The Art League of Long Island is pleased to support artists who support the arts in what we hope to be the first of many "Count Me In" Artist of the Day features. These Featured Artists have donated an original signed artwork to benefit the Art League during the COVID-19 crisis. The first person to donate the suggested donation wins the painting! Thank you Jan!
About the Artist
I have been teaching FEARLESS WATERCOLORS at the Art League of Long Island, The Artists Studio at Chelsea Mansion and at Riebes Artists Materials in Melville. Each year I do a 4 day intensive at the Landgrove Inn in Vermont and Artists Trip - this year we were planning on going back to Italy.
My paintings are currently for sale in 2 Galleries at FireFly Artists Gallery and Riebes in Melville.
I SO enjoy teaching my watercolor techniques, theories and joy with all of my students. It is my hope that they find enjoyment in interpreting their world with paint, splatters, drips and color by embracing the unexpected and unplanned.
I am a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and have been a graphic artist designing marketing materials for businesses for over 40 years.
"Sitting by the Bay", unmatted and unframed watercolor painting by Jan Guarino
11 x 15 Arches 300lb Hot Press with Maimeri and
Daniel Smith Watercolor Paints
Every painting I choose to paint focuses on the question: what drew me to this subject? As I move through this question, I then look at my world through a filter that says to me, what’s next and then go where the answers may lead me. It may be a place I visited during my travels, I will be called to a particular photo, or a painting I started en plein aire. It may be a photograph someone shows me of a person, a child, a couple that captured a moment, an expression, a posture. It is in that moment that I pause and realize I am overcome by an stirring, an ache ~ and I must paint it. When painting landscapes, I initially look for an angle to pull me in - I want to take advantage of the intrigue that a unique vantage point can create. This is the initial pull into the scene, to create a feeling of having visited here without having done more than gazed at my painting. I have trained my eye to use the camera to find and grab the composition so I can work back at my studio if the location is not suitable to painting right then and there. This creates a focus on what is important because I have filtered out that which is less important to capture the scene. I enjoy using an unusual colorful palette to bring the viewer into the painting and leave them with a feeling of joy and inspiration. I long to more than describe a scene ~ I desire to go past the details to create paintings that say as much about my creative vision as they do about the subject - lending a heightened importance even to everyday subjects.
I initially use a loose wash of color then go in and add details. You may find a watercolor blossom which I feel is what makes painting in watercolors so unique. It can be somewhat unpredictable and I use that to my advantage. This helps my intention when painting ~ to create an unexpected depiction of the subject, a colorful interpretation, not a literal translation. Most of my paintings are available as framed originals, all paintings available as glicees for framing, and reproductions of images to be used in marketing and advertising. In addition, I am available for work for hire and commissioned pieces - your loved pet, your sweet child or blessed grandchlld.
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