Wednesday, October 5, 2022

A delightful way to boost creativity is by indulging in new courses that take your learning to the next level. Is there anything that we, as artists, love more than color? 

Do you have a color “strategy” before you start a painting,
or do you simply hope the color will work out in the end?

Are you tired of re-working your color endlessly, only to end up with muddy colors?  Have you ever wished you had more freedom with color? Do you just paint the colors you see? Would you like to learn how to think more strategically about color choices before you apply paint to canvas? If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be interested in this new online workshop...

This online format will be offered in addition to my traditional in-person workshops. It is the perfect solution for those who are not able to travel or would prefer to take a workshop at their own pace, in their own space without the hassle and cost of travel. No need to adhere to a rigid schedule - watch and learn when time allows.


Learn to take any subject and make it exciting - thru color!



Patti Mollica, author of “Color Theory, an Essential Guide to Color” will be teaching the strategy behind working with color and pushing color choices to the next level. If you are ready to embark upon a new level of color exploration, don’t miss this chance to learn how to break "color boundaries."

"This workshop has spurred me on to try things I've never even dreamt of before!"  Laura P.

Thank you, Patti! This class had rekindled my love for painting and has given me tools to practice with and improve my work - Stacey L.

"This class was a joy and immensely instructive! Thank you!!"  - Tina R.

Click Here for workshop details 

Learn to work in color schemes

If you are ready to push your color choices into a world that is more inventive, contemporary, and personally expressive, you'll love my  online course, Color Choices: From Boring To Brilliant. I will share with you all the tools, tricks and strategies that I have explored over the years, which have helped me be more imaginative, playful - and strategic - with color!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


 "BFF"  8x10" Acrylic
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Morning Joe

"Morning Joe"  24x24" Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, July 28, 2017

Green Bag

 I came close to including Toto too, and who knows..some day he may join them
Green Bag  12x12" Acrylic

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Green Bag

Green Bag in progress  12x12" 

I am blocking in a new painting. Like so many of the things I like to paint, its sort of about nothing, just an everyday moment in life that caught my eye. If I can successfully pull it off, when I start adding color, it will be about the bag, which is bright green and is reflecting that color on to the mother's white pants. I think I will add a "family dog"... or maybe not... since i'm not trying to tell a story.  its just about the bag and the quiet beauty of everyday moments.

Anyone out there remember the flying bag scene in the movie "American Beauty"? It was magnificent in its dramatic mundane-ness.

Monday, July 24, 2017

I forgot how to post its been so long

I created a new website a while back, to replace the hack job I did back in the '90's using Dreamweaver. Like everything else in technology, it was a real learning curve (as dreamweaver was!)  So now i have a new and improved blog that is hosted on my new and improved website, but it seems the only way I can send my blog posts is to include a link to the new site. surely there is a workaround that i am not aware of at this point in the learning curve... one teched out day at a time :-)

as an experiment I posted one piece of new work...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Art and Fear

There is an excellent book by that title, I re-read it recently. If you are an artist, you could probably write on this topic too. The act of mark-making and the ideas we have about how those marks "should look" are something every artist struggles with.

There is also an understandable sense of fear present in art workshops.  I understand - I feel it too when I attend a painting workshop. Usually there is a fear of being out of ones league, not advanced or trained enough to justify attending... lack of familiarity with the materials, or the rigorous schedule, or even the logistics of painting plein air.

In addressing these concerns for my upcoming workshop in Venice, I wanted to shed light on some common questions that one might have.  Workshop Q & A's

"Evening Stroll"  8x8" Acrylic

Friday, January 20, 2017

Burano Boats

This June a group of us will be painting and sketching the colorful scenery of Burano, Italy.  It is an island situated in the Venetian Lagoon. If you can, join us! Info here.

"Burano Boats"  8x8"  Acrylic on Panel,  SOLD

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pink Spots

This is my second time painting this set up. First time around I took too long and the greys were boring. In my workshops I spend a fair amt. of time talking about the importance of lovely supporting greys, and how they make saturated colors pop more.

