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Welcome! I’m Mary Gilkerson, an artist obsessed with capturing color & light in my paintings.
My fascination for the way that light moves through the natural world keeps me deeply connected to the spaces and places I move through on a daily basis.
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Just Look Up

31 Clouds: Day 1 We tend to look for beauty and perspective away from home, away from our usual routine. In gorgeous vacation hot spots. But what if we could find a way to do that without leaving home. Just look up. I started my month of cloud watching and...

Choosing Between a Gallery, or Selling Online

I was recently asked, “Should I sell through a gallery or on my own website online?” My answer? Yes. You don’t have to choose between the two. In fact you should add one more income stream to the mix. I tell my students that they should use the “Concept of...

Do You Know Your WHY?

If someone asks you why you paint, can you give them a clear answer? Or do you freeze like a deer in the headlights if someone asks you why you paint? In his 2009 TED talk, Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.” Think...

It’s Not Just About Blue And Yellow

What if I said that some of the best greens aren't made with blue and yellow? In this short video I’m sharing five different greens that aren't made by mixing blue and yellow. Color mixing can lead to some surprises when we move off the usual pathways....

It’s Hard to Go Green

Today's painting thoughts cover a HOW TO DEAL WITH GREENS. Going green can be so hard! No I don't mean recycling or getting rid of solvents in your studio. I'm talking about working with the color green. Have you ever been totally intimidated by the greens...