|Harlem Watertowers Acrylic, 14x18" SOLD|
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
|"Rooster 1" Acrylic, 12x12" $250 Click to Buy|
|"Rooster 2" Acrylic, 12x12" $250 Click to Buy|
I was invited to do a painting demonstration on Friday night at the National Arts League in New York. The demo was to be from 8-10 pm. I knew in advance this may be a problem, so I came prepared. The first demo was finished in about 20 minutes. I brought out my second canvas and jumped into the next painting, done in about 1/2 hour. Since I teach "how to paint fast, loose and bold" I figured it's a good idea to practice what I preach. There was plenty of time left over for coffee and cookies, Q and A, general chit chat about current museum shows, etc.
The demo was started with a 2 " flat brush and ended with a liner, to put the small highlights on the rooster's red "crown". Below are some photos taken by Suzie Alvey, which made me realize I have a habit of sticking out my tongue while I paint. I guess there are worse habits, right?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
|"Crossing First Ave." NYC Acrylic 16x22" $350 Click to Buy|
Here is another Tetrad color scheme (four colors), Purple, Red, Blue and Yellow. It started out as a complimentary color scheme but then I decided it needed more color pizazz! Love this guy crossing the street - I actually saw him walking in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and decided that one day I would stick him in a painting. Well here he is, crossing First ave. (even tho he was really walking down 5th ave.) Artistic license, love that too.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Upper West Side Corner 15x15", Acrylic $300 Click To Buy|
This is a "Tetrad" color scheme (4 colors) - purple, blue, yellow and red. I worked from a teeny tiny b/w photo taken years ago. I think the painting has the feeling of the scene - and thats what I was after.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
|JazzJam 12x16" Acrylic $300 Click to Buy|
I will be teaching "Fast, Loose and Bold Painting" on the stunning island of Skopelos in Greece, from September 2 - 13. If you want to join me, enroll by January 30 and and you'll save $150! Click here for more information.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 2:56 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|"Tenor Player" Acrylic, 9x11"|
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
|"Indian Corn" 9x12", Acrylic More Info|
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|"Pink Gerbera" 8x8" Acrylic (Sold)|
Seems like I've been away forever, one workshop after the next - all really fun, then a trade show out west. As always, the best part of workshops is meeting new artists and making new friends.
I am finally home - for one day - then back on the road to see my folks for Thanksgiving. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.
Posted above is one of the demos from the Carmel Workshop.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
|"Cheries Amour" 11x14" Acrylic on Paper|
I'm getting ready to leave town to teach a 5 day "Loosen up" workshop in Carmel, then a 3 day beginner workshop in San Clemente. Wanted to do some warm up exercises and started with one cherry, then another emerged, then suddenly I had cherries on the brain and couldn't stop painting them. They provide an easy way to observe highlights, form shadows, cast shadows, reflected light, reflections, halftones, etc. When I get to CA I will be buying fruits and vegetables as props for the workshop... Cherries are at the top of my list ... edible, tasty props... love 'em!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
|"Boat at Lake Trasimeno" Acrylic 8x10" Sold|
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|"Tuscany Sunflower Field" 10x12" Acrylic $300 Click to Buy|
Friday, September 12, 2014
|"Studio Sunflowers" 8x10" Acrylic $250 Buy it Now|
What do sunflowers have to do with making lemonade? Maybe nothing, but while I was painting these from my studio window all I could think of was that I was making lemonade from lemons. The flowers are certainly not in their best form, as you can see in the photo (below). The light and shadow were nothing to speak of either.
