Thursday, December 5, 2013
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.
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.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Striped Roses in Ruby Glass
8"x 8" oil on stretched canvas
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.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
18" x 18" Oil on Stretched Canvas
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.
Friday, March 22, 2013
12" x 12" Oil on Stretched Canvas
This still life depicts a bunch of freshly cut pink peonies from the garden and placed in a glass. A single petal sits on the table and reflects in the metal planter sitting nearby.
I painted it feeling nostalgic for my pink rose painting days.
Available for purchase. Click on the photo or title for more details.
Friday, March 15, 2013
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.
Monday, February 18, 2013
"Hi" 10" x 10" oil on stretched canvas.
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.
Friday, October 19, 2012
8" x 8" Oil on Stretched Canvas
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?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
"20 x 10" Oil on Canvas
"Boats on Belfast Bay"
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.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
20" x 10" "Maybe Tomorrow"
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.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
"Cup of Joe"
8" x 8" Oil on Canvas
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.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tea & Blossoms
8" x 10" Original Oil on Board
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.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
"Boy Meets Wave"
10" x 10" Oil on Canvas
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.
This is painted on a stretched canvas. Sides are painted for frame-less display.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
8" x 8" oil on canvas
I love caramel apples but I'm in that group of adults and toddlers that like mine less messy. I'm all for the dipping caramel. It's equally tasty and makes a nice painting. Ooooeeyyyy gooey, crunchy chewy. The mixture of the juicy tart apple with the sweet smooth caramel.. is there anything better?
Available for purchase. Contact me for information. e-mail
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Two New Bird Prints
Close up Parrotlet I and II are available on Fine Art America. Choose from Metal, Canvas, Acrylic, Framed, and Art prints in 3 sizes. These soft green faces will melt your heart!! Click on the images to take you to the site for selection.
Monday, August 13, 2012
My prints are now available on metal also! The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall.
all metal prints ship within 2 - 3 business days and arrive "ready to hang" with mounting hooks and nails.
Metal prints are extremely durable. They're lightweight. They won't bend, and they're water resistant. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors to produce stunning results.
This image is also available in a standard print, framed print, acrylic print, canvas print or greeting card.
Check it out here: Parakeet Print by Mary Hughes
Thursday, August 2, 2012
16" x 20" Oil on Canvas
Two working tug boats moored in Belfast Bay. I love the look of these boats when I see them and knew they would make a great painting. I painted the sky and water behind them in that mysterious misty way the bay presents itself some days. The fog literally rolls in over the water and down the streets of Belfast in such a deliberate fashion. This is painted on a stretched canvas in oil.
The original oil painting is available on Etsy.
Canvas print, framed print, art print, acrylic print and greeting cards are available on Fine Art America.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
"All Eyes On You"
Boston Terriers have such a bold look with the big eyes and the muscular body. I wanted to paint something that captured both the boldness and the endearing quality of their faces as they look at you expectantly. This painting of two Bostons will look striking on any wall. This is painted on a stretched canvas.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
"Bees and Polar Bears"
6" x 12" Oil on Stretched Canvas
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
12" x 12" "Old & New"
This painting depicts the old (the antique Mason Jar) hosting the new (a cutting growing roots). I have it on my kitchen window sill and loved how the light played on both the glass and the plant. It's simple yet somehow striking. This is an oil on stretched canvas. If you're interested in purchasing this painting e-mail me or check my etsy listing. Clicking on the picture will take you to my etsy shop.
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