The Druid Tree


The Druid Tree - 36 x 48 x 1" canvas wrapped acrylic painting by Maura Satchell, Artist. All rights reserved.

The Druid Tree – 36 x 48 x 1″ canvas wrapped acrylic painting by Maura Satchell. All rights reserved.

Though this particular work of art was painted several years ago, painting this was the closest I’ve been to a religious experience while painting and creating artworks ever. Hear me out.

I often get lost in my work, time escapes me on a regular basis and when I’m alone in my studio painting and creating, I sometimes forget to eat, sleep, etc.

But in making this particular piece of art, I had a truly out-of-body experience. It was one of several larger paintings I was completing for a solo show I was preparing for. That I was listening to Dave Matthews Band may have helped, but no alcohol or drugs — illicit or otherwise — were ingested during the creation of this painting.

Why a simple tree? In druid times and within the Celtic race, trees were held as sacred. In my own life, particular trees hold special meaning and symbolize the lives of loved ones born or passed on. For that reason, this work is near and dear to me.

Minimalist in style, I love how the silver trunk reflects the light and casts an otherworldly glow on the canvas, as if alive.  I indicated it was not for sale and happily scored not one but two commissions from it. Fine art print and canvas copies are available through Saatchi, and other merchandise — duvet covers, shower curtains, note cards, you name it, are available here.

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Gossamer Wings


 

Quiet Yearning LR

Gossamer Wings is a soft-colored mixed media abstract painting using oil pastels, acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite and ink on 11 x 15 inches 140gsm archival paper created in an abstract expressionist style using techniques akin to Jackson Pollock with hints of Willem De Kooning.

The original is for sale directly from me or Saatchi’s online gallery which also offers various high quality print products. Other products — a shower curtain, duvet cover, pillows, and more are even available through Fine Art America.

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An artist’s thoughts on Wales (based on a breakneck-speed tour of the countryside)


If you’ve never ventured into Wales from England, Scotland or Ireland, do so, immediately! If you are a fan of natural beauty and our earth’s glory, the gorgeous and rugged terrain is something you won’t want to miss.

My better half and I drove straight through the country from the border of England to the Atlantic Coast, halting in Barmouth to visit family there. Though way too short, the ride was stunning and I took zillions of photos from my passenger’s seat with the intention of doing a series of paintings on this lush countryside one day. Stay tuned for those, but for now, here are a few examples:

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Commission: Fading light


fading lightA seaside client was looking for a soft abstract landscape or seascape in tones to match their dining room. The gentle, soothing palette of soft grays, pale magenta and naples yellow was, though not my typical go-to colors, were ones I loved working with, using blades (palette knives) on canvas. The owner’s choice of a simple discrete pale peach frame sets it off and works beautifully in this setting. I’m quite happy with the finished painting and grateful to the owners who were happy enough to share with me their new commissioned artwork hanging on their dining room wall.

Does the idea of a commissioned, custom-painted artwork incorporating your specific palette appeal to you? If so, reach out to me for a free consultation. You can view other work of mine and follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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When the fog breaks


New abstract acrylic painting on canvas using softer colors and palette knife.  I love this!

when the fog lifts LR

The signed original is 16 x 20 x .75 on gallery wrapped canvas and is available directly from the blog at a discounted $395. Through Saatchi, it is offered at $1175. Saatchi also offers museum quality giclee prints and canvas prints too in case that interests you.

In addition to those prints, if you love this painting and think the design would fit your decor but want a more affordable option, other items, including notecards, other prints, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, notebooks and cell phone covers, are available here.

 

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Awaken


International Women's DayLR

It occurred to me it is time to dust off this beauty, “Awaken,” and bring her to light.  Fitting in context of history, with the #MeToo, #TimesUp movements as well as this all-important day, International Women’s Day or International Day of Women as it’s known in other countries.

The original is unavailable, but high quality giclee and canvas prints are available via Saatchi online. Other sizes, options, including throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains and more can be had from this site. Enjoy!

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CZ Wave Abstract Painting


CZ Rider

Commissioned acrylic abstract here, and I’m truly gratified to see how it turned out! Though the original is gone, Small to medium sized high quality giclee and canvas prints are available through Saatchi Art Gallery here. Larger sized prints, and a number of accessories with this design (throw pillows, totes, etc.) can be purchased at this link. If interested in commissioning your own abstract work of this sort, for either residential or contract interiors, reach out to me via Instagram or my Facebook page.

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Sanctuary


Sanctuary - mixed media artwork by Maura SatchellIt’s been a while, travel, the holidays, taxes and more have kept me way busier than I’d like but I was recently able to complete this painting I have been working on for a very, very long time. I am drawn to religious symbols and iconography from my very Catholic youth. You see, going to church on weekday mornings, in addition to Sunday mornings, was not unusual.

Cut to my adult years when clergy sexual abuse scandals and the coverups of those scandals became prevalent in mainstream news and I found it very difficult to continue to …

But the icons, the veil, the sacristy, the altar, the stained glass windows and stations of the cross and holy communion and confession continued to percolate beneath my subconscious. In search of a world where peace and respect for one another and humanity and generosity and reverence of all mankind (after all, we are ALL God’s creatures), has been replaced by biting cynicism, isolationism, xenophobia, and a lack of respect for humankind, I created “Sanctuary”.  Soft colors, graceful curves, sturdy foundations, windows and doors (and a pathway to follow from closed window to open doorway) and crucifixes.

Sanctuary is a mixed media piece on paper, 11″ x 15″, signed. It is available for sale at $350 direct from me, or $725 from one of my two online galleries, Saatchi, where art prints and canvas reprints are also available, and through Fine Art America, where the image is available in a myriad of creative formats, from prints to shower curtains, decorative throw pillows and even pencil cases.

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Blood Moon: Sold!


Painting this was an extraordinary experience. As usual, it was created in an organic way, and I was truly surprised and gratified by the finished minimalist and symbolic work of art! A raven or crow perched on a branch, in front of a blood moon in front of a dreamy, flowy night sky backdrop.

The original has been sold, but fear not! Art quality giclees, prints for framing, canvas copies and a wide range of other items can be had! For a wide range of choices, including soft goods,  hit up Fine Art America for a great selection.  Blood Moon

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Sold: Abstract landscape “Winter Day”


Abstract landscape painting using acrylics and painted on canvas with palette knives. Sorry, it’s been sold but lovely repros are available at FineArtAmerica. Other items, including throw pillows, shower curtains, you name it, available there too.

Enlightened

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