So why did I choose to paint them when there were probably better subjects with less challenging issues? Well, for the challenge. When painting plein air sometimes your view and subject matter is simply a painting waiting to happen. Other times there are factors that are not exactly working in your favor. Thats the thing - you never know till you get there. Lately, in preparation for my Tuscany workshop, I've been treating myself to some "worst case scenarios" to see what tricks I can pull out of my hat. Which may be totally overkill... I mean really, a bad view or uninspiring light in Tuscany? It must be the virgo in me over-preparing as usual. Or maybe it was just another excuse to paint sunflowers.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
|"Next to Compton's" 12x12" Acrylic Click for Info|
Monday, September 1, 2014
|"Lavendar Lane" 12x12" Acrylic Click for info|
Friday, August 29, 2014
|"Nyack Houses" Acrylic 12x12" Click for info|
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
|"Pink Sunset in Tuscany" 8x10" Acrylic Click for Info|
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Green Lakes Trail 7x7" Acrylic Click for more info
There are still a couple of spots left for my workshop in Tuscany in late September - it's sure to be fun! Here is the info.
Clemente, CA Nov. 10, 11, 12. Click here for more info.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
|"Beach Bums" Oil 14x17" More info|
Thursday, July 31, 2014
|"Beach Scene" Acrylic 24x36" Click for more info|
This was a commissioned painting. I was supplied reference material of all the elements that the client wanted included the photo. It's not exactly what I would have chosen, but rarely are commissions what I would do if left to my own ideas...on the other hand often it is a learning experience, on some level.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|"Soho Watertower" 8x10" Oil Click for more info|
These watertowers, such a NYC fixture, and quite endearing somehow. They are like little mushrooms sitting atop of buildings everywhere. I heard that no other city has these? How tragic - they're so cute!
Monday, July 7, 2014
|"Red Awning" 8x8" Oil Click for more info|
Yesterday I came upon this photo and decided to paint it, but wanted to change it to a sunny day. I don't usually do that - but that beautiful red awning seemed to need some drama. By adding some shadows and strong highlights I think I kinda pulled it off. And if I didn't, thats OK... it's definitely snappier than the photo.
Want to paint urban landscapes in an ancient hillside town in Italy? Come to the Cortona, Tuscany Workshop, Sept 24 - Oct 1, 2014.
Monday, June 30, 2014
I've been wanting to address this issue for some time, because I've received so many emails from people who saw my videos and want to know how I keep my paints wet. So, here is the scoop...
I store my paints (Golden Heavy Body) in a plastic craft bead box, or bead organizer. The one I use is divided into 18 compartments, the brand name is "Darice". I bought it at Michaels or AC Moore. It is a type of plastic that is sort of flexible and has some give to it (high density polyethylene). I don't buy the type made from hard plastic which is as rigid as glass, and snaps if you try to bend it. Reason being, the acrylic paint adheres to that type of rigid plastic and does not peel off when dry. BTW, the bead box is not air tight.
The reason my paints don't dry out, I am assuming, is that there is a LOT of paint in each compartment, and the amount of paint stored is a pretty thick depth-wise. Acrylics dry when the water in the paint evaporates, and due to the thickness of the paint in each compartment, it takes a lot of time for the water to work its way out. Plus I spritz all the paints while I am working. I may not have done that in the video, but in between filming segments, I spritzed. Also, I put the whole container in a ziplock 2 gallon bag with a moist paper towel. My paints last for months and months without drying out. Its not a perfect solution, as eventually they seem to get a tad dry, but it works for me. I don't like setting out blobs of paint each time I have some time to paint, this allows me to flip the lid and start immediately. If you put tiny little blobs in the paint compartments, I can guarantee they will dry out fast.
If you want acrylic paints that dry 10 times slower, try "OPEN Paints", also by Golden. They are a slightly lower viscosity (not as thick). You can mix the regular heavy body paints with the OPEN paints too - they are perfectly compatible. If you mix in a 50/50 proportion, your paints will dry 5 times slower than the straight heavy body colors. You can also use the slow drying OPEN Medium, which, when mixed with either the OPEN or heavy body paints, helps increase the flow of the paint off your brush, and extends the dry time. You can also put a drop or two of OPEN Medium on each of your colors, whether you are working with blobs on your palette or in the compartments.
