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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Heart Centered, Original Art, Abstract Ink Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Heart Centered"
9 x 12 inches
Original alcohol ink painting on Yupo paper

$50

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!

Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




"Heart Centered" is another recent experiment with alcohol inks. Working with these inks has been very interesting. It requires relinquishing control as they glide over the ultra smooth white Yupo paper. I love the heart that 'appeared' in the center of the painting and I am happy with the result.

Trying to 'get my act together' and put more time at the easel. Such hard choices....do I paint with ink today?...Oils?...Acrylic?....hmmm

I will try to remember today's quotation just below and apply it daily in this new year. In fact, I think I will print it out separately and tack one onto my easel and another on the refrigerator...

Today's Quotation:  "To change one's life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions, no excuses."
-William James



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sunflowers, Original Alcohol Ink Floral Art by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Sunflowers"
9 x 12 inches
Original alcohol ink painting on Yupo paper

$50

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!

Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




"Sunflowers" is a recent experiment with alcohol ink. I am happy with the result. Painting with ink  is a totally different experience than painting with oil on canvas which make up the predominance of my artwork. 

Today's Quotation:  "Travelers, there is no path. Paths are made by walking."
-Antonio Machado



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Saratoga Lake Oil Painting, "A Peaceful View" Original Landscape Art by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"A Peaceful View"

11 x 14  inches
Original plein air oil painting on stretched canvas

$250

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




I began painting "A Peaceful View" outdoors at the edge of Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Springs, NY. It began to get a bit too cold for me to continue so I finished it up in my nice warm studio. 

This was a particularly difficult painting to photograph correctly. It almost matches the original (on my monitor) but not quite. The white areas in the clouds are a bit whiter than what appears in this photo. 

Today's Quotation: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
-Mark Twain


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fishing Around, Original Still Life Fruit And Fish Oil Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Fishin' Around"
6 x 8 inches
Original oil painting on panel

$125

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




I love working with bright, clear color and was very happy to find this swatch of cheerful fabric to pose my red pears on...

Today's Quotation: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
-Albert Einstein



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Autumn Moonscape, Autumn Trees, Landscape Oil Painting with Full Blue Moon by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Autumn Pond"
8 x 10  inches
Original oil painting on stretched canvas

$159

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.

Now wouldn't you love to be lounging in your most comfortable outdoor chair just gazing at this peaceful blue moon in the heavens? I know I would...

This is a painting I've re-worked. I painted it some time ago but was never quite satisfied with it. I decided to work a bit more on it last week adding more contrast, color, adding stars in the night sky, enlarging the moon and adding a hint of blue....Now I'm happy with it. 

Today's Quotation:  "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
-Oscar Wilde







Sunday, December 13, 2015

Secret Flight - Original Abstract Night Sky, Space, Oil and Acrylic Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Secret Flight"
6 x 12 inches
Original oil painting on stretched canvas

$175.00

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




Here is another beautiful and mysterious creation from my imagination. I'd been working on another painting with acrylics..... finished that one and rather than have the paint dry on my palette (as acrylic does) I began to apply it to a new canvas and then put the canvas aside. 

At that stage most of the background for "Secret Flight" was done. When the spirit moved me a few weeks later, I began to paint the details, moon, stars, etc... with oil paint .... completed it, and a new creation was born!

Today's Quotation: "The most important function of art and science is to awaken the cosmic religious feeling and keep it alive."

-Albert Einstein


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Artful Gifts Hand Painted by Marina Petro

I neglected to include my miniature paintings in my gifts email last week.
Just below are two examples.

All miniature works are $39.99 each 
 Illumined 3" x 3" Oil on Canvas Miniature Art
Blazing 3" x 3" Oil on Canvas Miniature Art

Below are my magical WISH BALLS at Etsy

 Healing and Prosperity Wish Ball
The World In Your Hand Wish Ball

Photos here do not do either the paintings or the Wish Balls justice but was the best I could do under the circumstances. The canvas grain on the paintings appears very coarse in these photos. 


Today's Quotation: "The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony."
-Ruth Bernhard

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Angel In Flight, Original Oil Painting, Spiritual, Healing Art by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Angel In Flight"
11 x 14 inches
Original oil painting on stretched canvas

$250

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.



Here is another creation straight from my imagination. I hadn't intended to paint an angel into this piece. When I thought I'd finished the painting, I began to get a nagging feeling that it needed something else. That is when I received the wisp of an impression of a very subtly painted angel. Now it is complete!
I consider my spiritual/angel paintings 'Healing Art'.

Today's Quotation: "Art acts directly on our perception and our energy, and, by generating in us beneficial emotions, it produces healing and spiritual opening, which are two aspects of a same purification process" 
-Pierre Wittman


Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Angels Ascending" Original Abstract Oil Painting on Canvas, Spiritual, Healing Art by Marina Petro


"Ascending Angels"
12 x 12 inches
Oil painting on 1.5 inch deep canvas - no frame needed -ready to hang

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.



