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Donald Maier
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ALSO: Sell Art Online for high quality giclee prints 

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For more than 50 years I have been calling myself an artist. It began on my tenth Christmas in 1957 when my father gave me an oil paint set. I used up some of the colors and all of the canvas boards and needed more supplies. So I began going door to door to sell my paintings for $25 dollars around the block where I lived in Shark River Hills, New Jersey. Someone took pity on me and bought my first painting and that’s really all I have wanted to do ever since. I first used watercolor only to make color notations on pencil sketches for oils. I realized that the pencil line inhibited the brush stroke, so gradually I eliminated all pencil drawing and began blocking in large areas of color, isolating the white space, often becoming the painting’s focal point.
As a young man, and being inspired by Winslow Homer, one of my first watercolor trips was to his home state of Maine. I remember waiting for over an hour for my paper to dry as I tried to paint on the foggy coastline. Thank goodness Fredrick Remington was also an influence to me inspiring my interest in western landscape and the desert.
This is a fast medium, lending itself to painting on location and demanding a rapid approach. There’s nothing like being there, in the moment, capturing the feel of the location. It also helps give the paintings a sense of place that is hard to achieve when working from photographs because the limited tonal range of a photograph cannot match what the human eye can adjust to and see.
I love the desert for plein air painting because one does not have to wait long for the water to dry on the paper allowing you to proceed to the next step to achieve a hard edge. In fact a wet into wet technique is a real challenge there. Also, battling time and the elements of wind and sand and having a sense of urgency with constantly changing cloud patterns on the ground offer a real challenge to the artist.
In 1994 I moved from California to Atlanta, Georgia and taught at Bauder College until 2006. I enjoyed painting at our local Sope Creek during the Autumn months and realized how much I missed the change of seasons. I was featured at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, in spring of 2007 with an exhibit titled “Four Corners”, some 29 watercolors, most were painted on location during a painting trip to the area in2003 and 2006. I still go to Arizona and New Mexico whenever I can since it is only about 6 hours longer to drive there than it did when I lived on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Ever since my show in the Spring of 2007 at the Booth Museum, I have been very busy with other shows around the Atlanta area and helping start an artist's coop in Acworth, GA called Gallery 4463 where we have monthly shows. My most recent show was a 61 piece one-man retrospective of my 40 years of plein air watercolors and pastels, done in all corners of the country. This show was titled "Coast to Coast" and had work from a 1969 watercolor done in Washington State, to one in Maine in 1972, to Southern California and Arizona and Florida and St. Croix.


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Plein air painting done at night, on location usually under artificial lighting. This is a good opportunity to display some of your urban settings.
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Abstract Plein Air

Often when we paint plein air we have to paint quickly to capture the image before the light changes too much. This calls for a simplification of the subject to its basic elements, also known as abstraction.
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Paintings of boats... in or out of the water.See More
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Post paintings of your own house... not your neighbors or your rich uncle. This group's name is "Our" house.See More
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Donald Maier and Patricia Musgrave are now friends
Nov 25, 2014
Tony Robinson commented on Donald Maier's blog post Dry-spell?
"Hi Don, I've just read your comment. Its hard to think that you who are an inspiration to many of us are looking for it now. Its not lost, buddy, only mislaid. And when you find it again, in your photos and your domestic scene, there will be…"
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It has been over a year since I did my last Blog Post about how I broke through my dry spell... well not so fast. It would seem, with some embarrassment, that I am in an extended dry spell. I guess it was bound to happen, as my health got worse and I am stuck with oxygen bottles to lug around. But you say what? You thought I took an oxygen machine with me to Ireland a few years back, it's true. But my breathing was not as bad as it is today. I am getting winded just walking to the bathroom.…


Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:41am — 3 Comments

Breakthrough from my dryspell

I guess one could consider working in pastels for 9 or 10 months, a "dry spell" of sorts. They certainly are dry. But if you have been paying any attention, I have been doing daily work, sometimes 4 or 5 pieces per day. These can mount up quickly. I stopped working about a month or so ago. Around when the leaves began to bud out and changed the look of the landscape. Too much green for me. 

