JESSICA PISANO FINE ART

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commissions

Aside from creating paintings for shows and to supply galleries with work, I also regularly work on commissions. I welcome commissions because it’s such a wonderful process where the client can be involved in the creation of the artwork as much as they want to be. Some clients choose to be involved from start to finish, while others just give the dimensions and full artistic license – both ways to approach it are welcomed. Below are two commissions that I recently completed. With these commissions, both of the clients liked a painting of mine that was sold and wanted something similar in look and feel but different in size. One of the clients wanted a panoramic look and so we brook up the piece into a triptych – which gives the painting a nice contemporary graphic quality to it, yet has the feel as if you’re looking at a panoramic view.

"Effervescent" Triptych, oil & silver leaf on panel, 20"x20" each panel

“Effervescent” Triptych, oil & silver leaf on panel, 20″x20″ each panel

"Clearing Sky," oil & silver leaf on panel, 30"x30"

“Clearing Sky,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 30″x30″

Photo to painting example…

Because we’re still in winter (I think we’re at T-minus 20 days left of this season? But who’s counting?), I’ve been digging through my photos of warmer days past.  I took this photograph right at the end of summer in Bristol, Rhode Island at Colt State Park.  One of my favorite parts of my painting process is to get outside and do ‘fieldwork’ – sketch and shoot whatever inspires me in nature.  As a follow-up from my previous post I thought that I would include another example of how I use my photographs for reference.  And because I also use my drawings to create a painting… I’ll be sure to make a point to photograph my sketches and post those soon.

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I loved the way that these trees are all lined up next to each other, and I wanted to emphasize that by taking away the ground so that the viewer focuses on the composition of the trees. I also decided that I wanted to give the painting more warmth than the photograph had, so I went with colors like burnt sienna, raw umber, and various orange hues and reds.  My goal here was to create a sense of an early summer morning.  I applied a textural paste made out of marble to give the surface more dimension.  This piece was painted in oil, and unlike most of my paintings where I use gold leaf, I did not use it in this painting.

FromTheSameRoots_1574“From the Same Roots,” oil on panel, 20″ x 20″

The use of reference photos in my work…

A lot of people ask where the trees that I paint are from?  Or, which beach is that seascape painting from?  Or, are all the images that you paint imaginary?  The answer is….I paint both real and imaginary subject matter.

My painting process begins outside where I take photographs to use back in the studio as references for my paintings.  I am constantly shooting all year round so that I have a large pool of photographs to work from.  So, to answer the “real or imaginary” question – I do work directly from my photographs of trees and seascapes, but I don’t strive to replicate the photo exactly.  Instead, I’m more interested in taking the tree out of context. It is the tree itself that I’m interested in versus the actual landscape that it stands in.  Same goes for my interpretation of the sea – I like to focus on a close-up abstract part of the ocean versus the whole location of the seascape.  Because I place the subject matter out of its context and into a background that is abstract and loose with many layers of transparent paint, it gives my paintings a surreal quality – and a sense that it could be anywhere you wonder it to be.

Land Bank walk goes past grazing cows at Flat Point Farm

Oak tree on Martha’s Vineyard, MA

"expression of time," oil & gold leaf on panel, 24"x48" (currently installed in show at the Newport Art Museum)

“Expression of Time,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x48″ (currently installed in an exhibition at the Newport Art Museum)

Tree in Newport, RI

Tree in Newport, RI

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“Defiance,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x24″

Shoreline at Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, ME

Shoreline at Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, ME

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“Ebb & Flow,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x48″-sold

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Open ocean off coastal Rhode Island

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“Fog on the Horizon no.7,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 40″x60″-sold

~ new tree paintings ~

This fall I have been busy working on creating new paintings within my tree-scape series. My painting process includes building depth and texture by painting many transparent layers of oil paint. The result is a surface that has an almost jewel-like finish. When you view the paintings up close, you can see all the various textures and hues that shine through from the first layer of paint up to the last.

If interested in seeing any of these pieces in person, please contact me to schedule a studio visit – or contact one of the galleries that represent me.

"expression of time," oil & gold leaf on panel, 24"x48"

"awakening," oil & gold leaf on panel, 30"x30"
“awakening,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 30″x30″
(left image): "sunrise," oil on panel, 30"x30"  |  (right image): "sunrise study," oil on panel, 12"x12"

(left image): “sunrise,” oil on panel, 30″x30″ | (right image): “sunrise study,” oil on panel, 12″x12″

"skyscraper I," oil & gold leaf on panel, 30"x24"

“skyscraper I,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 30″x24″

"skyscraperII," oil & gold leaf on panel, 30"x24"

“skyscraper II,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 30″x24″

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Recent painting installation

It’s always so nice to see where my paintings end up. So I love it when a client sends me a photograph of an installed painting. Collectors from Colorado decided to frame this painting to go along with the different varieties of wood in their entrance way.

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Carnegie Abbey Installation

Recent installation at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island – curated by Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design.

paintings shown: (on wall) "wander lust," oil & gold leaf on panel, 15"x48" (on table) "water's edge III," oil & gold leaf on panel, 10"x10" (sold)

paintings shown: (on wall) “wander lust,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 15″x48″ (on table) “water’s edge III,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 10″x10″ (sold)

painting shown, "cerulean sea," oil & silver leaf on panel, 36"x36" (sold)

painting shown, “cerulean sea,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 36″x36″ (sold)

paintings shown," water's edge I&II," oil & gold leaf on panel, 10"x10" each (sold)

paintings shown,” water’s edge I&II,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 10″x10″ each (sold)

painting shown, "water's edge III," oil & gold leaf on panel, 12"x24" (sold)

painting shown, “water’s edge III,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 12″x24″ (sold)

the waning of summer…

The summer is so fleeting. It always feels like such a short season. I already miss the longer lasting light in the evenings – but, the season that follows is my absolute favorite; so although I’m enjoying these last days of summer, I welcome the change into fall.

But this cusp of time in between summer and fall is the best of all. It’s crisp and cool, yet warm enough to be outside for most of the day. It’s the perfect time of year to stroll along the beach where you will most likely have the whole stretch of sand all to yourself…

"water's edge no.17," oil & gold leaf on panel, 36"x48"

“water’s edge no.17,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 36″x48″

seascape series ~ new paintings

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

"Still Waters," oil & silver leaf on panel, 40"x40" (available @ Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

“Still Waters,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 40″x40″ (available @ Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) 

"Fog Ascending," oil & silver leaf on panel, 36"x36" (available @ Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

“Fog Ascending,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 36″x36″ (available @ Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

"Early Morning Mist," oil & silver leaf on panel, 40"x60" (available @ Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Newport, RI)

“Early Morning Mist,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 40″x60″ (available @ Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Newport, RI)

"Fog at Dawn," oil & silver leaf on panel, 40"x40" (available @ Artist's studio)

“Fog at Dawn,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 40″x40″ (available @ Artist’s studio)

- Article in the Newport Mercury -

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