I have been in the fine arts / graphic arts business for many years, working in watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, acrylic airbrush and computer art (with experience in Photoshop and Illustrator). I display in local galleries, and do illustration for a wide variety of venues.
I can also be found at:
http://belief-is-magic.com - Portfolio examples
http://1-maggie-huft.pixels.com - Fine Art America storefront - NEW!
http://www.zazzle.com/maggiehuft - Zazzle storefront
http://www.linkedin.com/in/maggiehuft - Professional network

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paint Swatch Exercise

Yesterday I finally got around to doing a paint swatch table of all the watercolor tubes I've been carrying in my supply bag for over a year.  I think what prompted this was the trip to Daniel Smith's last week.  What an eye-opener!  I have had the tendency to use the same colors over and over; and have been missing out on some of the other beautiful colors I have available.  On the other hand, I've noticed I have several colors that are very similar.  For example, I have 10 - 12 different reds of which at least three can be eliminated because they are too close to other shades.  I've been meaning to do this for quite a while; and now was a good time, while I am between paintings.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Field Trip

My ongoing concern about having a blog is whether I'd be able to get back to it on a regular basis.  I see that it's been a week since my last post.  Hopefully I can revisit here at least once a week.  
I'd like to discuss a field trip that a dozen of my fellow art league members and I took this week to the Daniel Smith art supply store in Seattle.  I've ordered from their catalog numerous times; but I don't think I've been in the store for, oh, at least 20 years.  

This was a scheduled visit.  We were suppose to have a tour of the paint production area; and were disappointed to find it had been cancelled.  But we were given a two hour hand's-on demo and the opportunity to try out some of their new PrimaTek watercolors.  Honestly, that was my main reason for wanting to go.  And we had the time to do some serious shopping for supplies.  

For over a year now, I have been in love with their Kyanite Genuine which is a rich blue-gray with granulation and dazzling, glittery sparkle. 
During this trip I've discovered three other colors that I had to pick up.  I was on a budget, or I would have ended up with more.  

From the left:  Fuchsite, Sugilite and Red Fuchsite - all with that sparkle I'm crazy about.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

First Post


I thought it would be appropriate to start my first blog post with my latest piece of artwork.  It is a submission for a food illustration publication; which, I believe, comes out later this year.  I'm a big fan of coffee drinks and chocolate; and have always felt that chocolate is a sensuous experience.  Hopefully this piece reflects that idea.