Recent Sales

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Puertas Azules

These are the original paintings I have sold so far this year. This watercolor of my neighbour, Ute’s garden in Las Negras has been sold to a collector in Cornwall, England.

Chapel-Porth

Chapel Porth

This acrylic painting of Chapel Porth beach in Cornwall, England has been sold to a collector in London.

Burros

Dos Burros

This acrylic painting of my neighbour, Miguel’s donkeys in Las Negras has been sold to a couple from Scotland.

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Walsingham Place, Truro

This watercolour of Walsingham Place, Truro, Cornwall has been bought by a collector in Canada.

All enquiries mmerry44@ymail.com

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Woman Painter of the Year 2015

Manuel

El Rincon de Manuel

Women artists earlier this month were invited to enter two paintings in this on line art competition. 146 artist’s submitted 290 paintings. I entered two very different paintings. The one above, El Rincon de Manuel, was voted second in the competition. It is a watercolour of my neighbour, Manuel, sitting in a corner of his farmyard on his finca in Las Negras.

Carmen

Carmen

My second entry, Carmen, was voted third just two votes behind my other work. This is one of my favourite pastel studies of a nude. The combined votes of my two winning paintings were well above the other competitors.

Both paintings have previously won first prize in other contests and are for sale. Enquiries – mmerry44@ymail.com

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The Belly Dancer

Hiedra

Hiedra

My pastel of Hiedra has just won first prize in the on line art contest “The Belly Dancer”.  Hiedra lives in Orgiva but is a regular vistor to Las Negras and I painted this on her last visit when she peformed in El Brindi Negro.

Hiedra

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Children’s Stories of the Alhambra

Illustration from Stories of the Alhambra

Illustration from Stories of the Alhambra

I have been asked by an old established publisher in Lahore, Pakistan to illustrate a book of short stories about Granada and the Alhambra during the time it was a kingdom of the Moors. I am not certain I will undetake this project but I have produced a sample illustration for one of the stories.
It is not an easy task as I have to research many details including costumes and recreate the Alhambra and Granada as it would have been in the 14th Century.
I would welcome any comments regarding this and my illustration which is watercolour.

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Paintings into products

My oil painting of a flamenco dancer on a drawstring bag

My oil painting of a flamenco dancer on a drawstring bag

I post my paintings on several international art sites. These are a good showcase for my work and a source of enquiries for selling my original paintings but they also offer my images for sale, not only as prints, but on numerous products. One of these sites, Red Bubble, offers artwork reproduced on about 30 different products including leggings, mugs and duvet covers. I think my oil painting of a flamenco dancer looks good as a drawstring bag.

Acrylic painting of Daisy as a throw pillow

Acrylic painting of Daisy as a throw pillow

Here is my acrylic painting of my dog Daisy as a throw pillow.

My watercolor, Blue Doors, on a spiral notebook

My watercolor, Blue Doors, on a spiral notebook

This watercolor of my neighbour, Ute’s, terrace makes a nice cover for a spiral notebook. Here is the link to my portfolio on Red Bubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/margaretmerry/portfolio Simply click on the image of the painting and the available products will be shown. I think they make great gifts.

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Summertime in Watercolour

Shops in the Albaicin, Granada

Shops in the Albaicin, Granada

My watercolour, “Shops in the Albaicin, Granada” has just won the on line art contest “Summertime in Watercolour”. This is my third watercolour of Granada to win an art competition this summer and my eighteenth win this year.
To view all my first prize winning paintings go to – http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/margaret-merry.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=534637
Some of the original paintings are for sale. All enquiries: mmerry44@ymail.com

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El Rincon De Manuel

El Rincon de Manuel

El Rincon de Manuel

My watercolor, El Rincon de Manuel,  has just won the on line art contest “A Corner of your Home Town”. I have other paintings of Las Negras but these are of the beach, fishing boats and seafront. I thought this painting showed the more traditional side of our village.

On the edge of Las Negras, in The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Southern Spain this small traditional farm is where I go to buy fresh vegetables. While I was waiting in the yard I looked at this rustic store shed and thought it would make an interesting subject for a painting. The old door with flaking paint, donkey harnesses hanging off the wall and the usual farmyard junk would be fun to draw. I wanted to include Manuel, the farmer, to add life to the composition so, when he returned from the fields with my broad beans, spring onions and lettuce, I asked him if he would pose on his chair in front of the shed. There is a colony of pale ginger cats on the farm so I decided to include one of these too. A little over fifty years ago there was no paved road to  or mains services in Las Negras. It was just a cluster of little cottages surrounded by small farms and fishing boats on the beach.

There are still a few small farms and fishing boats on the beach in Las Negras but, although we have no high rise buildings, there are now two hotels, several apartment complexes and over 30 bars open during the summer. However, Las Negras has only about 200 permanent residents so, out of season, it is still a charming place.

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