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Work Samples

Ginger Hill

Ginger Hill, NS, Oil on linen, 10" x 13", 2017-8

Andor Rooftop

Oil on linen, 8" x 10", 2018

Moonlit Graze II

Moonlit Graze II, Monotype, 2 plates with masking, 13 1/4" x 23", 2018


About Mary

Baltimore County

Mary Swann's picture
I live on a farm north of Baltimore and I paint outside as much as possible. This past summer I painted mostly blue and green and tried to make the edges cleaner than I have in the past. I applied the paint more thickly than before, often with just a piece of cardboard. Towards the end of the summer I often spend a week painting  in southwestern Nova Scotia. This year, I continued to work there in the same vein as earlier in the summer but with more specific subject matter. The weather was very... more

Summer 2018

green summer fields with blue skies and not many details

Nova Scotia Coastline 2018

small direct outdoor paintings for my 2019 calendar

Monotypes 2018

Color monotypes using 2 plates and masking

Collagraphs 2018

These images are made on a cardboard plate with wallpaper and other textured papers, sand, glue, and china silk, and then sealed with matte medium or shellac--the less shellac, the more porous and the darker the area, as it holds more ink. The plates can be reworked, either by removing unwanted areas or adding new pieces of material. The plate itself can be incised or scratched; parts can be made smoother by adding layers of matte medium. I like the clumsiness of collagraphs, the torn edges, their sculptural quality, and their unpredictability. They are difficult to ink up as the surfaces are so uneven and it takes awhile to get a feel for how they will print.

Soft Ground Color Etchings

Soft ground color etchings with aquatint, lithograph & colors added with chine collé

  • Springeese

    soft ground with chine collé, 11" x 12", 2016
  • Jungle Boy

    lithograph & soft ground etching with chine collé, 11" x 14", 2016
  • Running Horses II

    etching with soft ground & chine collé, 8" x 12", 2016
  • Mattapoisett

    soft ground etching with aquatint & chine collé, 10 1/2" x 16", 2016
  • Coatue

    soft ground etching with chine collé, 12" x 18", 2016
  • River Wedding

    softground etching with chine collé, 12" x 18", 2016
  • Moving Bear

    etching with aquatint & chine collé, 5" x 7", 2016
  • Three Deer

    colograph and soft ground & intaglio etching, 19" x 8 1:4", 2017
  • Barn Ball

    soft ground etching with chine collé, 11 5/8" x 12", 2017
  • Dam

    soft ground etching with aquatint & chine collé, 12" x 18", 2014

Nova Scotia Paintings

Late summer paintings done for my 2017 calendar from along the southwest coast of Nova Scotia

Harford County Paintings 2017

Small & very small landscapes with buildings, fields, sunflowers, ponds

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