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″.
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.
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.
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 reading Study of Picasso’s “Guitar and Violin”
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 reading William Austin Nichols
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 reading Estonian Basket Weaver
Mary visited Monet’s house, gardens, and studio in Giverny, France several years ago. She decided to study the techniques used in one of the most famous French Impressionist paintings by Monet.
Continue reading Study of Monet’s “Bouquet of Mallows”
Mary is working on a series of aspen tree paintings she calls “The Four Seasons”. She hikes Echo Mountain near Evergreen, Colorado every three months to collect possible subjects for her Aspen paintings.
She started painting the first of a planned series of four large canvases using the same Venetian-style painting techniques she uses for her Renaissance portraits. It is a slow and intense process involving at least 12 layers of paint. She often spends an entire day working to get a shadow just right. Here is the first painting which is oil on canvas and 36 inches by 60 inches. The painting is hanging in the living room of her lake house/studio in Colorado.
Mary finished her second sculpture in a half-day class at Tom Ware’s Warehouse Gang Studio in September, 2012. Continue reading Degas’ Model in Repose
Mary studied the art of the French Impressionists in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Continue reading Mary’s French Impressionism Period
Mary drew this charcoal and pencil sketch in 2009 for her childhood friend Rosie who was battling lung cancer and was in serious need of a guardian angel. Continue reading Rosie’s Angel
Mary is fascinated by the techniques used by Renaissance portrait painters. In this work, she practiced the techniques of Raffaello Sanzio who is popularly known by the name Raphael. Continue reading Study of Raphael’s “Baldassare Castiglione”