Monday, December 16, 2013

Denver artist, Laurie Maves Art paints Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"

For Monday's blog we will take a little trip down memory lane.

First I made this LOVED-based painting in my Denver studio:


"Look into your heart and you will find
It's our god forsaken right to be

Then some dear friends of mine took the painting on a road trip:

and then people were inspired, and happy and danced and sang.

Happy Monday to you.
Keep spreading it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Laurie Maves ART's Ode to "Vincent" & Starry Night

This painting was created live on the starry winter night of December 4, 2013. I was hired by CECFA (Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority) to paint this during the evening of their holiday party at the Artwork Network gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District, Denver, Colorado.  I have always loved  vanGogh since I was a small child. This painting came like water to me. I know my work is no where near the mastery of Vincent's, but I still love his story.  And I understand how painting helps excise the demons from one's soul.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Laurie Maves ARTsy vlog 11.22.13

what's new in the studio
what's new in merch ='s 2014 FRIDA KAHLO portrait calendars
latest show over at Skylite Station
come visit and be a real person in person.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In Good Company Vol. 1 Benefits Love Hope Strength!


Friday, November 1, 2013

the Big Blue Ball's "Whole Thing" painted as Poppies by Denver's live pa...

I saw this video this morning.
It's one of my favorite time lapse pieces, and it makes me want to run to the studio and make another one today.  But more importantly, my son who is my assistant in this video, Forest Coon, is now taller than me, and growing into a beautiful young man. I would like him to assist me in another painting, before he grows up and moves away to his own life. Time is going all too fast...

Whole Thing Poppies video

Happy November

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chris Daniels and the Kings painting raises nearly $3500 for the LLS

About a month ago I had the fortune of performing/painting live alongside Colorado musician and Leukemia survivor, Chris Daniels. He hosted a show with his band members at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver as a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society / Rocky Mountain Chapter. What a brilliant evening of music and dancing and ART!

I chose the subject matter of Chris's current logo, a red truck with a giant guitar in the back, for the live painting. Following the show, the painting was auctioned off for nearly $3500! About 2 dozen attendees of the event made donations from $10-$500 to buy the painting in honor of the LLS and Chris. The Hard Rock Cafe has graciously agreed to host the painting to continue to promote awareness about the LLS.  We are all looking forward to seeing where the RED TRUCK will hang prominently in one of the restaurant's many locations around the planet. If you see it - let us know!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"hand of spirit" press release

Hand of Spirit at Skylite Station
Press Release

“Exploring the connection with spirit as it influences the act of creation”

As part of Denver ARTS week in November,
three artists, maxwellvision, jared david paul and laurie maves,
express with minimal materials, narratives from the subconscious
and the cosmic mind. These works on paper represent the mysterious
motion of nature as well as the universal theme of love.

At the opening celebration on November 7th,
'Birth of the New Heart', a theatrical piece
 created by international dancer Mila Popovich,
 video artist Ellipteo
 and composer's Maxwellvision and William Murphy will debut.
  Also this evening artist Jared David Paul
 will create a primal painting as we circle around him,
 Nat Lort Nelson of The Bunny Gang
 will fill the room with ambient soundscapes
 and a special appearance by the enchanting Xitlali Baila
  performing to live drummers.

 Performances start at 7:30.

 This evening of art and contemporary theater
 is a testimony to the thriving arts in Denver.

Hand of Spirit runs November 1 to December 1
opening party and performances, November 7th 6-10 pm,
admission is free

Skylite Station
910 Santa Fe Dr. Denver
for info 530.391.3887

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ArT Project / Venice Italy

A few of my Dolce Vita paintings have been selected for two exhibitions in Italy this month. For this I am ever so grateful. Below is one of the international contemporary art shows, this one located in Venice.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Live Painting at TEDx with Alicia Fall

Here is the great video footage from my first TEDx talk with Alicia Fall.
Live painting in 10 minutes?
You bet!
TedX Talk with Alicia Fall 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Live painting at Arrowhead Golf Course

