Joseph Orr: Artist with a Vision

NOAPS Joseph Orr demo painting Oct 2017

Farm Scene demonstration painting, acrylic, by Joseph Orr from the NOAPS Opening Weekend at the Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne Indiana, October 21, 2017.

This serene scene of an American Farm was painted by Joseph Orr at the recent opening weekend of the Best Of America Exhibit at the Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Joseph, in his unassuming and humble way, began and completed this painting during the roughly two-hour demo.  He began with a watercolor pencil sketch, and then deftly worked in his first layer, confidently continuing with layers to the finish.  Joseph is not only a skilled and impressive artist, he is an open and generous individual with his knowledge and kindness.  All who attended the demonstration were touched and inspired by him.

Over a 43 year career as an artist, Joseph has accomplished a great deal.  Aside from his ability to make a living at his art, Joseph and his wife Rita, also an accomplished artist, were two of the founders of our organization.  This group of six artists recognized the need for an outlet for artists working in oil and acrylic to exhibit their work, and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society was born.

Joseph is mainly a self-taught artist; he began working as a machine operator in major greeting card company during a break from college as a young man, and was inspired by all the art he saw.  He enrolled in college art courses, but found he had a different vision and so began private lessons with artist Tony Allison.  The lessons were short-lived, but Joseph was able to learn the basics of drawing and watercolor painting.

Landscapes are the main genre for Joseph’s paintings; he has been inspired by 19th and early 20th century artists such as Winslow Homer, Alma-Tadema, Edgar Payne, Jack Wilkerson Smith and John Francis Murphy.  Contemporary artists Richard Schmid, Eric Michaels, Eric Sloane and his wife Rita continue to inspire him.

Currently the main medium for Joseph is acrylic, though he does do sketching in watercolor, and occasionally works in pastel or oil.  In the field his palette consists of Cadmium Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue Cadmium Red Medium, Mars Black and Titanium White.  In the studio he adds Unbleached Titanium, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Orange, Magenta, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue, and Viridian Hue Permanent.  He works on cotton or linen canvas or a gessoed masonite panel.  His brush collection consists of brights, flats, rounds, scripts and riggers of no particular brand.

A day in the studio starts with a self-critique of the previous days’ work.  If starting a new painting, he studies his field sketches and photos to ascertain his composition and the all important mood of the painting.  He blocks in the dark colors first, working throughout the painting, in order to “see the direction of light on the canvas.”  He continues working darks and lights until the painting is finished.

NOAPS orr.demo-1  NOAPS orr.demo-2 NOAPS orr.demo-3  Painting process for “An Audience with Nature”

NOAPS orr.finish  “An Audience with Nature”, 30×40, Acrylic on Canvas, Highlands Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey.

For all of us artists, Joseph’s contribution to the art world has been significant.  Along with his wife and fellow artists, he has given so many of us the opportunity to exhibit, learn and grow as artists through the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.  We can’t thank him enough.

His closing words for us as artists: “Keep painting, painting and more painting.  No matter what is popular, keep to your beliefs and values.  The world will eventually come around to what you are doing”

Joseph Orr and his wife Rita work and exhibit out of their studio/gallery in Osage Beach, MO.  He is also represented by American Legacy Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Kodner Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; Highlands Art Gallery, Lambertville, NJ; and the Red Piano Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC.  To view more of his work visit his website at http://www.josephorr.com.

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

 

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Karolyn Farrell: Teacher and Artist

NOAPS Karolyn Farrell On Location - Tuscny Chapel Garden  “On Location – Tuscany Chapel Garden”, 12×9, Oil, Juried into the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit

The warm Italian sunshine is shining through to the viewer in Karolyn Farrell’s plein air painting.  The rich, bold colors and textural brushwork bring life to the painting, while the story tells of a quiet village.  This contrast is what engages the viewer; we are thrilled by the artist’s hand, yet comfortable with the quiet.

