|Christmas Reflections Acrylic 8x8" Click to Bid|
Friday, December 21, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
|Maureen's Pastries 8x8" Acrylic Click to Bid|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|Cafe Roma's Pastries Acrylic on Gessoboard 8x8" Click to Bid|
Monday, December 10, 2012
|4 Barns, Acrylic, 8x8" each Click to Bid|
When you get the value structure right, you can plug in all sorts of feisty colors. I took a photo of a barn, did a 3 value sketch of it and then played with color. It's fun - and addictive - to take an image and spin it off into many color schemes.
Speaking of color schemes, my latest book, "Color Theory - An essential guide to color - from basic principles to practical applications" arrived today in the mail. It looks great, if I say so myself. The publisher did a fabulous job keeping the colors accurate. It was quite an undertaking - I created over 60 paintings and numerous color charts, diagrams, color wheels and more. The only paintings that were not mine were my husband's - 3 oil portraits illustrating Asian, light and dark-skinned Black flesh tones. It's a real treat to see the final published book. Hmmm, I think a celebration is in order...something bubbly!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 6, 2012
|White Tulips 12x12" Acrylic on Canvas Click to Bid|
I always find painting white subjects on white backgrounds a bit challenging. I gave that homework assignment to my students, who also found it challenging. I decided to do a demo for them - which proved to be - you guessed it...challenging, (and it came out way too colorful, almost fauvist). Not to be beat by my own assignment, I went to my studio and set up this still life and painted it. Then I did it two more times smaller and faster, with different colors, just to play around...
Friday, November 30, 2012
|"Blue Bowl" 8x10", Acrylic Click to Bid|
Back to work after the big storm snafu. Our garage, or should I say the materials that created it, just got hauled away in a dump truck. Our stuff is sitting out in front of our house, people are driving by and stopping, thinking we are having a mega lawn sale. I wave them on.
Here is a demo I did for my class yesterday. It was my first day back to teaching in weeks, and when I dipped my brushes into my paint I realized it had dried somewhat while I was away. Goopey or more viscous paint seeps into the grooves of the canvas, drier paint creates a scumbled look, sitting on top of the texture and allowing the underneath colors to peek thru.
In my earlier class I demo'ed a "limited stroke" exercise... what a way to jump back in to the swing of things... 22 strokes using a 1" brush, for this rose in a cup. I was dying to cheat but had too many witnesses to contend with.
Tomorrow I am giving a 2 hour lecture/demo on Golden Acrylics at Woodstock School of Art, in Woodstock, NY from 2-4PM. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 2:21 PM
Saturday, November 24, 2012
|Heading Uptown 18x24" Acrylic/Mixed Media|
Home Sweet Home, finally! I've been out of town for about 10 days. No sooner did we get our water, heat and power back, (which took 2 weeks, due to "Sandy") then we had to pack up and rush to Las Vegas for a tradeshow. During that time we took a day trip to the Grand Canyon, and climbed down, as well as back up. (OMG)
Now that things are kinda sorta under control, I'm looking forward to painting in less chaotic conditions. Our property is still a mess and we have lots of insurance related homework to do before things can be rebuilt. But I'm very grateful - not only the services, water/heat/power, that are so easily taken for granted, but all the support from friends - those who offered help in the aftermath and especially those who raised funds via painting auctions, that are helping us move onward. A little help goes a long way. I thank everyone that offered support to me and the other Sandy survivors.
On another note, many people inquired about "the girls", our polish chickens, and how they fared through the storm. Thank you for asking. Although their coop was quite vulnerable in 90 mph wind conditions, someone was smiling upon them and by the looks of it, not a feather was ruffled. They're doing just swell and look as dapper as ever. Here's a photo of Gladys, Phyllis, and Esther (from front to back).
Posted by Patti Mollica at 4:53 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2012
|"NYSandy" 18x24" Acrylic/Mixed Media (Sold)|
It was like living in the Wizard of Oz, just before the house got launched. The sounds of approaching Sandy were ferocious, I have never heard wind roar so loudly, sticks and branches flying around, banging into the windows. Very soon it would be much larger tree limbs. Waiting for Sandy to hit full force was torture, considering it was already a monster and hadn't even made landfall yet! I was feeling the dread take hold, and then came inevitable power blackout. I got a grip on myself and did what any true artist would do. Pour a glass of wine (sizable) feel my way around for paints and brushes, strap on my miner's headlamp and do a painting. (posted above). It's easy to become unhinged when 'the end' feels like it's closing in. Its also incredibly easy to forget about 'the end' altogether when you are in the zone of creativity. I can attest that the act of creating triumphed over fear. (storm? what storm?)
