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October 24, 2016

Why Politics and Paint Don't Mix

I don't know about you, but all this political drama is a bit too much for me.  I often get asked if I am the Mary Charles that writes letters to the editor in our local paper about politics and such.  I  have even received mail trying to challenge my political views.  So, in case you wondered, the answer is "no".  I am not that Mary Charles.  I am thankful though that we do have freedom of speech and can share our views if we choose to.   Honestly, for me, I've never been very interested in politics. However, I do exercise my right to vote and I hope you will go out and vote too.

 I feel that if you bring politics into your workplace and business, it can create unwanted arguments and drama and it could possibly even hurt your business.  I choose to live a peaceful and simple life and I want my paintings to reflect that.  My desire is to bring the viewer happiness.  Our homes should be an escape from all the madness of the world--a tranquil, safe place.  One of my goals as an artist is to provide those peaceful feelings through my paintings.

With all the political opinions flying out there we need to remember to love and respect others. Maybe Thumper from Bambi said it best, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."

I hope all of you have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are experiencing after a hot summer.  I'll end with showing you a recent painting I finished titled, "Apple Pie in the Sky".  I hope it brings a little happiness and tranquility to your day.

September 19, 2016

New Paintings

I recently finished some new paintings and they are all now available as signed limited edition mounted canvas reproductions (giclees) in a 16x20" size.   They are also available as signed mounted paper reproductions (giclees) in an 8x10" size.  Contact me for ordering info at  I am offering a special of free shipping in the continental United States.  I also listed some small original paintings and prints in my etsy shop.  You can see them at this link.
Click here to see Mary's Etsy Shop

Wash Day

Gloucestershire Village

Pumpkin Moon

Whale Watcher's Cove

Seasons of Rural Life - Spring

Seasons of Rural Life - Summer

Seasons of Rural Life - Fall

Seasons of Rural Life - Winter

August 26, 2016

Paintings for Sale

Today, I am listing some original paintings in my etsy shop that I had at the cafe.  Here is a glance at each of them.  Follow the link for more info.

Spring Garden - Framed 11x14" on Canvas

Fresh Linens - Unframed 12x24" on Canvas

Ironstone Soup - Framed 9x12" on Canvas

Vintage Getaway - Framed 8x10 on Canvas

Tea With A Friend - Framed 7-1/2x11-1/2 on Hard Board

Field of Sunflowers - Framed 12x12 on Canvas

August 24, 2016

A Quick Look At My Painting Process: From Sketch to Finished Painting

Over the last number of years we have traveled to the New England States on our summer vacations, so I decided to do some paintings with a New England feel.  You may even spot some actual buildings from this beautiful area of the Northeast United States that make their way into my paintings.

Here is a fun look at the process of one of these paintings that I recently finished and that is available at Dutchland Galleries.  The painting is titled:  Whale Watcher's Cove.

A fast sketch of my idea with plenty of notes.

Basecoating the main elements.

Adding more elements and putting in some details.

Shading and highlighting and adding some trees and bushes.

The Finished Painting