Wednesday, November 24, 2010
painting in late August. The truck is an antique ice cream truck from the local ice cream stand that has been a fixture of life in Westford, MA for many years. The painting was finally finished in my studio from pictures taken on location. Another challenging subject for me to paint was this vehicle. I am relatively pleased with this painting which is available. If you are interested contact me.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
This painting is of the First Parish Church United which is on the Common in Westford, Massachusetts. A beautiful building with a great deal of historical significance since it served as Westford's Meeting House for over 100 years. The early records of this wonderful rural town are still housed among the church records. The painting is an 8 X 10 oil on canvas board. I am pleased with the results I achieved. This painting is the second of a series of paintings that I intend to do of sites around Westford. In an earlier post I showed a view of the Gazebo on Mill Pond in Graniteville, one of the villages of Westford, which I painted in the Spring of 2010. The painting is available and is copyrighted 2010 Joe Lapiana.. I am looking forward to the cooler weather of September and October to do more plein air paintings and to working at my studio at #326 on the third floor of the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Just a quick post to invite all that are around for the 4th of July to visit the 42nd Annual Chelmsford 4th of July Art Festival. Many of my art friends have pieces being shown at the festival. I have submitted three pieces this year Summer Flight (Dragonflies) a 16X20 Oil on Canvas, The Gazebo at Mill Pond In Graniteville (Westford) a 16X20 Oil on Canvas, and Fishing at East Boston Camps (Westford) an 11X14 Oil on Canvas. The Festival is open to the Public July 4th Sunday 6-10:00 PM and Monday, July 5th from 8:30AM until 1:00 PM. Come by and enjoy the art as well as the festivities across the street on the common. The Art Festival occurs in the Old Town Hall, 1 North Road, Chelmsford (in Chelmsford Center).
Friday, June 18, 2010
I am quite pleased by the results and enjoy painting flowers.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I am quite pleased with this painting which I call Dragonfly's Flight. It is a 16X20 oil on canvas which is for sale. I liked the challenge of painting the transparency of the dragonfly's wings. This painting will most likely be entered in the Chelmsford Art Society's Fourth of July Show.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thought that I would post a few pictures from the first Chelmsford Center For The Arts Exhibition of Art In Bloom which I participated in Friday April 9th through Sunday April 11,2010. I really enjoy participating in group exhibitions and meeting all the patrons. An artist needs feedback on his work and gets a great feeling when others make appreciative comments. I hope to participate in many more exhibitions as my work progresses.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Thought I would post this invitation to the Chelmsford Center For The Arts In Bloom a weekend show that one of my paintings "Pond Reflections" was selected for inclusion in. My painting will be on display in the auditorium along with a flower arrangement created by a member of the Chelmsford Garden Club that complements the colors and theme of the painting. This show will be open from Friday evening 4-9-10 through Sunday 4-11-10. Exhibits can be viewed on Saturday and Sunday for a small donation, however, Friday evening (7-9 PM) there will be a gala reception and for a $20 donation for a ticket you can enjoy hos d'oeuvres and a cash wine bar. Music will be provided by Brian Friedland on Piano. This is the First Flower and Art Show to benefit the New Chelmsford Center For The Arts
located at the Old Town Hall, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA. Come by an support the new art center.
Several people have asked for driving directions to The Western Avenue Studios. Here are the easiest directions for driving: From the Lowell Connector off route #3, take the Thorndike Street exit. At the third set of lights take the ramp on the right. At the second set of lights at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Middlesex Street. Middlesex street bears to the right just after the Boys and Girls Club, follow it to the first set of lights which is School Street. Turn right on School Street, at the crest of the hill turn right onto Western Avenue. Western Avenue Studios is the five story red brick building at the end of Western Avenue. My studio is #326 just off the common area on the third floor.
Also inspired by early spring bud bursts and the arrival of song birds my attempt was to silhouette these against early sky colors in a more abstract composition. This is an 11X16 oil on canvas and it is now hanging on my studio wall at Western Avenue. If any of these paintings on this blog interst you please contact me and we can discuss their purchase.
