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Adventures of the Heart

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"I try to take it all in-- sights, sounds, smells, shadows-- and I have more time to do that when traveling. I can look at a scene or animal and know immediately I want to paint it, or sometimes I go through photos from a trip and an image will strike a chord. Many of the paintings in this show were influenced by travels in 2018 (Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ; Bodega Bay in California; and most recently, a plein air painting excursion to Greece). Other works were inspired by John Nieto (The Spirit Animals series) or Picasso which is part of the Masters’ series. Everywhere I find inspiration. Everywhere I see painting possibilities. Here are the stories from this year’s Annual Show."

- Diana Madaras

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The Greece Collection

The following are paintings done plein air (on location) on three Greek islands in August and September, 2018. To read about Diana’s amazing Greek Odyssey, click here.

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Boat in Gray Light from Greece

 

Boat in Gray Light

          Watercolor| Image size- 11 x 14” |  Framed size- 21 x 27" | Price: $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bougainvillea by the Sea Watercolor Greece

 

Bougainvillea by the Sea

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church Lipsi Greece Watercolor

 

Church at Lipsi

          Watercolor| Image size- 7 x 10” | Framed size- 17 x 21" | Price: $850

 

 

 

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Vathi Door Greece Painting

 

Vathi Door

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size-  15 x 18" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pot at Babi's Greece Watercolor

Pot at Babi's Bar

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monastery Greece Watercolor

 

Monastery

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Street of Bougainvillea | Greece

 

Street of Bougainvillea

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 23 x 26" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pot in the Blue Window Greece

 

Pot in the Blue Window

          Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18" |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Door in the Garden | Watercolor

 

 Blue Door in the Garden

          Mixed media| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18” |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fireworks | Watercolor | Greece

 

 Fireworks

           Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18” |  Price: $1,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shadows on the Steps | Greece | Madaras

 

 Shadows on the Steps

          Watercolor| Image size- 6 x 10” | Framed size- 18 x 22” |  Price: $975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Table in the Courtyard | Greece | Diana Madaras

 

Table in the Courtyard

          Watercolor| Image size- 7 x 10” | Framed size- 19 x 23.5” |  Price: $1,100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yellow and Blue | Greece | Diana Madaras

 

Yellow and Blue

          Watercolor| Image size- 6 x 6” | Framed size- 18 x 20” |  Price: $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Coastline

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Wading

Acrylic on canvas | Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15.5 x 18.5” | Price: $1,250

In Bodega Bay, damp air and heavy fog swallowed the landscape. On this overcast day, I didn’t expect to get any photographic material I could later use for painting reference, until I realized this very different light afforded a new and interesting opportunity. I enjoyed working on this low-light scene and actually painted this very monochromatic piece with five different colors to add interest and dimension to the white bird (orange, blue, white, gray, black). 

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Raven in the Mist

Acrylic on canvas | Image size- 9 x 12" | Framed Size-14.5 x 17.5" | Price:  $1,250

A misty, damp day outside Bodega Bay, California was the setting for this high contrast painting where the black raven became a strong focal point against the rock formations barely visible through the fog. I wanted to paint a raven from Bodega Bay—the site of Alfred Hitchcock’s film, “The Birds.”

 

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California Coastline

Acrylic on canvas | Image size-18 x 24” | Framed Size- 24.5 x 30.5” | Price:  $3,250

Near Point Arena, bright orange-colored rocks in the cliffs attracted me to this scene. I liked watching the water surge and crash against the craggy rocks and angular outcroppings. The fast-moving water added movement and life to the painting.

 

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Spirit Animals 

The "Spirit Animal Series" tells the story of Diana’s deep connection to animals –a recurrent passion throughout her life. 
 
Growing up, Diana lived in an apartment attached to her dad’s veterinary hospital and loved watching him care for animals. As a child, Diana helped out where she could, from filling pet prescriptions to working as her father’s surgical nurse when she was in college. When people dropped off abandoned wild birds, squirrels, or rabbits, Diana fed them and provided the care they needed. From a young age, she always had great compassion for these injured animals and prayed for magical healing powers to ease their suffering. 

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Fly Me to the Moon

Watercolor on yupo | Image size -20 x 26” | Framed size-34 x 40”  | Price:  $3,750

The first painting in this series of Spirit Animals flowed quickly and easily. Unlike my usual process, I did not start by drawing the coyote on the paper before adding color, but let him gradually emerge as I worked. Color moved across the slick and nonabsorbent surface of the Yupo paper and this beautiful creature with long legs began to appear. I didn’t plan for his legs to be extra-long, but I liked them, so left them that way. The coyote’s symbolism is associated with the deep magic of life and creation.