ARROWHEAD GOLF COURSE, Roxsborough, Colorado 

The completed painting going to the live auction shortly
This is one of the most beautiful outdoor settings I've ever painted at.  The Arrowheads are magnificent rock formations near Roxborough Park in Colorado.  
Amidst all the flooding and tragedy this past week in the state where I call home, it was an amazing reminder of mother nature's beauty, when she is calm and brilliant. 
The live painting of the surrounding landscape at Arrowhead will be auctioned off this afternoon to benefit the CeDAR organization, which is the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. 
Great great people with seriously life-saving programs.  Check them out: CeDAR's website link*

Jane and Janet stop by for a photo with the painting in progress.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Art accepted into the PEACE PROJECT

"The Art of Igniting Love" mixed media on paper, collaged onto canvas 48"x48"
all rights reserved by Laurie Maves ART 2013.
MANY MANY THANKS to the Whole9
 and its jurors for accepting my painting into this year's Peace Project. 
My painting, "The Art of Igniting Love"
 will be reproduced into a 1'x1' panel alongside the artwork of 165 other selected images. 
These artworks will be then be assembled into a large traveling mosaic
 that will be exhibited across the country.

For more information, please visit:

how are you spreading peace and love today?


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Mixed Media works upcoming, but social media shuts down

"Burn It Blue Frida" mixed media on paper 2013
Here's my last video log for the month of August.
Wish me luck on my "Social Media" hiatus. 
I can do it. I can do it. I can do it....

My last ARTsy vlog for awhile... (click here to see it :))

Look at what's coming up though-
Frida Frida Frida and mixed media glory...

"Electric Light Frida" mixed media on paper 2013 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

social media hiatus...EEK!

Yes folks, I said, it, I'm taking a self-imposed social media hiatus for the month of September. and the more I think about my plan for this, the more anxiety I feel. I'm on social media all day long, promoting my art, health and artsy doings.  If I take a break, will my clients go away? Will I be forgotten? Will I lose touch with many of my online friends?

The thought of a social media break seems daunting to say the least.

When the love of my life proposed this idea to me last week, I first shuddered to think about what that might mean. He's never on social media, he doesn't know how I rely on Facebook for clients and commissions, he doesn't tweet about his location and how he is being inspired to paint after seeing a Picasso...

And then the more I thought about how much TIME I spend promoting myself, instead of simple focused painting, I realized that this prescription just may be in order for me at this time. I'm on the brink of some new and fascinating work this past month. I've been painting portraits of Frida Kahlo over and over and the work that is evolving is greater in my mind's eye than any work I've ever executed. I'm fascinated by my color choices and layering of paint and chalk. I feel I'm needing an immediate Artist in Residence, but since I've applied for none, I think I'll just make an artsy "Staycation" in my own Denver Studio.

So my plan for September is to toll away at the paint, canvas, chalk, paper, mixed media and see what unfolds...without opening my computer, without posting pictures, without checking for an internet connection. My art comes through my fingertips, and they're getting ready for the workout of their lives.

Please know that you're all invited to visit me in person in my Denver studio, and of course I'll be checking emails and my phone. It would be great to meet many of you face to face, as I've had the recent pleasure of meeting many Facebook friends in the flesh - right there at my new studio. Maybe that great fortune will happen and I won't feel so disconnected.

But to my paintings and my creative works, I will most definitely be connected, inside and out. And I'm looking forward to October when I can share all my efforts with you.

My 8.21.13 artsy VLOG about hiatus

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

LaurieMavesArt paints "Long Gone" by Kyle James Hauser

Today's featured artsy timelapse.
A painting I completed in 2010 for singer/songwriter Kyle James Hauser.
I hope to get this piece off to Kyle soon, if i can locate him. I believe his music career is booming in Kentucky.

Monday, August 5, 2013

don't come too late to love...

Going through old paintings in my storage room, i came across Bonne Wolf's painting of her song "Summer Wind"
Its a lovely ballad and i hope you enjoy the painting too :)
Happy Monday

Friday, August 2, 2013

Somedays you HAVE to believe, "Only Rainbows After Rain"

Here's a Friday "lift me up Love..."

