Shapes and Colors from the Ocean – watercolor painting of sea shells
A fun graphic, quickly painted with no contour line; the colors and washes suggested themselves in the course of a playful work.
Shells After Dinner – watercolor still life painting with sea shells
After a fresh clam dinner during summer vacation, the residue shells became a painting subject. The delicate shadings and pearlescent quality of the shells’ surfaces were fascinating to observe and a challenge to capture in watercolor.
Shimmering Shells on Shelf – watercolor still life painting with sea shells
This alla prima piece was painted over a couple of evenings at our kitchen counter in front of a darkened window. The highly polished and nearly transparent green glass shell cast unusual eye-catching shadows, glimmers and sparkle – on, around and through this dish – onto the windowsill and frame, with triple reflections into the glass panes.
At The Ready – watercolor painting of firefighters helmet
A yellow hard hat signifies a captain’s headgear in a local department. The eagle’s head and number emblazoned at the front signify the courage and the hierarchy of the firefighter wearing this hat.
Golden Bundles of Good Cheer – watercolor still life painting
This warm and glowing dining room vignettes holiday decorations, with a delightful festive flair for the Christmas Season. Gift packages of all sizes and shapes, wrapped with colorful paper and ribbons, are grouped in various nooks, crannies and tabletops around the house.
Holiday’s Persimmon & Pine – watercolor still life painting
A study of seasonal symbolic subjects – the plump orange persimmon fruit and a green fir bough – playing off each other in shape, color, texture, (plus aroma during painting and edibility afterwards for the fruit); all accented with the white and red of Christmas.
Ironing’s Interlude – oil pastel still life drawing
With a more studied raking angle of perspective, the angular and graphic quality of this view is about tone and value, with minimal accent colors of red, blue, green. A tighter view in an ongoing series of studies, it was constrained by the sketchbook’s square format.
Garden Tomatoes II – oil pastel still life drawing
An experiment with oil pastels and looser suggestive drawing, the mirrored pair of tomatoes allowed for some layering, patterning, and textures to convey the energy of growth.
Almost All Red Tomato Cluster – watercolor still life painting by Frank Costantino
A simple study in reds and oranges, with greens, of an end of season patio tomato vine, showing the varied color stages of ripeness. The playful borders tied the composition together.
Color Concerto in Cabbage & Swiss Chard – watercolor still life painting
The subject of this Art Association Demo emerged after many months of my watching the growth of purple cabbages in my garden, and marveling at the increasing size and form of the leaves.
Eden’s Edibles – watercolor still life painting by Frank Costantino
A deliberate, controlled exercise in detail and finesse of fruit surfaces, each of the colors, values, and textures of one fruit was completed in one sequence of brushwork.
Farmer’s Fruits – watercolor still life painting
Arranging the seasonal subjects for contrasts of form, color and texture, this demo for the Braintree AA was a challenge to quickly portray the open husk and threads of the corn.
Fruit Casts Shadows Too -watercolor still life painting
One of a series of seemingly simple studies capturing the textures and colors of bountiful fruit; but for the surface finishes, reflections, color variables, and highlights. The shadow was the simpler element.
Garden Fruit Reflected – watercolor still life painting
A mirror provided the backside view of this intentionally arranged platter of orange garden tomatoes with a mango, on a dark granite. Painting fronts and backs were not quite the same colors and values, and the unexpected surface variations required careful planning.
Jade Lemon Bowl – watercolor still life painting
With enough time taken to view such simple things, the everyday holds fascination; which did not escape attention for this high color contrast composition.
Orange, Red & Green Garden Bounty – watercolor still life painting
Composed for a Weymouth Art Association demo, and in a continued series of garden produce, this arrangement combined the multiple shapes, textures and colors of these vegetables into a reverse pyramid composition
Plated Fruit Study – watercolor still life painting
An alla prima piece that eluded completion for some time, until the plate and pattern and angled background was devised to compliment the many circular elements; together with a continued exploration of gold paint accents with watercolor.
Post-Caffeinated – watercolor still life painting
The second piece for a kitchen show, the cleaned, upturned and reflective metal and glass of the French press, with cup and spoons and towel made for this post-fueled impression.