10/28/2009

Rednesday & Fran Di Giacomo

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Hello my friends...it's time for "REDNESDAY"!
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This fun filled red Wednesday event is hosted by Sue over at It's A Very Cherry World. Please go over and pay Sue a visit and while you're there....you can check out all of that fabulous red posted by the other "REDNESDAY" participants! Thank you, Sue for giving us the opportunity to show-off all of our REDS!!!
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Fran Di Giacomo...Quiet Elegance
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Today I would like to introduce you to one of my very favorite artists...
her name is Fran Di Giacomo!
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Striving to establish her career in art, Texas artist Fran Di Giacomo found herself most excited by the techniques and concepts of the Dutch masters. ''I focused on seeking out living masters to study with. Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme. Fad and fashion will ebb and flow, but classical realism is endless and enduring.''
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In 1982, Di Giacomo took the next step in her life's dream and picked up the brushes full-time. She now paints an average of ten hours every day, using both Northern and artificial light to keep up with the demand for her paintings. To test a painting for the drama she seeks, Di Giacomo literally turns out the light. ''A painting must glow in the dark and then I know it's finished. In a client's home, the light from sun up to bedtime is constantly changing. My paintings take on a different personality with each lighting condition. But in every situation, the drama must be there.''
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Di Giacomo and her husband travel extensively in search of inspiration and artifacts for her paintings. One painting may have a tapestry from Afghanistan, a teapot from Morocco, French Sevres, Egyptian copper, flowers from her garden, and carefully selected fruit from the local supermarket - all resting on a stone table found in a castle in Portugal! Collectors worldwide enjoy the effort that goes into each painting.
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In today's fast paced world, our senses are constantly assaulted by the noisy, the vulgar, the grotesque, the avant-garde. When you behold a Fran Di Giacomo painting you return to the world of quiet elegance.
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(Biography found at Southwest Gallery)
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"Southern Beauties"
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I learned of Fran Di Giacomo several years ago in a college art class. I was so moved by her beautiful art! I have yet to find...a Di Giacomo painting that I haven't just fallen in love with!
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Last year when I was looking for a piece of art for one of the walls in my living room, I decided to look for one of Fran's paintings/prints. I decided upon this fabulous still life called...Southern Beauties!
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Ohhh...I just love everything about "Southern Beauties"...the big, beautiful magnolia blossoms, the deep, rich colors, and the lighting of this piece is fabulous!!! I think it looks lovely against the olive green wall color too!
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My apologies for not being able to see the print very well...it's so difficult to take a photo "head-on" when there is glass involved! But I wanted to give you an idea of where this beautiful piece resides in my living room.
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Below is a close-up...you can get a better view of the true beauty of this piece of art!
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I created both mosaics using just a few of Fran Di Giacomo's paintings. I included the name of the painting under each picture. Aren't they lovely? Fran certainly has her own unique style...the rich use of vibrant color...ohhh, and that "lighting"!!! I can just look at Fran's paintings and be carried away to a different place...a different time!!! I think "Quiet Elegance" says it all!!!
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Which one of these paintings is your favorite?
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Well my friends....thank you so much for coming by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Happy Rednesday!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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27 comments:

Stacey said...

Chari, you are so right. That art work is beautiful. I love how you have it on your wall too.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, this is just sooooo beautiful. I agree with you, all of the paintings look fabulous. I love the one you chose and it really is just perfect on the green wall. So beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Chari,
Your painting is very lovely! Fran is a wonderful artist and I adore magnolias! Thank you for sharing and Happy REDnesday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

That is a lovely painting. I also really like the olive color of your wall. It is a little more sophisticated than sage... works very well with your furniture!

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari~~

You have introduced me to one of the most fabulous artists!! You are so right. Fran's work glows. The painting you have is gorgeous and I have to say it is my favorite...

I like the trim you have around the painting and the wall sconces. It looks like an art gallery. A really nice touch!

