Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mary Maxam Fine Art Giveaway

Lemon Light
Featuring Mary Maxam Fine Art
Mom's Cherry Pitcher

Mary's work has shown in many juried national exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America, the Midwest and National Watercolor Societies. She has won signature membership in the National, Northwest and Montana Watercolor Societies, and has contributed both painting and written work for book and magazine articles on painting and design. Publications include "Watercolor Magic","Gray's Sporting Journal", and "Paint Mixing, the 12-Hue Method" by Rockport Press.


Pink Peonies Floral

Red Clouds





 A native of Idaho, Mary Maxam finds inspiration for her paintings in the beautiful scenery and gardens of the Northwest. She is a graduate of Boise State University and has studied in many professional workshops, teaching art for many years herself. Mary works in watercolor, acrylic and oil for her landscape and still life works. Her paintings are a response to familiar subjects, seen daily and discoveries that take place through the painting process. She has, since fall of '09 begun posting small works at her daily paintings site.  .                                                                                          
Interview with Mary
K: When did you first become interested in Painting?


M: I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember and painting in any medium, especially drew my eye. In about the 6th grade, my dad bought me my first book of paintings from all different periods and styles. I remember poring over it repeatedly, and still have it. 


K: Who are some of the artists that you admire or have inspired you?


M: I find most all the Impressionists, Van Gogh and Degas, particularly inspiring. Then, Sargent, Sorolla and many illustrators like NC Wyeth and Howard Pyle as well.  They are all wonderfully expressive in their choices of subject, use of color, and dynamic compositions. And, I ‘m drawn to dynamic brushwork as well, which they all excel at.


K: Where do you find inspiration for your works of art and are you drawn more to one genre than another?


 K: I live in North Idaho, and the landscape and gardens of the Northwest are generally where I find much of my subject matter. However, I never quite know what will draw my eye on a given day. I enjoy what I call ‘found still life’, which include the apple branches, flowers in gardens, or even the random colorful setups and people I see while shopping.  I like curved flowing line, color and contrast, sometimes regardless of the particular subject. 


K: What is your favorite medium to work in and why?


M: I started painting in watercolor and gouache (a kind of tempera) and continued for several years, exhibiting in several national juried shows. However, I started experimenting with using the paint in thicker layers, and using more expressive brushwork, and that led me to the acrylics and oils I now use. I enjoy the versatility that oil gives, and the longer working time. I’ve been working primarily in oils for about seven years now.


K: Do you use photos, the subject itself or paint plein aire?


M: I enjoy both and am currently planning for several painting days on our upcoming trip to Montana. I’ll also take a lot of photos, do sketches and make notes to myself when I have ideas about particular color schemes or compositional ideas. Then, I‘ll bring it all home and develop work in my studio using those resources.

Mary what advice do you have for aspiring artists of any age?

 I read somewhere that the search for methods and materials is a search for language, and I think that’s true for many of us. When I taught, I always told students to jump in and not let the white page or certain materials intimidate them. There are so many wonderful resources online to learn from and classes to investigate.  Draw a lot and expose yourself to a variety of artists and styles. By weeding out your likes and dislikes, you’ll soon find yourself with a direction of your own.



K: Where are you showing and where can your beautiful works of art be purchased? 



I have some smaller works on auction at Dailypaintworks.com

My local galleries are Angel (Coeur d’Alene, ID) Entrée Gallery (Nordman, ID) and Gallery4South (Wenatchee, WA)

To Enter this fabulous Fine Original Art Giveaway Valued at $250. 

Lemon Light,  9 X 9 oil on linen, is a beautiful painting for any special spot in your home!
1) Be a Follower of Art by Karena

2) Visit one of Mary's Sites and come tell what your favorite painting is. Links are above!

For Extra entries:

Be a Follower of ArtbyKarena on Twitter or befriend me on Facebook

Winner will be chosen at Midnight Sunday July 24th EST !!

Thank you to all of my faithful Friends and followers!

Karena
               

132 comments:

Cheryl said...

Karen,
Thank you for this post!!!! I have fingers and toes crossed~ There is no way I limit it to one favorite painting.
Peonies... all of them are just beautiful. The lemons... Love them! I have a beautiful painted oil cloth on the floor in my kitchen... any one of them would look wonderful.
And I am still going through them... she just captures the feel of so many things in nature that I love~

Splendid Sass said...

The beautiful purple iris is my favorite from the websites. I love the giveaway painting. Se is truly a talented artist.
I follow you here, on facebook, and on twitter. I posted on twitter.
Great giveaway, Karena.
Teresa
xoxo

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

I follow Art by Karena.

