Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oil Painting Depicting a Gentle Breeze Among the Sea Oats of Treasure Island, Florida

A Soft Wind Just After Sunrise by the Sea

Gentle Breeze
8" x 10"
oil on canvasboard

I've done many paintings of this same stretch of beach and I'm always fascinated with how it takes on a different mood depending on the weather, time of day, month of season...always unique.

I love painting the beaches. Morning is my favorite time to take pictures or set up my easel and paint before the sun gets too high and washes out the subtle contrasts of light, shadows and colors. There is a soft pink hue in the clouds, can you see it? It wasn't my idea, nature came up with that one. I was fortunate to witness it and portray it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Painting the Afterglow of a Sunset on the Gulf Coast of Florida

Capturing Twilight in a Painting on Sunset Beach

16" x 20"
oil on canvas

 Afterglow, when your senses are surrounded by an amber haze after the sunset. In this painting I am experiencing the scene from behind sea oats and various beach foliage to compliment the scene.

The magnificence of nature is startling. I painted this from a smaller study I did of the same scene. I guess I figured one small painting didn't do justice to the enchantment of the afterglow. The larger canvas allowed me to use more expressive brush strokes and soft blending in the sky.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Plein Air Painting of Historic Caddy's On The Beach at Low Tide, Treasure Island, Florida

The Essence of Sunset Beach Captured in a Plein Air Painting

Low Tide at Caddy's
8" x 10"
oil on canvasboard

 Caddy's On The Beach is a popular landmark here on Sunset Beach. I have painted it more than once...different moods, different times of day. This plein- air painting was done early morning, just after daybreak at low tide.

Hot summer days in Florida seem to drive locals to the beaches, especially on weekends. Here early morning beachgoers set up even before the stacked lounge chairs are spread out. So I set up my easel and got to work before the sun became too intense. A little more than two hours later I was cooling off in the Gulf waters. Then I walked home and finished the painting in my studio.

Plein air painting demands that one works quickly and that is the power of respond to the scene without overthinking.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Impressionist Painting Depicts Beach Life on Treasure Island, Florida

Hues of Blue and Pink Provide a pleasant Afternoon for Beachgoers

Beach Life
14" x 11"
oil on canvas

In this painting my aim was to portray people enjoying the hot and hazy atmosphere of a typical sunny day here on the beaches of Treasure Island, Fl.

It is interesting that painting a hot sandy beach is in many ways similiar to painting a frozen field of snow. I'm reminded of  one of my favorite impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, The Magpie, which depicts a field of  freshly fallen snow. One could almost use the same palette and loose brush strokes to paint a beach as he did to paint snow. Interesting, isn't it?

Friday, August 11, 2017

One of a Series of Colorfull & Dramatic Paintings of Sunsets on the West Coast of Florida

The Clouds Create a Smokey Atmosphere Around the Setting Sun on Treasure Island, Fl.

"Dusty Sunset"
16" x 20"
oil on canvas

Every sunset is unique. This me, was a magnificance subdued by some atmospheric phenomena I want to describe as "dusty". It is one of an ongoing series of sunset paintings where a balance of loose, expressive brushstrokes are combined with areas of soft blending in order  to create a colorful balance of drama and tranquility.  
I feel that composition in a painting is more than an arrangement of forms, values and is a message, or a balance of messages. In this case, there is excitement, even danger, but with an overall sence of peacefullness.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Oil Painting From Florida's Gulf Coast! Sea Oats & Clouds Impression.

Wind Blown Sea Oats & Clouds by the Sea

16" x 20"
oil on canvas

Early morning. Sunset Beach, Treasure Island, Fl. It rained the night before and the clouds blew away with the morning breeze. So inspiring! What painter could resist capturing the crisp air & gentle wind!

Summers on Treasure Island Fl are awefully hot, but awefully inspiring as well. The clear green waters and soft sand invite you for a walk, swim, or in my case, paint the scene in oils which help capture the drama of light, shade, color and motion!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Painting that Incorporates Both Impressionism & Realism

Depicting a Tender Moment using Both Impressionistic & Realistic Techniques.

The Dance
12" x 16"
oil on canvas

More in a series of paintings I refer to as "Tender Moments". These are fleeting moments in our lives which leave us with lasting impressions to cherish. And what better way to cherish them than in a painting which will last for generations.

Here a mother dances with her son, the groom.The backround is impressionistic with just a suggestion of wedding guests. His head and her hair and arm are much more detailed.

The Kiss

The Kiss
16" x 20" 
oil on canvas
Painted as part of a series I refer to as "Tender Moments"

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

An Oil Painting Impression of Sea ,Sky & Clouds After the Sun Has Set on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

 Treasure Island Florida, the Sun Has Set, But the Sky is Wild With Drama.

"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.Painted at Sunset Beach, Treasure Island, Fl

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.