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Limited Edition of 195 printed with archival pigment inks on Epson cold press fine art paper.

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Fertile Dream Mixed Media Painting

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Size: 30" x 40" x 1.5"D

Abstract Mountain Landscape

Fertile Dream

Contemporary Style Abstract Painting, Vibrant Teal Blue and Greens contrast stunningly with a Lavender Sky and Lush Green Meadow

An extension of Dorothy's Mountain Dream Series (dating from the mid 80s), in this version she combines her early pastel stroke drawing style with later painterly expressions. In this hybrid mixed-media fusion painting, she combines willow charcoal drawing with oil paint.

Dorothy utilizes the canvas texture, capturing expressive calligraphic line with cigar-sized willow charcoal. Uncompressed, this type of charcoal make of willow twigs and branches, is very sensitive to touch.  Dorothy works back and forth between the drawing and painting media, fusing charcoal to the canvas with oils. When the painting is complete, she uses a matte spray varnish to fuse any remaining dry pigments. 

Original Mixed Media Painting,oil and alkyd wash with willow charcoal on canvas. Deep, gallery wrap stretchers are painted around the edges. The painting is sealed with varnish and does not require glass. Sides are finished with a neutral charcoal tone for a frameless presentation. 

30" x 40" x 1.5"

Wired and ready to hang

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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!

Fertile Dream

LIMITED EDITION PRINT

Contemporary Tuscany Landscape Painting with Vibrant Jewel Colors, Dreamy Sunset Over Vineyards, Cypress Trees, Deep Blue Turquoise, Teal, Verdigris. 

This painting marks new territory in Fagan's process. Rooted in her Mountain Dream Series of the 1980s, this painting takes it cues from the fusion mixed media process she developed in France. In this work, she uses willow charcoal to draw alternately applying paint with loose strokes of a brush. Trained as a printmaker and painter, Dorothy combines them simultaneously capturing emotional color and calligraphic drawing.

"This painting had been sitting in the studio for some time unfinished. One day it caught my eye, and I felt very drawn to put it on the easel. Woah! It took off running, I could hardly keep up with it mixing colors fast enough to paint them in place.

Following a painting, rather than dictating where a painting will go, is something Dorothy knows well. She intentionally sets parameters for her painting projects that allow her this freedom. A structured person, trained in the disciplines of printmaking and design ~ she has developed her process and discipline, more structure = greater freedom of expression ~ the opposite of what many might expect.

"I feel energized and acknowledged when I look at this painting. Something here delves deeply, touches my heart and soul." 

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Dorothy Fagan Collection Limited Edition Prints

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Dorothy Fagan Fine Art Prints are created with the finest highly-pigmented archival inks, rated to stay vibrant for a hundred years. Our high-quality archival watercolor paper creates beautiful rich colors. 

Are available framed or unframed, matted, mounted, or just the print.  

Dorothy has selected heavy-weight wood frames for their good looks and fine quality. You can select your choice of frame from the menu above. 

Your artwork will be printed to order and double boxed for safe delivery to your home. Please allow 3-5 business days for us to complete your art. We will send you an email when it is shipped.

back of framed stretched canvas print, ready for shipment

 

Your art will be double boxed for safe shipment to your doorstep. Please allow 3 - 5 days for shipment.

 

" I must say the pictures on-line do not do it justice! The painting is so vivid and rich, it literally took my breath away when I unwrapped it.  I could not be more pleased with my purchase"   
~ Linda, Tennessee

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