Friday, January 4, 2019

Paint Over? Do over? "Never" turned into a "yes".

Many many many artists paint new work over old work. These are the three top reasons I've heard that my colleagues do paint overs:

1) to save money and re-use good stretched canvasses or panels with not so good or old work on it.
2) to obliterate old work rather than throw it out if it is too old
3)to use it as an artistic starting point, using the painted over piece as inspiration

In all my 17 professional years I have never painted over an finished or even half finished piece.

I have preferred to start a new work on a new panel and spend the money. If a painting is mediocre or unsuccessful, I've thrown it out. I have found an old painting under a new painting to be distracting and a waste of my time. 

That was all true until this week when I painted over this painting. I had been looking at "Blue Day in the Garden of the Sea"for  a little short of a year.

Four months ago, I had taken the painting off the wall and put it aside in my studio . I was bored looking at it. Not that other people were bored with it but that didn't matter. In the new year I decided to take this as a challenge and to make a non-boring painting out of it. So for all the three reason above; a good panel, to change an old work and as an artistic starting point I painted over my first piece ever.

I worked with the composition and it essentially stayed the same.. However my urge for adding color turned the blue day into a flaming sunset. More fitting of the scene and change of time of day, what was "Blue Day in the Garden of the Sea" is now "Sailor's Delight".

I'm not sure whether I learned an old quaint Bostonian version of the weather ditty or a Canadian version by my mother. I was taught the ditty not this way:

"Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. 
Red Sky at night, a sailors' delight."

But rather this way:
"Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morn, sailor's forlorn."

Just thought I'd keep that version out there so it doesn't disappear entirely.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Finito - Finished Nonna della Catania

Inevitably someone will want to know "How long did that take you?" It's always complicated. I remember the day I started late in August and today, the day it's completed. However there was a lot of "in between": some small painting were painted, a commission delivered and life was lived. 

A couple of weeks ago, after there was an arsonist fire at SCSO Auro, a night club in Catania, the red door was painted black. However it was the red door that first made me consider Auro scene along 30 Via Santa Maria del Rosario, Catania with all its street art, color and chaos. I completely changed the center door of the painting to the new black door. 

I didn't want to loose the red door. So I made the second door black reflecting the changing and layered nature of street art and street life. This is not a painting of Auro so much as it is a painting about Auro. Like nonna, I am just a passer-by with memories. 

Nonna della Catania, 72" X 36", oil on aluminum panel,
 December 27th 2018 by Marian Dioguardi (CSO Auro, Via Santa Maria del Rosario, Catania) 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Auro (CSO Auro, Catania, Sicily), the beloved new subject of my master painting, Nonna della Catania, 36" X 72", was the scene of a fire and altercation on Sunday morning. came to my attention that the wonderful mysterious red door entrance is "different". I am now left wondering whether I should  incorporate this new information into may almost finished painting. I am leaning towards "yes". 

This is where the painting is now. I'm not sure where this new information will  take me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

SoWa Winter Fest 2018

Nov.30, Friday night thru Sunday afternoon, Dec.2nd is the First weekend of the SoWa Winter Fest.

 My studio mates and I will be open our studio doors to you  at 450 Harrison Ave, # 306, 3rd floor for the evening and the afternoons until 5 PM.

 Mary is the weaver, Deborah is the beader and jeweler and I am, as always, the painter.
 My painting Auro ( o rCSO Auro, Catania, Sicily) will  be featured in the SoWa juried show tent.

Auro by Marian Dioguardi c 2018. Oil on aluminum, 16 X 20 framed, $595

I won't be in the studio but Studio #306 will be open by my studio mates and it will be the last chance to buy my tiles before holiday gift giving. Check out the SoWa Winter Fest weekend in the links here because there is a lot of fun and wonderful gifts to be bought.