Paradise Grill, on Pass-A-Grille, St Pete Beach, is a bistro on the the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Suntan Art Center holds an art market every Saturday morning. I'm there just about every Saturday and I decided it was time to portray the scene in oils.
I did not exaggerate the quality and brilliance of the blue sky & water in this painting. This was a clear bright day in St Petersburg, FL.. I was also inspired by the green palm trees and pink Vinoy Hotel in the background. I did a smaller, 5"x7" study of this scene, then went back there for a larger version.Web Site
I painted a small 5 x 7 inch study of this a few months ago, and today I finished this larger version. Here on Florida's Gulf Coast it's common for people to gather and watch a sunset.....a ceremony that possibly started with Sandpipers?
I got to the beach before dawn and walked around while waiting for daylight. I took lots of pictures of that twilight time before the sun actually shows up...this painting is from one of those pictures.
Just finished this portrait of Luigi...a Golden Retriever. It was commissioned by an old friend from my grammar school & high school days.There were a few photos to choose from for reference, and I recommended this one because I felt it contributed to his looking rather noble.
This is a commissioned piece...The Plaza in downtown Santa Fe during the early days of fall. It was a quiet afternoon, just cool enough to feel like Autumn. The greens, pinks & near-orange colors inspired me to paint it.
The story behind this painting: It is a copy of a very old painting that I bought at a flea market many years ago. I had it appraised, and the most they could determine is that it was most likely a scene from Sicily. The original was accidentally destroyed ( that's another story) and I was feeling a huge loss, so I painted my own version of it!
The second of three paintings depicting the break of dawn on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island Florida. This simple composition presented the challenge of portraying the interplays of early sunlight and shadows.
I arrived before dawn...waited for the sun, then roamed the beach at Treasure Island taking pictures for subjects to paint. This is one of three paintings from that magic morning. In painting it, I applied techniques of "juxtaposing" colors, which consists of applying warm colors next to cool, and brushstrokes of direct compliments next to each other.impressionistic beach paintings
This might be the smallest painting I've ever done. It's from a photo I took earlier this year. Painting small pieces is a good discipline to help focus on mood and composition rather spending too much time on details.Vinoy Park is in St. Petersburg, FL.
It was a sunny, calm day at the marina when suddenly a group of storm clouds blew in. Within a few minutes the temperature dropped and strong winds began to rock the sailboats while dark, threatening clouds blew in. I snapped a few pictures and created this painting from one of them. The wind created patterns in the water which inspired me to paint the scene.sailboats paintings
This is a plein air painting that I did 41 yrs ago! It was right after I quit art school ( Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art) to live in a tent in Brewster, Cape Cod, MA. I quit school because I wanted to paint rather than study the array of only somewhat related courses. I have since traveled many miles and worked at various vocations while painting occasionally as a hobby. In 1997 I returned to painting as a full time career.
The prairies and mountains of New Mexico recently set the stage for this enchanting mood. I can imagine a few cowboys sitting around their campfire after the doggies retire and singing about "Moonlight Ladies". For this painting I applied a few thin layers with lots of medium in order to get that soft, rosy blue glow behind the prairie.
Recovering from a loss through "The Healing Power of Art"
Here is what keeps me painting every day:
My best friend and wife of 25 yrs passed away from complications caused
by Parkinson's Disease, an incurable illness. The trauma during the
illness and sense of loss after she passed was almost unbearable. Caring
for her became my purpose for living. When she was gone I floundered
and wandered almost aimlessly for two years. I sold, or gave away most
of my possessions, and carelessly wasted my savings.
an invitation from a dear and helpful friend, I settled in to the
pristine mountains of Southwest New Mexico where I started teaching art
to kids and painting the awesome scenery that surrounded me.
two years of semi-solitude (no TV, no cell phone reception, 70 miles to
the nearest town) and nearly a hundred paintings and sketches later, I
can finally say that I am healed. It was the soothing properties of
aesthetics that kept me going, and now I am ready to share that quality
with whoever would like to repair or enhance their life.
paintings here represent the best of my best inspirations. The
mountains, prairies, sunsets, sunrises; the many moods of the forest and
the dressings of the seasons have brought me to the point of a need to
communicate an exquisite feeling of exhilaration, and that is the art as
well as the purpose of the art…..to share those emotions…that feathery
touch of spirituality and exhilaration.
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The air so dry, the sky so crisp and blue. For some reason, shadows in New Mexico appear not only crisp, but dramatically defined. In downtown Santa Fe, the country's oldest capital city, the light and shade decorate historic adobe buildings and narrow streets.
A painting I just finished depicting an area in New Mexico known as" Georgia O'Keefe's Back Yard". So named because she spent many days and nights painting there. I can see what motivated her to do that. I spent some time camping there....it is an awesome land.the southwest paintings
I painted this in three morning sessions of 20 minutes each. I would stand out there and wait for the sun to pop up behind the mountain and then paint quickly before the shadows changed drastically. Later, I completed it in my studio using a couple of reference pictures. forest series paintings
I painted this in the late afternoon today because it was a good time to capture shadows. Up here in the mountains of the Cibola National Forest, it's kind of a pre-Spring season. The snow has all melted, but the greens aren't very green yet.
