Author Archives: Kathy

“Ginger Boy” Cat Portrait (donation for SFAMF)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR December 17, 2017!!  (see invitation below)

Everyone’s invited!!!

Every year, the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund organizes a Holiday Party and Silent Auction to raise additional resources for the Permanent Fund. More than 200 local artists donate artwork that are 6″ x 6″.  The funds that are raised are disbursed throughout the year to professional artists in Santa Fe with medical needs.

This year, my donation is a casein painting of Toddy, our “Ginger Boy” cat!

Ginger boy cat portrait donation

SFeArtistsMRF

 

 

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Bri and her dog Lucy

A recent commissioned portrait, “Bri and her dog Lucy”, 21 x 22 inches, oil on linen by Kathy Maniscalco.

Bri and Lucy

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A Portrait of Two Sisters

Meet Caroline and Claire. They live in Minneapolis and their grandmother commissioned this portrait for the family.

Beautiful girls, smart, creative and bi-lingual (they speak French!). So, it was a joy to create a picture of them.

Here are the reasons I love painting portraits:  I feel as if they are keeping me company in the studio, haha, and because of the joy it will bring the family for generations to come.

Caroline and Claire portrait

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Playing with Paint – Imagination

Hello Everyone and I wish you a prosperous and healthy 2016!

Angel procession Abstract flowers Santa Fe Night Sky Angel collage piece Poppy Field Love felt but unseen

There are times when I must breakaway from classical portraiture and just play so here are a few pictures done completely freestyle from my imagination. The practice is perfect for experimenting with new techniques and ideas.

 

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2015 Santa Fe Artists Relief Fundraiser Event

Hello Everyone,

This is a very late post, but nonetheless wanted to share a few pics from the annual Santa Fe Relief Fund Art Auction, held at Blue Rain Gallery.  I donated this piece (below), “Angel of Faith” to this EXCITING and WORTHY event and was glad to do it!

The gallery was filled to the brim with artists, patrons, friends, and families viewing and bidding on over one hundred pieces of art, no larger than 6 x 6 inches.

http://www.santafeartistsmedicalfund.org/featured-artists/

 

Angel-of-faith

“Angel of Faith”, 6 x 6 inches, oil and gold leaf on cradled wood panel

Angel of Faith

Side view, edges in gold

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Art Sketch Journal – Italy Trip

Hi Everyone,

I recently took a trip to Italy with my dear friend Bonnie and for the first time while traveling, brought my watercolor sketch kit and journal along.

What great fun to sit, relax and sketch.  After much walking, it feels good to immerse oneself in the energy of the moment without moving. I remember the details of the place when I sketch it.

CLICK HERE to see my sketching in Italy photos

Campo sketch

Campo sketch

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Portrait of a Young Woman

Hi Everyone –

Had some questions about the process I played with for this painting of a young woman so I’m posting progression photos – this painting experiment was fun but in no way would I say this is archival.
Painted on paper with 2 layers of fixative. Creating was FUN, just working without much plan, letting things develop as I went along. Slathering the paint on with a knife and then sculpting into it with a brush…

My spirit may be freeing up!

Mara

Finished painting

Mara

Piling on paint with palette knife

Mara

Blocked in

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Charcoal sketch on paper. Acrylics for black and orange. You can see how my charcoal drawing smeared … reclaimed the drawing using paint up until the end.

 

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Portrait Commission of “Olive Noel” (Red Standard Poodle)

This is a recent commission of a gorgeous, red standard poodle named “Olive Noel”.  Almost life size, the picture is 34″ x 26″ and is painted in oils on Belgian linen.
Here’s what her guardian, Sarah, had to say about it:

“I got my stunningly beautiful Christmas present yesterday…a portrait of my baby, Olive Noel!! Kathy Maniscalco is a portrait artist from Santa Fe and her work is so beautiful!! My parents and I commissioned this piece from her and couldn’t be more happy or thrilled with it…informally, we’re calling it ‘Puppy in the Poppies!’ Check out Kathy’s other work at her studio website maniscalcofineart.com. Thank you for creating such a beautiful portrait that captures Olive’s personality so perfectly, Kathy!!! I just LOVE it!!!”

Portrait of "Olive Noel", COMMISSION, 34" x 26", oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco

Portrait of “Olive Noel”, COMMISSION, 34″ x 26″, oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco

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Santa Fe Medical Emergency Relief Fund Auction/Party 2014

I will be participating in an auction to raise funds for the Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Relief Fund. See invitation below for details…

About $25,000 is typically raised at this event, where local artists turn out to support their own. At the artist-dominated gathering, which is open to the public, original 6″ x 6″ paintings, sculptures, and jewelry are donated to raise funds in a silent auction. The beneficiaries are professional artists in medical or dental crisis, with the Santa Fe Community Foundation administering the funds. The Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Fund was founded by artist Armond Lara after a discussion with Doug Higgins and Mark Spencer. “As far as we know, it’s the only organization like this in New Mexico that’s done by the artists, for the artists,” says Lara. The event has been held over the years at Lara’s studio, Munson Gallery, Ventana Fine Art, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, and currently, Yares Art Projects.

 
Kathy Maniscalco

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Portrait painting progression photos (“Gus”, Spinone Italiano)

This painting of “Gus” is 12 x 12 inches, oil on archival cotton rag paper, mounted to an archival panel.

STEP 1
Quick sketch in oil directly on paper.
Quick oil sketch of Gus

STEP 2
Basic drawing shapes and lay-in with warm and cool colors. At this point I only used ultramarine blue, cad red light and white.
initial lay-in

STEP 3
Continue to adjust the drawing and the values.
drawing and value corrections

STEP 4 – COMPLETED PORTRAIT
Details added to fur, eyes, nose and edges.
Portrait in oil, of Gus

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