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

Monday, October 29, 2018

Xmas 2018

Haven't done a lot of artwork for two weeks because of company - my son was home for a few days.  Some things are more important than painting - HA.
I DO have three canvasses going currently; but I wanted to finish and post this little painting.  It's for my art league gift exchange.  5" X 7" and doesn't have a title. I like to think this is how my flame-point Siamese would have looked as a kitten.  We got her from the Humane Society when she was about a year old.  Her name is HoneyBee.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

As promised...

Here is the second painting from my friend's photo.  Not much to say here - not sure how I feel about this painting. 
"Forest Sunbeams"

Saturday, September 1, 2018

"Stream Sunbeam"

A friend of mine was kind enough to let me work from a couple of photographs she too while on vacation.  The challenge with this painting was to get the sun rays to look something like the original photo.  Lots of iridescent color in this.








I'm about half way through another painting like this from another of her pics. 
It's been a slow summer for art once again - lots of other things to do as well.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Salmon Rhody"

New art up!  This is my neighbor's rhododendron - gorgeous color.  I wanted to paint it because of that color.  But also...her 90th birthday is at the end of the month.  I want to make her a print (matted) and a set of cards as a present.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Alone"

Up until now, I have always preferred to paint uplifting colorful artwork.  This piece is a departure.  I just had to find a way to channel my profound anger, disgust and sorrow over what is happening in my country.  So this work is not only for all the immigrant children but for all the children impacted by gun violence.
A few technical details:  I chose muted colors - a couple of blues, a dull green, black and white only.  There is iridescent pearl on the window panes and in the window reflections on the floor.  It shows up in the two different photos. 
This version in bright light from the right.













This one in light from the left.










This really IS the same painting.  Have I said before, I really like working with the iridescent acrylics?
Oh, and I coated the figure in matt varnish and the rest of the painting in gloss varnish.  It doesn't show up in the photographs; but I wanted the figure to have a flat appearance. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

StarChild

OK then...I really struggled with this one for a while - almost gave up.   The background sky was the problem.   It just wasn't looking like my reference image for the sky.   When I gave up trying to make it look exactly like the reference, things went a lot better.   You might recognize the child from two post down - the child in the blue panel of the Global Art Project artwork.   Also, when I first found that reference image for the child (from a royalty free site), I read it as being a little boy.   Since, about half the people who see it think it's a girl.   In a way, this is quite appropriate since the child is suppose to represent all children.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Global Art Project

My art partner this year is Denali from New Mexico.  I received her work last week.  It's taken me a day or two to get it photographed for this blog.  Her piece is done in pastels. 


















 She explained that water is something that binds us all - and the elephant is a symbol of wisdom and joy.  Hers is a very powerful expression of spreading joy round the world.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Global Art Project for 2018

Once again, I am involved with the Global Art Project for Peace
http://www.globalartproject.org/   I decided to work with a computer graphic this year.  The idea was to match the faces with the colors - and have a good variety of nationalities.  Peace and the innocence of children always seemed to go together in my mind.









If I haven't mentioned it before - I found a royalty free website that I am going to be putting to a lot of use at:  https://www.pexels.com/
That's where I found all the photos.  As a matter of fact, I am so taken by the little face in the blue panel that I am using it in a larger acrylic painting.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Companion piece

This painting is the second one using the soft gel medium; in this case on the starfish.  I intentionally made the color scheme the same as my last post with the octopus.
"Seeing Stars"

Monday, February 26, 2018

Experiment

Somewhere along the line, within the last year, I acquired a free jar of Golden gloss soft gel medium.  Never used it before and thought "what the heck"...   So I've just finished this canvas (and have a companion piece started).  I think it's obvious from the photo where the texture is in the painting.
"Outreach" (16"  20")

Friday, February 9, 2018

Special Request

My husband doesn't have many photos from when he was a child.  One that we do have is this small black and white:





He asked me to paint a colored version from his memory of the colors.  This is acrylic on canvas - 12"X16".  "Patches" (circa 1950) 

Monday, January 22, 2018

CVG Show Opening

Wow!  What an experience!  I attended the Collective Visions Gallery opening reception and awards ceremony on Saturday January 20th.  I'd never been to one of these events - very exciting.  And though I didn't win anything, it's a huge honor to even be included.  Out of 900 or so entries only 162 pieces are in the show.  The categories are:  2D (oil, acrylic, watercolor and collage); Photography/Digital Art and 3D (sculpture, ceramics and woven art).
There was a cash bar and buffet at the reception - and then speeches, talks by the judges and, or course, the awards for First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention in each category. 
Again, I'm really grateful for the opportunity to experience this.