I was in a "paint out" yesterday with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico & painted "Water Canyon" 8" x 10" oil on board. Funny thing is, there's hardly any water in the canyon. It was named back when weather currents favored rain there.
"Beach Chair in the Wind" by Jack Providenti 5"x7" oil on canavs
A red sunset reflects on the surf stained sand and the sea breeze kicks in. This was a quick, spontaneous sketch done mostly with paper towels dipped in medium & paints direct from the tube. It's a scene that inspired me, and this is my third version of it.
"Beach, Sunset, and Sea Oats" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 40" x 26"
I had previously painted a smaller version of this sunset scene on Treasure Island, Fl.. That painting sold quickly. I then had a series of note cards made and they were very popular, so I decided to paint this larger, horizontal version. I lightened the sky, added more red accents to the beach, and made the water a little more intense.
"Pass-a-Grille Inlet" by Jack Providenti oil on board 9"x12"
Pass-a-Grille is a peninsula at the southern end of St Pete Beach. It was one of the first areas to be inhabited by pirates. While painting this scene I couldn't help but wonder if it wasn't a pirates cove at some point in the past.
Dictionary definition #2 for the word"reveille" is "The first assembly of the day." That is what I thought of when I looked at these sailboats lined up at the break of dawn. This is the 4th in a series of paintings that I've done depicting the marinas at St Petersburg, Fl just after, or during sunrise. I think there are more to come.
"Indigo Beach" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 9" x 12"
Sunset Beach at Treasure Island Florida when the rising sun adds it's light & warmth to the gulf and casts an indigo shade of blue to the beach. I painted the beach by applying the impressionistic technique known as "juxtaposition"....where warms & cools, and complimentary colors are placed side by side to create depth and atmosphere.
"Electric Marina" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 16" x 20"
This is not an "electric" marina......it is actually the name of a marina downtown St Petersburg on Bayshore Drive & 2nd Ave. There is something deliciously tropical about this area...words can't describe it, but perhaps this painting will. I painted a 5' x7" study of it about a month ago, and recently decided to paint this larger version. Just finished it today.
"Amber And Blue", St Pete Marina by Jack Providenti 19" x 26" oil on canvas
Just after sunrise and right before sunset are my favorite times to paint. This is early morning further out in the marina, where the wind creates ripples that play with the watery reflections of the masts.
"The Path to Serenity" by Jack Providenti 16" x 20" oil on canvas
The title sounds philosophic, but the painting simply depicts early morning and a soft, peaceful place on the beach at Pass-A-Grille, St Pete Beach,Fl. I've painted this scene before in pastels...this is a version of it in oils.
"Amber Beach" by Jack Providenti 11' x 14" oil on canvas
At Sunset Beach, Treasure Island, Florida, the sun sets on the Gulf of Mexico. Many of us become enthralled with the magnificent sunset scenes and miss the other show which is gong on...the warm, amber glow that the setting sun sheds on the natural treasures of sand, sea grapes, sea oats and palm trees.beach series paintings
I was commissioned to paint this....kind of a different subject matter for me. This used to be actor Paul Newman's private jet, a Saberliner. I painted it for the new owner. My reference pictures had it on the ground, but I put it in the sky.
"Night Lights" 11" x 14" oil on canavs by Jack Providenti
Historic downtown in St Petersburg comes to life just before & after the sun goes down. What attracted me to this particular scene were the lights and how they reflected in windows and table tops. This was "under painted" to establish values and tones, then expressed with palette knives.
I find sailboats inspiring. This one was painted with brushes & palette knives. The technique lends itself to creating effects of ripples in the water and a few puffy clouds against an otherwise clear blue sky.
The mood of the early morning is what captured & inspired me to paint this. In order to communicate what I observed, as well as my emotional response to it, I applied a technique known as"tonalism" (an artistic style that emerged in the 1880s when landscapes were painted with an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist). Because of my strong affinity for color, I put sort of an "impressionistic" twist on it, rather than portraying it subdued & shadowy the way a true tonalist would.
"His Majesty" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 5"x7"
There are few buildings in the Tampa Bay area that are painted more than then the historic Don Ce Sar in St Petersburg Beach. The hotel is clearly regal...thus the title "His Majesty". While this is a traditional type of a pose, the viewpoint is not commonly painted as it is seen from the bridge that spans the Intercoastel from Tiere Verde to St Pete Beach.
"Living Room" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 5"x7"
I love painting umbrellas... there's something about their flowing lines that makes them fit in especially well with the waves of water scenes. What I liked most about this subject was the way the colors complimented one another. There's just a hint of purple near the yellow of the umbrella, then greens near the yellow, pinks & reds near the greens, & warm sand with some blues & oranges. beach art
"St Pete Marina" by Jack Providenti oil on canvas 5"x7"
There is always a colorful scene to paint downtown in St Petersburg Florida. The challenge of painting this was in capturing this space.... with docks, boats, buildings & trees, and putting it all on an area of only 5 x 7 inches.