Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aspen Lake progressive paintings

Here is another example of "progressive painting."  The painting on the left is a 10" x 10" plein air oil painting of Aspen Lake in northern New Mexico.  (currently for sale at Mt. Living Studio, Manitou Springs, CO)  I used the reference photo from the plein air combined with a photo of some Adirondack chairs to paint "Aspen Lake" in pastel (right).  The last painting in this mini series is "My Space", a 24" x 18" oil.  I saturated the colors more and added a couple of bottles of Grolsch  beer to make the scene even more inviting.  "My Space" is currently for sale through Centennial Galleries. (Ft. Collins, CO)












More of my work can be seen online:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)
You can  contact me for more information. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stove Prairie School Progression


As part of a large commission I had last year, one of my paintings was to be of the Stove Prairie School (Colorado) when it was first built in 1896.  I didn't have a reference but scoured libraries, the internet, archives and listened to the locals' stories.  I found the photo from1896(top), paid for a copy and signed a release for it's use.  I also took numerous photos of where the school still stands today. (with several additions)  I put these references together and painted a smaller oil version (center) before I started the final oil version(bottom) on birchwood for my client.

Both paintings are sold, but more of my work can be seen online:

(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)
You can  contact me for more information

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rocky Mountain High Fly Fishing


These are examples of when I do a "study" for a larger painting.  I painted "It Doesn't Get Any Better" (left) first then decided to enlarge it to 24" x 18".  Both are pastels (both sold) but canvas giclees of "Rocky Mountain High" (right) are available through artforconservation.com
Please contact me for more information. 

You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
(some of my artwork on various products)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"The Clearing"



These paintings are from the CSU campus at Pingree Park in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Usually  if I paint a plein air the studio piece follows. In this case I did the opposite. The first one (left, sold) I painted in pastel was done using a reference photo. The plein air piece (right) was painted about a year later in the same place. Some of the trees on the side of the puddle had been cut down plus I have found that plein air paintings can turn out fresher, sometimes lighter.  "The Clearing, plein air" (pastel) on the right is for sale through Centennial galleries currently.
You can  contact me for information.
More of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Plein air Progression


Plein air painting starts with inspiration.  I drove a few miles up the Big Thompson Canyon to a park on the Big Thompson River (Colorado).
After checking out several possibilities, I found a rock near the river to set up my pochade box with oil  paints.  I sketched out the scene with Transparent Oxide Red and blocked in my darkest darks. I worked for a few hours, gradually moving to using my pallet knife almost exclusively to get the heavy impasto feel which I wanted for the rushing river.  The end result: my impression of the river that day and a great feeling of being outside on a gorgeous Colorado summer morning.
This 14" x 11" is for sale, please contact me for more information.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Colorado Aspen Grove

This Colorado Aspen Grove watercolor painting is 14" x 9.5"  The original is currently for sale at the Grand Lake Gallery.  More of my watercolor paintings  can be see on fine art america.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

FAA

Visit Fine Art America's page for colorado paintings
to see some of my artwork. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rocky Mountain Aspen plein air

"Aspen Plein air #2" was recently sold at Mountain Living Studio in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  I painted this 9" x 6" oil alla prima in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado in the fall. I used a pallet knife and left lots of impasto on the surface.
You can  contact me for information on other artwork and
you can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Big Valley, plein air

"Big Valley" (plein air) is a 11" x 8.75" pastel I painted from the hill above our house.  The Yucca are in full bloom now and having had a wet spring the wildflowers are having a colorful year. This painting is for sale through the Grand Lake Gallery.
(Grand Lake,Colorado)  They will ship.
Please CONTACT me if you have any questions.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)
marygiacomini.com




Wednesday, June 16, 2010

miniature oil

"Almost Home" is the name of this 7 x 5" oil miniature I painted of the cottonwood tree that shows off it's autumn glory each fall. I used my favorite small pallet knife and left lots of impasto.  This painting is currently for sale at Centennial Galleries in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Please contact me for details.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Aspens en plein air

I painted this little plein air oil painting in a grove of aspen trees in Rocky Mountain National Park.(Colorado)  I used only a small pallet knife and left plenty of impasto on the surface.  This painting is sold but you can see more of my art online:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(selected giclees for sale)

Please CONTACT me if you have any questions.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Estes Park Plein air

"Estes Park Plein air" is a 10" x 11" original oil I painted alla prima (one session) en plein air (outdoors on location) in the fresh air of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  I used a pallet knife so this painting has lots of impasto, swirling strokes of color. This painting is for sale, please contact me for details.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
Mountains paintings on fine art america.
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

framed print for sale

This framed print of "Goals" is available by ordering through cafepress.com.  The scene brings back fond memories of hiking in Glacier National Park.
Please CONTACT me if you have any questions.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(selected giclees for sale)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Beginning watercolor class

Summer is a great time to fine tune your artistic skills with our upcoming adult art workshops. Join Mary Giacomini for Watercolor Basics on June 18th, 2010 from 1- 4 pm. Class is held at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, Colorado.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Allenspark Afternoon

"Allenspark Afternoon" is a watercolor painting painted
"en plein air"
in the mountains of  Colorado in the fall.  This painting is sold but more of my art can be seen online:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)
Please CONTACT me if you have any questions.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shell Chairs

"Days Gone By" is one of a few paintings I have done with those 1950's style metal shell chairs.  I love the nostalgic feel they bring me.  After years of casually looking to purchase some, I found one recently at an antique store and a friend of mine found two more later that same week.  I now have the inspiration in my own backyard!

Please CONTACT me if you have any questions.
You can see more of my artwork at these sites:
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
artforconservation.com  
(some of my artwork on various products)