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

My favorite is the wind and rain landscape! Her paintings are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting!

JMW said...

Her work is lovely - Lemon Light is wonderful! I'm a follower - please enter me!

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, Oh what beautiful art, I love the lemons and also Country Sunset on her blog. Just beautiful. I would be so thrilled to win, thank you so much for the opportunity. Have a wonderful day! Terri

Terri Gordon said...

I am a follower of yours and hers now, thank you so much for sharing her with us. Terri

Ana Degenaar said...

This is such a great giveaway and such an amazing interview. I am loving it.

DolceDreams said...

What a wonderful Giveaway (yet again!), her paintings are beautiful! I absolutely love the lemon one featured, and while I admire all of them, "Pretty in Pink" caught my eye...
Have a great week! I am a follower :)
Nathalie

Deneen said...

I am a follower!

Deneen said...

These paintings are beautiful! I love the peonies and lemon paintings!

mary maxam said...

Thanks to you all, I appreciate your time in checking out my work. I wish you could all win! Mary

New York State of Mind said...

I am a follower of your blog and love it! Thank you for the great contest!

New York State of Mind said...

And I LOVE the artist-her work is beautiful! I have several favorites...More Ranunculi, Wild Rose, Fushia, Beach View, Sunshine, Pretty in Pink, An Apple in Umber and Season of Gold. And I of course LOVE the Lemon Light-which would look quite lovely in my home :)

Thanks again!

Peggy said...

Loved reading this interview! Definitely inspirational for those with a creative mindset =)

A Pretty Life said...

Of course I am a follower! Please enter me!!!
Her art is so calming and you can see she loves her work... that is so wonderful to see.
Great interview!
Have a PRETTY day!~
Kristin

A multi-dimensional life said...

Dear, sweet Karena, You know I'm already a follower (and a fan) and I so appreciate all the talented artists you introduce us to. Mary has an incredible gift. I'm following her now and, truly I cannot choose a favorite piece. The more I looked through her works of art, the more I found that I loved. There is a difinite peace that exudes from each painting. Thank you once again, for stopping by my blog and inviting me to participate here~ ((hugs))

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love the painting. What a fantastic giveaway!

I really liked Building Up in Montana! :D Her landscapes are lovely, too.

xoxoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

Mystica said...

Wild Rose is so good but the Lemon one would be my first choice. Thank you for sharing.

I follow you on GFC.

mystica123athotmaildotcom

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am a happy follower of your blog and I really liked the painting "pumpkin patch."

Fondly,
Glenda

martinealison said...

J'aime beaucoup sa touche, fine et puissante à la fois... Elle fait danser les couleurs merveilleusement bien... tout en captant la lumière.
Très jolie publication.
Gros bisous

KateJ said...

Please enter me. What a fun thing to win. If I were to pick, Red sky would be my favorite.

chedeb5353 said...

I'm a follower and congrats on your win!! I wanted that pillow. but I'd also LOVE to win the painting. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

chedeb5353 said...

Love the "Birthday Bouquet" and the Lemons. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I am a Follower of Art by Karena

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Wow! What an honor it would be to own one of Mary's paintings. I love florals, and my favorite is True Blue. Simply spoken....LOVELY.

Simply LKJ said...

Oh my...I love her Nesting painting. Beautiful!

Simply LKJ said...

I am a follower, thanks Karena!!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Mary has been one of my favorite artists for some time, so am very pleased to see her here. I love all her paintings, but my favorites are her flowers. She has such a lovely touch with flowers. I follow Mary and Karena and have my fingers crossed that this time I might win!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I also follow Karena on Facebook.

Kim said...

Nice to read that inteview! I've followed Mary for some time and I just love her brushwork and compositions. Beautiful pieces!

Dana West said...

I follow via GFC and I like the Big Sky Cloudscape. Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed!
Dana West
dana10879@yahoo.com

Dana West said...

I follow you on Twitter
@SETexasMama
dana10879@yahoo.com

Dana West said...

I friend requested you on FB
Dana West
dana10879@yahoo.com

Marie a la Mode said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me. I took a look at her site and I love the Pink Bouquet Oil on Canvas, it's just gorgeous!

Thanks

mariezydek@yahoo.ca

Dovecote Decor said...

