Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"We Are In This Together"

After the election, like many, I was filled with a multitude of emotions.  To process them, I began painting safety pins...all oil paintings on 4"x6" Arches Oil Paper. These little paintings were born in an attempt to deal with the election results, meditating on the idea of safe space and the critical importance of allies.  As I shared the work with friends, there was a great interest in acquiring the paintings.  

I chose to create an editioned print that showcases nine of the paintings, and use the sale to assist in raising funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

With the support of some wonderful people and a fantastic, independent, locally owned printing company, IO Labs, I am pleased to offer a Limited Fine Art Print Edition of 100 prints.  

Each print is 12” x 18”, Archival UltraChrome Print on Hahnemühle Bamboo Fiber Paper, the first bamboo fine art inkjet paper on the market.  The prints will be signed, numbered, dated and hand titled "We Are In This Together".  I am donating half of the profit to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  I have already communicated with the SPLC, sharing the project and a jpeg of the print.

Each limited edition print is $75.00.  Shipping/handling is an add'l $15.00.  
If you are in the Providence, RI area, I will have stock in my home and you are welcome to come by and purchase one.
You can pay with PayPal at the PayPal at the bottom.
To pay by check, just send me an email at gagnon60(at)gmail(dot)com and I will reply with a mailing address.  

The prints will be shipped USPS Priority within a week of placing your order.

This project would not have come to fruition without an amazing community of caring people from Seattle to New Hampshire. Thank you all.

With love,
-Marie Gagnon

"We Are In This Together" Limited Edition Print

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I've been holding onto a large selection of intimate paintings on paper because I could visualize an exhibit for them.  But, considering my bank account has been running in the red, I need to do something.  Hence...this sale.   These have been created in the last few years, all influenced by my "Beach" series which is about the journey to the ocean.  We persist because we know the ocean is over the crest.

These 18 paintings are all small oil pieces on Arches Oil paper, 4"x6".
They are $30 each, or 4 for $100.
Includes shipping and handling.

If interested, please email me at

Painting #1

SOLD - Painting #2

 Painting #3

 Painting #4

Painting #5

 Painting #6

Painting #7

SOLD - Painting #8

 SOLD - Painting #9

SOLD - Painting #10

SOLD -  Painting #11

 Painting #12

SOLD - Painting #13

 SOLD - Painting #14

 Painting #15

 Painting #16

 Painting #17

 SOLD - Painting #18

 Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Announcing my first RI art show.

The Journey

AS220 - Main Gallery, 115 Empire Street, Providence RI
July 7 - July 25, 2015
Reception: Saturday July 11 5 - 7 p.m.

When I returned to New England in 2012 after 15 years in Seattle, I realized how much I had missed the dunes near the Atlantic coast.   This series began as a rediscovery of that landscape.   In painting the dune path I am painting the journey.  We know the ocean is over the crest yet it remains hidden as we climb the hot sands.  It is a landscape with an ever-changing personality: its calm and dramatic nature. A character of extremes, it can feel isolating and yet that space is full of emotion, of ideas and of color.

This journey is a quest for home.  Home - the place where we are seen.  The place where we are heard.  The place where we can just be.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Little sketches I've been working in the evening. All based on the beach series. Pen on paper, 5"x7"ish.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I've been playing with some of my Beach paintings on my iPad, using the Procreate app.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

30"x40", oil on canvas.  Part of the Beach series.

Friday, January 24, 2014

One of my latest paintings for the Beach series.  The idea of home is working its way into the paintings.  40"x30", oil on canvas.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've discovered the AS220 open life drawing workshops on Tuesday evenings and have attended the last few weeks.  The vibe in the space is laid-back and easy.  It's becoming one of my fave things to do in Providence.

Using a black pen and an 11"x14" sketchbook, I intentionally work fast.  Even when the poses are longer in duration, I will do them over and over instead of creating a finished piece.  I am enjoying the exploration of gesture and weight.  Moving my hand while observing is one of my happy places.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Along with the beach paintings, I'm still exploring portraits.  Here is another I began of two boys a few weeks ago.  This is based on a photo of my nephews, taken about 20 years ago.

Painting is 22"x28", oil on canvas and still in progress.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

It's been a busy winter and spring.   I moved into a new apartment which allowed me to create a new studio in my home.

In addition the the Beach paintings, I've been working on a series based on jazz gigs as well as working from a beautiful photo taken by a friend's husband of her little boys.

This is "Her Boys", 24"x24", oil on canvas.   It is still in progress.  I began the piece last November and put it away until a few weeks ago.  Taking my time with it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'm behind on the updating.   Yes, I'm still working on the beach series.  I've also begun a series of paintings based on photos I've taken at some jazz performances.  In addition, I purchased an iPad mini in December and so am experimenting with iPad drawings.  Here are two of the sketches from my new toy.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

After hearing from a few of you, I decided post all the sale paintings at once.   I created a page on my website.   

Just go to and click on "SALE".

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This weekend!