In this 12 X 16 oil on canvas I have tried to capture the beauty of dragonflies. I simply call it "In Flight"/ I am quite pleased with the effect of transparency on the flies' wings. The painting was inspired by the warm weather and thoughts that these beauties will soon visit.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Thought I would include this photo of my fellow artists from the Nashua Artist's Breakfast Club who stopped by my studio #326 at Western Avenue Studios during our March open studio on 3-6-2010. It was great fun to sit and chat about painting and other experiences of the Breakfast Club an informal group of artists which has been meeting at Boarder's Cafe in Nashua New Hampshire for more than 20 years. Being a relatively new member of this group has been wonderful as these accomplished artists have inspired me to continue working on my art and their help, friendship, and support is valued and appreciated. It is also through this group that I have been encoraged to exhibit in four shows over the past two years. Since artists often paint in isolation finding this group has been a wonderful experience. Also through email and facebook and sharing our blogs we are tuned into many happenings in the arts in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
I was inspired for this painting by a fellow Nashua Artist's Breakfast Club friend Priti Lathia who has done many beautiful paintings of Koi. The fish remind me so much of the Koi that I used to keep in the small pond on my front deck in the warmer months. The many colors of the Koi and thair constant motion is a relaxing sight. My first attempt at painting fish, I am somewhat pleased , however, I will try to improve on the subject at a later time.
In this painting I tried to capture the fun of childhood and the spirit of winter. I am happy with the result and like the motion it represents. It's now time to focus on more springtime themes. ZI continue to explore many new subjects for my paintings and learn with each new attempt.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Another of the "Hurry Up and Paint Workshop" paintings. This painting is an 8X10 Oil on Canvas which is more impressionistic than many of my paintings. As I develop in my painting style my hope is that I will eventually evolve into a painter that paints works which are less detailed and more impressionistic than some of my work. I study painting under a painter that refers to this style as Realistic-Impressionism.
On January 16th I attended a workshop given by Artist Stephen Previte at his studio in Nashua, New Hampshire which was another of his Hurry Up and Paint Workshops. We were given 30 minutes to produce paintings around specific themes. In this painting we were allowed to use a limited palette of any tone of two colors. I am pleased with the results of this 8X10 Oil on Canvas which I call simply "Serenity". Participating in these workshops causes me to loosen up and also forces me to paint "out" of my comfort zone". I enjoy learning new techniques and feel that my development as a painter is improved in these workshops.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
In this photo which was taken 1-28-10 I am working on finishing an 8 X 10 oil on canvas of a still life which was begun on January 24th at a paint in of the Nashua Area Artists Breakfast club. One of the artist's in the group invited us to paint still life paintings of 3 different groupings of flowers,pottery and fruit. I am somewhat pleased at my painting two vases, one of tulips and the other of hyacinths and golden rod like flowers. Painting from live subject is something I need to practice more,
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Recently I, along with several of my fellow artists who paint in an open studio at the Cameron Senior Center every Monday afternoon were featured in a slide show created and used by the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley during their annual meeting in a presentation called Creativity and the Older Adult: A Look at the Extraordinary. This is a picture taken for that slide show. I thought that I would include it as my final post today. I am now caught up with the projects I have been working on recently.
One of my favorite places for experienc-ing the stillness of nature is by the salt marshes on the Cranes Reservation in Ipswich, Massachusetts. This 16X20 original oil on canvas was painted following such a trip to the marshes. I was attracted to the changes in the sky as seen against the greens and greenish gold of the marsh grasses and reeds as the light was beginning to fade late in the afternoon.
This is an 16X20 original oil of a quiet spot for reflection in the Granitville Village of Westford, MA. I call it the Gazebo on Mill Pond. Westford has many beautiful spots for quiet reflection as we are fortunate to have four major bodies of water and several brooks and streams.
This is another of my series on fruit and vegetables. It is an 8X10 original oil on canvas board. Of the series so far I am less pleased with this painting. I thnk that the highlights and light direction need more work and will try this subject again at a later date.
Wow.....Where does time go? I have continued trying new subjects even though I have not posted. My last post was at Thanksgiving. Inspired by the painting I did of the mini-pumpkins and sage, I decided to try several fruits as subjects. This is an 8X10 original oil on canvas board. I am somewhat pleased with the highlights and shadows and plan to continue learning the strokes necessary to accomplish reasonable representations of fruits and vegetables.