As it turns out the house kinda sorta survived but the garage and car didn't. An enormous Oak tree flattened them out - completely. All things considered, we were really lucky.
I want to especially thank Carol Marine who was in contact during the storm's aftermath, genuinely concerned about our situation. She created a DPW Fundraiser for folks like us who got hit, and has even donated the sale of one of her paintings on my behalf. Thanks Carol :-) In times of need, caring friends make all the difference.
Below is a photo of our ex-garage and the oak tree. It will be a while before we get light, heat, water, refrigeration and all that other must-have stuff, but it's all OK - I've still got my paints, brushes and miner's headlamp...the true essentials!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 7:46 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Nyack Center, 9x12" Oil on Canvas
I veered from acrylics and played with oils on this one. I do enjoy how different they are, and what they both offer. The white church took on a fauvist air and then road decided to join in too. Biker dude got in just under the wire... the scene needed 'something' and he did the job!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 12:23 AM
Monday, October 22, 2012
|Coffee, Tea or Tulips? Acrylic on Canvas 12x12" Click to Bid|
I've had this teapot forever, and love its classic shape. A while back, I dropped the lid and broke it, so I've been on the lookout for another one. This gives me an ongoing built-in excuse to rummage around flea markets and thrift stores, my favorite pastime besides painting.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 10:26 AM
Friday, October 19, 2012
This weekend I'm holding a workshop, "Exploring Mixed Media" at my studio. It is a one day, hands-on workshop that will cover a wide array of new ways to spice up your artwork, whether you are seasoned professional or a beginner, representational or abstract painter. Although many of the materials we will be using are acrylics, they integrate perfectly with pastels, watercolors, dry media (colored pencil, graphite, oil pastel), even oil paint. All materials are included in the workshop fee, and I will be giving out lots of free stuff - hand painted color charts, color mixing guides, paint samples, "watercolor paper in a jar", "white-out for watercolorists" and other cool grounds and samples. It's sure to be a day of big fun as we pour, sgraffito, glaze, layer, drizzle ... and more. Here is a link to the workshop, as well as a painting that uses pastels, airbrush ink, Heavy Gel Matte, Acrylic Ground, Light Molding paste, Coarse Molding paste, Absorbant Ground and...oh yeah - paint! I love working traditionally, with "just paint and a brush" but its a very freeing experience to work in this mixed media manner. If you want to be on the list for upcoming workshops in 2013, sign up here. If you are interested in a workshop in your area, invite me!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 12:30 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
New York Public Library Oil on Gessoboard 12x12"
I realized that I still haven't posted all the paintings from the NYC plein air gig I did in August. The painting above is from my first day, totally freaked out by all those moving people, hiding out behind Fortitude's butt. It's very difficult to keep a low profile in this city. Originally all the angles of the library were pretty straight and perpendicular but then I decided to scrape it, push the perspective and give it some attitude. When in Rome...
Posted by Patti Mollica at 9:35 PM
Monday, October 1, 2012
|Summer Tulips 12x12" Acrylic on Canvas Click to bid|
I snapped out of "vacation mode" last night and felt it was time to indulge my realism roots with this painting of my favorite teapot with tulips. I suppose it represents the end of summer...which sure seemed short this year!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 8:54 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I cringe every time I see my blog title "A Painting a Day by Patti Mollica" Hardly, right? Once a week... maybe? Well it's time to come clean, I actually have a credible alibi. I just finished writing and illustrating my second book. The title is: Color Theory: An essential guide to color - from basic principles to practical applications". The writing was the "faster" part, (using that term loosely), all the paintings and diagrams that went with the writing were the time-gobblers. So in my defense - I actually have been painting daily - but not posting the new work created as color examples for the book. I did over 100 diagrams and charts to illustrate color as value, absolute color temperature, relative color temperature, color as focal point, chroma contrast etc etc. The paintings created show examples of various color schemes, value depictions, lighting conditions, color moods, color movements throughout history, etc etc. I have to say, the final-chapter-paintings were the most fun: "throw out all the color theory models and just play with color like a kid". How could I leave that concept out - isn't it how we came to love art in the first place?