"Pink Spots"  8x8"  Acrylic on Panel  SOLD

Monday, January 9, 2017

Flowers and Fruit

"Spooning"  8x8"  Acrylic on Panel

I love January's. It's the no (airplane) travel month. Its also the build up my "inventory" month.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Garden Bounty

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope your 2017 is happy and abundant!

"Garden Bounty"   8x10"  Acrylic   Buy Info

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Truckin' Round the West Village

Truckin'  8x10" Acrylic

Lately I'm in a people-walking-their-dog mood

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

An Affirmation for the Perfectionist

"Brooklyn Biker" 12x18" Acrylic
Being born under the Virgo sign often feels like a curse. We are known planners and perfectionists. It can feel very awkward to dive into a painting, headfirst, with zero prep work or plan. But thats when unpredictable things can happen because there is no adherence to any preconceived vision of how the piece is going to turn out. Scary, but freeing. About midway throughout this piece I pulled out some gels, stencils, some high flow paints, a toothbrush for spattering and dripping. It was fun. The flip side of freewheeling experimentation is being OK with the outcome - regardless of the outcome. Thats when i have to remember that great saying, "its about the journey, not the destination." ... a tough one for virgos :-)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Old news...New news

Lemons  8x8"  Acrylic (SOLD)

In this day and age of so many social outlets, blogging seems to have taken a back seat. Plus I have been travel/teaching a lot lately. Somewhere along the line Facebook edged to the front, and I now post new paintings on my FB art page because its faster and easier.  If you want to stay in touch, please friend me (FB) - Patti Mollica Art.   I created a new website with much better organization.

Interested in upcoming events including a 9 day workshop in Venice Italy in June 2017? Here are the details.

Door County, WI is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Its a lovely peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior. I had the pleasure of teaching a 4 day workshop there in July, and enjoyed every minute of it. The homes and gardens and marinas - to die for! The paintings were some of my demos during that time.

"Rye Corner"  12x12"  Acrylic (SOLD)

Door County - there are so many beautiful barns and pastures!
Route 42, WI  12x16"  Acrylic

Saturday, April 9, 2016


"Times Square Messenger"  24x24" Acrylic

The all-time worst piece of advice I ever got from a teacher was that at all stages of the painting it must look good. That crazy idea stuck with me for years and so many paintings were trashed before they ever had a chance to develop.  There are ugly stages - especially the start (see below). I'm glad I eventually learned to persevere thru "the uglies" or I'd have given up on art years ago. That being said there are those paintings that never quite graduate out of the ugly stage. But everytime I wrestle with one of those stubborn pieces I learn something new. And if theres one thing in life I'm completely sure of, theres always more to learn!

This morning I saw a facebook video by a writer who described the struggles of growing into the artist you aspire to be. I shared it on my facebook page, Patti MollicaArt.  It's for real.

Here's the video.   Every artist struggles, it's how we grow. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Abstracting City Shapes

"Looking South on Tenth Ave."  12x12", Acrylic  Click for info
Sometimes I like to paint the same image more than once, and push it in different ways. This is the same intersection as "Gallery District NYC", posted a few days ago, but much more abstracted. Again, I had to create people to give interest to the focal point, but this time I left in the van and delivery truck.  I think they work in this version because they help lead your eye to the focal point. Plus I think they add some needed diagonal direction to balance out the strong vertical and horozontal shapes.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Chelsea Watertowers

Chelsea Watertower  13.5x13.5  Acrylic  (SOLD)
I'm a pretty bad photographer, which sometimes I think is a blessing in disguise. It forces me to use my imagination a lot, and design my paintings, rather than rely on what is actually there, since often I can't see what's there.  I guess it is the "make lemonade from lemons" approach.
I worked on this piece at the same time as it's sister piece (below) - I wanted them to work together, as a series. Maybe I will paint another one so that there are 3 in the series - or 4... I have a lot of bad photos to choose from!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Gallery District, NYC

"Gallery District, NYC"  Acrylic  20x20"  More Info
This is an intersection at 25th and Tenth Ave. From where I was standing when I took the photo, there was a delivery truck blocking the corner. I took the photo because I liked the light cascading across the street. But by the time I got halfway into the painting, I realized I didn't have a very strong focal point so I decided to remove the truck and put people in its place.  I had no reference for people in the scene, so I had to make them up. I really don't like doing figures without reference, altho it is a great exercise... but not my idea of fun. I think they turned out well considering I had to imagine their movement and the light /shadow effect. Lesson learned (again) - think before you paint, Pat!

