Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I just fished this painting out of a pile of old flops that I have been storing forever, knowing that there are problems I have to deal with someday - or just trash it. I had painted a largish figure on the left walking towards me, and a smaller figure crossing the street. I didn't like either of them for a number of reasons. So... time to paint over them and wrestle with 'now what do i do'.
The first obvious idea was to cut the panel down to 18x24 now that both focal points are gone. But panels are so hard to cut and... jeez, what a cop out! So I stared at it and thought - ah - a biker! I put one in and now the piece is feeling like it has some potential. The reference looks like it was from 19th street and 6th ave - where the old Bed Bath and Beyond was - or still is? Other than the biker, the city reference is long gone, so I will just keep staring at it, keep wondering 'what do i do now" , try out some ideas, and hope for the best!
Monday, January 18, 2016
|"Pepper Party" 8x10, Acrylic $295 Click for Info|
My recently posted pepper painting was commissioned by Strathmore Paper Company, for the front cover of their new product, black canvas paper pads, which you can find in retail art stores. I could not reveal that information until they officially introduced the product on their website. Nor could I offer the painting for sale because they needed the actual artwork to photograph. It arrived back today, and is available for any would-be collectors.
BTW If you've never worked on a black surface, try it, you'll like it. The colors really pop!
Click here to read more about Strathmore 300 Series Black Canvas Paper.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
|"Chelsea Fire Escapes" Acrylic 14x14" Click for Info|
Thursday, January 14, 2016
|"Comings and Goings" 10x10" Acrylic Click for info|
I've painted this image many times, it's from a photo I took at a Times Square intersection. I like to experiment and use the same reference to take paintings to a new place, try out new ideas. Here's a new place...
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Way back in August of '2000, I sat at Franklin Street in Tribeca, sketching the view, thinking I might do a painting of it. I never did, but recently ran across the photo and sketches (below). I decided to give it a try, and to my surprise the painting took on a colorful life of its own.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
|"Union Square" Mixed Media 16x20" $350 Click to Buy|
I have so many sketches - mostly figures, lots of cityscapes, layover at the airport sketches, etc. It can be interesting use them as starting point for a painting.
This sketch/painting was from Union Square, NYC, just across from the subway station on Broadway, looking West. I sat on the sidewalk curb and sketched using vine charcoal on an 18x24 pad. The buildings are mostly red brick but the atmosphere was much more colorful, louder, and everything was so in my face -- busses, people, signage etc. I didn't want to work from a photo - that wouldn't have captured the excitement. The zany energy was the real subject here!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
|"Jazzy Nude" Acrylic on paper|
One of my favorite workshops had us start out in an abstract, spontaneous manner, using a variety of mark making dry and wet materials, and gradually rein in the painting. Here is one of my paintings using that technique. The reference I used was a traditional figure painting I did back in the '90s, painted very realistically. I started out with a quick sketch and explored from there. It's an interesting approach that lends itself to abstraction, intuition and imagination ... a very enjoyable process!
Friday, December 11, 2015
|"Pepper Fiesta" Acrylic, 10x10"|
Monday, October 12, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
|"Opposites Attract" 8x8" Acrylic Buy Info|
Monday, October 5, 2015
|Nyack Stroll 12x12" Acrylic on Canvas|
Greece was great! Now I'm back, home sweet home - but not for long. Heading to Carmel, CA to teach a 5 day workshop Oct. 19 - 23. Here's the info - come join us. Learn to "Loosen Up and Get Painterly!"
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
|"Merlot" 8x10" acrylic Buy Info|
As of now, I'm Greek-Isle bound. (Well not exactly, I'm still at JFK). I read an interesting fact today: mythically speaking the island of Skopelos, where I'll be teaching, is strongly linked to Dionysus, the Greek god of Wine. I consider this a very good omen. I don't care if the wine is good or bad I'm just glad to be going!
YAH-sas (Hello/goodbye in Greek)
Sunday, August 30, 2015
|"Amy's Barn" 10x10" Acrylic Buy Info|
Friday, August 28, 2015
|"Zig Zag Thru Midtown 2" 14x14" Buy Info|
Well its not the cover of the Rolling Stone, but it's a cover! One of my paintings is featured on the front of City Magazine this season. I like the way the art director coordinated the masthead and text with the colors in the painting.
A nice result of this art usage is that the day after it hit newsstands I was commissioned to do a 60"x60" painting of a panoramic view from a high-rise NYC apartment. This view encompasses all of Long Island City to the east, the UN building in front, Lower east side/FDR, Williamsburg Bridge in the far background all the way to the Empire State building on the West. Its a total horozontal format that I will be turning into a perfect square. Unfortunately there is an obnoxious Trump building on the far right (naturally). But I'm not concerned, it will be edited out of existence. Artistic license... or maybe artistic revenge...
Monday, August 24, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
|Phyllis and Esther Acrylic 10x10"|
Posted by Patti Mollica at 6:54 PM
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
|"Greek Courtyard" 8x10" Acrylic $295 Buy Now|
Monday, August 10, 2015
|"Last Room" 8x10" Acrylic|
Saturday, July 4, 2015
|"Green Lakes Park" 9x12 Acrylic More Info|
I'm leaving tomorrow for New Hampshire, to teach a 4 day plein air workshop. We will paint the lush scenery and grounds surrounding the Gibson House B&B, I'm looking forward to it. Happy 4th of July!
Thursday, June 25, 2015
|"Ray's and Margaret's Backyard" Acrylic 10x10" Click for Info|
I'm gearing up for my plein air workshop in New Hampshire, and decided to paint one of the views from my studio window. I didn't pick it because it inspired me, I actually picked it because it didn't inspire me, so that made it more challenging. (photo below) I wasn't sure beforehand what the focal point was going to be or what I was going to play up. But I eventually figured out a direction to go in and like the way it turned out.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Below is a painting from one the so-called "beginner" students. I have included the still life reference so you can see how she interpreted it. Is this painting cool or what? Love the stylization and color translation.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 11:50 AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
|"Blue Cup" Demo 8x10" Acrylic (SOLD)|
|"Orange Slices" Demo 8x8" Acrylic (SOLD)|
One of the best things about teaching workshops is the mutual sharing. I share what I know and in return my students share their interpretations of what I am teaching. I am often most inspired by the so-called "beginners" who interpret the assignments and exercises in such fresh and unexpected ways.
I just returned from teaching a 5 day workshop at Greenville Arms, where I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous group of talented, inspiring, inspired artists. I learned at least as much from them as they (hopefully) learned from me. We had a great time. They teased me about how I don't blog anymore, so I will try to remedy that.
Above are photos of Day 1's Demos: The goal was to show how to paint quickly using big brushes (2"), demonstrating my process. Each was completed in less than 25 minutes.
On Day 5, we started out the day doing an exercise where we all worked from the same still life. The intention was to incorporate the fundamentals that we worked on the previous 4 days: simplified values, value to color translations, brushwork, speed. I gave them verbal instructions, step by step, mostly what value to use, not so much what color to use. I couldn't see what they were painting and many of them couldn't see what I was painting. What a surprise when I turned around and saw their paintings... WOW!! I wanted a group photo with all these amazing paintings in one shot, here it is, below.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 11:38 AM
Friday, April 10, 2015
|"Beach Scene" Acrylic 11x14|
Saturday, March 28, 2015
|Harlem Watertowers Acrylic, 14x18" SOLD|
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?