10/02/2010

Welcome to the 73rd "Sunday Favorites"

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Hello my friends!!!

Welcome to the 73rd run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! It's beginning to feel alot like autumn at our place. We had a mini-cool front make its way in Saturday with the high temperature of only 68. The leaves have just begun to change colors. Actually, the weather here in Colorful Colorado has been unseasonably warm. Hmmm, it makes me wonder what our winter will be like.

This week for Sunday Favorites, I thought I would revisit a post from November, 2009. This post is about one of my favorite artists...Fran Di Giacomo. I hope that you enjoy!

Just a little update:

There have been many changes made to my living room since this November, 2009 post. We have added a faux fireplace to the wall where my Fran Di Giacomo painting resides. Now this beautiful painting, "Southern Beauties", graces the wall just above my fireplace! If you would like to see a recent photo of the Fran Di Giacomo painting above my fireplace...you can click HERE.

Wishing you all a super Sunday!!!

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Chari




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Sunday Favorites

My favorite post from: November 15, 2009

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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!!!

13 comments:

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I remember this post Chari! This was my first glimpse of this artists work. So beautiful! The colors she uses is so lush and rich. And this picture is just gorgeous!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Diann :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I remember this too. That painting is so beautiful. I love it. The colors are fantastic and it just shines on your beautiful wall. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, The colors in this painting are beautiful. Being a Southern girl I love the magnolias and the name of the painting. Beautiful!

Chari, You are such a doll and I so appreciate the sweet comments you leave me. Thanks for your visit.
xoxo, Sherry

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I'm loving the reds in your home ~ my favorite color. :-)

Have a blessed Sunday sweet lady...you deserve all good things.

xoxo
Pat

Christie said...

These painting are beautiful! I love art and think it can definitely make a room!!

xinex said...

That is one gorgeous piece of art, Chari. I will have to find more of the artist's work and continue admiring them...Christine

Vanessa said...

Hi! I'm pretty sure this is my first time joining this party but it is such a great idea! You have such a lovely home and are the consummate hostess! Thanks for always being so gracious!
Vanessa

Theresa said...

Beautiful my friend! Love re-post of beauty! HUGS!

Lori E said...

They sure are gorgeous Chari. What a great life. Traveling around the world finding beautiful objects to paint.
Your room looks great but I do remember seeing the makeover too.
Thanks for hosting us again. I always join in late. 7:00 am here is 10 back east.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning my Dear Sis, sorry about the hoop and leave...but someone hit a pole last night and I lost my power before I could leave a comment...Boy I hate when that happens..Oh well another day behind again ha ha!!
Girl you know I love this picture and with your mantle it looks just beautiful girl..Do you miss your trim on the walls yet...How is Mister Russ doing this fine Sunday...We had rain all night long here..Len and I sat in the sunroom with our coleman lantern for light and just spend an evening without TV talking that was differ to say the least ha ha!! Love ya my Dear Sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bree said...

Chari..this is beautiful. I am upset that god has given one person so much decorating talent..its ok though he gave me great hair so its a wash ....haha. Thanks for coming by my blog and always leaving such genuine and sweet comments.

Bree

Daphne said...

The sages and cranberries are such wonderful colors! Thanks for hosting Sunday Favorites!

Anitra Cameron said...

Oh my, Chari! No wonder you love her paintings--they're BEAUTIFUL. Your choice, Southern Beauties, has to be my favorite, although it was easy to make a choice.

Smiling just to be here on your page, and hoping your Sunday has been a lovely one.