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First Landing, Original Oil

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Size: 36" x 60" x 1.5"D CANVAS SIZE

Original Oil Painting

A vision of the New World seen by America's first immigrants, this oil painting confronts us as we struggle to welcome others to a world of freedom and opportunity. Symbolism of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed challenges us to pool our emotional, surface run-off into a deep channel of commitment to restore peace and beauty to our inner and outer landscapes. 

To create this extraordinary painting, Fagan painted many first landing sites, accumulating an evolution of feelings and visions with each layer of glaze. Over a period of 15 years, mist in the painting lifted, to reveal sparkling jewel tone colors, delicate pastel reflections, and the artist's own mission. 

"Living at the mouth of the river, on this continent's largest inland estuary inspires me to speak up with my paintings. I feel myself in the ebb and flow, cleansed and replenished by a watershed of dreams and inspirations. 

I pray we accept the wisdom the great Chesapeake Bay, it rivers and estuaries which flow from areas of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia."

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed contains more than 100,000 rivers and streams; has a 14:1 land-to-water ratio; helps filter and protect the drinking water of 75 percent of Bay watershed residents through its forests and trees.

36" x 60" image size

Framed in taupe gold contemporary frame with black side. Framed photo available upon request.
38" x 62" framed size

This painting is currently scheduled for exhibition and will be available to ship January 6, 2020. 

 

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About the Paintings
I paint vivid, impressionistic oil paintings that capture the feeling of being alive. My joyful paintings are inspired by my travels on trails and beaches near my home in Virginia, to Italy, France and across the U.S. My technique is done with expressive color and loose, calligraphic brush strokes, in a wet-on-wet technique known as alla prima.  Alla prima comes from Italian, literally meaning "at first attempt" and is loosely applied to any painting that is done in a direct, expressive style.  

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I work with a limited 6-color spectral palette, painting over a color-toned, textured canvas reminiscent of my favorite pastel papers. While my inspiration begins with the scene, each painting is also fueled with a fusion of feelings present at the moment of its conception. It might be the marriage of a child, or the birth of a grandchild, or memory of a parent. The joy of life infused with my passion for living, in good times and through trials, heals the heart in each and every painting.

 

Hanging Your Painting
All my canvases are wired and ready to hang. To help keep your painting level, I recommend hanging your painting from two picture hanging hooks spaced apart on the wall.  


Framing

My oil paintings are offered both framed and unframed.  We are happy to help you find the perfect frame for your new painting. The larger paintings, which are done on 1-1/2" canvas, are best framed in floater frames, or left to hang unframed on the wall. 

Gold Black Float Frame

Floater frames are designed to cradle deep canvases. A small gap around the painting, allows the canvas to "float" in the frame. Floater frames can be made in a variety of finishes, including gold, silver, black, white, and in any type of hardwood and stain finish. I am partial to the gold and black shown here. However, your decor may require a special touch, which we are happy to recommend.


In the Best Light
DAYLIGHT   Your painting will look different depending on the changing quality of the surrounding light. Natural ambient light will create a nice feel for your painting during daylight hours, as the colors subtly change throughout the day.

AT NIGHT   Art galleries use warm or cool-toned spot lighting to accentuate the colors in the painting, and they usually intensify the light on the painting's center of attention. You can imitate this effect in your own home by installing halogen or LED directional spot lighting in the ceiling above your painting. These lights are surprisingly inexpensive to install. An electrician can install them in a few hours. If you wish you can purchase the fixtures and bulbs yourself online. 

Use the Right Bulbs
The wrong color bulb can cause your painting to look "muddy." Use cool lighting to illuminate a painting that has predominately cool colors, and use warm lighting on a painting with mostly warm colors. 

Many houses are already fitted with recessed ceiling fixtures. These can be adapted to directional spot lighting by a handyman. Even without direct lighting on your painting, your artwork will still look good with nearby incandescent lighting. 

Enjoy!

First Landing

COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Limited Edition of 20 signed & numbered PLUS signed COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOOK

Signed copy collector's edition book
Signed by the artist with Bonus Chapter Six 

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A vision of the New World seen by America's first immigrants, this oil painting confronts us as we struggle to welcome others to a world of freedom and opportunity. Symbolism of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed challenges us to pool our emotional, surface run-off into a deep channel of commitment to restore peace and beauty to our inner and outer landscapes. 

To create this extraordinary painting, Fagan painted many first landing sites, accumulating an evolution of feelings and visions with each layer of glaze. Over a period of fifteen years mist in the landscape on the canvas lifted, to reveal sparkling jewel tone colors and delicate pastel reflections, and the artist's own mission. 

"Living at the mouth of the river, on this continent's largest inland estuary inspires me to speak up with my paintings. I feel myself in the ebb and flow, cleansed and replenished by a watershed of dreams and inspirations. 

I pray we accept the wisdom the great Chesapeake Bay, it rivers and estuaries which flow from areas of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia."

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed contains more than 100,000 rivers and streams; has a 14:1 land-to-water ratio; helps filter and protect the drinking water of 75 percent of Bay watershed residents through its forests and trees.

 

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