Friday, December 19, 2014

"He Has Come" by Deborah Nell

"He Has Come" by Deborah Nell
8.5" x 11" Acrylic Ink and Acrylic Paint on Yupo paper
This modern version of the holy family is painted in bright blue and red. The faces are without features to allow the viewer to imagine the expressions of Mary and Joseph. This painting is available for sale on my etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/expressivepaintings

JOY TO ALL FROM SUE MARRAZZO

This is a wish to all DPP Members and the whole Art blog community.
I wish you JOY during the holidays and JOY in the NEW YEAR!!

"I have touched with a sense of art some people--they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?"
---Mary Cassatt

A Mixed Media Collage ornament by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Presents for the Holidays

The computer has brought about a big change in publishing.  Some say that the printed word will soon be extinct and we will do all our information gathering and pleasurable reading on line or on Kindle.  I don't think so.  In fact I think there will be more books than ever, as it is now possible to publish your own book without going through all the aggravation and disappointment of trying to find a publisher or the huge expense of vanity publishing as it was in the past.  Finding a publisher can be more difficult than writing a book.  For instance most children's book publishers don't even accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you must hire an agent to even get your book into the hands of a potential publisher.
Now, however, it is possible to write and illustrate (if necessary) your book at home on your computer and pay a minimum amount for each book as it is sold without having to invest in 500 or 1000 volumes.  This is going to allow people who previously would not be able to find a publisher to make their work available to anyone.  There will be more  books and there will be more unusual books.  The problem of course for the authors of books that are self published is distribution.  They do not have a huge marketing staff or publicity machine to get their titles to the public.  Some enterprising person with marketing skills will probably come along to solve this problem but in the mean time it is up to the authors to make their own markets.
All this is leading up to the suggestion that you give one of my books as a present to someone for the Holidays and/or send a link to a book to someone who might be interested.

My newest book is OLIVE AND STICKY BEAR.  This is a book for young children with a link to the song available at the end so the child can hear and see the book and later look at the pictures on their own while you sing to them.

JOE AND THE ADOBIANS is a book for children 5 to 9.  It is a fable for the 21st century.  It takes you into the heart of a lonely boy trapped in his fears. Through his imagination and a few tricks, he discovers a way out of his isolation. It is a book about magic, art and above all “seeing”. Richly Illustrated, it is a treat for the eye and a puzzle. How did Joe ‘find’ the Adobians?

POSTCARDS FROM MERION for a teacher, hostess, client, friend or anyone who lives in the Main Line is an inexpensive book of oil paintings and notes from my blog. 

And for a big coffee table book for anyone who loves music and color, IF C IS RED, a large format description of my method of translating music to color in 2 dimensions.  It contains lots of beautiful illustrations of music by classical composers.

"Remember When" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Remember what is most important during this holiday season! 
You can view this painting and others at the Charlie Krone Gallery at the New Cumberland Library!

Colorful Contemporary Pig Art, Sow Painting Farm Animal "Pork Chop" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

 24"x24" Oil on Canvas/Available

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 10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

 View more of my work at http://www.griffingallery.org


 Click HERE to learn about Artists for Conservation.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pheasants in the Field by Charlotte Yealey

12x18 oil
While growing up on a farm, the ring-neck pheasant was a common sight in rural areas. Now we are surprised when we see one. Painting this brought back the past.

Sunset Over Martha's Vineyard Original Art Painting by Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath

Sunset Over Martha's Vineyard by Mary Beth Brath
8x24" Acrylic on Canvas

Dramatic. This was the scene from the balcony off my bedroom at Martha's Vineyard this past summer. I painted this from a photo while in my studio this week.
 

Colorful Contemporary Animal Art,Wild Burro Painting, Donkey "Half Pint" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

24"x24" Oil on Linen/SOLD

 This painting is sold, but commissions are welcome.

PRINTS are available HERE

 10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

 View more of my work at http://www.griffingallery.org


 Click HERE to learn about Artists for Conservation.

"Endless Fields", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Endless Fields", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art.

One more version of beautiful farm fields around the horse farm
what belongs to our friends - Karen and Kent Durr.
I just can not get enough of that place.
Hope You like it to.
To see more please visit my web site and personal art-blog:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Colorful Contemporary Animal Art,Wild Burro Painting, Donkey "Apple Jack" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

36"x36" Oil on Linen/SOLD

 This painting is sold, but commissions are welcome.

