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PAINTINGS

Below are "hidden message" paintings mostly done in 2015. They are all mixed media explorations -- using stamp printing, stencils, housepaint, and oil pastels on 8 x 8 foot canvases. They are graphic interpretations of real plant forms and they all have "secret writing" in them. Click for closeups.

Divine Plant
Mixed media diptych on canvas, each part 36x36
© Gail Mardfin - $2200

There are two hidden messages in the painting:
HONOR THE DIVINE IN EVERYONE ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE
and
NO MATTER HOW GOOD IT GETS, THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
Click to see details.

Growth
Mixed media diptych on canvas, each part 36x36
© Gail Mardfin - $2200

There are five hidden messages in the painting:
BE PRESENT IN EACH AND EVERY MOMENT
and
BE OPEN TO EVERYTHING AND ATTACHED TO NOTHING
and
LOVE IS THE ONLY REAL POWER IN THE UNIVERSE
and
I LIVE MY LIFE IN JOYFUL EXPECTATION
and
LAY IT DOWN ON THE ALTAR OF LOVE
Click to see details.

Day Lily Love
Mixed media on canvas, 36x36
© Gail Mardfin - $950

Hidden messages: LET LOVE LEAD THE WAY
Click for detail.

Float Free in the Ocean of Spirit's Love
Mixed media (including crocheted doilies) on canvas, 36x36
© Gail Mardfin - $950
Click for detail.

I Am Opening
Mixed media on canvas, 36x36
© Gail Mardfin
$950

Candle Lily
acrylic 24"x12"
© Gail Mardfin - $375
Hidden message: Love is the central flame of the Universe

Below are paintings done between 2002 and 2014, when my long-time affinity for dark outlines in drawing came forth. I work from photos of subject matters that make me feel good (flowers and food being two of my favorites), making simplified interpretations of them and then "color them in" with layers of acrylic paint. Someone described this style as "somewhere between a coloring book and stained glass" and that is pretty accurate!

In My Backyard
acrylic, 24"x12""
© Gail Mardfin - NFS

Flores de Queretaro
acrylic 24"x18"
© Gail Mardfin -
SOLD


Daisy, Daisy
Acrylic on canvas, 12x24
© Gail Mardfin
- SOLD

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A GICLEE
$95

Sweet Pickles
acrylic16x16
© Gail Mardfin -
SOLD

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A GICLEE PRINT
14x14 - $95
Limited edition numbered giclée w/ backing in polybag
or framed in beaded wood frame - $200

Soup Makins'
acrylic 12x24
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Ten Tulips
acrylic & collage 24"x24"
© Gail Mardfin -
SOLD

Philodendron and Pears
acrylic16"x20"
© Gail Mardfin - $425

Hafiz' Sunflower
acrylic 10"x10"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD (commission)

Bowl of Cherries
acrylic 6"x6"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Pickles in a Jar
acrylic 7"x5"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Kitchen Sunflowers
acrylic 24x20 © Gail Mardfin -
SOLD

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A GICLEE
$95

Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling
acrylic 20"x16"
© Gail Mardfin -
SOLD

This is a different sort of painting for me, which was created for entry in a show called Vincent Van Gogh, His Life and Work - Contemporary Interpretations, on exhibit at the Atlantic Health System Headquarters in Morristown, NJ, July - October 2012.

Vinchat
acrylic 30"x24"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A GICLEE/PRINT
in two sizes

One of my favorite paintings by Van Gogh is Yellow Chair With Pipe. It is the kind of domestic scene that I would be likely to paint myself, in my own stylized-outlined way.  I am not a particular cat lover and do not own a cat, but for some reason I wanted a friend's cat added to the picture, so that's what I did.  In my earlier drawings, it sat on the chair, but that left the bottom of the composition quite bare, so it was a brainstorm when I thought about filling that space with cat toys and a sleuthing kitty.  In the original painting, there is a wooden wine crate in the upper left, holding something that is hard to see in reproductions, I think it is onions.  I decided to put wine bottles in there, and somewhere in the creative process, it occurred to me that I could change Vincent's recognizeable signature into a play on words in French: Vin (wine) and Chat (cat).  