NOAPS red hibiscus 9x12farrell-red-flowers-cc-canv  “Red Hibiscus”, 9×12, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

Karolyn Farrell has been an artist all her life.  Like many artists, she began drawing and painting at an early age, but chose a career path in education for her vocation.  She holds a degree in art, and her post-graduate work includes a Master’s Degree and Education Specialist in adult education, with an emphasis on creativity in the Older Adult.  She taught art at Indian Head, MD and in Kansas City, MO, and was a middle school consultant in science and art.  Most recently she has retired as Director of the Fayetteville School District’s Adult and Community Education Program.  Karolyn always continued her artwork, however, and can now devote more time to the pursuit of catching the light in paint.

NOAPS Blue Vase with Oranges Farrell 16x20Blue-Vase-with-Carnation  “Blue Vase with Oranges”, 16×20, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

Karolyn’s upbeat personality shines through in all her paintings; she mainly works en plein air, and enjoys viewing the sunrises, sunsets, light and shadow,  the changing seasons and buildings from past eras.  Museums and work by other artists inspire her; Old Master favorites include Rembrandt, Henri, Zorn, Sorolla, Degas and Sargent.  Her contemporary favorites are works by Schmid, Handell, McGraw, Sacran, Schneider, T. Williams, Legg, and R.A. Johnson.

NOAPS Peonies in Glass 16x20Peonies-MKP-Final  “Peonies in Glass”, 16×20, Oil on Board, Private Collection

A day in the studio starts with “quiet mindfulness; maybe prayer and observing the changing scenes of the flora, fauna and sky outside the windows.” She mainly works from life, often starting with thumbnails and visualization of the design and composition.  She first applies a wash of turpenoid or gamsol with transparent oxide red and viridian or ultramarine blue and umber, using a paper towel to create the texture and then wiping out the highlights.  She starts with thin layers of paint and builds up the center of interest and design using progressively thicker applications of paint.  Her palette for studio work includes Naples Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Terra Rosa, Cadmium Yellow deep, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Phalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory black, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Oxide Red, and Titanium White.  She paints on linen canvas or panels, birch panels and Inner Glow panels (made of specially treated wood).  Brushes include sable, and synthetic and natural bristle brushes.

NOAPS farrell thumbnail_Antique Vase - Karolyn Farrell  “Chinese Vase with Fruit”, 14×16, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

Karolyn has enjoyed much success with her art; she was featured in a volume of Professional artists, “Artists as World Changers” 2011 and the book “Vision, Passion, and Purpose” for her work with art groups, teaching, grant writing and fundraising for needy juvenile groups.  She was also included in a documentary “Bridging the Gap” which focused on her work with intergenerational art activities.

Karolyn encourages emerging artists to “paint for yourself, for your own development; do not care about approval of others  Standards set within ourselves may be extremely liberating and energizing.”

Karolyn Farrell is represented by DB Gallery and Design, Springfield, MO; Scott’s Images, Lowell, AR; Art Ventures, Fayetteville, AR; Farrell Studio & Gallery, Fayetteville, AR.  To view more of her work, visit her website at http://www.karolynfarrellart.com.

To view more work in the NOAPS Best of America Exhibit visit http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions or visit Facebook or Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety).

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Weekend at the Castle

NOAPS at the Castle Gallery Oct. 2017

The Gang’s all here…from the Castle Gallery: from left to right: Catherine Marchand, Board Member; Debra Latham, Board Member; Ober-Rae Livingstone, Artist; Patricia Tribastone, Board Member; Michelle Murray, NOAPS President; Rita Orr, NOAPS Co-Founder; Nancy Haley, Board Member; Karolyn Farrell, Board Member; Masoud Habibyan, Board Member; Jody Hemphill Smith, Gallery Owner; kneeling is Joseph Orr, NOAPS Co-Founder.

