Mar 14, 2017

Art Complex Museum

"Winkle Harvest, Back Cove," pastel, - BEST IN SHOW

Honored to be included in this gallery talk: 

The Art Complex Museum’s first gallery talk of the year on Thursday, March 16, will feature Margaret Farrell Bruno, Preston Saunders and Rose Gates, all artists exhibiting in The Duxbury Art Association Annual Winter Juried Show. This free event begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., followed by the talk at 11:00 a.m. and provides an excellent opportunity to hear the artists discuss their work. Please call (781)934-6634, extension 10 or email
781-934-6634 ext. 10

Feb 5, 2017


"Connection" 11"X14" Pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
"Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."
- George Carlin

Our Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge this month, which I got to choose, was "Quotes".  We each could choose whatever quote we wanted and then do a painting expressing that quote in some way. I have a book in which I collect quotes. Some are comical. Others are thoughtful and wise in their words. Often times I need kleenex near when I reread. And some are even my own words. Ask my kids, I can be so enlightening. haha! And I even collect political quotes, but I thought we are thronged with enough politics these days to use any of those. Right?

I thought it was going to be an easy challenge, until I started reviewing all the quotes in my book. There were many I would love to base paintings on. In the end, I chose this one. Thanks, George. There are a few things in the painting I think I may still need to tweak, but deadline called.

This has inspired me to do more artwork based on quotes. Enjoy the game! Go Pats!

Oct 22, 2016


"Pumpkin Stripes" 8"X8" ©MargaretFarrellBruno

The latest GJWP  challenge was Stripes. So with Halloween just around the corner and pumpkins in abundance, I thought it would be fun to add stripes to a white pumpkin and then do a still life painting of said pumpkin on a striped piece of cloth. What possessed me to use a white striped cloth when I chose white pumpkins. What was I thinking? White on was a challenge. I added the black cloth to create an additional dark contrasting stripe and which, along with the cloths stripes, leads the eye back in space. 

And speaking of GJWP, we will be at the Community Center in Hingham for the Annual Arts Walk
Stop on in, we would love to see you. We'll all be there with paints and paintings in hand. 


Sep 12, 2016

Cape Path

Cape Path 6X6 Oil  

30in30 Day 12

Working on subtleties in landscape area and true sky colors. 

Sep 11, 2016

Maine Island

Maine Island 6"X6" Oil Painting 
30 in 30 Day 11
This spot in Maine is one of my favorite to paint. There is something about the light and color that refracts in the water in this spot. Changes is seconds and unexpected. The future will hold a really large painting as there was this really neat green color appearing in the water this day which I could not, in all honesty, figure out how it was occurring and I am really challenged to see if I can paint it in a large studio piece. 

I am doing a demo Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 at the Dedham Art Center. It will be a pastel demo. 7pm-9pm- details at Dedham Art Assoc. Hope to see you there. 

PS. Most of these paintings will be available on my Etsy Site soon. Details posted soon.  

Sep 10, 2016

Summer Clouds

6"X6" Oil on Panel

Okay, so I have to play catch up. Day 10. Life got in the way. Sometimes it has a way of sneaking in and doing that. 

Sep 5, 2016

Rose of Sharon

"Rose of Sharon" 5"X7" Pastel MFBruno

30 in 30 
Day 5
I found this Rose of Sharon bush growing between the limbs of my butterfly bush. What a nice surprise since I did not plant it. Now my dilemma is how to remove and replant it without harming it. 

Sep 4, 2016

Dusk - Pastel on canvas paper MFBruno

30 in 30 day 4
I was playing with some canvas paper I had in my flat file. I found I didn't really like the paper for painting with oils.  So I was trying out how the pastel may work on it. It wasn't too bad, although a little slick. I had toned it a gray color. Overall I probably won't use it again, but you never know what results you may have unless you experiment. 


Morning-Watercolor MFBruno
30 in 30 
Posting a little late. Holiday weekend and family is all home celebrating so sneaking up to the computer to post this when I have a second. 

Sep 2, 2016

Lighthouse Beach, Eastham

Lighthouse Beach, Eastham Pastel 7X13.5

Day 2 Painting Challenge. (Lost the light to photograph this so I will rephotograph tomorrow and replace this image as it came out a little dark when I photographed.)