The book will be available January 2013, and now it's time to enjoy my summer... but why is it so chilly?
Posted by Patti Mollica at 8:50 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|Bryant Park Fountain, Oil, 12x12"|
A truly dreary day it was, rain was imminent. Naturally I assumed - I'll take some photos and go back to my cozy, dry studio and paint. No such luck! I was asked to schlep up to the 24th floor of the Bryant Park Corporate Offices and set up in the conference room. Huh? Fortunately I did a sketch of the fountain area before the downpour, and with a lovely view of Allison, proceeded to "go with the flow" of this plein air-less setting.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Showers at Bryant Park 12x12" Acrylic on Canvas
For the most part it was sunny and hot during the two weeks I was painting in the city, but there were a couple of days that started out cloudy and then it eventually started pouring. I moved my entire operation to a nearby outdoor restaurant that had awnings, which I took shelter under. I didn't bother setting up my easel again, I just sat at a table with my painting in my lap and all my stuff on the floor. Not an ideal situation, but that's plein air for you ... the show must go on!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Blue Man Group 12x12" Acrylic
Here is another painting from my NYC Plein Air Painting project. I kept noticing that a lot of men were wearing those deep blue shirts, such a pretty color! They must be in fashion now. Someone asked me in an email why I did these NYC Paintings. It was basically a commission in which the Bryant Park Corporation chose 4 artists to depict the setting, over a 2 week period. We each had a different two week time slot. We were allowed to paint anywhere we chose in the 2 square block area of 40 to 42nd St, between 5th and 6th Avenues. The only stipulation is that we be present all day, painting plein air. Two of the days it rained, and I will show those paintings in my next posts. For the other days, it was mostly sunny, verrry hot. The paintings I did during that time became their property, as part of their collection, to display as they wished. Here is more information on the project, with links to the other artists too.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
|" Fly Me to the Moon" 12x12" Oil on Canvas|
A little history, my husband, Mark Hagan, a jazz bass player, scuba diver, surfer dude and inventor of the aquaSketch, (the only underwater drawing device), happens to also be a very talented artist on his own. He wanted to sketch during his dives, and since no waterproof drawing tool existed (no surprise there) and since he doesn't like to work from photos, this explains how his unique product came to be. Fast forward now, to a scuba magazine that heard about this and wanted to feature him sketching...sharks. He needed a videographer to take photos of this ordeal (or more specifically, a FREE chump videographer - thats how I got roped into this sordid ordeal). Long story short, and lots of balking and swearing, I agreed to get a scuba license for the purposes of filming him in action. This link shows what I saw as I dove into a circling pool of sharks and then immediately and passionately wished I hadn't. I have to admit, the NYC deal was a bed of roses in comparison.
That being said, above I have posted another painting from my urban adventure. I set up at 10:00 am in a location where there were the least amount of people present. By 11 am I was in the epicenter of the most amount of people contained in one square block of Manhattan, on the hottest day of the summer. Little did I know that a Frank Sinatra impersonator would be giving a free concert just a few feet behind me. Clearly, everyone in New York knew but me.
In keeping with the title of this blog post, I have attached a photo of me drawing the sharks too. So I couldn't resist. I heard this advice once "don't be distracted by your subject". OK - I'm trying!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Carousel 12x12" Oil
After I got done painting Patience, the Lion Statue, who posed so gracefully and perfectly still, I decided to ratchet up the anxiety level and go for something that moved continuously. The Carousel beckoned me... kids jumping on and off, the horses and frogs and carriages a whirring blur of color. I would have killed to work from a photo, but that was not the nature of this gig. Truth be known, this is not my favorite painting of the batch. I scraped, re-worked and re-painted many areas; it got a bit overworked. However, I will pat myself on the back for taking it on. It was way beyond my comfort level. I can't say that I succeeded in pulling off a great painting, but I definitely succeeded in "feeling the fear and doing it anyways". Hey, why play it safe when you can torture yourself for kicks? ha ha
Below is a photo of me wrestling with this alligator...