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Today's Quotation: "If the angel deigns to come, it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears, but by your humble resolve to be always beginning - to be a beginner" 
-Rilke




Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Autumn Moon" at Albany Center Gallery Members Exhibit

"Autumn Moon"
22" x 28" Original oil painting on canvas

December 4 - January 17

Opening Reception: December 4, 2015 | 5 - 9 p.m.

If you are in the area and need some inspiration this is the perfect place to be.
Click the link above for more information.



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Angel Creations That Bring Blessings With Them...

I have created a page of holiday gifts at my Artspan website.
Below is a small sampling of each item. 
Here is the link where you can see the full range of these beautiful and unusual gift items.
http://marinapetro.artspan.com/gifts.html#.Vlp0GWSrRsQ

Do with this as you will, but I've always felt my angel creations bring blessings with them...

My Book Of Angels

World In Your Hand Wish Ball
Night Sky Wish Ball
 Framed Angel Art Print
Framed Angel Art Print



This link will take you to the page at my Artspan website where you can see the full range of these inspired angel gift items and preview the entire book of angels.

http://marinapetro.artspan.com/gifts.html#.Vlp0GWSrRsQ




Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mural, Celebration Of The Animals Of The Adirondacks

I had the most wonderful time last Tuesday pitching to help paint a 110 foot mural at Schuylerville, NY High School called "Celebration Of The Animals Of The Adirondacks." Included in the mural are symbols, patterns and designs celebrating the culture of the native people of the northeast US.

There were approximately 150 students coming and going during the course of this project. The creative brains behind this wonderful event is Susan Shanley a Saratoga Springs psychotherapist who has orchestrated the painting of her murals worldwide. Check out the 'Murals' link at her website. http://www.susanshanley.com/

Susan walking down the aisle.




I was designated the dragonfly to finish
Susan Shanley and Amejo, one of the original founders of the Beekman St. Arts District.












Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fantasy Garden, Landscape, Floral, Original Oil Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Fantasy Garden"

6 x 12 inches
Original oil painting on canvas textured panel

$150

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.





"Fantasy Garden" is another creation straight from my imagination.
It was a joy painting it. It seemed to paint itself....

This piece is painted on a very smooth canvas textured panel which felt different while I was painting than stretched canvas....quite pleasant. It has a notch on the back which makes it possible to hang with just a small nail...no frame is needed.


Today's Quotation: "Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one."
-Stella Adler





Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meditation Garden, Original Floral Garden Landscape Painting in Oil by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Meditation Garden"
6 x 12 inches
Original oil painting on canvas textured panel

$150

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.





"Meditation Garden" is another creation straight from my imagination.
I just noticed what appears to be angels in the sky...hhmmmm

This piece is painted on a very smooth canvas textured panel which felt different while I was painting than stretched canvas....quite pleasant. It has a notch on the back which makes it possible to hang with just a small nail...no frame is needed.

Can you imagine yourself in this picture? What does it feel like? Don't worry about ticks or other pests when you get there...there are none in my gardens. 

Today's Quotation: "The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
- George Elliot


Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Fireball" Wish Ball, Original Art, Hand Painted Wishing Ball by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"THE FIREBALL" Wish Ball

3 inches in diameter on star shaped glass holder
Shipped in a lovely white gift box with instruction card enclosed.

Each ball is a one-of-a-kind original work of art.

$125 or 3 assorted for $300


"FIREBALL" is my personal favorite Wish Ball. 
The colors of fire to enhance your energy, enthusiasm, passion and endurance.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"LOVE BALL Wish Ball" Original Hand Painted Wishing Ball by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"THE LOVE BALL" Wish Ball
To manifest love in one's life

3 inches in diameter on star shaped glass holder
Shipped in a lovely white gift box with instruction card enclosed.

Each ball is a one-of-a-kind original work of art.

$125 or 3 for $300


Pink is the color of love, friendship, and all that is gentle, kind, compassionate and loving. Small glittering hearts are subtly painted all around this  beautiful wish ball. The perfect gift for someone you love.








Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Night Sky Wish Ball, Original Hand Painted Wishing Ball by Marina Petro

Wish upon a star here...

©Marina Petro

"Night Sky Wish Ball"

3 inches in diameter on star shaped glass holder
Shipped in a lovely white gift box with instruction card enclosed.

Each ball is a one-of-a-kind original work of art.

$125 or 3 for $300
Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!


The 'Night Sky' Wish Ball has hundreds of little glittering stars all around it.  Remember - When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true....

Original art makes a beautiful gift.



