“I hope you dance” is a mixed media collage art work using the sheet music of the beautiful song made famous by LeeAnn Womack and penned by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers. My painting uses the iconic ballet dancer’s graceful en pointe image against a background of pinks and red tissue and washi papers.
You know, I was fortunate enough to see the charismatic, adorable and talented Tia perform it live at the Bluebird. I already loved the song and was so moved at her performance, I had to express it in some way and out came this painting. Head over here for the back story on Tia’s inspiration in writing this song and the gorgeous music video of I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.
Check it out as a design element in a beautiful home interior:
Like this image? I’m afraid it’s only available in print these days. You can purchase it from this site. The good news is, if you really, really, really love it, you can even score other goodies such as note cards, yoga mats (yes, you know you’d love one), beach towels, hell, even shower curtains! So head on over and get your credit card out!
PS: If you absolutely must have an original along this same line, contact me to explore a commission for that once-in-a-lifetime gift for the special someone in your life.
Trumpet vine blossom was created in my early years as an artist. I was painting en plein air in the backyard of my Nashville home in the late afternoon.
It remains one of my favorites and takes me back to those early days. It’s finally been uploaded and is available in fine art print and canvas copies via Saatchi at this link.
Other merchandise — cell phone cases, note cards, hell, even yoga mats — are available in this imprinted design at this link. Because everyone needs a trumpet vine blossom imprinted round beach towel, right? I joke, but it looks pretty striking as a throw pillow. (See the examples)
Trumpet vine blossom art licensed watercolor print throw pillow by contemporary artist Maura Satchell
- This floral watercolor painting looks nice against this background! Fine art print available from Saatchi.
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.
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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Converging simultaneously, I unpacked from our recent trip to the UK and Wales, reorganized my studio somewhat, and my brother had a milestone birthday. During the studio clearout, I came across this image from an old sketchbook. It’s Barry, in a kayak, down in the Florida Panhandle near his home. So what did I do?
Naturally, I tagged him in an Instagram post using that image. Happily, he loved it. Unfortunately, the paper had a slight tear so I’m now doing him another version.
So glad he loved it and so grateful to have a brother like him!
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:
One of the beautiful churches we passed along the way.
The Brecon Beacons mountain range enveloped us much of the way.
This and other landscapes made me think of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Wales is so utterly beautiful!
So paintworthy, this with it’s great foreground, patchwork of different plots and dramatic sky!
Sheep are prevalent, dotting the countryside as offwhite balls against the verdant grasses.
The dam at Llyn Clywedog in Northern Wales. Gorgeous and serves an important purpose feeding the Severn and protecting the valleys below from flooding.
Snowcaps! In April!
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A 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.
New abstract acrylic painting on canvas using softer colors and palette knife. I love this!
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.
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!
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.