Sunday, August 18, 2019

Estes Valley Plein Air 2019

 The Estes Valley Plein Air Event has begun!  These are the  oil paintings I've finished en plein air last week.  I will spend several days in Rocky Mountain National Park this week painting there. 
 Dates: 8/24/19-9/27/19
Opening reception (all invited) 5-8pm
Location: Art Center of Estes Park
                 517 Big Thompson Ave
                  Estes, Park, Colorado 80577

Plein Air Event that features artists painting in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Valley Area from August 10 - 24. There will be a Quick Draw and Auction on Saturday, August 24th from 8:30 - 12:00 and then the show opens through September 27th. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Newsletter Summer 2019

    I hope you are enjoying your summer!  I'm getting my 'troops' lined up for Fall and wanted to see if you're interested in joining. I'm quite honored that the majority of last Spring's students are returning.
     I am  teaching a
beginning-intermediate  oil painting class on Thursday afternoons from 2-5pm on Sept 19  and 26 that will continue each month.  I have one spot open. Learn how to paint without the nasty petroleum solvents but using traditional oils.  The cost is $70 for 2 classes or $35/class based on paying for a month at a time.   I do sometimes have drop in spots available for some of the classes.
This weekend is Loveland's big art weekend!  I am participating in Art in the Park  Saturday and Sunday.  Besides volunteering, I am sharing a booth with other Thompson Valley Art League Members.  I have framed originals  a bin full of originals and a few prints.
I made the Reporter Herald for an article about the 4th Street Gallery Experience last monthThis has been a fun opportunity to show my work with 6 her professional artists.   
Flathead Valley oil 

Finally, I am participating in the Estes Valley Plein Air 2019. Check the website for special events.  The final show is on Aug 24 at the Art Center of Estes Park.  All are invited!  I'm looking forward to painting in Rocky Mountain National Park painting the inspiring views.
Enjoy the rest of summer!
  2019  Mary Giacomini

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Saturday, August 10, 2019


Heart Breakers

A New Day
These are two brand new oil paintings I recently finished that were inspired by a lovely trip to Kauai, Hawaii, this year.  They both were started and worked on during my oil painting classes.  I used a limited pallet which I believe gives the paintings more cohesion. 

I choose my primary colors based on what colors I need for the painting.  I paint a small thumbnail in black and white to get the values and composition nailed down. For 'Heart Breakers' I used my homemade Alizarin Crimson with Pyrrole Red & Quinacridone Violet, Cadmium Yellow Light, Indanthrone & Titanium White.
Next I create an under-painting in oil using my homemade Alizarin to get the values.  If I need to go darker I might add a touch of Sap Green.  On an oil primed linen surface this acts like a white erase board while it's wet.

 As I progress I lay the local colors down, starting with the darks. I am careful not to cover up all of the under-painting as I want to leave some of the glimmer that shows through.

These paintings are currently for sale.  

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Art in the Park 2019

Loveland, Colorado's BIG art weekend is almost here!  I'm sharing a booth with other Thompson Valley Art League members from the Lincoln Gallery August 10 & 11, 2019.  I have  framed original oils, watercolor and pastel paintings and lots of bin work for sale. Do stop by at Art in the Park in North Lake Park.