Sunday, June 22, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — completed painting by Paul Baldassini

“For most people, art is only valuable if other people say it is; and artists are only worthwhile if they are either rich and famous, or dead.” — Wayne Gerard Trotman

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Here is the completed painting, "White and Yellow Roses".  It measures 32 1/4 wide x 24 inches high.  I'm very pleased with the way the came out and plan on making several more works at least, of roses.  I'll post the work-in-progress a new one very soon.  With renewed confidence, I feel its about time to step-up my marketing efforts.  Its really been an education learning how to navigate the art market waters since I started painting in oils again 5 years ago.  I am hoping that the floral paintings will bring about a change in fine art gallery perception of me and my work and perhaps I might even get to make a presentation or two.

A very dear friend of mine who regularly visits my Facebook Page suggested that I make a time lapse animation of my new work-in-progress to see and appreciate the evolution of the painting.  A great idea!  So I made a test animation using Photoshop's animation frames feature and after some fiddling and diddling with "tweening" and the fade durations I made my first in-progress animation, posted above.  Its actually very easy to do -- its a shame you can't post animated .gifs on Facebook.  I think this is so cool I'm going to make a slideshow out all my recent work as I always record my paintings in-progress.  Click on the bottom image above to watch the time lapse at larger size.

Let me know what you think.

Paul Baldassini




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” 
— Elbert Hubbard

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Here is the in-progress overpainting of a new work "White and Yellow Roses" using my standard full-palette of colors.  All of the flowers are now completed. I particularly like how the bottom roses came out — I guess I just got better at painting each flower as I made it to the last one. All thats left is the bottom background which I will complete next week. Then after a few days while the paint dries, some final finessing here and there after I’ve had a chance to stand back and scrutinize everything with fresh eyes.


Paul Baldassini

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Here is the in-progress overpainting of a new work "White and Yellow Roses" using my standard full-palette of colors. Both the first white rose and the center soft yellow rose are completed using the direct-painting technique. Once again, after this layer dries I will glaze & scumble over some areas to make them advance, recede or otherwise slightly manipulate some of the tones and hues.


My palette of colors has not changed.  Its been a while since I listed my full palette, so for those of you who are new to this blog here it is:

Arranged along top edge of my palette from left to right they are: Cadmium Yellow Lemon (Rembrandt); Cadmium Yellow Medium (Rembrandt); Cadmium Yellow Deep (Holbien); Raw Sienna (Williamsburg); Chinese Orange (Sennelier); Fanchon (Napthol) Red (Williamsburg); Quinacridone Magenta (Sennelier); Perylene Crimson (Williamsburg); Burnt Sienna Deep (Blockx); Viridian (Williamsburg); Ultramarine Blue Deep (Holbien); Indigo (Williamsburg); Warm Grey (Sennelier); Cool Grey (Sennelier); Titanium Zinc White (Gamblin).

From these 14 colors plus white I can mix any shade, tint and tone to lend a convincing verisimilitude to my subject matter.  Below is a shot of my palette showing the mixing “puddles” that grow from from the constant mixtures of (in this case) yellows and oranges with warm and cool greys and white to form a wide range of neutralized warm and cool yellows (the yellows, oranges and reds on the left side of the pallete are cropped out of this image).  These puddles stay wet throughout a typical 4-5 hour painting session and are modified with the addition of Old Masters Maroger Medium.


Paul Baldassini

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end: then stop” — Lewis Carroll

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Here is the in-progress overpainting of a new work "White and Yellow Roses" using my standard full-palette of colors. The first rose is (pretty much) completed using the direct-painting technique. After this layer dries I will glaze & scumble over some areas to make them advance, recede or otherwise slightly manipulate some of the tones and hues.


My full-color palette has benefited greatly from the addition of Sennelier Cool Grey.  I can now mix an even more useful range of neutrals which, as I learned from years of painting only in watercolor.  These neutral mixtures are essential and a key to providing realism, depth and believability of light and light effects with the more saturated color mixtures used in the halftones and the even higher chroma mixtures in the lights and highlights.


This structured approach to painting perfectly suits my idiosyncratic personality type.  For me, its a very nice way to craft a painting.



Paul Baldassini

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot

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Here is the third in-progress stage and the completed underpainting of a new work entitiled "White and Yellow Roses."  I really like the Raw Umber (Old Holland) underpainting instead of my usual Quinacridone Magenta.  It should provide a perfect underpainting for the direct full-palette painting, which will be whites and soft yellows with their accompanying shadows.  The contrasting darkest values will be the deep greens surrounding the flowers which should really them stand out.

I can't overstate the importance of a well executed underpainting. Not only does it solidify the overall concept and design, but it serves as a "road map" of values on which all of the color mixtures can be keyed to.  In addition, the shadows especially benefit from a glaze using more medium (I use Old Masters Maroger Flemish Medium) and less paint so that the underpaimting shows through somewhat adding richness and depth.  This provides luminosity and contrast to the more heavily painting halftones and even heavier painted lights and highlights.

Paul Baldassini

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.”
 — Oscar Wilde

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This is a posting of a new work in-progress entitled “White and Yellow Roses.”  It is the 3rd painting in a series of botanical subjects, mainly flowers.  These roses are from the Elizabeth Rose Garden in West Hartford, CT.  Its a great place to visit and walk through, the grounds are covered with so many different and beautiful varieties of roses all neatly arranged and manicured.  This image was composited from a couple of different shots of the hundreds I've taken there.  As always, compositional tweaks, color and tone adjustments, shadow and highlight adjustments and cropping were done in Photoshop.

Presented here is the drawing and underpainting in-progress grisaille.  I'm using Raw Umber (Old Holland) to do the underpainting instead of my usual Quinacridone Magenta. I think it will work better for the overpainting colors in this work.  Size is 32.25 x 24 inches.

Paul Baldassini

“3 Peonies” — completed painting by Paul Baldassini

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” — Woody Allen

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I'm trying to set aside time now every week to make new Blog postings AND update my NEW Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/baldassinifineart.  Please visit my Facebook page and "Like" and/or "Share"what you see.

This is the completed new work entitled “3 Peonies”.  It's an oil on panel work, 32 x 24 inches, with a beautiful modern dark frame which really sets if off nicely.  I'm very pleased with the way this work came out, and I think I'm onto something very important (for me anyway).  The addition of the Sennelier's Cool Grey neutral to my palette really made this one sing — the movement of light across the flowers is quite nice.  Its my most luminous work to date.

I feel that with this new painting completed that its about time I seriously get down to the business of securing gallery representation.  God knows that this is a daunting task, full of as much rejection as applying for employment, and I'm not even really sure how to proceed.  I've researched quite a bit about contacting galleries for representation using mostly online resources and reaching out to other artists for advice and support.  Some have stepped up and put me directly in touch with gallery owners, others are more guarded, and I can certainly understand that.  All I know for sure is that I'm tired of collecting my own art and would rather it be in the homes of collectors and patrons.  We'll see what happens.

Paul Baldassini