I am a follower. I wanted to remind you: We are excited to be included in HGTV's Freebie Friday giveaway tomorrow. We are giving away a cool Asian lacquer coffee or low side table in one of 5 color options, so come on by for a chance to win!! Its worth upwards of $500.00 so its our biggest yet.
Good Luck!
Liz

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I went to her website and I would be thrilled to own anything by her but my favorites were of the Iris'. The lemon oil is a beauty! I love it, too.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I forgot to mention I'm a follower of Karena, too.

La Petite Gallery said...

Thank's for this post, beautiful work. Love the lemons.
yvonne

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Karena- I, of course am a follower of your blog

Loretta

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Karena- I follow you on Facebook

Loretta

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Karena- My favorite paintings are of the purple irises...

Loretta

The enchanted home said...

Wow she is a very talented lady. LOVE that first picture with the lemons, am always drawn to anything with lemons. Her body of work is quite beautiful..am a devoted follower already!

French Curiosités said...

Thank you for stopping by the Brocantess blog. I am in the midst of moving to France so I will not be entering the amazing giveaway but someone will be very happy to receive notice that it is to be theirs!

Daisy said...

I have to say you are a genius. I love your painting!

Sydney said...

she is amazing! love her landscape paintings especially Building Up In Montana (http://marymaxam.blogspot.com/2011/06/building-up-in-montana.html)

i'd want this beautiful scene to be just outside my window! xxx

sydsense.blogspot.com

Sydney said...

Liked your fb page, and not sure if you remember, but I've left you a comment before ;)

sydsense.blogspot.com

Sydney said...

am also a follower of yours on twitter

sydsense.blogspot.com

annechovie said...

Great interview, Karena. I love her peonies painting. Come enter my give-away and have a great weekend! xx

Jessie said...

I am a follower!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Jessie said...

So many gorgeous artwork! Love 'Nesting', it's so beautiful! Lovely giveaway.

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

chezjolly said...

Bonjour,
You have such a lovely blog and beautiful art! We look forward to future posts. Have a wonderful day!
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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh the purple iris is gorgeous! Her work is just awesome!!

devorelebeaumonstre. said...

pretty! xo


devorelebeaumonstre.com

BeachVintage.com said...

Thanks for the great interview, I love reading about other artists.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karena,

I enjoyed reading the interview and seeing the wonderful paintings from the talented Artist.
Thanks for sharing.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Ivy and Elephants said...

The pink peonies are my favorite. Thanks for visiting, I am now following you.
Wish me luck!
Patti

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my, such talent and a great use of color. Red Clouds really speaks to me.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What gorgeous paintings and what a wonderful giveaway this is, Karena!
I love the oaintings Mary is creating...so beautiful!
I particularly like the one called "Building Up in MOntana" on the DailyPainter website.
It is a calm peaceful landscape.
Love those that take you into their scene and make you want to be there living in the moment.
So powerful!

Great works by Mary.... extremely talented woman
xx
Alison

Cobalt Violet said...

Gosh those Red Clouds are gorgeous!

I liked "Just Turning" in her daily paintings ... so loose and lovely ... beautiful color sense!

Thanks for visiting Karena!

pretty pink tulips said...

Mary's work is truly beautiful! I love how fluid it is...and the colors are perfection!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Karena!
xo Elizabeth

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What ART! I love "Red Clouds" and "Nesting". Mary has a lovely and distinct style! I would love to hang her art in my new kitchen.
I am a happy follower for quite a while!
Thanks for introducing me to Mary and her beautiful talent!
Yvonnne

classic • casual • home said...

Mary is so talented!!! I love her "Bend in the Road." It is a bit moody but exciting and lovely. I have been a follower, Karena. Thanks for the great give away. So fun!

Blue Muse said...

Hi Karena!
Mary's work is absolutely beautiful! I am not entering the contest, because it's my first time here, and don't think it would be right, but I wanted to say thank you so much for coming over to my blog and for your kind comment. Bruce just found me, and I am so glad that he did! I am now a follower of your fabulous blog!
Until next time
xo Isa

Cara said...

I love these paintings, red clouds is definitely a favorite!

My Notting Hill said...

I happen to love the one that is the giveaway - Lemon Light. Hope I'm lucky as the day the giveaway ends is my birthday.

vicki archer said...

Beautiful work Karena..I hope you are enjoying your weekend....xv

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks Karen for the invite, sorry it took me so long to come by, but most of the time I can not sign in for whatever reason... Love the art and would love any piece . She is a great artist.

