Plans for the New Year
Here's a sneak peek showing a detail of another oil painting in progress. I not only hope to begin finishing many of these larger classical paintings which got pushed to the back of my closet as commissions took precedence in the past decade of selling online, but this year I also plan to move onto my long awaited fresh, new florals. Additionally, I'll be interspersing these with more of my "Little Gems" series paintings but with a new appearance, exclusively featuring nosegays of my favorite blossoms. This is the third time in nearly 30 years that I'm changing the direction of this ever popular series. Please join me as I continue my artistic journey...CAPTURING NATURE'S TRANSIENT BEAUTY.
The Enduring Grace of Fine Portraiture
Custom Oil Portrait of Helen Marie Codori
24x18 inches / oil on canvas
This is the companion to a portrait I'd painted last year of Mr. Codori, shown below.
Custom Oil Portrait of Laurence Murray Codori
24x18 inches oil on canvas
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Hanging Branch of Lemons with Blossoms
8x8 inches / oil on panel
This is more of a botanical style composition with the lemon tree branch hanging from a thick cord or string. When my client first requested a branch of lemons I imagined a longer format on an aqua blue peeled painted wood background and the branch hanging from a nail. But the request was for an 8x8 with nothing else in the composition, so I opted for this slightly more botanical approach.
Wishing you a cozy holiday filled with warmth of family and friends.
With special thanks to all my wonderful clients who have helped enrich my life through your continued support!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas Card 2016
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Here's a more countrified version of a classical fruit oil painting in progress and a bit larger than some of the others. Of particular delight here for me are the heirloom peaches, painted lifesize, and the punctuation of blue and white porcelain. This painting is reminiscent of my "Farmstand Peaches" which hangs over my studio desk and is posted in this blog.
I designed this large fruit oil painting shown in progress, to appear as if browsing over a course of bread, fruit and wine. I particularly like the classical concrete urn on the rustic table with oversized turned leg. A glistening pomegranate will lead the eye to those lovely gold tinged purple plums and throughout the composition as all my classical paintings do, utilizing the "line of beauty" a.k.a. the Hogarth curve.
Black Tulips with Peonies and Rose
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
This is a commission from many years ago but which I came across again in my thousands of image files. It looked a tad bit clearer than the edited images previously posted...plus it's always fun for people to see a painting actually on my easel. The best part was when my client opened the box and urgently tried to brush the bee off the cloth before realizing it WAS the painting! Following shows a detail which in itself looks like a nice composition for another painting.
Little Gems Series
Trio of Champagne Truffles
4x4 in. oil on panel
Triptych Wallace Grand Baroque
sterling silver flatware fork, knife spoon
For this commissioned triptych, I had size requirements and color matching to my client's wallpapers. She requested this pattern but I opted for the more rare, antique version as the flowers on each utensil vary; whereas the newer, more readily available version is less refined and has only one blossom repeated on each piece. Here you'll see daffodils on the fork, roses on the knife and forget-me-nots on the spoon. For those who follow my work, you'll know that age is a characteristic I respect and always try to incorporate into my paintings...so antiques are always better.
Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.