Inspiring algae and natural waste from the Norwegian beach.

Inspiring algae and natural waste from the Norwegian beach.

I am in Norway. Wandering on the seashore I encounter sea trashes: algae and lichens . Beaches are empty. Weather is beautiful. Waves are touching my feet, and I can see virtuosity of the nature in this algae. Algae, natural waste from the beach. Pictures cropped at close range show natural compostion. Just like a jewellery on the sand. Brilliant fusion of colors. I take a photo, a lot of photos.. Sun is starting to set and I have fantastic light… I come back to my working place and i’m start 4 abstractions. These pictures will be revealed soon on my website margaretraven.com

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Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft NOW ON !

Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft NOW ON !

We are more than happy to see you all today and tomorrow in Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft Fair! A lot of interesting stalls waiting for you. A lot of fun as well! Good music nice cup of hot drink, delicious cakes and also stand witch special GIN stand. You can find jewellery hand made and also original candles, paintings, pictures, photoes and also my oil paintings!

All interested art&crafts should see this fair in beautiful Manchester Cathedral!

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manchester cathedral artcraft

Manchester Cathedral ArtCraft!

I will soon have the pleasure to take part in exhibition of art in Manchester Cathedral ArtCraft!

15th and 16th of July from 11:00 to 17:00 in Manchester Cathedral, I will be happy to meet a lot of people. This will be my first exhibition in Manchester. I keep looking on the facebook with interest, watching companies and artists, which will show their artworks, I’m sure it will be interesting and worth to watch.
I won’t be able to show all my paintings, because I have only 150 of them now. I will show only couple of my artworks from the website margaretraven.com, and other smaller paintings. Especially for this occasion I have made beautiful oil miniatures. Usually I don’t create paintings of this size.
If you want to meet with me, I invite you in days 15-16 of July to Manchester. You can follow this event on the facebook HERE

Somewhere in the Bieszczady Mountains…

Somewhere in the Bieszczady Mountains…

In a distant country , somewhere in Poland , in the Bieszczady mountains live friendly and calm people. They do not like the noise of the city. They resigned from urban life many years ago . Technical devices use occasionally when it is needed. They do not send their emotions as emoticons in SMS. They prefer to meet each others and shake hands for welcome . You can hear them laugh and laugh with them. You can talk straight in their eyes , you can grab real hand and feel its warmth .

I am going to join such a meeting, and one of this people , who just ends 70 years I has just done this portrait here . Please take a look if it is finished .

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – christmas gift

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – christmas gift

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness. I hope your holidays are filled with festivities and plenty of merry enjoyment.

As a christmas gift with a big pleasure I would like to share a new YouTube channel where you can see how I work, how I make oil paintings and also my paintings with relaxation music.

Please see below one of my film:

If you like my oil paintings you might also like special coupon for 10% off for whole cart. The coupon will be available till 31 of December 2015.

Simply type : margaretgift   during the payment process .

Once again …

Merry Christmas !

 

Margaret Raven

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Creativity – how to deal with a lack of ideas?

Creativity – how to deal with a lack of ideas?

There comes a time when the spring dries up – artist’s mind is out of luck. Beloved job is not enjoy as before, there are no new ideas, market was changed, buyers are looking for a very different artworks. Such creative burnout can have the causes of a personal nature. Continue reading “Creativity – how to deal with a lack of ideas?”

Searching your own style.

Searching your own style.

Searching your own style.

When an artist learns own style and selects the best for himself materials for creative work, when he creates many artwork, his hand starts move a paintbrush in a certain kind, the way, his creation begins to be characteristic, recognizable, what means that his method of applying paint, the way of creating an image is easy to distinction from other artists. Continue reading “Searching your own style.”

Technical Informations as a part of “How long did you paint this arwork”.

Technical Informations as a part of “How long did you paint this artwork”.

 

In order to the artist created an artwork he needs to know: Properties of paints and colors of palettes of individual producers, the properties of paintbrushes depending on the shape, material, long hair, long holders and the possibility of obtaining different effects using these paintbrushes. Properties of different canvases and quality of materials used for priming. 09The properties of various media of painting, which are solvents and the characteristics of various types of other chemical products designed for the needs of artists such as varnishes, ready-made textures, special knives for the applicating paints etc. Each of these things behaves differently depending on with which it cooperates.

Therefore are an infinite number of combinations, which the artist must learn and memorize. This practical knowledge is acquired at the time of creation. Each artist chooses with time which combination is friendly to him, what the shape of the paintbrush he paints his best, which paints are for him the best, which kind of canvas he should to order . This knowledge is born during many years of practice, when he painted another picture he explores new possibilities of a paintbrush, paint, type of canvas, media painting, new items.

To be continued…

Margaret Raven

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Why not to make Black Friday a little bit longer?

Why not to make Black Friday a little bit longer?

1817cWe announce with pleasure occasion to buy paintings of Margaret Raven. From NOW, till to 30 November You can buy these beautiful paintings 20% cheaper! If You wondered, how your living room looks with Margaret Raven pictures, You have great opportunity to find it out. For each painting you will pay 20% less money. Our proposition is actual to 30 November.
Purchase of work of art requires time to reflection, and browsing of Margaret paintings is really pleasure. We invite you to check an art of Margaret Raven. With these paintings you will have sunny christmas. Be a Santa Claus for yourself. There is no two the same paintings, so if someone will buy your ideal painting You will not find the same one. Every picture from Margaret Raven’s gallery 20% cheaper. This is special opportunity and great message.

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Searching for inspirations in 2015.

Searching for inspirations in 2015.

The 2015 is different than the others for me. I decided to show my artworks in Europe. I am looking for new topics, colours and inspirations. To work still motivate me the wild flowers on meadows.

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In the spring I visited London and of course the whole day I spent in the Kew Garden, which I knew only from photos in gardens magazines. There were beautifully blooming magnolias, tulips and blubelds. I watched vegetation coming from many countries, but not in awe of me somehow. Perhaps the flora detached from their own region does not arouse admiration.

I visited the Tate Gallery. Many experimental artworks, which today does not shock anyone. Testimony various creative searches. Merylin is timeless.

17In Poland, I traveled in the mountains and visited a strange place: big barrels used for burning the trees. I’ve got many friends. When we conduct long conversations, they allow me to look at reality through their eyes. They are poets, musicians, writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, but also people from many years living in the mountains, rearing horses, sheeps, cows, hotel owners, civil servants, shepherds and hermits.

The mountains surrounding Manchester surprised me. Empty spaces and moorlands sure I had to photograph.

In Blackpool for a moment I felt like a kid in a small car rushing.

16In Manchester I guided the first lessons of painting .

The color of red brick dominates in this city. I may try for painting cityscape in this color. I still paint my beloved fields and meadows, but I think over the changes. Looking for a new color scheme.

The green colors tired me already. I would like to completely eliminate this color from my paintings.

14Mallorca after the season is wonderful. Temperatures are friendly ,beaches deserted. Lagoons colors are more beautiful than on postcards – true. The sound of the waves, the colors of green, rich vegetation, rocks colors, ships colors, sky, beach…

I collect these impressions into separate boxes labeled Mallorca. I photograph the narrow streets to not forget the salmon-colored tenement houses.
In the 2015 I collect the new inspirations, new database that may one day lead to new associations, ideas, new images. I don’t know when, I don’t know where, but I know one thing: from collected impressions will create a new idea for the painting, maybe a few artworks, perhaps I will love to paint new topics.

Margaret Raven

 

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