Many people use water as the medium with acrylics, not realizing that they could be using a medium such as "Polymer Medium". When I want my paints to dry faster, I use water as the medium. When I want them to dry slower, I use a medium. Polymer Medium is glossy, Matte Medium is matte. OPEN is the slowest drying medium, and is available in both sheens. Again, all OPEN products are designed to work with the faster drying acrylics too.
Another tip: You can use OPEN Titanium White in your mixures (rather than regular heavy body Titanium) to extend the dry time in any mixtures that have white in them.
I hope that helps! I hope it is also obvious why I did not answer each email individually :-)
On another note, I just got back from teaching a fabulous workshop in upstate New York. There were many break throughs - and I saw them happen! So many "ah ha! moments"... which makes me so happy. I had a great crew of gals and guy, and was really inspired by the amazing work everyone did.
I'm looking forward to my next workshop in Tuscany in September. BTW it is open to all media --not just acrylics, as the fundamentals, value, color schemes, composition, etc, apply to all. Hope you can join us!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
|"Rye Boat" 12x12" Acrylic Click for Info|
Below I included a photo of the site, it needed a little infusion of color, I thought.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
A nice article about pushing and swapping out colors was published this week in an artistsnetwork newsletter, accompanying this painting. I will be focusing on "pushing color" throughout my upcoming workshop in Tuscany. There are few spots left, June 20 is the last day to register!
|"Harlem Rooftops" 30x30" Acrylic More info|
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
|"Ray's Pizza Route" 16x20" Acrylic Purchase Info|
It's memorial day. 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. I catch a scent of barbecues, and hear the faint sound of oldies playing on a radio... all this from my open studio window. Here I am, painting away. This is my idea of a holiday. I gave up pretending to be like everyone else a long time ago. That being said, I do have other ideas - but this one ranks way up there.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
|"Tuscan Church" 6x6" Acrylic on Canvas SOLD|
Friday, May 9, 2014
|"Latte Break at the Met" 8x10" Oil (Sold)|
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
|"Ivory Teapot" Acrylic 8x8" Purchase Info|
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|"Delivery Dude" 16x20" Oil Purchase Info|
Saturday, May 3, 2014
|"Text Stop" 16x20" Oil on Canvas Purchase Info|
I have several workshops coming up...
- Paint Fast, Loose and Bold in St. Michaels Md, June 3,4,5 2014. For information contact Valerie Sunderland, email@example.com
- Paint Fast, Loose and Bold in Syracuse, NY, June 21,22,23 2014. For information contact Linda Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Let's Paint the colors of Tuscany in Cortona, Italy, September 24 - Oct. 1 2014. For more info, including the full week's itinerary click here.
Friday, May 2, 2014
|Click to see sample previews of each video|
I'm happy to announce that my 3 videos about painting fast, loose and bold are available for purchase at the North Light Shop. They were released in February 2014. In the videos I cover my methods and processes for painting with big brushes, thick paint and in a speedy manner.
Each dvd covers a different lesson:
- Value Techniques - how to design and create value plans (using black, white and grey) as the springboard for an interesting composition. Any good painting rests on a solid value structure.
- Brushwork Techniques - learn exercises that lead to lively, gestural application of the paint for a bold, contemporary look. I demo brushwork methods in several small paintings.
- Color Techniques - how to use various harmonic schemes based on color combinations derived from the color wheel. I demo 4 paintings using various color schemes
In a soon to-be-posted blog post, I will answer some common questions that I have received from many people such as "How do you keep your acrylics wet and juicy for so long?" And "what is that container you keep your paints in?" Stay tuned for answers to those questions and others.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 8:57 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
|"Window Shopping" 16x20" Acrylic Purchase Info|
Sunday, April 27, 2014
|"The Guy Walk" 16x20" Acrylic on Canvas Purchase Info|
While I was painting this I totally assumed the dog was a male, and had this title in my head from the start. Why, I don't know, it just felt like a "guy moment" in the city.
Monday, April 14, 2014
|"Happy Family" Acrylic 8x10" Purchase Info|