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I'm a follower!! I love her pieces with fruit!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Karena!
Thanks for bringing Mary's work to light. Checked out her blog, the sunsets she does are stunnning, also love the lilacs, peonies, but my favorite is the lemon.....Maryanne ;)

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

What gorgeous work and a fabulous interview. So many beautiful pieces. A Bend In The Road as well as Stormy 1repast are both really nice. I really like Lemon light the first one here too. So many lovely pieces, just depending on what you are looking for. Mona

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Karena for your visit and the heads up on my decor.

Now Girl you are the...

GIVEAWAY QUEEN!!

I don't want to be a little piggy here but after winning your last giveaway I am so excited with that I know that one of her (Mary's) oils would look great in my home, along with your talent as well :)

What can I say, Love the lemons sooo! oooh! sooo! French with a modern twist of the rine!

Or the Peoines in my daughters room her favorite flowers..She some day wants them as a bridal bouquet!!

I will run over and check her site out, thank you beautiful friend what would we do without your Giveaways??

xoxo
Dore

PS......I DON'T MIND WINNING AGAIN!! did I say that loud enough for you to hear? :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Karena,
I went and visited mary I love her spirit in all her works of art. She has a wide artistic range in her painting, wish I could paint like you guys :)

I am a follower of yours and now hers :)

xx
Dore

Laura said...

Following you on twitter.

What lovely paintings. My mother is an artist and always has taught me to appreciate art. :)

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I'm a follower, please enter me in giveaway.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I visited Mary's site and I love the country sunset painting.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I am a new twitter follower, following as Cedar Hill Ranch.

laura..Verbena said...

Nice to meet you. Thank you for your visit. your blog is lovely you seem to be a great source of interesting information..lots of things to check out... going now & will be back again. new follower here. xo Laura

Stitchfork said...

Very talented lady!
And happy to find you on Twitter too!
xo Cathy

Anonymous said...

Hi Karena. so grand of you to stop by my blog. Stunning paintings and I am a follower, I hope I am ...blogger won't let me check..grrr. I hope it lets me comment!

Veronica
www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

Sara said...

like it! :)

If you want, follow me and I'll follow you back. :)
http://liberty-walk-sara.blogspot.com/

Acanthus and Acorn said...

She had so many wonderful paintings, but I've been in a citrus mode all summer and I just love the lovely lemon oil in your first image. And, I could really use a great piece for my kitchen!

Cami said...

Karena, thank you for the heads up on my blog about this give away - that was so nice of you :)

I am now following you!

<3-Cami from Serendipitious Life

Cami said...

My favorite is her Seasons of Gold :)

<3-Cami from Serendipitious Life

marissa at the boot said...

these are gorgeous! her colors are divine. :)

Jane said...

It is so obvious me to that flowers and especially peonies are her forte. I would love to have any of Mary's peony painting.

Just lovely.

Sherry said...

How beautiful are these. I will return a bit later. My internet or something is slow and it tells me to return a bit later when I try to follow. Thanks for coming by.
Sherry

Anonymous said...

I follow you on twitter @couponerr.

Anonymous said...

I like Bend In The Road,Skylit Valley View and Palouse Farm.
@couponerr
couponing4us2liv@yahoo.com

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Well sign me up! One of the fav's of hers that I like (and it's hard to just name one!!) is Nesting. I'm so into finding birds nests and I just love the blue in those eggs.

Lisa T. said...

"A Day on the Marsh" has to be my favorite, since it reminds me of the marshland around the NC coast near where I live. Really beautiful.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I absolutely love her work! The one that really made my heart ping is Hay Bales & Blue Sky.

What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I'm a follower.

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

What an amazing giveaway. I love her work!

A loyal follower!

xo,
cristin

Francine Gardner said...

These painting are very soft and pretty. They would cheer up any room. Beautiful work and fabulous giveaway

Kerry said...

Love,love, love "Bend in the road" and I will be pointing out her site to a pal. I think everyone should own original art.

Kirsty said...

gorgeous.

Kathysue said...

Karena Marys pieces are gorgeous and what an honor it would be to have one displayed in my home. Thank you for the opportunity, what a wonderful giveaway!! I am a faithful follower,Kathysue

Kathysue said...

I just got back from visiting her site. Oh my it is so hard to say which is my favorite she is such a talent. I loved Skylit Valley View, Palouse Farm and Bend in the road. Kathysue

Hamptontoes said...

Hi Karena,
Thanks for the introduction to a new artist (new to me.) I like her lemon piece, it's perfection for our Hamptons home (wink!)

High Heeled Life said...

Fabulous work! Thanks for introducing us to such a talented artist!! WoW!! great giveaway.. it would be an honour to display one of her pieces in our home...xo HHL

High Heeled Life said...