Come delight in good company, enjoy noshy bits and beverage, revel in the little hot pink feather tree and see what I've been working on. I will also have many paintings for sale between $25 & $100.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Death and Rebirth -

I have been reading up on all the devastation Sandy left in her wake. So many stories. So much heartbreak.

Some of the stories that struck me involved artists…not only the damage to all the galleries, but more importantly, the studios and therefore years of work destroyed.

It begged the question "what if it happened to me?" I realized that it would hurt more to lose my creations than my personal belongings such as clothes, furniture, books, camera, etc.

A common theme in my life, but one especially brought to the forefront by the recent storm, probably because of my proximity to affected areas, is impermanence.

I always have paintings that I hold onto because of emotional attachment. They may not all be successful work but they have moments that keep me connected such as subject, color or paint handling. But when I would look at them I believed they would be wonderful grounds for new paintings. And yet I didn't have the heart to touch them.

Sandy demonstrated to me that it is crazy to hold on to something that I know can evolve into something greater.

So what have I been doing this week?

Painting over paintings I never thought I'd touch. It feels good.

Here are some before and after photos from this past week's post-Sandy painting frenzy. I'm using a new medium with the oils and it is taking far longer for the paint to dry. It will be at least a week before I can touch these again.

On Thursday I reworked my Jill painting which I loved because of the light, the idea…and was totally infatuated with how the big cat was painted. It's 30"x40". Oil on canvas.



On Friday I took the plunge and went into my beloved Sophia Room painting. It was a very emotional experience. That space was my solace and my home. The painting is 60"x30". Oil on canvas.



On Saturday I touched a painting that had been featured almost full page in the March 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine. Again, I loved the light and the geometry. But it was time. This painting is 36"x36". Oil on canvas.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

After four inspiring days in NYC of being immersed in art, I returned to the studio and pulled out a painting I hadn't touched in two months.  Today it drastically changed and I find it exciting.   Part of the Beach series, oil on canvas.  28"x22"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Opening Tonight:

This Is Not Your Grandmother's Still Life

I am honored to have been asked to show seven of my Bleeding Vessels paintings in this group show, exhibiting with artists I've admired for many years.  

This Is Not Your Grandmother's Still Life opens tonight at Bherd Studio Gallery in Seattle.

Bherd Studio Gallery
312 N 85th St, Ste 101
Seattle WA 98103

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12 from 6 – 10pm
Showing through Friday, November 2

"For their fourth appearance as guest curators at Bherd Studios Gallery, Seattle artists Kate Protage and Chris Sheridan explore contemporary artists’ approaches to an essential theme that is sometimes undervalued because of its traditional roots—the modern still life.

This is Not Your Grandmother’s Still Life showcases the work of eight artists who are breathing new life into the genre by making drawings and paintings of objects that are relevant and contemporary, whether that’s through their choices in subject matter or their technique. From gorgeous, intricate stencil-based paintings of tattoo equipment to intaglio prints of seemingly straightforward objects that offer subtle commentary about society’s current hot-buttons, Protage and Sheridan present work that encompasses a wide range of subjects, styles and resulting emotions.

Exhibition runs from October 12th through November 2nd and includes the art of: Marie Gagnon, Sullivan Giles, Steve Klinkel, Molly Peters, Albert Shelton, Chris Sheridan, Kellie Talbot and Mark Tracy and Andrea Wicklund."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I needed a little break from the dune paintings and so began a second painting of Henry and Parker, the sons of a friend.  The painting is based off a fabulous photo her husband took while the boys were napping.   K was kind enough to give me permission to paint from the photo.

This is only the second day and it still has a ways to go, but it's settling in. Note, I still have to deal with the hands.  Sometimes it feels so good to simply work from a photo and paint from observation instead of creating fully from within. 

24"x24", oil on canvas.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I spent last week in Provincetown.  It was a self-imposed mini residency where I could study the landscape in more depth for the new Beach series.   The week was fruitful, with over 800 photos taken while experiencing the dunes by foot, by bicycle and by 4wd.   Many notes later along with a few watercolors and ink sketches.   This is a larger one I worked on during the week.  11"x14", in pen.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Open Studio!!!

You are invited to my first east coast open studio!
Saturday, Sept 8 - 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, Sept 9 - 10 am to 4 pm
3rd floor - C302 (with the big purple doors)

The Mills
545 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02906
easy off Interstate 95

I will be showing the new Beach series, completed and in progress works. There will also be selected paintings at discounted prices.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Statement for the "Beach" series:

After 14 years in Seattle my return to New England has affirmed that its coastline is my home. Reintroducing myself to the dunes on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard I knew this landscape would become my first east coast series.

The series first began as a love letter to this magical landscape and an exercise in light, space and color. It still is, but over the last few months I’ve watched the substance behind the paintings take hold. In painting the dune path I am painting the artist’s journey. We know the ocean is over the crest yet it remains hidden as we climb the hot sands. It is a landscape with an ever changing personality: its calm and dramatic nature. A character of extremes, it can feel isolating and yet that space is full of emotion, of ideas, and of color.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Beach paintings. These are all 28"x22", oil on canvas.