Art From The Studio
Margie Minor is one of our most beloved regulars at Open Studio. Sometimes she is accompanied by her personal care worker and sometimes volunteers from the Cedar Mill Bible Church congregation pick her up but she rarely misses Open Studio on Mondays and Jesus Table Studio on Tuesdays. She loves art and loves to encourage people to do art. We are thrilled to be showing her work!
Margie has been doing art for many years. Coloring is one of her favorite activities. She was inspired to try painting portraits after Leslie Dugas painted a portrait of her. She loves color, shape and texture and has tried several mediums including watercolor, acrylic, pen and colored pencil. She wants to encourage others to give art a try. She says, “You don’t know what you can do until you try!”
Margie found a picture of a girl in a magazine and decided to make it her own. When she was finished she named this piece after herself when she was younger, Peggy. One of Margie’s signature techniques is the way she adds texture. The hair on Peggy is a brilliant example of this technique. She is also adept at capturing expressiveness in her portraits.
Original in marker and watercolor on watercolor paper
This image was from a dream that Margie had of a girl at the beach raising her hands in praise. Here we see her exploring pattern and blending colors to express the sunset and the ocean.
Original is acrylic on canvas board
The reference for this image was from a magazine. The image reminded one of Margie’s friends of her own dog and the story influenced the evolution of this piece.
Original is acrylic on watercolor paper
Margie named this piece for her brother, Tommy. Again, she captures expressiveness in her portraits, partly through tonal variations and partly through fearlessness.
Original is marker and watercolor paint on watercolor paper
Here we see Margie’s interest in patterning. The image captures what is essential in a tree—it’s overall impression as well as it’s particularity.
Original is acrylic paint and marker on watercolor paper
The reference for this piece was a cell phone photo that a friend took of Margie at the beach. Margie felt it was a good likeness and decided to paint her own self-portrait from it. Here she uses watercolor to great effect to capture the variations in land, sky and sea as well as the light and folds on her clothing and skin. She does some experimenting with texture in the bottom left corner that gives the impression of proximity.
Original is watercolor on watercolor paper