Mary Pal Designs

Leonard Cohen Reproductions

I am offering a limited edition of ten reproductions of my "Leonard" piece (giclees) for sale for $475. These are printed on acid-free canvas and mounted high-profile gallery style, in the same size as the original, 27 x 37 inches (69 x 94 cm). Shipping extra. If you are interested, please email me via the Contact page or pm me via my Facebook page.

The Mane Event - Sunday, March 19, 12:30-4:30pm

An adventure in colour and texture on fabric at Carriageway Studios, Almonte

Cost: $75 (includes all supplies) - Register via the Contact page of this website.

Remember Colour by Number? This is almost that easy, so it’s perfect for someone who has never painted on fabric before.

Even complete beginners will learn how easy it is to add colour to fabric with water-soluble wax pastels and then embellish with texture by adding sculpted cheesecloth for the mane. Then you will mount your finished piece on 11x14 canvas panel, ready for framing.

Mary will provide the pattern, and show you her trademark technique of sculpting cheesecloth for the mane and how to achieve a luminous watercolour look on fabric. No sewing required! Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon playing with some new fabric techniques.

Quilt Canada 2016

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I don't need to write too much but instead let the work of my students at Quilt Canada in Toronto (June 15-18)  do the talking.  

Here's the background: It was a mad rush leading up to my departure, loading up the car with bins of paints, brushes, fabric, cheesecoth, quilted samples, tools, student handouts etc. etc. etc! My hat is off to the organizers, most especially Irene Lafleche who was my go-to person for classroom issues and Liz Thompson who coordinated the conference, and to the myriad volunteers who kept everything running smoothly in such a large facility.

Stencilling with paintstiks

Stencilling with paintstiks

I had the most amazing students. It is always fun to teach quilters because they are such benevolent, forgiving folks. They help one another out, happily share their tools, and see the humour in everything.  But by the end of four days of teaching, I felt I had a whole new circle of friends, and I have invited them to share their finished pieces with me so I can post photos of them here.  So stay tuned!

My first workshop was Landscape Basics where we explored the virtues of different paint media on fabric (Paintstiks - oil, Setacolor - acrylic and Neocolor II - wax pastel), designing landscapes as we went. They were an intrepid lot, fearlessly experimenting with every technique in the book!

Who says Neocolors have to be pastel?

Who says Neocolors have to be pastel?

Hastening the drying process trying not to blow a fuse!

Hastening the drying process trying not to blow a fuse!

Individual painted works take on a polished presence when place behind a mat.

Individual painted works take on a polished presence when place behind a mat.

The final two days was Sculpting & Painting the Natural World with Textiles, and here we got to play with cheesecloth and more Neocolor II's, all the while evoking the spirit of the Group of Seven.

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Thelma Newbury is the first student whose work I can post here and I am delighted to see her finished results!

Lake Superior Sentinel

Lake Superior Sentinel

Windswept Cedar

Windswept Cedar

Going Against the Flow

Going Against the Flow

Now I am back home and after all the unpacking, I relaxed with a lovely glass of wine ... of course, I couldn't resist this:

Art Quilt Collector

In my mailbox today was a copy of SAQA's Art Quilt Collector, with a feature piece on me and my work.  If you look at the banner below, you can see a photo of me taken by Almonte photographer extraordinaire, Alan Mirabelli (but I'm sorry to report, Alan - they left your credit out of the article). Nonetheless, I'm quite chuffed (as the Brits say) to be considered an Artist to Watch.