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Remembering

September 11, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Twin Towers   Oil Painting  24″w x 30″h   Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the twin towers.  Three days after 9/11 I created this oil painting and today is the first time I am showing this piece. September 11, 2014 is also the thirteenth anniversary of the death of a family member, Amy Jarret, who was a flight attendant on the ill-fated United Flight 175. Please take a few moments to watch the You Tube video that honors Amy with a beautiful... Read more


SUMMER TRAVELS

August 23, 2014 Uncategorized 0

SOURCE PHOTO   “And It Rained”  Acrylic on 30″ x 40″ canvas   How did a photo of laundry hanging out to dry in Croatia inspire my latest painting? During fun travels this summer along the Adriatic, I took numerous photographs of clothes drying outside in the sun. Upon returning home, I chose one of the photos as reference for a new artwork.   As you can see above, the original photo is in color and I then Photoshopped it into black and white for a contrast study.... Read more


Two Paintings of Iceland

June 26, 2014 Uncategorized 0

“Jen”  Oil on Canvas, 20″w x 30″h     “Tectonic Plates-Iceland”  Oil on Canvas, 20″w x 30″h   Inspiration for artists comes from many places and a memorable visit to Iceland moved me to create numerous works of art.  Please look on my website (www.maryloudauray.com) to see some of that artwork. Pictured here are two oil paintings that were just juried into a show at the O’Hanlon Art Gallery in Mill Valley, California.  The first one, entitled “Jen”, depicts the entrance into the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa... Read more


COAL EMISSIONS AND MY IPAD

June 14, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Here is some art created on my iPad of three coal plant smokestacks billowing with polluted smoke. Now here is the same work of art photoshopped!     Did you know that “coal plants are responsible for more than half of the US human-caused emissions of mercury?  Just 1/70th of a teaspoon of mercury deposited on a 25-acre lake can make the first unsafe to eat.  A typical uncontrolled coal plan emits approximately 170 pounds of mercury each year.  However, activated carbon injection technology can reduce mercury emissions by... Read more


ART ABOUT COAL TRANSPORT

June 1, 2014 Uncategorized 0

“Coal Train Through the Forest” done on my iPad.     “Coal Car After Coal Car” done on my iPad.   When I am on an airplane or do not have brush in hand, I create art on my iPad.  The two pictures here were made using the Brushes app. Since January 2014, I have been doing artwork related to the problems caused by the burning, transportation and mining of coal. Last year, while in Sandpoint, Idaho, I witnessed one train pulling 126 (I actually counted!) open... Read more


CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

May 22, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper  51″ x 39″   Global warming’s tumultuous effects in the future concern me.  Every day I do  art work related to this worry in the hopes that the paintings will help raise awareness to find solutions.   If you want to read more about what I am doing, please check out this link to a recent article from Luxe online magazine: http://luxebeatmag.com/mary-lou-dauray-artist-world-traveler-advocate-positive-change/ Read more


Furnace Heated by Coke

April 21, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Here is a photo of my new work in progress:  an acrylic painting being done on two sheets of paper. This  art work in my “Coal” series that I started in January, 2014, depicts coke burning in an old blasting furnace.    According to Wikipedia, historical sources dating as far back as to the 4th century that describes the production of coke in ancient China.  The most important raw material  fed into the blast furnace for making iron and steel is coke and the most... Read more


COAL AND A BIT OF HISTORY

March 13, 2014 Uncategorized 0

RED and BLUE COALS 30″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas   Although this painting is not quite finished, I wanted to post it in order to continue showing works I am currently doing that focus on coal.  I am also finding that during my painting breaks  I have been using the time to read about the history of coal; study about the problems currently associated with the burning and transporting of coal; and learn about the  ways people are starting to slowly shift the world’s dependence on... Read more


FLAME AND COAL

February 26, 2014 Uncategorized 1

“Flame and Coal”   Intense concern would be an understatement in trying to describe the feelings generated as I continue doing this series of coal paintings.  I am motivated because the more I learn about the negative environmental impact of coal burning, mining, and transportation, the more I know that I need to use my art to bring attention to this serious pollution situation. While coal is the largest source of energy for the generation of electricity worldwide, it is also one of the largest... Read more


Burning Coal Makes Me See Blue

February 19, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Can you see the touches of blue among the pieces of burning coal in this painting?  Most of the reference photos I am studying for my coal series are replete with the colors of gray, black and orange.  However, I found one picture that had blue traces and found out in Wikipedia that “a blue-colored flame only emerges when the amount of soot decreases and the blue emissions from excited molecular radicals become dominant.”  This artist is learning some science! and I love the color blue. Why am... Read more