Posted by Patti Mollica at 8:12 PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Patience" the Lion 12x12" Oil Click to Bid
I did this piece during my recent plein air painting gig in NYC. The tricky part is that by the time my easel was set up, the light and shadows on the Lion had already changed drastically. That, and the fact that I planted myself smack in the middle of the sidewalk at Fifth Avenue at 42nd street, The New York Public Library, it was quite the hectic atmo. It's truly amazing how once you pop in your headphones and get the itunes cranking, the rest of the world pleasantly drops away - until a kid trips over your easel leg and jolts you back to reality. I put the people in as an afterthought...Patience looked too lonely by himself.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 8:27 PM
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Two Blondes, 11x14 Oil
Here is another painting from my series of plein air paintings in NYC. I had to figure out a system to deal with all these moving people. I mean, its hard enough to paint figures when working from models who are posing for hours -- capturing them in seconds flat seemed impossible. Enter my trusty sketchbook and charcoal pencil - nail down those poses quickly and when the people change positions, or take off, as they inevitably do, work from my sketches. Vouila!
Dealing with Joe Q Public was just as challenging as the dealing with the unpredictability of plein air conditions. Of all the tables and chairs available to sit at, this little Jewish guy decides he must sit at my table, with me. Didn't he realize his black top hat would soon be decorated with purple paint blobs? Only in New York.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 11:44 AM
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thats the title of a book I read in 1992, which forever re-positioned how I dealt with fear. Along those same lines, my favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt "Do one thing everyday that scares you". Well I had an ideal opportunity to deal with some real fears this past two weeks, painting in the middle of midtown Manhattan, en plein air. Sandwiched in Times Square, Bryant Park and 5th Ave. at 42nd Street (the NY Public Library), I was hired to paint the area - plein air only, for two weeks, 8 hours a day, part of a program offered to 4 selected local artists. My gig ended yesterday and I was featured on the cover of the New York Times today - very nice payback for the grueling schlepping in 100 degree heat.
My big fear was less the intimidation of being surrounded by huge crowds of people, it was more an artistic fear - how do you paint people that are constantly moving? I became acutely aware of why most plein air painters choose landscapes. Mountains, trees and rocks don't move. People don't stop moving. Lets just say I had no choice but to figure it out, the hard way - by doing it on the spot - with no place to hide.
As it turns out, I got pretty fast painting one minute poses, often thats all the time I had to capture someone before they completely changed positions or left altogether. Memorizing was key, as was sketching fast, and also reconstructing (mentally) the physics of how the human body is put together. Just like anything that is a great learning experience, it often happens at the expense of comfort. Well this wasn't comfortable on any level, and I learned more than words can say.
I will attach some of the paintings I did in upcoming posts. This one below was a 10 minute painting of people relaxing on the park lawn. They were not lying together like this, I just kept pivoting my easel around and capturing whoever was nearby.
New York, New York... if I can paint here, I can paint anywhere
Posted by Patti Mollica at 2:54 PM
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I just returned from teaching a 2 day workshop to a group of 19 very talented artists who are members of the Colonie Art League, in Albany, NY. This photo is clearly a "before the chaos" started. How they put up with my blabbing incessantly and pushing them to paint in new (even weird) ways - for 12 hours - is a testament to how much people can take. The one thing that I never got around to was taking a photo of was all the work they did in those 2 days - I got a quick glimpse and before I knew it the workshop was over and everyone bolted like lightning... hey - come back guys, lets paint s'more!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 10:28 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012
The Usual Suspects 8x8" Acrylic Click to Buy
When I ask artists why they are taking my workshop, I always hear: I need to loosen up... I'm too slow, my work looks tired, etc etc. Usually they are suffering from tiny-brush-induced-detailitis. I tell them its easy to loosen up and proceed to force them to do so. In reality, its not about time, what they actually want is a more gestural, lyrical, painterly quality to their work. I preach big brushes, lots of paint, get your values correct. I love it when artists come in as disbelievers, and leave gushing with excitement to do their next 30 minute painting. Amen!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 6:38 PM
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Day Lilies 8x8" Acrylic Click to bid
Well I did the same old exercise as yesterday, get ready, set, off to the races! It took me 54 minutes this time - I'm getting slower instead of faster - oops. But hey - there are 3 blossoms (and a bunch of buds) instead of two. I decided to not do a demo of day lilies for the workshop tomorrow - they wilt. Imagine that. I need something that won't move. Hmmm, maybe an eggplant... and it's easier!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 6:54 PM
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Pink Tulips 8x8" Acrylic Click to bid
My favorite flower, simple, elegant tulips. I'm teaching a "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold" Workshop on Friday at the Art Academy of Westchester, and decided to create a step-by-step demo handout for my students, so I took a slew of photos at regular intervals while I was painting this, from start to finish. I timed myself too - 53 minutes. Since "Fast" is in the title of the workshop... I better be!
