Study of Monet’s “Bouquet of Mallows”

November 28, 2012

Study of Monet's "Bouquet of Mallows" by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Study of Monet’s “Bouquet of Mallows”
Oil on Canvas
18″ x 24″

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.
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Becoming Van Gogh

October 31, 2012

Mary recently visited the “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.   She had previously visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.   The Denver Art Museum described its exhibit as follows: continue…

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Aspens Autumn I

October 27, 2012

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Degas’ Model in Repose

October 13, 2012

Degas' Model in Repose by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Degas’ Model in Repose
Water-based Clay

Mary finished her second sculpture in a half-day class at Tom Ware’s Warehouse Gang Studio in September, 2012. continue…

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Sarah

July 09, 2012

Sarah by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Sarah by Mary Ellis LaGarde
Water-Based Clay

Mary took her first sculpture class in July of 2012.  The class was taught by her Colorado neighbor, Tom Warecontinue…

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Mary’s Sorg Easel

July 08, 2012

Mary discovered a fantastic easel designed by Denver artist David Sorg. continue…

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Mary’s French Impressionism Period

December 20, 2011

Mary studied the art of the French Impressionists in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  continue…

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Rosie’s Angel

December 15, 2011

Rosie's Angel by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Rosie’s Angel
Charcoal and Pencil on Paper

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…

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Gypsy

Gypsy by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Gypsy
Charcoal and Pencil on Paper

Mary drew this sketch at a workshop taught by Tony Ryder in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2007.  The sketch was meant to be an under-painting for an oil portrait. continue…

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Study of an Older Man

Study of an Older Man by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Study of an Older Man
Charcoal and Pencil on Paper

Mary attended a J.D. Hillberry workshop in Denver where she learned to draw realistic pencil and charcoal drawings of older people with wrinkled skin. continue…

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Study of Raphael’s “Baldassare Castiglione”

December 14, 2011

Study of Raphael's Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Mary Ellis LaGarde

Study of Raphael’s “Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione”
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″

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…

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Study of Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring”

December 09, 2011

Study of Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Study of Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″

Mary admires the Dutch Masters and their use of light. She practiced Johannes Vermeer’s painting techniques in this 2011 painting that she completed in her studio in Colorado.

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