Mike Fenton, organizer of the Van Gogh show, presents me with an award for my piece. The juror was Anne Kullof, who said, "Usually Van Gogh's interiors feel very lonely. This one feels alive and happy." Mike Fenton said it was fun to watch people look at the painting, first remarking, "Oh, a chair," and then upon closer inspection, "Oh! A cat!"



Midnight Tulips
acrylic 30x24 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

When Life Gives You Lemons...
acrylic 16"x20"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD (commission piece)



Paperwhites Revisited
acrylic 30x22
© Gail Mardfin
$750

Pink Tulip Field
acrylic 30x24 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Front Porch Daisies
acrylic 24"x18"
© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

First Daffodils
acrylic 20x16 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD


Eggplants
acrylic 16"x20"
© Gail Mardfin
Commissioned by
Northeast Organic Famers' Association - NJ

Morangie Farm Peppers
acrylic 24x18 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Clara's Garden
acrylic 20x16 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

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Popcorn
acrylic 24x24 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Bay Head Daisies and Hydrangeas,
acrylic 30x24 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Harvest Apples
acrylic 30x24 © Gail Mardfin
SOLD


MIXED MEDIA

"Mixed media" is when you use more than one medium: i.e. charcoal and Indian ink, but to me it mostly means "collage," gluing on scraps of paper or other materials to a background surface. How grateful I am to ol' Picasso and Braque for coming up with the notion of collage back in 1913!

I have been making collages since I can remember. There is nothing so satisfying to me as moving around bits of paper and seeing them - click! - into the perfect place. I frequently use monoprints, unique one-of-a-kind hand-printed images, as the backgrounds for my collages. Most of my collages have handwritten sayings or quotes enhancing them.

Please contact the artist if you are interested in knowing more.

Love Grows Back
Mixed media on canvas
14x18

© Gail Mardfin
$375

I fly the flag of Love and Freedom
Monoprints & mixed media
black frame 12x16

© Gail Mardfin
$150

Down Home Goodness.
Monoprints & mixed media
red mat; black frame 20x16

© Gail Mardfin - SOLD

Anything can happen if you let it
- Mary Poppins
Monoprint & mixed media
red mat; black frame 14x12

© Gail Mardfin - SOLD

Lighten Up!
Monoprint & mixed media on board
black frame 10x8

© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Live out of my imagination...
Monoprint & mixed media
framed as shown 10x8

© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

B A L A N C E.
Monoprints & collage
In teal mat & black frame 12x24

© Gail Mardfin
$200

Where there is Love, there is Life.
Monoprints & mixed media
turquoise mat; black frame 18x24

© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

It all gets done in perfect timing-
Mixed media on board; black frame 24x18

© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Home is Within-
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
20x20

© Gail Mardfin
SOLD

Life is a game. Play it. - Mother Teresa
Monoprints & mixed media
green mat; black frame 16x20

© Gail Mardfin
$150

Happiness is my Essential Nature.
Monoprints & mixed media on board
green mat; black frame 16x20

© Gail Mardfin
$150

Even if you know the world will end tomorrow, plant a tree
Monoprints & mixed media
turquoise mat; black frame 16x20

© Gail Mardfin
$150

Water your life with Love.
Monoprints & mixed media on board
Monoprints & mixed media
blue mat; black frame 16x20

© Gail Mardfin - SOLD

It could be different, but it could never
be less than perfect -
Mixed media - 21x21

© Gail Mardfin
$375 -
SOLD

How Am I Going to Create My Day?
Monopritnt & mixed media
© Gail Mardfin -
SOLD

Impermanence is the nature of the
human condition
-- The Buddha
Monoprint with collage & mixed media
12x16 -
SOLD
© Gail Mardfin

Experience Anticipation
Monoprint with collage & mixed media
12x16 -
SOLD
© Gail Mardfin

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