Listen, I know that often times, life serves up one curve ball after another. And it often becomes easier to continue to fight your fear and continue dealing with unhealthy and unhappy situations, because it's a lot easier to go up against something you know very well, than to let the battle go and lay it all to bed. Let's face it, change is a scary thing for many people. It's easier to stare at fear and keep staring and keep worrying about how your life is going to go, then just to have simple faith that it will all work out.
I'm here to let you in on a little secret...psst...

(God's got your back)


So let him or the universe or your faith work it out for you. You don't have to have all the answers. We're just humans after all.

When life is scary and you've had enough, know that you can let it all go.

You just gotta keep your head up.
and know this one simple statement,
"Only Rainbows after Rain..."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Art for Berni's Journey In Wanderland

I finally finished the video edits today of my collaborative project with Berni Slowey. The finished painting, 36"x36" will be an offered item for Berni's fundraising campaign for "Berni's Journey in Wanderland," a documentary about finding purpose in life, and what paths we take to get there.

For more information on this project, please visit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yes, I too am a self-proclaimed Frida freak

I'm pulling this time lapse out of the archives today, because a new friend and client of mine just this afternoon asked me if I could do a painting based on Frida Kahlo's "The Broken Column, 1944."  Rhonda stopped in my studio yesterday and picked out a handful of my renditions of Frida Kahlo-based works, some reworked, some originals.
When I saw her message today about this painting in particular, I just had to share a video that was made a couple of years ago to a song of Bop Skizzum's (one of Denver's favorite bands) of this very painting.
I hope you enjoy, the music, the art and the muse.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Irrepressibles - In This Shirt (Röyksopp Remix)

Bernadette introduced this song to me last week. She envisions using it somehow in her documentary film, "Berni's Journey in Wanderland." this song haunts me, and inspired me, and transports me to another planet... enjoy.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Art of Igniting Action: Alicia Fall at TEDxFrontRange

5.31.13 in Loveland, Colorado
at the Rialto Theater

The video is finally up on the TEDx Front Range website - from my collaboration of live painting with the amazing woman, speaker, humanitarian, Alicia Fall of Her Many Voices. Her talk was called, "The Art of Igniting Action," and boy did she get a fire going under me :)

The final painting was auctioned for $1000 which will be shared amongst 4 owners, including the mayor of Loveland, Colorado.

What an honor it was to share the stage with Alicia and all the amazing people who shared their experiences and creativity that afternoon.

and Ignite your own Action!

Live Painting gets underway - I've got an astounding 10 minutes to make this work!

The Final Painting


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

an Artist's opinion of her Green Juicing machine

more on GREEN "JUICE" and SMOOTHIES...

So many people ask me about my juicing and I LOVE talking about it because its a huge part of keeping me healthy in my frantic crazy artsy lifestyle...

So I wrote about this on Facebook today, because a childhood friend of mine asked about what Blender I use to make all my green drinks, and I told her and she commented (very rightfully so) that it was very expensive. And I agree with her- it wasn't something that I just rolled out to the store and bought on a whim. But the blender and green drinks have become such a regular and consistent part of my daily diet, I have found that over time, it was one of THE BEST appliance investments I have ever made. But more importantly, I am making an investment in my health. And I've researched that adding a daily green drink to your diet can be one of the most effective dietary changes you can make, in addition to removing sugar from your daily routine. There are more things obviously you can do, but my knowledge is more of the art world, than the green drink world...I'm not an expert, I'm just sharing from personal experience.

Yes, in 2008 I splurged on a Blentec and spent about $400 - I have the classic series 

and yes it's a whopping $450 today, but I've had it for almost 6 years and use it everyday. I was in Whole Foods the other day and saw "raw green smoothies" for sale for 8oz with a whopping pricetag of $6.99!!!!

