesville Art Show/Walk

The Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery asked me to be a featured artist for their Main Street Art Walk. I had a beautiful display in the top of the Historic Landers Theater.

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2015 Ozark Foothills Film Fest

Ozark Foothills FilmFest

Again this year I got to create the look for the annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. I really like the way this years turned out and especially the tshirts. Looking forward to another great day of movies tomorrow. Bob and Judy are the very best.

Website updates

Ugh… My website recently got hacked, but that gave me an excuse to work on it, I guess. I have made a lot of changes to the galleries, and there is artwork missing from some of the galleries, but I am working on it. It should all function better on mobile and be easier to update. Enjoy.

MOCA Fundraise Bracelet

360 hand-painted bracelet Hand Painted Bracelet of Downtown Paragould

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!

For more pics, click the link below.

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Bathing Beauty, Newest Painting – Step by Step

I am proud to announce my newest painting, Bathing Beauty. Oil on 16″x20″ stretched canvas.

Bathing Beauty by Mandy Maxwell

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).

Bathing Beauty, step by step.

Base drawing of Bathing Beauty

Base drawing of Bathing Beauty

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ArMOCA Bracelet Fundraiser

At the Arts & Music Festival, the new ArMOCA had a bracelet contest that I couldn’t resist to enter. The tall shape gave me an idea.. and, even though it took me way longer that I ever should have worked on this bracelet.. I did this..
 

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Little Caboose

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.

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Little Caboose in the snow.

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Me giving Gina her Caboose.

Red Goose Gallery – Arts & Music Fest

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I had a very successful booth at this year’s Arts & Music Festival inside the Red Goose Gallery.

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I said goodbye to Learn to Swim; I know it has a good home though.

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You will be missed.

2014 Arts & Music Fest

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Instead of a small Art & Stroll this year, Paragould began the first annual Arts & Music Festival. I did the branding: logo, posters, flyers, website, tshirts, stickers, brochure…. you name it, I probably did it. Here are just a few items from the 2014 campaign.

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The poster with all info.

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Tshirt design for the $500 giveaway. Buy a ticket to enter the raffle.

BAAC National Juried Exhibition

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.

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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.