Come visit my new "prints" section on maryhughesstudio.com. Dozens of still life prints available for purchase. More prints coming soon!! There's still time to order gift certificates for pet portraits too. Contact me via e-mail for more information. e-mail
Have you found that perfect gift for the pet owner in your life? A hand painted pet portrait is one of the most personal gifts to give and it will be cherished for years. This gift certificate entitles the receiver to a 12" x 12" oil portrait of their choice of pet. Price. $125.00. If you've been thinking about having a portrait done of your own pet consider purchasing this gift certificate for yourself. Gift certificates can be sent as an e-mail to the receiver or choose to have it snail mailed. The certificate is good for one year (present - Jan. 2014) not redeemable for cash. Other sizes and prices available. Contact me for more information or to place your order.
I have a green glass vase in this exact style given to me as a very young child. I've always treasured it so when I found this ruby one it seemed perfect for this painting. Pink and white striped roses sitting in a ruby glass vase makes for a vivid display.
Two Chickadees are landing on the lovely angel statue. Soft puffy clouds float by in the background. Notice the little finger of the statue is broken off. She has been welcoming birds for over a century. This is a statue I came across one summer in Maine. I thought she was beautiful and that one day I would paint her. When I started I didn't have a plan particularly. This one seemed to carry me along rather than the other way around. Some paintings are like that, they seem to paint themselves. Others...not so much.
This painting is available by clicking on the link below.
This dog has a depth of feeling in his eyes. That look he gives you when he is tuned into what you are doing, or when he wants you to be tuned into his thoughts and feelings. Intelligent yet soft. Connected.
This painting is available in print version on metal, canvas, paper, framed or unframed. Click on the FineArtAmerica link above for more information.
Having finished dozens of close up bird oil paintings over the years I decided to try something a little different, so this parakeet is showing his friendly side (they're all pretty friendly) and waving "hello" or "hi" to you. The word "hello" is spelled out in different languages in the background while his foot is giving you universal sign of "hi". This painting is available and if you click on the image you'll land on the selling page. Website e-mail
Some foods take on special significance in certain seasons and this is one of those foods. Caramel apples were actually invented in the 1950's by a sales representative for Kraft Foods, Dan Walker. It was a smart marketing move to help sell more of their individually wrapped caramels They were a popular candy at Halloween. Candy apples were invented in 1908 by another candy maker, William W. Kolb, using red cinnamon candy. Can you just taste the combination of gooey caramel and the juicy apple? Yum. This painting captures the imagination of your taste buds. You didn't know they had an imagination, did you? Click here for purchase information. Website Contact
Boats bobbing in the breeze on the blue waters of Belfast Bay.
After living in Michigan for a few years I was used to seeing boats tied to docks when not in use. So when I first saw empty boats tied to buoys in the bay it was a surprise. A lane is left clear for tug boats and cruise ships to pass and dock.
In this painting there are misty clouds gathering just beyond Islesboro in the distance. Many boats sit empty gently bobbing in the waves. In the foreground the rocks peek above the shallower waters where gulls perch and swim.
This is painted on a stretched canvas.
You can view this close up at FineArtAmerica where you can purchase prints on canvas, paper or metal with a wide variety of finishes, matting, frames and sizes all the way up to 36" x 18". The original is available for sale also by contacting me directly.
This little Robin fledgling is taking his first steps out of the nest. He was rescued after a storm that left him wet and on the ground with very few feathers. We found a nest, tied it to a tree and in a short time his mother began feeding him, visiting him every 20 minutes or so. He lived the life of an independent youngster with the support of his mother for almost a week.
Rather than being pushed out of the nest, it was his decision to take those first steps. On this particular day he stepped out of the nest , walked a few feet, took a look around, up, down, side to side, then turned and walked back to the nest and took a nap. He would brave the new world the next day. It was a unique and wonderful experience, now captured in a painting.
The canvas is stretched and the edges are painted for the option to display without a frame if you choose.
Contact me if you are interested in the original painting.
Reproductions are available on paper, canvas and metal, framed and unframed at FineArtAmerica. A better close up view is available there also.
For many coffee is a daily ritual. Some like the many flavored coffees or like to load it up with a sweet flavored creamer. Even your local hamburger drive in offers exotic coffee beverages piled high with whipped cream and chocolate or caramel drizzle. Then there are the people who just love coffee, black and hot. This painting celebrates black coffee with steam rising from the cup and tiny bubbles floating along the edge in a white restaurant cup and saucer.
This painting looks down into an antique demitasse cup and saucer with a side of spring flowers. There is lots of gold outlining and details on the china and the pink flowers on the set go nicely with the fresh flowers on the table. Ready to hang with a slot in the back.
If 8" x 10" is a little small for you, check out my FineArtAmerica gallery for prints in various sizes all the way up to 24" x 19" in canvas prints, acrylic prints, print on metal, framed print or standard print form. Some of my other painting are available in all these formats as well as greeting cards.
I wanted to paint this because I loved the stance of the boy looking at his first wave. It expressed an attitude I liked, one that is a good attitude in approaching anything new in life or even an old chronic problem. His hands on his hips, his chest out, ready to meet the wave in a positive expectant way.
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