So here's the financial breakdown of it all.
If I used the blender 4 days a week for 52 weeks for 6 years that's 1248 Green Smoothies I've made, or almond milk, or made my own ice cream, or soups or whatever - but mostly I make green smoothies / green juice. Each time I juice I actually make about 48 Oz. of "Juice", so I have enough for breakfast and one for mid day.

So I'm down to my 48 oz of juice (not including the produce) costing me .32 each time ive used it. (maybe check my math, I'm an artist not a mathematician...)

if I bought 1248 green drinks averaging even $4 a pop (and that's not even 48 oz that's for about 8-12 oz) that's $4992 spent on green drinks in 6 years time.

and so I chose to spend $400, or rather invest $400 in my health.

For me - a person who drinks green juices's totally worth saving up for.
Thank you Teresa Brobst Whalen you've inspired me to go blog about this. I hope you find the perfect green drink machine for you and your family. :) xoxo I guarantee it will be one of the best investments you can make in your own health and well being.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

When Art, Yoga & Music collide

This large Poppy painting was commissioned by a dear Yogi Diva, Charo.  Charo wanted a painting that could be a focal centerpiece for her home yoga studio, and this is what i came up with. I am also sharing this time lapse today to demonstrate how large paintings can be created on raw canvas and displayed as a tapestry. This helps many clients with affordability and makes it easier to transport pieces across country or even across town, as the paintings can be rolled and stored or shipped in a tube.
Music Credits to Steve Gold, "Let Your Heart Be Known"

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Laurie Maves Art paints Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"

today's Featured painting for a Saturday -
the BIG LOVE painting
inspired by Jason Mraz' "Im Yours"

there's lots of love going around.
Grab yourself some

Monday, June 24, 2013

New Watercolors in the house!!!

The new Laurie Maves Art Studio Grand Opening is coming this Friday June 28th. Hope you can check out the new work space and my newest series of small watercolors, all inspired by my recent trip to la Isla Mujeres, Mexico. 

Happy summer!

Friday, May 24, 2013

New Studio Grand Opening

Well the time has finally arrived.  After many visionboards, and praying and hoping and praying, I have finally moved into the warehouse studio of my dreams. To celebrate this lifetime accomplishment, please join me for my GRAND OPENING SHINDIG!

Friday June 28, 2013 
2590 W. 2nd Avenue, Unit 5B
Denver, Colorado  80219 
5- 8 pm.  

We will have artwork, music by Little Blue Feather, and a brilliant Art Experience led by Alyssa Graves of Art on the Brix. There's so much more to come in addition to my everyday office and painting studio...private classes and open studio time, painting workshops, house concerts, photo shoots, inspirational presentations, creative writing workshops, warehouse yoga and more...Holy COW! are you ready to get this party started? 

Hope to see you and yours. You won't believe your eyes!

Monday, May 13, 2013

In Your Eyes Sees Elementary

One of my elementary school classmates asked me about this painting this past week.
I was honored that he not only had reached out to tell me he had recently purchased a print from me, but also that he particularly enjoyed this piece, my "In Your Eyes" painting, directly inspired by the song of Peter Gabriel. While I do not have prints of this entire painting for sale, I do have segments still available. Some large and some 5"x7". I even have some ACEO's (2.5"x3.5") left that i sell on EBAY from time to time.

I wanted to post this blog today for my friend James Marston. Because we go so way back, I just had to make that interaction special.

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday.
Keep rockin the paradise - and livin your life with purpose.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Studio move

Well folks we're in the final stretch of my miraculous studio move. For the last five years I had been working out of the Santa Fe Arts District. And for the past three years I had enjoyed having my space in the basement of a brilliant yoga studio. Although it was a basement, the space was huge and one definite perk was an "all access" pass to daily yoga. This, I will most definitely miss.
But now my new space will be in a warehouse district just a little over a mile west of my last studio. And what I can't seem to get over is that previously I was surrounded by bendy girls and incense and the soundings of OM. NOW my new studio, which is located at 2590 w 2nd avenue unit 5B in Denver, shares walls with Platinum Renovations, a contractor/builder/renovations company.

