Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Auction: "Let the Sun Shine In" Remembrance Series

"Let the Sun Shine In", Oil on Linen, 6" x 8"

Portrait painting has traditionally been a way for artists to immortalize a sitter.  But there are other ways that people leave their mark in the world.  We moved into our house less than two years ago.  We have constant reminders of the couple who built and lived in the house until they passed away.  Every spring, flowers that they planted begin to pop up in the lawn and around the property - daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, lilac, ... Many of the flowers get mowed down by our young landscapers, so I moved them to new flower beds.  When the snow melted this spring, I was happily surprised to see groups of green stems popping out of the ground.  These flowers are constant reminders of what existed in the past and how the spirit of someone can live on in another form.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Auction: "Resilience"

"Resilience", Oil on Linen, 6" x 8"

Horseshoe crabs wash up on the beaches all over Long Island.  These prehistoric creatures have been walking the earth from over 300 million years.  Talk about resiliency.  They are crazy-looking and somewhat scary-looking as well.  Although the tail looks like a weapon, it's really used as a navigational device.  My six-year old daughter brought home the remains of this crab from a beach one day and it is now mounted to a board.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Auction: Open Up

"Open Up", 6" x 8", Oil on Linen 

This heart-shaped shark jaw looks so innocent, but it's not hard to forget that sharks have such powerful bites.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Why Art is Important

Iacopo Pasquinelli, "Memories are Made of These", Oil on Panel, 34" x 81"

My husband, Iacopo Pasquinelli,  recently had a successful Art Exhibit on Long Island.  The comments left in the guest book were absolutely touching.  It reminds me that art does matter - it lifts the spirit, it inspires and allows one to dream.  Some of the quotes are listed below.

"A great peace came over me in the art gallery this morning.  Thank you for the beauty you contribute to the world!"  Lisa G.

"Yet another wonderful surprise on my 13-hour Long Island vacation."  Joanne B.

"I do a lot of work in the Huntington waterways.  Your paintings put me back in the water - well done!"  Chet L.

"Thank you for capturing the artistry of the North Shore of Long Island." JFP

Artists always have a tough time turning admirers into buyers.  Alan Bamberger of wrote a great article on Why Should People Buy and Own Art?" . It's worth a read for artists who need to convince potential clients to take the leap and purchase the piece of artwork that really speaks to them.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Auction: The Sea, The Sea I

"The Sea, The Sea I", Oil on Plywood Panel

As part of my summer series, I've been painting character studies of shells from my 6-year old's collection.  She collects all types of shells and anything else one can find on a beach.  The more I study them, the more the personality of each shell comes to life.  We bought this one at a collectibles store along the CT Shoreline.  We told our daughter to choose an item and this was it.  This painting is framed in a wood floater frame and is ready to hang.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Invitational Art Exhibit: Lyme Art Association

"Transparency", Oil on Linen,  18" x 26"

I was invited to participate in a Benefit Exhibit and Art Auction sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Woman's Club.  The exhibit is held at the historic Lyme Art Association in CT, which was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists.  This exhibit and auction is LOLJWC's  largest annual fundraising event, with funds being donated to local charities. I have six paintings for sale at the exhibit.  Anyone who lives in the area and would like to attend the Gala Reception and Silent Auction tomorrow, May 2nd  from 6-10pm, can call the Lyme Art Association to reserve tickets in advance.