MIKAYLA’S DOG GUS

A Birthday Painting Request by my Youngest  Granddaughter, Mikayla Coyier, challenged my painting ability.
Mikayla has loved dogs all her 22 years and now loves her room-mate,  Gus, the most of any animal.  She emailed me near her birthday asking if  I would PAINT GUS?  Well what could a grandmother say?  Of course, the technical point here is, I’ve never painted any kind of animal in my 8 years, since I picked up a paint brush.

Gus the Dog

Mikayla’s mother and my daughter, Marcia Moore, took many photos of the dog in question – giving me some choices, for my   canine masterpiece.

Sketch of GusI got busy enlarging my email photo of our pooch.  I squared off the photograph and followed the intervals  while penciling-in the various  body parts of the dog. Not having much experience with oil paint, I decided to give it a try anyway as I wanted to see how luxurious the fur could portray.  I consulted with my painting mentor, Kathy Decker, and her comment was “just paint what you see on the photograph, like everything else”.  Well dauuuuh, okay.  So all I can say is that is what I did, stroke after stroke…and I was surprised,  GUS really looks like GUS!  I did use acrylic paint to do the background as I made the blue color muted and  that I knew how to spread  around.

Gus the Dog freshly painted

GUS, All American Canine , freshly painted off my Easel.

Shitley Mannocci, Granddaughter Mijayla Coyier and a painting of Gus

Myself the painter, Shirley Mannocci,my beautiful granddaughter Mikayla Coyier, smiling happily about her doggie painting.

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PAINTED MEMORIES OF MAUI TRIP

My first painting was of THE MAUI HILLS which I had photographed from our Sailboat trip shown above.
My first painting was of THE MAUI HILLS which I had photographed from our Sailboat trip shown above.

 

This is my rendition of a MAUI SUNSET
This is my rendition of a MAUI SUNSET

 

I captured the action of the swaying HAWAIIAN PALMS in this 9 x 12 resin coated painting.
3 Hawaiian Palms

 

The BIRD OF PARADISE PLANT continues to keep me enchanted in its secretive demeanor.  These colorful flowers can be found everywhere in the tropical islands.
Bird of Paradise

 

One of my very favorite flowers is the YELLOW HIBISCUS (16 x 20) and soon after returning from HAWAII, my husband gifted me a set of oil paints.  This painting, along with the following RED HIBISCUS (12 x 16) was my first ventures in this age old Master’s choice of paints.   Both of these paintings are for Sale.  Please inquire:  smdesign38@comcast.net.
5 Yellow Hibiscus

 

This RED HIBISCUS was such a joy to oil paint after photographing it on its vine in Maui.
6 Red Hibiscus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was in such painting mode that I soon discovered a vase full of tulips that I captured in this 9 x 12 pink and blue oil painting.  VASE FULL OF JOY is for sale.   Please inquire:  smdesign38@comcast.net
7 Vase Ful of Joy copy

 

 

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More Maui Paradise

MY HUSBAND CARLO MANNOCCI CHECKING OUT THE OCEAN VIEW FROM OUR CONDO

MY HUSBAND CARLO MANNOCCI CHECKING OUT THE OCEAN VIEW FROM OUR CONDO

Carlo enjoyed cooking for his wife and women guests as well as taking us all out to dinner at luxurious establishments.  And then we went sailing on the Scotch Mist as we were excited about snorkeling and whale watching.