So from Shakta Yoga to Platinum, I will now see a bunch of guys with boots and hard hats, and I suspect my Spanish is going to improve ten-fold. But this is what you get when your bf is one of the owners of Platinum, and this is what I get after putting 10,000+ hours into my craft.

This nearly 2000 sq ft studio with 16 ft walls is going to be a Cadillac of painting studios. I cannot wait to share it with you, live stream from my desk, and host all kinds of creatives in my space from other artists to yogis to musicians to writers to whomever! I am ever so grateful the universe is answering my prayers.

I am saddened by the fact that my dear artist friend Karen Adams Charney will not be able to visit in body, but I know her soul and brilliant spirit will visit often. Her giggle, her smile and her hugs will always be with me.

Please look for announcements about a summer opening/celebration of sorts. Until then, keep finding ways to appreciate your daily breath, and to live your life with purpose.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Artist does Paleo

Some of you know I'm a green juicing freak. Kale spinach greens beets lemon blueberries apples are a regular part of my diet. And when I don't juice I always am missing it in my system
After a winter of pasta and wine, however, I'm finding I have too much cheese, in all the wrong places. Cottage Cheese belongs along a side of greens if anywhere and not on my thighs. :( (big sad face)
So hence my decision to venture on a month of paleo. I am consciously choosing to remove starches, sugars and processed crap. I don't have lots of these foods in my diet now. But I could always do better.
There are lots of great articles out there on the paleo diet so ill let you a do the work on your search engines. But if anyone wants to join me and share your progress here on my blog as a guest blogger or on my Facebook page, I whole heartedly welcome that. That way we can share experiences, meals, recipes and tricks of the trade.
Then June will be here and we'll all be beach body ready
Who's with me?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

whole thing

It's been a week of blogging time lapses of my large paintings on canvas.  This piece, entitled, "Whole Thing Poppies" was inspired by a group of musicians that put together the project called The Big Blue Ball. In today's blog, I'm including two recorded versions of this song, one sung by Peter Gabriel, the other by the musician Andy White. I had the amazing fortune to meet Andy a couple of years ago, as well as live paint one of his performances at Swallow Hill in Denver, Colorado. I hope you enjoy both videos this morning, and have an awesome rest of your week :)

(I apologize for the shakey start of this video of Andy White, but i'm pretty sure this song moved me to a tear or two that night, the song is just one of those that have that effect on me and to hear it live was over the top)

Andy White's performance

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

thank you Something Underground. Lovity LOVE!

Yesterday I posted an art video to the lovely music of Dave Preston. Today to warm us a bit, and after I saw a "thank you" video posted on YouTube, I am choosing to post a video made to the music of Something Underground <3.
Love is for you and for me...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lollipops and Snow

Just because of today's Colorado precipitation, I am sharing this painting with you. The song and the piece reminds me of a snowy surrealistic landscape.  Now this painting lives somewhere in San Francisco where I believe it never snows, but often times can feel as cold.  May today's artwork and beautiful music of Dave Preston  warm your heart on chilly spring days like these - when the buds on the trees are praying for sun.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I would like to share my "Sunny Day" with you

A dear person and friend, Chrissy Hammett, recently relocated from Denver, Colorado to Maui, Hawaii. Before she left our fine city, she had asked me to make a very special painting for her. One that combined her adoration of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night"with her new found love of chasing rainbows. In this painting, which we titled "Sunny Day," I hope you can see the connection. Please enjoy the following time lapse painting and wonder for yourself where dreaming just may take you :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My involvement with the Rocky Mountain LLS

I recently sent the following letter out to my friends and family. But this Sunday morning I decided that I could possibly raise greater awareness and help fight the battle to wipe out blood cancers more effectively if I brought my request to my readers and my followers. If this letter strikes a chord in you, please consider donating to Michael's LLS campaign. WIth deepest appreciation,
Laurie Maves 