Happy Rednesday!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Sue said...

"Southern Beauty" is my favorite! It looks lovely on your wall, which by the way, is so nicely framed by your woodwork! hugs, Sue

ceekay said...

Your art work is just lovely! I am not familiar with it...but I love the flowers. Your room is beautiful!

~~Carol~~ said...

That wall is so fabulous with the trim, and the painting is gorgeous! It goes so well with the sofa too. That looks like a nice, serene place to read a book!
Happy Rednesday!
Carol

Theresa said...

I have tried to take pictures with the glass glare before and it is hard to do. I LOVE the picture but I think my fav is the VignetteI. What talent! I hope you have a blessed day!!!!!

Terry said...

What beautiful art. Your home looks so lovely, what I can see...

Lynn said...

I, being a red and green person, like them all.
Your room is scrumptious!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Chari,
The painting is lovely. She has a lot of beautiful talent! I also love the size of the painting. It is perfect.

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs,
Diann :)

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! What a lovely post! This artwork is so beautiful! I love how the piece on your wall looks. Your home is so beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

9405018--Pat said...

Hi Chari, you painting is beautiful" Southern Bell" is my favorite....thanks for sharing..Pat H

Dawn said...

I just love still lifes. Her work is so pretty. Love your green walls too!
Hugs,
Dawn

salmagundi said...

I love the saturated colors of the painting - I can never get enough color!! Looking forward to seeing you - I sent you an email tonight. Take care, Sally

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
I love the one you chose-it looks beautiful in your home. I love your style of decorating too!
Carolyn

Chrissy said...

Very pretty my dear,very pretty!!! I am sooooooo afraid of colour,you do it well! Hope your doing good,talk soon,Chrissy

Mary said...

Hi Chari,

These are truly beautiful paintings, and its easy to see why you would fall in love with them...I especially like Southern Beauties..they really are! the placement on the gorgeous green wall in your living room is perfect...it was made for that location. So nice to know a little history about the artist, as well. She and her husband have truly been blessed by her gift, as are the fortunate recipients of her beautiful work.

God bless,
Mary

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, your painting is beautiful, and you are so right - it just pops on that beautiful green wall. Beautiful mosaics too. laurie

dee dee said...

Chari, thank you for sharing your favorite artist with us! Her paintings are filled with beautiful color. Love the print you found for above your couch. Are you an artist?
Dee Dee

SueLovesCherries said...

Well, I am just flabbergasted! When I saw your first pic I thought it was a photo, until I read that it was a painting! The colors are so rich - yes, it looks like a Masters painting. I hope Fran becomes world famous! You are so fortunate to have that lovely painting - it looks perfect above your sofa!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Chari, Your art is so pretty I love the colors. You home is so wonderful I love everything you do. I have so much catching up to do. I miss you!
Hugs, Terrie

Sandra said...

Hi Chari! Omgosh, what beautiful prints! Wow, they are stunning!
I'm so glad you received the gift and that you're enjoying it!
Have a wonderful evening. :)
Sandra

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Hi Chari! Loving your paintings! I don't think I will ever have 2 painting by the same artist- all my art is from Garage sales!

How are you enjoying this snow? I am already tired of it thank you very much!! You know what it does for us fibro gals. Sleep deprivation is the big one the last few weeks- I just take it as lots of quiet time with the LORD!

Am I remembering (you know that's gone too!) right that you were spending time with grandbabies? How was your time?

The Sunday fellowships are going great and we meet with a church who desires to see how they may help us!! Music would be good!! I can sing but it would be so nice to have even a guitarist to play. Would appreciate your prayers about that!

DH tried to take a flight out to Phoenix to attend a funeral and have some time with his Mom who is going thru cancer treatments. He ended up spending 1 day in Co Springs airport trying to get out so came back home this afternoon as he would have missed the funeral - Wonder what God was up to there!

blessings
mary

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