Archive for the ‘Surreal Art’ Category

Social Commentary

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

M-J Kelley Studio's Hood Ornament

I begin each morning with a blank page, a sharp pencil and a cup of coffee. I never know what I will be drawing. So imagine my suprise when this turned up. Hood Ornament is a new piece that makes a visual comment about the connection between the brown pelicans, automobiles, and the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

I am finding that the greater the social commentary, the greater the animation or cartooning of a piece. It seems easier to comment in this manner. I now understand political cartoonists all the more.

Riverdale Art Walk

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth”. And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.

New Painting: Tension

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Tension (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

This is another new painting that is part of my surreal landscape series. These paintings are based on drawings that I do every morning. Some mornings are a bit more unusual than others.

New Paintings

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Bird House (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

I just finished 10 new paintings for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition application. The Studio‘s home page is featuring one of the new paintings called “The Teasing”. Above is an image snippet from another new painting called “Bird House”. These paintings are painted with gouache (opaque watercolour) on board.