What an amazing weekend!  The Best of America Exhibit surely lived up to it’s name…the paintings in the exhibit were outstanding.  The Gallery, located in the small city of Fort Wayne and situated in a residential neighborhood, belied its reach and scope until one entered the front door.  The paintings were hung throughout this beautifully restored mansion with surprises around every corner.  The viewing of the work was an experience; the difference between an online image and in person was to say the least, remarkable.  Colors, brushwork, and the living, breathing essence of each painting made one fall silent when taking in the magnitude of the work.  There can be no comparison made to the reality of viewing the actual painting.

NOAPS Cheng Lian Demo Oct. 2017  Master Artist Cheng Lian, demonstrating a portrait in oil.

In addition to the exhibit, the attendees were treated to demonstrations by NOAPS Master Artists Jason Sacran (who also served as Judge of Awards) and Cheng Lian.  Both presented informative and entertaining demonstrations in oil while creating beautiful paintings.  Joseph Orr, a co-founder of NOAPS, delighted with a demonstration done in acrylics.  Joseph also spoke about the inception of our organization, with a personal account of the history of its origin and reasons for being.  Surprisingly, one of the reasons that Joseph, his wife Rita, Dennis Yates and Pete Peterson started the group was that at the time, oil and acrylic painting had become less prominent than other mediums, and they wanted a venue for exhibitions.  All this tied in with the talk on Thursday given by President and CEO of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Charles Shepard III, who gave a talk on the history of the growth and evolution of American Art.

NOAPS Joseph Orr demo painting Oct 2017

Acrylic Landscape Demonstration by Joseph Orr

The Gallery owners Jody Hemphill Smith and Mark Paul Smith were both welcoming and impressive.  The reception was extremely well attended, with refreshments, great music, and lively conversation.  NOAPS extends a very warm and sincere thank you to Jody and Mark, with much appreciation for their work, their dedication to the arts, and willingness to host our organization.

The real stars of the show, however, are the artists.  NOAPS has a membership who consistently produces high quality work, and we strive to provide opportunities for our members to exhibit their work online and across the country in America’s best galleries.

To view the Best of America Exhibit and see photos from the show, visit http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions.  Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety).

To inquire about paintings in the exhibit contact The Castle Gallery, 1202 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Phone (260) 426-6568.

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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It’s a Small Thing

NOAPS Atherholt small works

“Smith and Copper” 11×11 by Blair Atherholt.  This piece was juried into the NOAPS 2017 Holiday Small Works Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, MO.  Collection of the Artist.

Small is a big deal, especially during the month of December.  Galleries across the country are featuring small works shows, presumably in an effort to encourage sales for holiday gifting.  What better gift than an original work of art?

In “Smith and Copper”, Atherholt has created a composition with a secondary triad of color, using line to take us around the painting.  The contrast of light and dark and texture holds our interest while we admire the beauty of the fine draftsmanship of the artist.  And the firefly adds a touch of Vanitas to the painting as well…

Small works are not a new thing by any means, of course.  True miniatures date back to the scribes in medieval ages where the small paintings served to illustrate religious texts.  Later, miniature portraits, which could be held in one’s hand and carried, became popular as well.  Today, there are numerous miniature painting societies, with shows across the United States and elsewhere.  Most of these shows adhere to guidelines of size; for example, less than 25 square inches, and 1/6 the actual size of the object or scene depicted.  Miniatures are collected by museums and individual collectors as well.

NOAPS Stevens small works  “U-Turn”, 11×14, by Laurie Stevens. Collection of the Artist, juried into the Holiday Small Works Show.

Historically speaking, another type of small work is the “cabinet painting”.  These paintings are larger in size than true miniature paintings, and gained popularity in the 17th century, particularly in Holland.  With the middle classes becoming more affluent, collectors began to acquire small paintings, placing them in small rooms or “cabinets”, designated especially for their collections.  Often these small paintings depicted full length figures on a small-scale and were very finely painted.  The National Gallery in Washington, D.C. holds a very nice collection of cabinet paintings.

