Mary Grden of BaywoodGallery.com
“Oil painting is to me much like writing is to an author; once the painting is complete many more than one can enjoy.” As a self-taught oil painter it can be a long road but what a journey, to learn with God’s blessings every step of the way.
One of the most important trials for me was learning to sketch. Reading and teaching myself perspective for the depth I wanted to paint. God gave me every tool, and every talent needed each time I tried to learn something new
To begin a painting, I start by mixing the first group of colors including the values of each. Mixing the color values or hues of a main color, create the shadows for the sides of a building to oppose the front and tells us if the sun is to rise or set. Perspective is enhanced by color values as well and allows us to see the realistic view of an open window or door, winding paths, steps, water and so much more. Composition is everything.
The measure of success is the love or the passion you have for what you do. I never thought about money when I went to a show or took pieces into a gallery. At my first show, I went with a borrowed tent and easels. I didn’t think I would sell anything, but was fascinated by knowing people were actually interested in my art.
Many of my works depict the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini. After traveling there I fell in love with the architecture and people. Venice, Italy, boats and water subjects are also favorites of mine. Commissioned work is rewarding; being able to create through someone else’s eye.
The wood used for my canvas framing is made from a hard wood Oak, Poplar or Ash and is milled for me to a beveled edge. I chop, router and join the frames and then stretch the canvas over and around to the back. For my art the beveled effect seems essential to all of the subjects I paint and for the viewer, it never goes unnoticed. The painting of the canvas on the curve of the bevel, with the horizon line intact, is definitely different, but the corners are the secret in stretching the canvas.
I print archival, watercolor paper and canvas prints in small and medium sizes. Offsite printing for large and extra large prints is also available and noted on those print listings. God blessed me at birth with this passion to grow with and enjoy, and I do.