Sunday, October 16, 2016

Three Stages of Painting a Portrait by Jack Providenti

Here are two of the three stages of a portrait painting from a photo: Sharon, Mother Of The Groom, where has the time gone?: stage1 block in values, define shapes, loosly describe the figure. stage 2 further adjust values & colors, begin to refine shapes & tones. The third stage will further set the mood of backround, paint the bouquet, enhance flesh tones and accentuate highlights.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What Makes Art Real?

Here are my thoughts on what makes art excerpt from my most recent newsletter:
To begin I would like to mention a painter friend of mine who playfully exclaims that his works might be considered fiction, but  based on a true story. I thought about that and reflected on the early days of Impressionism. Paris, the Industrial Revolution and the French Impressionists who set out to portray what they called " la vie moderne"...the modern life. The establishment and art critics referred to their art as anything but real. In fact, their initial response was to criticize the impressionist movement as a mockery of all that was considered "real" art. But the newly developed middle class, a product of The Industrial Revolution, felt otherwise. They not only enjoyed seeing themselves at play in bistros and picnics, they resonated in the bright colors, loose brush strokes and boldness of interpretation presented by painters who were themselves celebrating the modern  life. So maybe some of what makes art real is an aesthetically expressed agreement with others regarding a moment of heightend awareness of form, shape, color and sense, orchastrated to present a message and frozen in time. Just a thought, I'm sure there are many viewpoints on "what makes art real". What do you think? I would love to hear from you via e-mail to my web site. You may also sign up for my newsletter to be entered the October drawing for a 5" x 7" original oil painting!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

After The Sun Sets, by Jack Providenti

"After The Sun Sets"
Jack Providenti
8" x 10" oil on canvas

One of the things  I love about the Gulf Coast of Florida are the cloud formations. They not only compliment the inviting terrain of sand and sea, but are thenselves an event. I'll be painting a series of "Clouds Over The Gulf" here's the first. 


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wildflowers On The Beach by Jack Providenti

"Wildflowers On The Beach"
Jack Providenti
12" x 16" oil on panel

 Once again...the reward for waiting for the sun to shed light & warm the beach.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hot Beach, Cool Shade by Jack Providenti

"Hot Beach, Cool Shade"
Jack Providenti
8" x 10" oil on canvas board

This painting is about temperature, but not from a scientific viewpoint. It's about sensation...the simple pleasure of being in a cool space when all around you is ...really very hot. "Cool Shade" 8" x 10" oil on board, Sunset Beach, Treasure Island Florida.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Red Beach Umbrella by Jack Providenti

"Red Beach Umbrella"
Jack Providenti
8" x 10" oil on canvas

Sunrise and sunset happen quickly. Later, when the sun hangs in the sky, there is more time to paint a scene. This is a plein air painted early morning on the beach, when the shadows change with the rapidly rising sun.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Afterglow of Sunset by Jack Providenti

"Afterglow of Sunset"
Jack Providenti

8" x 10" oil on panel

"Afterglow of Sunset" 8" x 10" oil on canvas. Sometimes the best part of a sunset is the unique afterglow when your senses are surrounded by an amber haze, sometimes more intense than others. In this painting I am experiencing the scene from behind sea oats and various beach foliage to compliment the scene.

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Windswept" by Jack Providenti, from the Beach Life Series

Jack Providenti

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 It's one thing to observe & behold the beauty of Nature...but to observe and respond through painting her is an experience that is sensual & invigorating. The purpose of the painting is to share that experience.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Glistening Dawn" by Jack Providenti...more life on the beach.

"Glistening Dawn"
Jack Providenti
8" x 10" oil on canvasboard

"Glistening Dawn" 8" x 10" oil on canvas. When you arrive at the beach in the early morning and just know it's going to be a great day.I was moved by the contrast of the pinkish sky and green water.

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Amber Oats" by Jack on the beach

"Amber Oats"
Jack Providenti
8" x 10" oil on panel

"Amber Oats" 8" x 10 " oil on canvas. The beach changes moods from hour to hour. Here is an early morning, the sunlight beginning to tip the sea oats before spilling over to the sand and surf.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Sunburst" by Jack Providenti...sunsets on the beach.

By Jack Providenti
16" x 20" oil on canvas
Living is an event... if you let it be. In a painting one can capture the spirituality of the moment. Life happens fast. It explodes into a communication of that moment of beauty. A sunset parallels life in that it’s fleeting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Honoring A Love" by Jack Providenti

"Honoring A Love"
oil on canvas

Not free wheeling or impressionistic, but a painting that I did from a photo of my Mom & Dad's wedding...I'm guessing, 1939?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Good Morning Sunset Beach" by Jack Providenti

"Good Morning Sunset Beach"
8" x 10" oil on clayboard

Finally got around to finishing this piece which I painted most of at Sunset Beach last Friday. "Good Morning Sunset Beach" 8" x 10" oil on clayboard.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Streams End At Sunken Gardens". By Jack Providenti

"Streams End"
8" x 10" oil on canvas 

One of our local treasures here in St Petersburg...the running stream at Sunken Gardens.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Sandpipers Watch The Sunset Too" by Jack Providenti

"Sandpipers Watch The Sunset Too"
8" x 10" oil on canvas
This was a study for a larger version to be painted later.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Aesthetic & Noble" by Jack Providenti

"Aesthetic & Noble"
8" x 10" oil on board

This exotic creature, some sort of Heron/Egret crossbreed showed up at the break of dawn on the fence in my back yard. about 3 ft tall.....did the painting from my photo.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"The Morning Glow" by Jack Providenti

"The Morning Glow"
8" x 10" oil on linen.

 I have spent many mornings swimming and walking the beach here at Sunset Beach, Treasure Island. This painting, done from on site studies and photos, pays tribute to those magic moments. Available at