NOAPS Marchand small works  “In The Morning”, 12×12, by Catherine Marchand.  Collection of the Artist, juried into the Holiday Small Works Show.

Jump now to the present day, and we have small works shows appealing to both seasoned collectors and new collectors alike.  Artists paint small across the genres, as can be seen in the upcoming NOAPS Holiday Small Works Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, Missouri.  The exhibit will feature 197 small works from 153 talented members of the National Oil & Acrylic Society in a wide range of subject matter.  The gallery is housed in an historically significant building, which at one time served as the passenger train station in this riverside town.  Built in 1840, the building draws visitors both for the fine art and the rich history.

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Views of the Cathy Kline Gallery, Parkville, MO.

The NOAPS Holiday Small Works Show and Sale will be on exhibit at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery, 8701 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, Missouri, 64152.  The show will run from November 18-December 31, 2017.  The Cathy Kline Art Gallery is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to Feed Northland Kids, a charity that helps feed needy children.

To view the artwork included in this show, visit http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions, visit us on Facebook or Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety).

Thank you to Debra Keirce for her information on Miniatures.  To see miniatures by Debra, visit her website at http://www.debkart.com.

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John Schisler: All American

NOAPS Schisler Catching stars 2

“Catching Stars 2”, Oil on Panel, 12×16, by John Schisler has been juried into the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit at the Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

If you had to pick an all-American theme, surely the flag and baseball fit.  For the artist, John Schisler, it recalls memories from boyhood of playing little league, neighborhood games, and movies like “The Sandlot”.  Even if baseball wasn’t your game, these finely rendered paintings surely draw us in.  The artist has created a composition with an expertly placed focal point, and remarkable care has been taken to represent the image truthfully.  The dark background could represent many ideas, but the force of the flag has won, and brings not just nostalgia, but a sense of our history and our hope.

NOAPS Schisler_My Home Sweet Home_300  “My Home Sweet Home”, 24×36, Oil on Panel, available through the Artist

John Schisler is surely living the American dream with his art.  Having always had an interest in art, he first took a painting class at the Conrad Miller Studio in Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland.  After several years of classes there, a move took him to Delaware, where he decided to pursue his art full-time.

NOAPS Schislerl_Guts and Glory_300  “Guts and Glory”, 10×8, Oil on Panel, Collection of Dave Matthews

Schisler’s technique for oil painting, which he learned at Conrad Miller, is based on the Maroger process of starting with an underpainting, then using thin transparent darks to heavy opaque lights.  He sets up his still lifes in a shadow box, and works dark to light, using blending techniques for edge control.  His palette is quite simple, consisting of Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Flake White, with other colors added as needed.  Schisler uses Black Oil, which is used as a basis for the Maroger medium.  Black oil is made from cold-pressed linseed oil and litharge (a drying agent, safe to handle, toxic to ingest) and it’s characteristics prevent darkening of the paint film, improves paint flow, increases transparency, and is relatively easy to use.  The painting technique used by Schisler is undoubtedly successful, for his paintings have both strength and luminosity.

NOAPS Schisler_wip popcorn1  “Popped Corn” in Progress

NOAPS Schisler_Popped Corn_300  “Popped Corn” 12×9, Oil on Panel, Available through the Artist

Schisler’s approach to success was borne of good advice from a gallery owner: the gallery owner suggested that Schisler join art groups, start selling his work, gain a following, and then he would be ready for a gallery.  Though the rejection stung, Schisler heeded the advice, and is now represented by several prestigious galleries.  The key here, however, is dedication to one’s art, and a determination to improve.  As John states: “My work has gotten so much better since that first meeting, and now I strive to make every painting better than the last.”

NOAPS Schisler_box of baseballs_300  “Box of Baseballs”, 16×16, Oil on Panel, Available through the Artist.