SCOTCH MIST SAILBOAT FLYERMAMA’S FISH HOUSE FLYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SCOTCH MIST SAILBOAT FLYER                  MAMA’S FISH HOUSE FLYER

I PAINTED THE NOVEL OLD BOAT SIGN OF MAMA’S FISH HOUSE IN ACRYLICS AND ENCASED IT IN EPOXY RESIN

I PAINTED THE NOVEL OLD  BOAT SIGN OF MAMA’S FISH HOUSE IN ACRYLICS AND ENCASED IT IN EPOXY RESIN

Carlo &I SITTING ON LOG WAITING FOR OUR DINNER RESERVATION AT MAMA’S

CARLO & I SITTING ON LOG WAITING FOR OUR DINNER RESERVATION AT MAMA’S

While sailing out to the snorkeling area of the ocean , Carlo spotted a whale and he succeeded in taking a great tail flipper.
WHALE TAIL TALE

WHALE TAIL TALE

DEE POSING IN FRONT OF TROPICAL MAMA’S ARRANGEMENT

          DEE POSING IN FRONT OF TROPICAL MAMA’S ARRANGEMENT

 

 

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Another day in Paradise – TRIP TO LANA’I ON FERRY across the Pacific

Another Day in Paradise -  DEE OLSON AND DAUGHTER KEELY VAN PATTEN ENJOYING THE FERRY RIDE

Another Day in Paradise – DEE OLSON AND DAUGHTER KEELY VAN PATTEN ENJOYING THE FERRY RIDE

Dee and Keely are intent on getting a tan, but I am content to have some caramel coloring.  Carlo, being of Latin descent, is just gorgeous with the sun rays touching his olive skin, just the way I Love him.  I needed my artistic bright scarf on the ferry ride of nine miles to give the impression of a vacationing painter.  I did sit next to a couple who were year round residents of the small Hawaiian Island.  They own a company that is responsible for inspecting and sanitizing public food consumption….an amazing responsibility to say the least.  One of the interesting tidbits that they shared with me:  Lana’i is the home to hundreds of wild cats and yes, it is a huge problem.

Another Day in Paradise - Picture of Shirley enjoying the ferry ride

Another Day in Paradise – Picture of Shirley enjoying the ferry ride

Upon reaching our island destination a bus was waiting for us.  The short ride to the Four Seasons Hotel was very scenic, highlighted by our arrival at the lavish accommodations.  We looked around at the fantastic marble and our cameras really started clicking when a huge fountain greeted us starry-eyed guests.

We soon found the exotic restaurant as we followed the twisting and turning maze of Hallways into bright sunshine near the pools

And oceanfront.  The food was executed fabulously starting the moment we ordered last bite of food we tasted.  The glasses used to serve ice crystal clear water over crackling ice cubes awakened our senses to the ocean around us.  The very dark and ravishing red new beers satisfied Dee, Keely and my guy, Carlo, I opted for coconut milk with fresh pineapple and lime flavors, no alcohol needed.    Our outstanding lunches were supreme entrees.   I must say mine first, very large chunks of firm Alaskan cod battered and fried to perfection.  The French fries just had to be flown in from Idaho, or perhaps they had their own potato patch in Lanai.  Carlo munched on a scrumptious mahmai sandwich.

Another Day in Paradise - THE FOUR ADVENTURERS DINING  AT THE EXQUISITE FOUR SEASONS POOLSIDE RESTAURANT.

Another Day in Paradise – THE FOUR ADVENTURERS DINING AT THE EXQUISITE FOUR SEASONS POOLSIDE RESTAURANT.

Keely was in heaven devouring her Mexican fish taco and our adventurous Dee couldn’t contain her joy while slurping her catsupa cold soup.  Then Dee was really stuffed when she finished off  Keely’s too strong, too much very, very dark beer. AND TO THINK THIS FEAST WASN’T ENOUGH FOR  OUR ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP, between the four of us we devoured two very rich decadent banana splits. Actually we were tempting the boating Gods to lose our magnificent lunches on the very bumpy ferry ride back to Maui…but no one did.