 

 

 

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Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night

Watercolor on Yupo | Image size -10 x 12” | Framed size-21 x 22” | Price:  $1,250

The Beatles’ song played over and over in my head as I painted this little guy climbing the mountain all night in search of the illusive moon. As a dark and mysterious creature, blackbirds are associated with lunar symbolism. (A special thanks to photographer Rob Boone for the photo reference)

 


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Amazing Grace

Watercolor on yupo | Image size- 16 x 20” | Framed size-29 x 34” | Price: $2,200

What more graceful being than a soaring eagle? He is the nation’s iconic symbol, and considered sacred in Native American culture. He represents honesty, truth, majesty, strength, courage, wisdom, power and freedom. His huge wingspan shows his prowess and vulnerability at once. (A special thanks to photographer Rob Boone for the photo reference)

 

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Katmandu

          Watercolor on yupo | Image size- 14 x 18” | Framed size-  27 x 31” |  Price: $3,250

The wildcat is a powerful and beautiful animal --cunning, intellectual and playful. His warrior spirit commands attention and respect. “Wilbur”, the inspiration for this painting, is a permanent resident at the Tucson Wildlife Center, rescued there after he was injured on a construction site. 


 

 

 

 

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Jumping Jack Flash Painting
Jumping Jack Flash

          Watercolor on yupo | Image size- 13.5 x 20” | Framed size- 23 x 30” |  Price: $1,850

I loved seeing jack rabbits on my morning walk at Tombstone Monument Ranch when I painted there. Seeing a jack rabbit is said to be a sign of good luck. When I walked the two mile dirt road in the morning, I would try to get as close as I could to the rabbits who were also up at dawn. If I approached this guy very slowly, he would let me get close before taking off in a flash. Rabbits as Totem Animals are symbols of creative problem solving.

 

 

 

 

 

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Masters Series

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Saguaro Nieto Madaras Painting

Saguaro Nieto

         Original Acrylic | Image size- 30 x 40” | Framed size- 40 x 50” |  Price: $7,000

 

This painting was inspired by the work of John Nieto who recently joined Madaras Gallery as a guest artist. I like the bold blocks of colors that Nieto used in his work, and outlining the various elements in the painting was great fun. I chose a subject that I paint a lot, and then used some of Nieto's techniques. They say art begets art, which I believe is very true. We all get inspiration from each other.


This is the first in my "Masters Series."

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Saguaro Picasso Madaras Painting

 

Saguaro Picasso

          Acrylic on canvas| Image size- 30 x 40” | Framed size- 40 x 50" |  Price: $7,000

This painting is part of the "Masters Series" which I undertook as a way to explore the thought processes and techniques of master artists and incorporate those lessons into subject matter familiar to me. I enjoyed pushing the envelope and tackling this creative challenge. I would not have thought to place an eyeball in the middle of a saguaro had I not studied Picasso. 😊

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Madaras Paintings

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Table in the Courtyard | Greece | Diana Madaras

Connie's Flowers

          Acrylic on canvas| Image size- 36 x 48” | Framed size- 44 x 54” |  Price: $10,500

These flowers were painted in honor of my best friend from high school who is a cancer survivor and is being honored this year at a Komen event.

 

 

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Magical White Horse

Acrylic on canvas | Image size- 18 x 24” | Framed size-24.5 x 30.5” | Price: $3,250

My husband Miro and I spent the night at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch where we took photos for a painting commission. The next morning, we embarked on a two and half hour kayak trip down the Salt River which ran adjacent to the property. To our surprise and delight, we encountered wild horses in the river at several calm spots. This magnificent white horse looked magical as she emerged from the forest-green landscape and waded through the water. I especially wanted to paint her reflection.

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Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch

Acrylic on canvas | Image size- 12 x 16” | Framed size- 21 x 15” | Price: $1,450

The origins of Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch date back to the 1930’s when government workers were housed in barracks there while they constructed the Saguaro Lake Dam. After the project was completed, a developer purchased the property and turned it into a guest ranch. We took hundreds of photos to get good reference material for paintings. This painting depicts some of the guest rooms that faced the  Bulldog Cliffs.

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Wildcats Madaras Painting
 

Wildcat Lair

          Watercolor | Image size- 12 x 16” | Framed size-  26 x 26 |  Price: $1,450

 This beautiful family was rescued and rehabilitated at the Tucson Wildlife Center. Lucy (on the right) is a surrogate mom at the Center and she nursed these kittens back to health until they were old enough to be released. They were orphaned when their mom was killed by a car.

 

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Wildcats Madaras Painting
 

Wildcats in the Cactus Lair

          Watercolor | Image size- 12 x 16” | Framed size-  22 x 26” |  Price: $950

 In this “enhanced” painting, I started with the original grouping of wildcats and repainted the background to change it from a den 

 

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Lines in the Sand Desert Painting

Lines in the Sand

          Acrylic on canvas| Image size- 16 x 20” |  Framed Size- 25 x 28"  |  Price: $2,800

 I was inspired by a beautiful view of the Catalinas from a home I visited in La Paloma when I went there to discuss details of a commissioned painting. I did several paintings for the couple and enjoyed this view of the Catalinas so much, that I also painted it for the show.

 

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House Finch Painting Madaras

House Finch

          Acrylic on canvas| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 16 x 19"  |  Price: $1,450

Thanks to photographer Rob Boone for capturing this wonderful portrait of a white house finch that lives in his backyard in Tucson. The bird’s pink and white coloration is so unexpected in the desert. This round little bird is a beauty and was fun to paint.

 

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Two Hummingbirds Painting

 

Two Hummingbirds

          Acrylic on canvas| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 16 x 19"  |  Price: $1,250

Thank you to Rob Boone for providing the photo which inspired this painting of these two amazing hummingbirds that live in his backyard. 

 

 

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