Sunday, November 8, 2015

"Healing And Prosperity" Wish Ball, Hand Painted by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Healing And Prosperity Wish Ball"

3 inches in diameter on star shaped glass holder
Shipped in a lovely white gift box with instruction card enclosed.

Each ball is a one-of-a-kind original work of art.

$125 or 3 for $300

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!


Green is the color that represents healing, prosperity and well being, as well as The Archangel Raphael who is sometimes referred to as "Heaven's Physician"

A beautiful expression of caring for those you love.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Whole World In Your Hand" Celestial Wish Ball, Original Hand Painted Wooden Balls by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Whole World In Your Hand Wish Ball"

To manifest anything you can imagine!
You've got the whole world in your hands containing all possibilities.

3 inches in diameter on star shaped glass holder
Shipped in a lovely white gift box with instruction card enclosed.

$125 or 3 for $300

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
You might remember my recent email communications  featuring the painted polo balls I was commissioned to create for the Saratoga Springs Polo Association. They were presented as trophies to the winning teams for the 2015 Summer polo matches. They were beautifully received, much to my relief.

This project was quite a challenging  adventure. I almost backed out  more than once due to the unexpected difficulties I encountered painting on these round smooth objects and doubting whether I could meet the deadline. However,  as new adventures go, my imagination was stimulated and I  came up with the idea to create WISH BALLS. Wish balls are the same size as polo balls and hand painted (by me) on primed wooden balls. They are beautiful. I've finished each piece with special luminous coat of paint that gives the appearance of sparkling stars. 

My Wish Balls are similar to the Japanese tradition of Temari Balls which are thread-wrapped balls  given as tokens of good luck and displayed and enjoyed as works of art.Temari balls are also called "wish balls." Mothers making the balls would secretly write a wish for their child's future on a small piece of paper, then place it in the center of the ball before embroidering it.

Wish Balls are said  to contain the power of those wishes with them when they are given as gifts. In modern times, everyone can enjoy Wish Balls by giving them as gifts when wishing good fortune to friends and family or simply using them as decoration.

I've created the Whole World In Your Hand Wish Ball, The Love Wish Ball, The Healing And Prosperity Wish Ball, The Night Sky Wish Ball and The Fireball....See them ALL at my Etsy Shop...link is above.

Besides being a unique addition to your original art collection, they make very meaningful gifts. 


Monday, November 2, 2015

Autumn Landscape, Original Plein Air Oil Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Autumn Landscape"
11 x 14 inches
Original plein air oil painting on stretched canvas

$250

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




I painted "Autumn Landscape" outdoors on a perfect autumn day at the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Today's Quotation: "Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage – these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived. Without them, laboring humanity would perish." 
-James Allen 



Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Autumn Moon" Original Abstract Landscape Oil Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Autumn Pond"
11 x 14 inches
Original oil painting on stretched canvas

$250

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




I painted "Autumn Pond" outdoors on a perfect autumn day at a beautiful location in Charlton, NY. It began to get very chilly later on in the afternoon, so I brought it home and finished it in my studio. I am very happy with how it turned out. 

Today's Quotation: "The road to enlightenment is long, so bring some snacks and magazines." 
-Anonymous








Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Granny Smith" Green Apple Still Life Fruit and Floral Original Oil Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro
"Granny Smith"
6 x 6 inches
Original oil painting on archival canvas panel

$125

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.




In yesterday's post, I mentioned I will be using this fabric again and again...well, here it is again with delicious "Granny Smith" giving me her best pose....

Today's Quotation: "Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."
-Roy Adzak




Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tropical Red Apple, Original Still Life Fruit and Floral Painting by Marina Petro

©Marina Petro

"Tropical Red"
6 x 6 inches
Original oil painting on archival canvas panel

$125

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.






I love the fabric my apple model is relaxing on. I am looking forward to using this fabric again and again.  I have a green apple I've painted on this swatch as well....will post it tomorrow.

Today's Quotation: "A mind that is stretched can never go back to its old dimensions" 
-Oliver Wendell Holmes



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lillies And Plums, Large Still Life Oil Painting by Marina Petro


©Marina Petro

"LILLIES AND PLUMS"

20 x 20 inches
Original oil painting on 1.5 inch deep wrapped canvas  
No need for a frame

Only one in the entire universe...and it could be yours!
Certificate Of Authenticity provided with every original painting.






I love painting these large still life pieces...cheers me up to see them completed. Part of the enjoyment is in searching for and discovering the beautiful fabrics to pose the fruits and vegetables on for the painting. I'm fussy and it is not easy for me to find fabrics I love enough to want to buy. 

Painting these still lifes are so far removed from how I paint my visionary/intuitive garden, angel and celestial paintings. Still life works provide me with a structure to refer to whereas the intuitive, spontaneous work has no structure and I never know what is going to manifest. 

Today's Quotation: "Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames."
-Rumi





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