Dearest friends and family,

As you know, many changes have happened in my life since December 2011. With those changes, I have had the blessed experience of pseudo-mothering a 17 year old boy, Michael Guglielmi. Michael decided recently to take on the amazing challenge of running his very own fundraising campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Michael’s father, Ralph, who is very very dear to my heart, is an 8 year survivor of Leukemia.  Since my involvement with Ralph and Michael, I have joined them in their commitment to help wipe out blood cancers as best as any one person can do. Below you can read Michael’s request for assistance with his Man of the Year Campaign which only runs a few more weeks. I’m certain you know someone who has been either been effected directly or indirectly by a blood cancer in their lifetime. I’m hoping you can support Michael (the only teenager even attempting to run for such an honor this year in the Rocky Mountain Region) by donating to his campaign. 

 - his link is here: 

He has shown a great deal of maturity and has taken on a great responsibility with his efforts.  If you have any questions please contact me.  And know any amount you are able to give is substantial.  And please – forward onto as many friends and family as you are willing and able.  It’s amazing how passing this letter on has helped raise more than we could ever think possible.

With deepest appreciation,
Laurie Maves

Dear Friends and Family,

Over the next ten weeks I am privileged enough to represent the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s(LLS) Man and Woman of the Year Campaign . I decided to run in this campaign because not only is my father the current president of the board of trustees and was elected Man of the Year in 2007, but he is also a blood cancer survivor. When he was diagnosed with leukemia, he was only given a 15% chance of survival.  Since then, thanks to many advances funded by the LLS, people’s chances of surviving blood cancers have significantly improved. Unfortunately, there is still much work to be done. Every ten minutes, someone else loses their battle to blood cancer. I don’t want another person to go through what I witnessed my father go through. Yes, every dollar raised is a point towards the campaign, but more importantly every dollar raised, goes to finding a cure, funding physicians, and helping patients. I ask you to please not only visit my website, , but consider donating any amount that you are able to towards my Man Of the Year Campaign. Also please forward this letter to your friends and family so we can help wipe out this horrible disease. I promise you that you will be a significant part of not only my campaign, but a crucial piece in the puzzle that will provide help and hope for many people, children and families afflicted by blood cancers.

 With great appreciation,

Michael Guglielmi

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Laurie Maves Art VLog for 3.19.13

My art vlog for 3.19.13
there's always the question for an artist like myself..."am i or am i not accepted by the fine arts community in which i work?" sometimes i feel i'm more of an artist for the people and not for the gallery. after 16 years of living and working and showing my work in and around Denver, i have yet to have any real gallery interest in my work or representation. and what does that matter? i have work, i seem to have a brilliant following, and i lead an amazing life. yet something is still missing in the way i am working. in the way i am showing. in the way i'm accepted by Denver's fine arts community. and how does that shift or change?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

sometimes we create, sometimes we break apart

Today's art sharing.
Once i made a painting to the song "LOVE DOG" by TVOTR, and called it "Shameless as an Ocean." I showed the painting for a year.
But then i felt the piece had run its course, so i deconstructed the painting into many many smaller "paintings" and sold all of the pieces on EBAY. They were called the "Blue Beasties"
Here is the video documenting the creating and deconstructing of the painting.
I hope you enjoy. :)
*** the Artsy video link LIVES here ***

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Steve Gold's Let Your Heart Be Known, Painted as Poppies

Below is a video / time lapse example of my work on unstretched canvas. These paintings are meant to hang like a tapestry for display purposes. This Commissioned Poppy painting made for a dear yogi friend, Charo, hung in her private yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. Directly inspired by Steve Gold's music, "Let Your Heart Be Known," the music and lyrics work their way into the piece.

I Will Hold You Up Poppies < - the video here

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Good Saturday afternoon. Today is the day I'm moving my blog from Posterous to Blogger.  Posterous, unfortunately, is heading onto to bigger and better things with Twitter, and shutting down its "doors" as of April 15, 2013. So after five years of hosting the Laurie Maves ART blog, it's time to move on myself.
I hope you continue to read, watch and respond to all the artsy happenings, interviews, vlogs, videos and images that I post on this site. I always appreciate your feedback.

Google+ Badge