Aspens Summer III

April 05, 2017

Aspens Summer III by Mary Ellis LaGarde oil on canvas, 18 x 24″

Here is the latest small-scale oil painting in Mary’s Four Seasons series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aspens Summer II

Aspens Summer II by Mary Ellis LaGarde oil on canvas 18 x 24″

Here is the latest small-scale painting from Mary’s Four Seasons series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aspens Summer I

Aspens Summer I
by Mary Ellis LaGarde
oil on canvas
36″ x 60″

Here is the latest large scale oil painting from Mary’s Four Seasons series of Venetian-style paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chemist Discovers World’s Newest Shade of Blue Pigment

June 23, 2016

Chemist Mas Subramanian and his team of assistants at Oregon State University stumbled upon a new vivid share of blue pigment that is resistant to fading.  The pigment is being marketed to artists by Shepherd Color Company.

The pigment is composed primarily of Yttrium, Indium and Manganese, hence the name “YlnMn Blue”.   For a picture of the new pigment, click >>here<<.

It’s similar but a little more vibrant than the formula I put together to capture the winter sky in Colorado in some of my recent paintings including this one:

"The Hunters of Artemis" by Mary Ellis LaGarde oil on canvas 60" X 36"

“The Hunters of Artemis” by Mary Ellis LaGarde
oil on canvas
60″ X 36″

 

 

 

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Buyer Beware — Is Your Art Really a Fake?

June 18, 2016

Study of Picasso's Guitar & Violin by Mary Ellis LaGarde Oil on Canvas 48" X 36"

Study of Picasso’s Guitar & Violin by Mary Ellis LaGarde
Oil on Canvas
48″ X 36″

Thomas Hoving, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wrote a book titled False Impressions: The Hunt for Big Time Art Fakes (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996). In the very first chapter Hoving states that during his decade and a half at the museum, he would conservatively estimate that 40% of the 50,000 works or so that he examined could be characterized as “phonies” or forgeries.

In a more recent article, Tom Sykes cites a Swiss art-research lab which claims that more than 70 percent of the works it examines turn out to be either fakes, forgeries, or misattributions.

How can you tell if an Andy Warhol silkscreen is the real thing or a fake? Even the Pop master’s own art foundation has given up trying to tell the difference.

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2011 that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts gave up trying to tell if an Andy Warhol silkscreen is the real thing or a fake.

If you are buying an expensive piece of art supposedly created by a well-known or popular artist, Thomas Hoving proposed a checklist that you should follow to assure yourself that your purchase is an original:

  1. Note and write down your initial impressions of the object/artwork (Hoving attests to the idea that first impressions are almost always spot-on, especially when something just doesn’t appear “right.”)
  2. Make a meticulously detailed description of what you see (a step that underscores the importance of examining every inch of the object).
  3. Describe its condition.
  4. Ask yourself what the object was used for (most artworks were, until recently, utilitarian).
  5. Note whether condition is consistent with intended use.
  6. Describe its style.
  7. Note whether style is consistent with supposed date.
  8. Assemble documentary information (realizing that this paperwork can also be faked).
  9. Assemble published references, exhibition history, provenance, etc.; is the provenance complete and can it be supported?
  10. Have a complete scientific examination done of object/artwork (including as wide a range of methods as possible, such as carbon 14, thermoluminescence, ultraviolet, x-ray, etc.) and then “discount everything you find.”
  11. Consider any rumors in the marketplace about the object’s authenticity/true identity.
Mary Ellis LaGarde examining the original of Picasso's Guitar & Violin in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Mary Ellis LaGarde examining the original of Picasso’s Guitar & Violin in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Richard LaGarde

May 30, 2016

20160517_170835-1Mary spent much of the past four months sitting in a hospital room with her husband, Richard LaGarde, who was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia.  While waiting for Richard to recover, she sketched him in charcoal and pencil using hot pressed watercolor paper.

Mary Ellis LaGarde sketching her husband.

 

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Dr. Hagop Kantarjian

May 28, 2016

 

Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, charcoal and pencil on watercolor paper, by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, charcoal and pencil on watercolor paper, by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Mary’s husband, Richard, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February of 2016.  Mary has been with him through three hospitalizations, three rounds of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant.  Mary used her time in the hospital to sketch Richard’s leukemia doctor, Dr. Hagop Kantarjian.  He is the chair of the leukemia department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Mary was greatly impressed by Dr. Kantarjian because he is one of those rare individuals who is as comfortable using the left side of his brain as his right.  In fact, when he is not researching a cure for leukemia or treating patients, Dr. Kantarjian is painting large paintings in the Fauvist style.  His brightly colored paintings line the hall of the faculty offices at MD Anderson.  Mary says she wanted to capture the compassion in he eyes as he is one of those doctors who deeply cares for his patients and goes to battle for them on a daily basis.