Visiting her work on her blog!! I would say BEND IN THE ROAD - it speaks to me of how life is filled with detours (bend) and that it can take you to wonderful new adventures (even if its unexpected and scary detour at fisrt..) xo HHL

Chester County Cottage Girl said...

Love the lemon and peony artwork. Beautiful work!

chestercountycottagegirl.blogspot.com

jennifer / my little adventures said...

re: thanks, karena!

my fav mary maxam painting? the champagne peonies! how perfect for a white living room! you know, the one i'll possibly one day have ;).. http://marymaxam.net/works/220822/champagne-peonies

the paris apartment said...

So Pretty!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Do I really have to pick a favorite? So many beautiful pieces. I especially love Judy's peonies and Lake View. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity :)

shiree segerstrom said...

What sweet paintings. Thank you for sharing Mary Maxim's work. Karena, I have added you to my blogroll and I thank you for visiting. I always enjoy your input! Shiree'

xinex said...

What a talented artist. The painting is fabulous! I am already following you....Christine

xinex said...

I really like the "Rose Cottage" from Mary's website...Christine

Splendid Willow said...

Karena, yet another wonderful giveaway! And you know how much I appreciate good art.

Thank you for the introduction! Mary is very talented.

I took a special liking to The Iris Garden. Love everything about that painting. And it works in both traditional and modern rooms.

Happy weekend!

Mon

Catherine said...

I am now a follower and my favorite painting is the peonies.Catherine (thank you for your invitation)

Rene said...

Thank you for this giveaway Karena. I would love to have the pelican.

Andressa said...

beautiful!

Sarah Klassen said...

Oh my, such a giveaway! I am so happy that I stopped by... as for Mary's work, well it's fabulous! I stopped by her website and fell for everything, really, but especially her painting, "Peony Floral".

There is something so familiar and beautiful about it that reminds me of my childhood days... My Grandma used to have a wonderful décor store that was located in a 4 story Victorian home. (the entire home was used as store) This painting reminds me of the upstairs turret area—the way that the light used to pour through the windows and onto the feminine, pretty flowers... thank you for bringing me back to such a lovely time — a growth period for my love of creativity. I would love to hang this painting in my home :)

I look forward to following Mary's work and seeing what she creates next—what a talent!

xx, Sarah

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Karena!
This is very timely
as my daughter wants
to major in Art AND
we will be visiting a
school on the WA-Idaho
border! Like Mary, she
has been drawn to art
from an early age. I
love Mary's work and
the one that captured
my heart on her website
was "Summer Sky."
Fingers crossed!!
xx Suzanne

Inspiration from Nature said...

I love Mary's work, her vision of things and the way she paints.

Maria Killam said...

Love the yellow apples, so pretty!

Renée Finberg said...

i am crazy for the red clouds.
we get those every night in south florida.

xx

Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am new to your post but love it! I love all of her peony work but my absolute favorite is the Lemons...omg...phenomenal!

pve design said...

Mary has an eye for color and flair for capturing light and beauty. Love "True Blue" and "Country Sunset"-
hope you are staying cool
Thanks for this lovely give-away and always letting me know about such goodies.
pve

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Hi Karena, I am a follower and I am trying to reach you to tell you that you won my giveaway for the vintage sheet music. I need your email address. Thanks, Kim

Interior Design Musings said...

Wow, Karena, I am so sad I missed this give a way. She's very talented! M.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

wow these are beautiful! Esp love Red Clouds.

Stacy Curran said...

She is so talented! Great post....I love all of her work (bit om not entering...just commenting :)
Stacy

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Beautiful! I love the red clouds print :)

Aarthi said...

Hai Dear

you have a lovely blog…I like your writings and words...Please check out my blog.I am having a Giveaway in my blog..Please check it out and partcipate in that..
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/07/homemade-bounty-chocolate-and-giveaway.html

Aarthi

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love that lemon painting, i have been thinking of redoing my living room decorations and lightening it up and using that painting would be a perfect addition! a really lovely painting

Vintage Home said...

...Great giveaway!

paris parfait said...

Such lovely work! I especially like the lemon painting.

Tanya Anurag said...

These paintings are so good. I feel bad that I am late for this giveaway :(

Saw your link on 'Homemaker on a Dime'. I am hosting my first Link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see ya at the party :)

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/celebrating-one-party-time.html

Olivia said...

I love the painting of the peonies! x

Mike said...

Mark is a amazing artist. I always find it interesting how we can learn so much as artists from other artists. The way they look at creating art and the expression of their creativity. Gives us ideas and motivation.

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