PRINTS are available HERE

 10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

 View more of my work at http://www.griffingallery.org


 Click HERE to learn about Artists for Conservation.

Donato's Dance of Eternal Spring - impressionistic representational acrylic & oil painting of Italian Lake Fountain by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Donato's Dance of Eternal Spring
16" x 12"
Acrylic & Oil on board

This painting was started plein air at Italian Lake in Harrisburg, PA and finished in the studio.  Below is an interesting history about this fountain.  
One of the most famous legends about chocolate maker Milton S Hershey involves a fountain that he bought for his mansion in Hershey, Pennsylvania in the early 1900s.
The story goes that when Hershey saw the 'Dance of Eternal Spring' fountain with its three nude nymphs, it so offended his conservative Pennsylvania Dutch tastes that he refused to have it placed on the grounds of his home.
In all fairness, the fountain is beautiful and the model the sculptor chose for the three nymphs was one of America's great beauties of the day... Madeline Stokes.
Born Amanda Straw in Fishing Creek Valley just north of Harrisburg in 1875, she changed her name to Madeline Stokes after moving to Philadelphia and taking to the vaudeville stage. She was a much sought after model into her late 30s, gracing the cover of numerous magazines. Alexander Caldwell II used her as a model for a sundial in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and her likeness graces a mural in the governor's reception room in Pennsylvania's State Capitol. She also is said to have danced in the nude at a night club in New York City for $5 a night.
Scandalous. No wonder Mr Hershey didn't want the statue in his garden.
However, the truth behind the story might have more to do with Hershey's legendary Pennsylvania Dutch tendency to be conservative with his money than with his conservative tastes.
In 1909, Hershey hired Philadelphia sculptor Giuseppe Donato to produce a fountain for his garden. Hershey and Donato supposedly agreed to a final price of $3100 and Hershey made a $2000 downpayment. When the work was completed, the bill was for $31,000 - 10 times the original agreement.
Whatever his reasons, Hershey refused to pay for the statue and Donato eventually won a $24,000 decision in court. Surely the legal defeat left a bitter taste in the sweets-maker's mouth and that statue sat in a crate at the Hershey railroad station until 1920 when he donated the it to Harrisburg City's Reservoir Park.
It remained there for 18 years until the J Horace McFarland Rose Garden at the Polyclinic Hospital opened. There it became a tradition for the seniors of the School of Nursing to clothe the nymphs in lingerie the night before graduation.
In 1971 the hospital paved over the rose garden to make a parking lot and the fountain was moved to another city park. At the July 16 unveiling at Italian Lake was a special guest, Madeline Stokes herself1.

1Sadly, she died a year later at the age of 98.


Sue Marrazzo Shares A New Start

Here is a NEW artwork in the beginning process. I am starting the first few layers in a new mixed media painting. I am doing a few new works for a community art exhibit that is coming up in early 2015!
I have many more painting sessions, and more layers to go. 
Here are a few views of the start of something NEW.... 



Above: A mixed media work in progress
by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Crooked Door by Nancy Herman

Finally got back to painting after finishing Olive and Sticky Bear.  A friend sent me this dramatic photo in hopes I would paint it.  I may do that, but for some reason I was drawn to the rather dark and mysterious door found when I zoomed in.
I am beginning a new period of painting so a door seems appropriate.  Not sure where I'm going and the oddness of this door reflects my emotional state.
For some reason very dark colors seem to reflect every nuance in the surface of the paint in a way that does not appear under normal light, so the door looks even more uncomfortable in reproduction.



Colorful Contemporary Horse Art, Equine Painting "Midnight Ride" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

10"x10" Oil on Canvas/Available

 Click HERE for pricing.

 10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

 View more of my work at http://www.griffingallery.org


 Click HERE to learn about Artists for Conservation.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Colorful Contemporary Horse Art, Equine Painting "Sea Grass" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

Equine, Horse, Animal

 6"x6" Oil on Linen/Available

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 View more of my work at http://www.griffingallery.org

 10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

 Click HERE to learn about Artists for Conservation.

"MAD ABOUT LOVE" BY SUE MARRAZZO

This is a new take on mixed media for me. I am an experimental artist, and that is a good thing. I can try NEW techniques, NEW supplies and so much more. Here is one of those paintings 
that will push me in a new direction! 
YOU gotta LOVE ART!

Title: "Mad About Love"
Medium: Mixed Media
Artist and Art Instructor: Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS