Saturday, February 26, 2011

'Girl' note cards

Note cards featured in Giftware News article by Managing editor, Karen Feil:

"Breezy pen and ink drawings, with a touch of color, characterize the lighthearted cards by Mary Telfer. A multi-talented artist who also hand-crafts jewelry and paints watercolors, she lifts bits of color and pattern from her watercolors and places them as accents on her pen and ink note cards.

Notes featuring line drawn portraits of very hip, young women accompanied by a single word or a line of text - "thank you ever so...", or "brilliant", and "fabulous" reflect an urban sensibility.

Other notes feature whimsical cats, insects, and flowers each with a dash or color, a word of greeting, and blank interiors."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Artists without Borders

I am so saddened by the closing of so many Borders books stores this past week. "My" Borders in McHenry, and Crystal Lake, IL are two of the 200 stores closing.

I heard that it's because they weren't keeping up with the technology fast enough and B&N was. Well, I want to say in their defense that almost everyone I know prefers Borders, but I guess the numbers didn't work out for them. I DO hope it is somewhere in their plan to come back!

I will try to make it down to the Algonquin store once in a while, but it just won't be the same. I have nothing against that store, it's just that I am fond of the employees I have gotten to know in my local Borders. They are good people who deserve to keep their jobs.

I would go to Borders often. Sometimes to meet friends, sometimes to read (what's better than coffee and books?), and sometimes to work on my artwork. Pictured here are some of my note cards they sold in the McHenry, IL Borders. More on this later... please leave a comment if you will also miss these stores.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Beautiful Door County, Wisconsin

This is a painting of one of my favorite spots in Door County, Wisconsin.

If you want to learn some acrylic painting, take my classes on Thursdays at two Northern Illinois Michaels stores; Algonquin on Randal Road and the McHenry Michaels on Route 31, alternating Thursdays.

Contact me for more details:

If you live in Northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin contact me about other workshops too!

Monday, February 14, 2011

An 'apple a day' will help feed some people

An apple a day blog I created at the end of 2009 still has many 'apples' for sale.

I painted 66 apples in 3 months to raise money for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

Each matted painting is $50 and I'll give $10 to the pantry for each sale. Please check them out!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pink and white on beige

This was an experiment I did on some beige pastel paper my friend Emily gave me. I like the way the paper shows through in many spots. I also love that extra dark green pastel.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Pack is back!

Green Bay Packers colored flower. Go Packers!

Pastel, 5" x 7"

$50 matted

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

an art class on the beach in Carlsbad, CA last weekend

Photos by photographer, Jay Reilly.

Art, warmth, and fun.

Carlsbad, California

I feel extremely grateful to have been here. My cousin, Ron took this photo a few days ago while we walked on the beach. The view was spectacular. Being there gives me a perspective that I get nowhere else. My cousin, fortunately, appreciates living here every day!

I have many, many photos that I will not put all in my blog, but wanted to share a few. I'm sure they will be an inspiration to my artwork for a long time.

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