I have just completed this commission of a watercolour of studies of the flamenco dancer Mayte Beltran. My clients had seen a small watercolour I had painted of Mayte last year wearing a red outfit and shawl when she performed at the feria in Las Negras. Mayte herself bought this painting. The clients, however wanted a larger painting, 50cm x 30cm and with the dancer wearing black. Fortunately I had some photos we took of Mayte wearing a black dress and this colourful shawl during a street performance in Las Negras about three years ago so I was able to refer to these for her costume in the painting.
I was commissioned to paint this coastal scene in pastel by a British couple for their villa in the east of the Province of Almeria. The subject, of course, is very familiar to me but they particularly wanted soft sunlight and an almost turquoise sea. Normally the colours are more vivid here and the sea a deeper blue but, fortunately, on recent sunny days the colours in Las Negras in the morning have been exactly what they asked for so I have been able to complete the commission to their requirements.
This pastel study has just won first prize in the on line art contest – “Seductive”. There were 333 entries. It is one of my first figure studies in pastel and the original has been sold to a collector in Canada. I entered this painting, as I have already won art contests with seven other nudes in pastel and had not put this one in a contest before. To see more of my paintings of nudes go to www.paintingsofnudes.wordpress.com or http://margaret-merry.pixels.com/collections/the+nude+in+pastel
I have just finished these two paintings of St. Just in Roseland church in Cornwall which were commissioned by a collector in England. The paintings are watercolours – image size 40cm x 30cm.
Despite Brexit and the fall oil the value of the pound my paintings are still in demand in the UK but I have sold nothing to the USA since their election. Perhaps my American fans are still in shock.
The fourth time my pastel of this dancer has won first prize in an on line art contest. This one “Dance – any media” has just finished. There were 487 entries. I did not inform any friends of my entry nor solicit for votes so to win was a surprise. I did this painting four years ago and I sold the original to a collector in the UK but prints are available. If there are any dancers in the Almeria area who would like to pose for me please contact me.
My neighbour and yoga teacher, Candelaria asked me to paint portraits of her granddaughters, Alejandra and Maria. The medium is pastel which I prefer for portraits. I use Sennelier artists soft pastels on Sennelier pastel card. The original paintings are 50cm x 32cm.
If you are interested in commissioning a portrait please contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales of original paintings have been very few during July and the first part of August. I think I only sold a couple during this time. Summer visitors here rarely buy art and it is also a poor time for on line sales. As usual for the end of August sales have picked up during the last week. First I sold this watercolour to a couple from France visiting Las Negras.
A collector from the UK bought this watercolour of Sacromonte, Granada on line.
Mayte Beltran herself bought these watercolour studies of her Flamenco dancing at the Las Negras fiesta. She is staying in the village for a few days and called round our house. She is a charming young woman and of course I let her have the paintings for a very special price.
Finally another collector from the UK bought this nude in pastel, La Rubia on line.