John Schisler is represented by the Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, Delaware; the Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery, Easton, Maryland; the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio; and the William Ris Gallery, Jamesport, NY.

To view more work by John Schisler, go to http://www.johnschisler.com.

To view more work in the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit, go to http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions, visit us on Facebook or Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety).  The Exhibit will be at the Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana from October 16-November 11, 2017.

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Author

 

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Christina Ramos: Contemporary Portraits

NOAPS Ramos Bruce the artist

“The Artist” 24×30, Golden Acrylic, Collection of the Artist.  This painting has been selected for the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit at the Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ever  since humans could hold a piece of charcoal we have been drawing each other.  What we have learned from the paintings of our predecessors are the customs, lifestyles, dress, and conditions of people of our past.  In the painting “The Artist” Christina Ramos has continued this tradition.  She has explained to us in one poignant painting the life of a young, contemporary artist living the urban lifestyle.  She has shown us the hope, the despair, the freedom and the limitations that might exist in the spirit of today’s young artist.  The story is complete but not finished, for we can tell by the expression on the young woman’s face she is thinking of her next painting…

NOAPS Ramos Going to California 300dpi ARC  “Going to California”, 24×36, Acrylic, available at http://www.christinaramosart.com

Christina Ramos takes the traditions of past artists such as Gerome, Bouguereau and Alla-Tadema and translates those techniques using modern materials.  Primarily an acrylic painter, she has taught herself how to paint in this medium with a result that resembles these Masters.  Acrylic seemed to be the best medium for her long-time love of drawing and painting, as it was easiest to manage while raising her family.  Based on her appreciation for the Old Masters, she developed a method of acrylic painting that she now teaches at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.

NOAPS Ramos_Christina_The Critic  “The Critic” 24×48, Acrylic, available at the Chim Maya Gallery, East Los Angeles.

Contemporary portraits garner most of Ramos’ painting time.  She often draws inspiration from books, museums and galleries, but often finds her models at home: her children.  She experiments with costumes, backgrounds and settings to find the right mix for the story she intends to tell.  For example, in “The Artist”, a painting of her daughter, Ramos states: “I wanted to do a painting of her that portrayed her as the amazing artist that she is.  I painted her in an urban street environment, and used a drawing that I found in her sketch book as the mural that is behind her.”

Ramos’ process begins with an idea, a clear vision.  Because she is working in acrylic, she finds that she can quickly alter her compositions, so does not feel the need to do preparatory drawings.  Using Golden acrylics, she does not have the luxury of long open time with the paint, and has used this to her advantage.  She uses a combination of opaque and transparent pigments to simulate the effect of blending with no extenders or mediums.  She occasionally will use the Golden OPEN line of paints if painting during hot dry weather.  Her palette consists of Carbon Black, Dioxozine Purple, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson or Quinacradone Burnt Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Titanium Buff, and Titanium White.  She uses vibrant pure color, and then mixes shades and tints.   To see a comprehensive breakdown of her process, visit her website at http://www.christinaramosart.com and go to “Tutorial”.

NOAPS Ramos_Christina_The Lookout  “The Lookout” 24×36, Acrylic, available at http://www.christinaramosart.com

Working out of her home works well for Ramos; she finds that she is continually looking at her paintings throughout the day, searching for solutions until she is satisfied with the outcome.  She works on one painting at a time, taking each to completion before beginning another.

NOAPS Ramos The Blacksmith 24x30 Acrylic on Canvas  “The Blacksmith”, 24×30, Acrylic, Collection of the Artist

In 2015 Ramos was acknowledged as “An Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine.  She is also a Working Artist for the Golden Paints Company, and as such gives lectures at colleges, universities, art groups and retailers on paint related topics such as pigments, binders, color fastness, gels and pastes.  She enjoys the educational aspect of this work, as she “loves to motivate people, and get them as excited about painting as I am”.