I now have triple what I need to have my show in September. Suzie is going crazy thinking she…


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 9:12pm

Pastel Portraits

Today we had our annual "Taste of Acworth" and Gallery 4463 had it's own booth where I set up to do portraits. Here are a few that I did. It was good to do this today since next Saturday I am scheduled to do the same thing at the "Flavors of Fall Festival" at the Smith Gilbert Gardens on October 20th. This helps build my confidence. I have never been someone who could do the "complimentry" portrait, overlooking the flaws and lines in the face, making the subject look younger and overall…


Posted on October 13, 2012 at 10:30pm

Paint-out in my backyard

Last weekend we had an incredible blooming in my azalea garden when I did some watercolors that were so colorful I simply was overwhelmed with the bright colors I was using. I invited a few painters over to share the scene but I did not get any company until a week later, yesterday, when Shane McDonald, who won 1st place in the MCMA plein air event,…


Posted on April 8, 2012 at 12:44pm — 10 Comments

Make Do With What You've Got

My dad again... Make do with what you've got. How often do I do that? Here is my most recent example.

I am out doing my weekly watercolor while Suzie is inside the supermarket shopping, when I realize I left all of my paper at home. So rather than be board for the hours or so, I looked around for some alternative. I have used the backs of our gallery showcards that I usually have a short stack of in the truck, for drawing cars in the lot. These I have already posted. But I had not…


Posted on March 12, 2012 at 5:59pm — 4 Comments

Comment Wall (197 comments)

At 4:16pm on April 30, 2009, Dena Kirk said…
What a great new site for artists! I look forward to networking here when I have a chance and will pass it along to my artist friends. I love your work! Very bold with strong design! Awesome! Thanks for putting this together. I found it to be very user-friendly.
At 10:19pm on May 5, 2009, Diane Young said…
I have only live in the southwest for five years, it's taken time to know the desert but I will. I just keep pushing the paint.
Thank you for the new site for plein air painters. Nice to be connected with so many fine artist. You have made the site very easy to use. Looks like a labor of love.
At 9:45pm on May 6, 2009, Robert P. Bergman said…
Hi Donald...this is great . Thanks for the invite and I will pass the word to other artist. Just getting started so have a bit of work to do to get everything up to what I would like. Take care and Paint...!
At 10:00pm on May 6, 2009, J.R. Baldini, IPAP said…
Not Canadian,born and lived most of my life in NY, just live in Canada right now.
At 9:39am on May 8, 2009, Carole Flaherty said…
Thanks for the compliment, but you'll have to blame my husband of 33 years for the Flaherty part, I'm mostly German with a good dose of English.
Is there a place I can post a link to my website:
Thanks for this site. Carole
At 7:23pm on May 8, 2009, Sandra Nunes said…
Hi Donald,
So sorry I´ve been very busy here and after I joined, just now I had a time to come back here and saw your posts. Trying to find my way around to post my introductory text and all.
So, your wwife is Brazilian. Where is she from?
At 9:01pm on May 9, 2009, MARLA SMITH said…
Hi Don, thanks for your nice comments.....yes, those of us who are lucky to live in AZ do cherish that blessing.....I just wish I started painting way back when, since I have lived here in and around Prescott all my life, and the diverse subject matter we have here is outstanding!! thanks for this site....MARLA
At 4:48pm on May 10, 2009, Ruth Cox said…
Hi Don, Thanks for your comments. I have a better version of my picture somewhere, just have to find it. I do know Shelley Grund, but only as an online WetCanvas friend, never met her in person. Thanks for this site.
At 6:24pm on May 11, 2009, Joan Shaw said…
I'm from Western NY. The blue body of water in the photo is the Niagara River.
Where are you located? How did you get my email address? Just curious.
At 10:05pm on May 15, 2009, Laurie S. Williams said…
Not yet, I'm working on it, I'm pretty PC illiterate so I need help with this stuff.

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