Mary Giacomini is a Colorado artist who loves to paint the Rocky Mountain landscape. She paints proficiently in oil, pastel and watercolor. She teaches art classes both out of her studio and for the Loveland Museum Gallery, in Loveland, Colorado.
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 throughCentennial Galleries. (Ft. Collins, CO)
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:
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.
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.
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.
"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
"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 theGrand Lake Gallery. (Grand Lake,Colorado) They will ship.
"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.
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:
"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 ofRocky 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.
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.
"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!