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"On a Happy Day arrived about an hour ago and is now hanging on my living room wall above the sofa. She's so beautiful, she brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for bringing such beauty into our world!  Thanks too for 'Embrace of the Mountain.'  "~ Jeanine, Wisconsin

 


 

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Heartland Original

Heartland Original

Price: $1,800.00

Original Oil Painting

 

Beautiful billowy clouds, Val d'Arno Vista
Palette knife painting painted plein air in the village of Poggio Alla Croce

 

"When I arrived at the overlook on the mountain, clouds were swirling with light overhead. I abandoned my notion of painting the landscape, in favor of painting the magnificent sky!"

 

The distant villages in this painting are Figline Val d'Arno, along the Arno River Valley which runs all the way through Florence. From the hilltop village where Dorothy stood to paint it, one can barely see the river. 

 

Oil on Linen mounted to cradled wood panel, wired to hang unframed 
16" x 20" x 1.5"

 

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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.  

hanging your painting

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!

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Painting in Italy & France

Dorothy Fagan painting plein air in France

Six Colors Changed My Life

Painting along the coast of Brittany, Dorothy changed her palette to six colors aligned to the spectrum. This palette shifted her healing process into high gear. In France she began writing. Publishing her first book in the Joy's Garden Series, Embrace the Mountain, engaging readers in her pro-active creative process.

Learn more about Dorothy's colors. 

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