On another note, a friend of mine - Francesco Fontana, a very talented artist from Italy, is teaching a workshop in June - July 2016 in Giverny - by Monet's Lily Pond! I hear there are only a couple of spots left.  If you are interested in more details... click here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cupcakes and Candies

"Sweet Stuff"  12x12" Acrylic

Practicing some quick techniques on sweet delectables for my upcoming workshop this weekend in Long Island, NY, called "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold." Just in time for Valentines Day! Come join us if you can...

Friday, January 29, 2016

East Side NYC View

East Side View of Manhattan, 60x60"  Acrylic  SOLD

 This is a commission project I was hired for recently, from a city couple who saw one of my paintings on a magazine cover, and wanted their Manhattan East side view painted for display in their Florida apartment. They gave me the exact size to paint  it 60x60", a square, altho the entire view was completely horozontal (see below)The first thing I had  to do was figure out how to squish and stretch and cut and do whatever, to turn the format into a square. Closeups are attached too. It is signed, sealed and headed for sunny florida!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Work in progress

 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

Look for the art stores near you!

"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 Building, New York City

"Chelsea Fire Escapes"  Acrylic 14x14"  Click for Info
Lately I am working with old paintings that were started but never finished. In this case I barely got the painting going when apparently life got in the way and it got shuffled to some uncommon place, not to be seen for years. Who knows what reference I was using, a sketch? a photo? whatever, it's gone. It can be freeing to work out of my head when no reference is available, and give myself permission to make fresh decisions about how to make the piece work. I decided to work in a triad color scheme - tried and true red, yellow and blue.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Times Square Intersection

"Comings and Goings"  10x10"  Acrylic  SOLD

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

Crosswalk at Franklin Street, NYC

"Crosswalk" Acrylic  10x10"  Click for Info
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, December 29, 2015

Union Square, NYC Sketch

"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

Playing with Color Notes

"Jazzy Nude" Acrylic on paper
In early December I went to Florida to attend a 5 day conference sponsored by Golden Paints. The event included presentations by my colleagues on topics such as internet marketing, how to plan travel workshops, intuitive painting techniques, mixed media and collage, and much more. I learned so much my head is exploding.

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

"Pepper Fiesta" Acrylic, 10x10"
I found the feather duster and have officially dusted off my poor, neglected blog in the hopes that I can start posting again. Life has been busy with traveling workshops, tradeshows and more. My latest adventure was Art Basel, where I showed at the Projects Gallery in Miami, while also attending a 5 day Golden Paints Conference where I learned exciting new painting processes and techniques. Upon return, I had several "past due" deadlines waiting for me, including an illustration for the front cover of a new art product that will be sold in stores soon. My client requested that this new product info stay confidential until it is formally announced. Till then, keep an eye out for this painting, in an art store near you!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Apples and Cherries

"Opposites Attract"  8x8"  Acrylic  SOLD
I finally got my still life stand and lights functioning in the new studio. It felt great to be back at the easel, working from life, with all my creature comforts nearby. The picture below shows my acrylic corner - and on the other side of the room are my oils and mixed-media work areas. If I get stuck on one project i just move a few feet to the next. Love it!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nyack Stroll

Nyack Stroll  12x12"  Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

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

Cheers to Dionysus

"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

"Amy's Barn"  10x10"  Acrylic  Buy Info
I'm having some fun playing with abstracting my subject and taking a lot of liberty with color. It's a very freeing experience!  (Original Photo by Amy Shawley)

Friday, August 28, 2015

"On the cover of the..."

"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...