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Christmas Cards 2012

For the past couple of years, I have handmade Christmas cards for friends and family. This year I did it again but on a slightly larger scale. Instead of hand painting each card individually, I chose to use a block-print method to print over 50 cards! The results weren’t too bad. I know next years will be even better! Hope everyone who received one enjoys.

Handprinted Christmas Cards

 

Here you can see the block where the design was carved, and the original sketch of the design.
Handprinted Christmas CardsThis is a card fresh off the press. A roller and printing ink is used.

Halloween Costume 2012

Black Swan Dance

Quick updates with photos from Halloween. I will post more soon.. (AH!) I was the Black Swan for Halloween.

The Black Swan Black Swan Costume 

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Eye on Independence Cover Feature

Eye on Independence Cover

My work for the indie film, 45RPM, was featured on the cover of Eye on Independence Magazine for Independence Co. Arkansas. There is also an article and interview with director, Juli Jackson, with more artwork inside. I have lots and lots more artwork to add from the 45RPM project, and will as soon as I can. Hope to see you out for the premiere in a couple of weeks!

Featured! Brooks Painting Getting Lots of Press

My painting’s appearance in the Brooks Museum of Art is getting a lot of attention. I couldn’t be more proud.

Paragould Premiere Magazine

Our local magazine, the Paragould Premiere wrote a story about me in their August issue.

Mandy Maxwell on the Brooks Museum Blog

The Brooks Museum asked me to write an article about what it is like to have a painting on display in their galleries. It was quite an honor. I’ve grown up going to the Brooks. You can read it here: Mandy Maxwell Realizes Her Dream in Brooks Exhibition.

New Painting: Eyes So Green

Eyes So Green, painting by Mandy Maxwell

New painting, Eyes So Green.
Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14

This painting was inspired by my beautiful friend Jen. You might know her from the other painting inspired by her, Tribes.

Now Showing At Brooks Museum, Memphis

Mandy Maxwell painting at the Brooks Museum

I’m absolutely thrilled to have my work on display at the prestigious Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. My painting, Great Heights was selected to be in the show, If I Can Dream. It also won honorable mention in the professional category. The show will be up til the end of September, check it out!

Earlier this month, when I was dropping off the painting, we toured the current exhibits at the museum. In the same gallery my painting is currently hanging was a drawing by the artist Carroll Cloar. (His work is featured at the ASU Library. It’s the giant mosaic as you walk through the doors.) He is from my hometown. I remember my great grandmother telling me stories about him. I went to Carroll Cloar workshops at our local museum. I’ve always loved his work and respected it as an artist. It was incredibly affirming to see his work where mine would soon be. Especially at the Brooks.

Here are some in-progress pictures of Great Heights:

Great Heights, Painting by Mandy Maxwell Great Heights, Painting by Mandy Maxwell Great Heights, Painting by Mandy Maxwell

Here is the tree featured in the painting:

Great Heights Tree

 

New Painting: Earthly Pleasures

New painting, Earthly Pleasures, watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches.

I snapped a few in-progress shots while I was working on it.

Earthly Pleasures - In Progress - Watercolor by Mandy Maxwell Earthly Pleasures - In Progress - Watercolor by Mandy Maxwell

(The yellow shiny part is mask that was removed.)

Game of Thrones – Khaleesi Fan Art

HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, and for good reason. The characters, the locations, the sets, the attention to detail — it’s incredible. Earlier this year while waiting for the new season, I did a couple of watercolors of one of my favorite characters, Daenerys Targaryen or the Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons. These are of my two favorite scenes of last season.

Khaleesi Fan Art by Mandy Maxwell

“Full of Heart”

[Edit: Featured on the Game of Thrones Tumblr.]

Khaleesi Fan Art by Mandy Maxwell

“Mother of Dragons”

 I don’t do many fanart-type pieces, but these were fun… Who knows? Maybe more will be inspired from the last season.

 

Daily Blog Photos Now Available on Canvas

For those of you who enjoy my daily photo blog, you can now buy them on high-quality canvas via Instacanvas!

mandyartist on instacanvas

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2012 Art & Stroll Paragould Poster

I had the wonderful opportunity again this year to create the poster for Paragould’s Art & Stroll art walk. I will have a selection of my work on display for the walk at Sanctuary Yoga Studio on the south end of Pruett Street. Hope to see you out!

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Art & Stroll Paragould

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest

Ozark Foothills FilmFest Branding

I was thrilled to be a part of this year’s Ozark Foothills FilmFest. It all started with the poster and from there grew the entire look of this years fest. I am so glad Bob and Judy Pest, the entire FilmFest staff, let me have such a big part of the branding. I think it turned out very interesting and intriguing. Lots of good words were said about during the Fest so I was very honored. I know Ben and I will definitely be attending this event for years to come.

45 RPM Teaser Trailer Premiere

The first trailer for the movie 45RPM made its debut at the FilmFest this weekend. I did the branding for 45RPM as well as all of the art for the main character, who is an artists. Altogether, I did 17 paintings, dozens of drawings and a sketchbook. It was a fun challenge to put myself in another artist shoes and to take chances I wouldn’t normally take. I think Juli did an incredible job on this film and it really shows in this small glimpse. Without further adieu… you must see this trailer:

 

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Batesville Gallery Opening

Thanks so much to the Batesville Arts Council Gallery for the lovely reception for my art gallery opening last Friday. There was a great turnout! It was such an honor to have so many people viewing my work at once. Afterwards, a lot of us ate at the delicious Elizabeth’s across the street — so good! Batesville is starting to feel like home as much as I’ve been there the past couple of months. Can’t wait for the film fest!

Photos by Ben Mooneyham

Pictures from the opening:

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Reminder: Gallery Opening on Friday

Mandy Maxwell - Art Show

Would like to once again invite everyone to my upcoming art show opening this Friday! I will be displaying over 15 of my latest painting as well as selected photography from my photo blog. There will be a reception on Friday from 6PM-8PM; refreshments served. There will be paintings there I guarantee you’ve never seen before! Come out and support Arkansas artists!

The show is up until April 1st. If you can’t make the opening hopefully you can come another day.

I Made the Paper!

Mandy Maxwell - Unveiling Ozark Foothills FilmFest Poster

I was featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette – 3 Rivers – on Sunday, February 26th as the artist for this years Ozark Foothills FilmFest poster.

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2012 Ozark Foothills Film Fest Unveiling

2012 Ozark Foothills FilmFest Poster Unveiling

So glad for the great turnout at the poster unveiling for this year’s FilmFest. The poster turned out great. Hope to see everyone back for the gallery show coming up in March. The show will be a collection of my latest paintings, from 2007-2012.

Mandy Maxwell Art Show