 

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Our Hawaiian Vacations

My painting inspired by Maui and Hawaiian landscapeMy husband, Carlo Mannocci and I and our friends, Keely Van Patten and her mother, Dee Olson enjoyed our vacation at the Polynesian Shores condos in Hawaii.  The relaxing Pacific Ocean waves beckoned us to sail away and thoughts of pirates and golden treasures A view of Maui palms and coastlinefilled our morning.  Being the photographer aficionada that I am, I longed to snap potential images for my Hawaiian cards and Paintings – to shoot with my Nikon SRL camera, my iPad and my iPhone.  Towards evening the sun and clouds put on an electrifying show  to make us thankful to be alive.
Maui landscape and interplay of sun and cloudsMaui sky glow at sunset

 

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TOREADOR DUE from Sunflower Collection

acrylic painting on canvas with bullfighter ring poster as vase holding sunflowersTOREADOR DUE  from  Sunflower Collection. If one Bullfighter Painting is good, then the second is even better. Primarily I used the TOREADOR  UNO painting for the techniques of the canvas and drawing on the design of number two.  Of course, the second design differs in that sunflowers are TWO brightening the canvas with golden gusto! The centers are breathtaking purple and browns. Yeah, what excitement this acrylic painting screams. I am truly envious of the person who purchases this  10 x 10 canvas TOREADOR DUE!  And perhaps that person would find space for the bullfighter pair.
TOREADOR DUE. original on canvas …$80.oo   Giclee…….$45.oo          Cards….   $3.oo each  or 4/$10.oo

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QUEEN OF THE OPERA – from Sunflower Collection

from the sunflower collectionColour Is Fun, Colour Is Just Gorgeous, A Gourmet Meal For The Eye, The Window Of The Soul.”
Rachel Wolf

This large 16×20 acrylic painting is on a stately black background.  The unusual vase is carved out of beautiful grey, black and gold striped collaged paper. The table area is depicted with another lovely  black and gold paper. Sliced in half,  a pomegrante is nestled in a floral fantasy of brilliante sun kissed sunflowers.  Continue reading

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“TOREADOR UNO” – from Sunflower Collection

sunflower with torero“LIKE EMOTIONS COLOURS ARE A REFLECTION OF LIFE.”
Janice Glennaway

When I  located  five  vintage Bullfighter Show Posters from Spain  I was immediately prompted  to make use of them. Having attended a major bullfight in Mexico City some years ago memories churned in my brain.  I decided to  design and paint a couple trendy vase pictures of sunflowers.
My choice of  canvas was  a square 12×12  and using both full bodied  and fluid acrylics .  I first under – painted  the canvas with  an orangey-burnt sienna  color to break the intense glaring white of the gessoed  substrate.
After drying I drew a loose sketch  of my design using a light colored
charcoal  to insure easy brush-off if mistakes appeared.
My vase shape , being the prime consideration of the design, Continue reading

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PRIMA DONNA – from Sunflower Collection

I dream my painting and I paint my dreamI cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice well the
 brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
(Winston Churchill)

I photographed this sunflower in a bouquet that my husband Carlo purchased
 at the local farmer’s market.  I drew it on 300# Arches watercolor paper
 with a pencil.  By using vibrant warm acrylic colors, starting with lemon-
yellow advancing thru cadmium  orange to vermillion red on the petals and 
emphasizing the base of petal with quick brush-stroke full of alizirin
 crimson.  The extreme center is set with aluminum foil
 painted over by manganese blue hue to accent the fox gloves  flowers in the
 upper portion of the painting. Bright hanza yellow emphasizes the presence of multiple
 seeds to reproduce this sunflower beauty.  A touch of rust and a ring of
very dark brown completes  a gorgeous sunflower center.  The stems  and
foliage please our eyes with luscious yellow green.
I chose this PRIMA Donna Sunflower painting to be the logo of my art.  It really 
exemplifies the beauty and  technique skills that I hopefully demonstrate.

PRIMA Donna Sunflower  8 x 10 Acrylic – NOT FOR SALE
Giglees  available.
Cards, $3.00/ea – (4) for $10.00
Please contact info@mannoccinspiritart.com

 

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