Ramos feels she learns most from her failures, not successes.  The once discouraging rejection letter now has become a source of motivation; as she tells us, “Never quit painting!  If only for yourself, never stop creating and expressing yourself through your art.  In the big picture, my family, my friends and my faith are the things that I hold most dear.  The rest is just icing on the cake.”

Christina Ramos is represented by Chim Maya Gallery, East Los Angeles, and Arte De Americas, Fresno, California.  To see more of her work, visit her website at http://www.christinaramosart.com.

To see more selections of the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit, visit http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions.  The exhibit will be shown at the Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Visit us on Facebook and Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety)

By Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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Tony D’Amico: Scenes of Everyday

NOAPS D'Amico An Early Winter, 11x14

“An Early Winter”, 11×14, Oil, Collection of the Artist.  This painting has been juried into the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit.

If you live where it snows, you know this day.  The warm light sparkles on the cold snow, the shadows become vivid blues and purples, and the crisp air fills your lungs.  The artist here has captured the contrast with beautifully placed colors that alternate warm and cool, subdued and bright.  The viewer is brought to the distant hills to investigate the colors behind the trees, and then travels down to the water to catch the light as it peeks around the bend.  These are the every day scenes that may slip away unnoticed, but the artist has captured this fleeting moment for us to treasure.

NOAPS D'Amico Atlantic Surf 12x16 oil   “Atlantic Surf”, 12×16, Oil, Collection of the Artist

Tony D’Amico has long been interested in art.  His illustrious career began after college as a technical illustrator for an advertising agency.  Later he worked as Manager of Graphics for Pepsi, which then led him to start his own marketing and promotion firm, “Creative Alliance”.  He worked with many high-profile companies, including Pepsi, Guinness, Tiffany, and eBay to name a few.  Though he was incredibly busy with his business and a growing family, he managed to take time to work on his art with the support of his wife and family.

NOAPS D'Amico Midtown Glory 16x14  “Midtown Glory”, 16×14, Oil, Private Collection

His decision to pursue a fine art career full-time came after he sold his business.  To make up for what he felt was lost time, he focused on taking workshops with artists whose work he admired.  He studied with well-known artists such as Matt Smith, Phil Starke, Randy Sexton, Ray Roberts, Kathy Anderson, David Dunlop and Hodges Soileau.  The most influential workshop teacher was Don Demers, whom Tony credits with making “all the difference in my approach to painting.”

NOAPS D'Amico Snow Tracks 9x12  “Snow Tracks”, 9×12, Oil, Collection of the Artist

Tony reaches back to masters such as Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn and others for inspiration for his work.  Many contemporary masters, such as Richard Schmid, Chris Blossom, T. Allen Lawson and others continue to inspire and influence his technique.

Most of D’Amico’s work is in oil, but he dabbles as well in graphite or pen and ink.  He finds that always preparing for a painting is essential.  He starts with a thumbnail sketch which helps him work out values and composition.  He also works en plein air at least once a week, for painting from life is critical for developing visual memory.  Then back in the studio he uses his sketches and plein air studies along with his experience from the scene to create a more developed painting.  He also takes photos of the scene to assist with the studio painting, and may compose using several of his photos.  In his painting he begins with an undertone of raw umber, and then sketches the scene with paint before working in the color.

NOAPS D'Amico Central park plein air sketches hi-resNOAPS D'Amico Crossing Broadway progression hi res

Keen observation is an important element in the painting process, but the key, as Tony states, is to “have the passion, dedication and patience to put in the time necessary to improve.  Observe, paint, study art books and paint some more….the artistic journey never ends.”

Tony D’Amico will be represented beginning in November by Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande, Florida.  He also sells his work through the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and on his website at http://www.tonydamicofineart.com

To view the art accepted into the 2017 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit, visit http://www.noaps.org/exhibitions, Facebook and Instagram (Natoilandacrylicsociety)

By Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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