Posted by Patti Mollica at 5:49 PM
Friday, June 1, 2012
Zig Zag Countryside 8x8" Oil Click here to bid
I'm also finalizing plans for my Tuscany workshop this September. There are a couple of spots left - register now if you'd like to join us for this amazing trip. To view the trip details, see the itinerary, price options, and more, click here. The workshop is going to be big fun, with a focus on loosening up, eliminating unnecessary detail and using color in a more fauvist manner (grass doesn't have to be green, sky doesn't have to be blue!) All media is welcome - oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media ... the fundamentals I teach apply to all. Besides lots of personal instruction demos and day trips to gorgeous scenic spots, other goodies are included: wine and chocolate tasting events, Tuscan cooking classes, restaurants, shopping in open markets... whats not to die for?
For more information, photos, student testimonials or to register, go to the Toscana Americana website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our trip coordinator, Patrick Mahoney at: email@example.com. Hope to paint with you soon - Patti
Posted by Patti Mollica at 3:19 PM
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Yesterday I taught a "Monoprinting Without a Press" workshop in West Hartford, Ct. The class caught on to the printing techniques very quickly and each did a series of beautiful, unique prints. Some of the ghost prints (the second image pulled from the same plate) were even better than the originals. The monoprinting process lends itself to more abstract imagery and designs, one never knows exactly what they're creating until they pull the print - thats the mystery which makes the process so exciting! Above are a series I did in preparation for the class, as well as a photo of my "pressing" students.
Posted by Patti Mollica at 6:14 PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
8x8" Acrylic on Gessoboard
Click to Bid (sold)
Friday I taught a "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold" Workshop at the Art Academy of Westchester. This is the demo I did, a red Cosmo in a blue bottle. "Part 2" of the workshop is June 8. Join us if you can!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Every flower type we have planted around the house sooner or later becomes a meal for the deer - tulips, hydrangeas, irises, azaleas ... here today gone soon after. Everything except these hardy little daffys.
I'm teaching a workshop this weekend at Art Academy of Westchester - "How to paint fast, loose and bold" - Come join us!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Bowl of fruit
10x12 Acrylic Price on request
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Often while teaching a class, I'll set up an easel and start painting whatever happens to be around. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. so that I'm not hovering over students constantly, making them feel self conscious, and 2. to show them that getting to the essence of the subject can be accomplished rather quickly, without sweating the details. Doing this gives them the choice to either watch me do a few demos, or they can continue working on their own paintings and just glance up every now and then. Sometimes I have to reiterate that we are not trying to paint fast to get into the Guiness Book of World Records. We are doing this to accomplish, in as few "choice" economical strokes as possible, the shapes and values that are important to communicating our subject and its form, and eliminating everything else that isn't contributing.
Another reason, come to think of it, is that sometimes we just don't have much time to paint!
Acrylic 11x14 Price on request
Posted by Patti Mollica at 5:00 PM
Monday, March 26, 2012
Yesterday I was hired to do a 2 hour painting demo at a local art supply store, A.I Friedman. I had a little audience and we chatted thru most of the demo, which is both good, (because it takes the pressure off), and sometimes a little distracting too. Sometimes when carrying on an ongoing conversation, I forget to squint, and then have to go back and make adjustments to my values. This painting done in acrylics, which dry really fast and I try to avoid having to re-do passages because the texture builds up with ridges from the brushstrokes, and for this style of painting, I don't want "dried paint" texture getting in my way. As I look at it I see little things I might have done differently but, I'll think I'll just move on and say... done! Next!
Acrylic, 11x14" Price on request
Acrylic, 11x14" Price on request
Posted by Patti Mollica at 11:46 AM