 

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Aspens Spring I

December 27, 2015

Aspens Spring I by Mary Ellis LaGarde 36" X 60" Oil on Canvas

Aspens Spring I
by Mary Ellis LaGarde
36″ X 60″
Oil on Canvas

Mary LaGarde finished her latest painting.  The painting, Aspens Spring I, is oil on canvas and is 36″ X 60″.  Mary is a portrait painter by background.  She decided recently to use the Venetian method of portrait painting to create portraits of aspen trees.  She believes that the subjects of her paintings have almost human characteristics which she attempts to capture in her paintings. Mary has the amazing ability to paint with both her right and left hands and it is not unusual to see her painting with the canvas upside down.

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Aspens Spring III

September 04, 2015

Aspens Spring III by Mary Ellis LaGarde, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24"

Aspens Spring III by Mary Ellis LaGarde, Oil on Canvas, 18″ X 24″

Mary completed her latest portrait of Aspens in the Spring.  Mary found these trees while hiking at the base of Mt. Evans in Colorado.

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Aspens Spring II

September 02, 2015

Aspens Spring II by Mary Ellis LaGarde, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24"

Aspens Spring II by Mary Ellis LaGarde, Oil on Canvas, 18″ X 24″

Mary completed another painting as part of her Aspens series.  She is using the Venetian technique which starts with a charcoal sketch she draws directly onto the canvas.

Mary Ellis LaGarde

Mary Ellis LaGarde

Mary Ellis LaGarde

 

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Genevieve at Clam Pass

March 30, 2015

Mary painted her granddaughter Genevieve on the beach at Clam Pass in Naples, Florida.  The painting is oil on canvas and is 18″ x  24″.   The painting is a hybrid between the 19th Century impressionist method and the traditional classical approach.

Genevieve by Mary Ellis LaGarde,  Oil on Canvas ,18"x 24"

Genevieve by Mary Ellis LaGarde, Oil on Canvas ,18″x 24″

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Aspens Winter I

January 02, 2015

Aspens Winter I by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Aspens Winter I by Mary Ellis LaGarde oil on canvas 36 x 60″

 The subject of Mary’s painting is an old aspen tree she found while hiking near Mount Evans in Colorado.  As usual, she used the Venetian painting technique which is very time-consuming.  She started with a charcoal under-drawing.  The under-drawing was then covered with an under-painting or grisaille.  After that, she spent months adding layer-after -layer of pigments and glazes working from the dark pigments to the lights.  The painting is oil on canvas and is 36″ x 60″.

Aspens Winter I by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Aspens Winter I by Mary Ellis LaGarde

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Aspens Winter III

October 28, 2014

Mary LaGarde Winter Aspens II Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Aspens Winter III
Oil on Canvas
18″ x 24″

Mary found this grove of Aspen trees near Echo Lake in Colorado.  She used the Venetian painting technique consisting of a charcoal under drawing, a grisaille, and layer upon layer of pigment to create an almost three dimensional look.  The process is very time consuming with this painting having taken several months to complete.

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Aspens Winter II

September 08, 2014

Mary found this grove of aspen trees on a snow-covered trail in Colorado near Echo Lake.  She used the Venetian technique of painting to capture the scene. The Venetian technique uses a charcoal under-drawing, a monochrome “grisaille”, and layer-upon-layer of glazes.

Aspens Winter II Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Aspens Winter II
by Mary Ellis LaGarde
oil on canvas
18″ x 24″

 

 

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Study of Picasso’s “Guitar and Violin”

March 23, 2014

Study of Picasso's Guitar and Violin by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Study of Picasso’s Guitar and Violin by Mary Ellis LaGarde
36″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas

Mary painted this oil on canvas contemporary piece one weekend in 2004 as a gift to her husband.  She studied Picasso’s Guitar & Violin painting for inspiration but incorporated her own ideas into the piece. continue…

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The King’s Tea

March 22, 2014

The King's Tea by Mary Ellis LaGarde

The King’s Tea by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Mary and her husband Richard were guests at a luncheon sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates at the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco. continue…

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William Austin Nichols

William Austin Nichols by Mary Ellis LaGarde

William Austin Nichols by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Mary drew this charcoal sketch of her grandfather, William Austin Nichols, in 2010.  Her grandfather was a navy officer who served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. continue…

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Flamenco Dancer in Seville

January 01, 2014

Mary Ellis LaGarde Flamenco Dancer in Seville  Oil on Canvas  24" x 36"

Mary Ellis LaGarde Flamenco Dancer in Seville
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 36″

Mary and her husband Richard attended a flamenco dance demonstration at the Museo del Baile Flamenco in Seville, Spain in May of 2013.  The strength and beauty of the dancer inspired this painting.  continue…

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Estonian Basket Weaver

December 24, 2013

Estonian Basket Weaver by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Estonian Basket Weaver
by Mary Ellis LaGarde
Oil on Canvas
18″ x 24″

Mary visited Estonia several years ago.  Mary watched a basket weaver at work in a rural life museum.  Her intense focus and large muscular arms inspired this painting. continue…

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La Primavera

March 10, 2013

La Primavera by Mary Ellis LaGarde

La Primavera
by Mary Ellis LaGarde
Oil on Canvas
20″ x 60″

Mary studied Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms painting and used his painting technique to create a painting of her own that she calls “La Primavera”. continue…

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