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Oyster and Pearl Oil Painting

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Size: 36" x 48" x 1.5"D CANVAS SIZE

Original Oil Painting

Seeing two oystermen on Mobjack Bay during a painting outing, Dorothy held this captivating vision in her mind's eye for over a decade, before completing this painting. Her book, The Oyster and The Pearl, includes her inspirational story of painting remote coastal Virginia for two decades. A signed copy is included.

"Stopping to photograph the oystermen, I got out of the car and immediately was swarmed by mosquitoes. The radiant sky silhouetted the oystermen and etched the vision in my mind. This vivid memory haunted me ~ with no photograph ~ I just HAD to paint it." 

Original Oil Painting
Wired & Ready to Hang Unframed
36" x 48"

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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!

Canvas floats with 1/2" space all the way around, in a beautiful wood frame with gold 1/2" face. 

gold and black float frame detail


Oyster and Pearl

Limited Edition Canvas Print

Seeing two oystermen on Mobjack Bay during a painting outing, Dorothy held this captivating vision in her mind's eye for over a decade, before completing this painting. 

Shown with Pewter Frame

"The radiant sky silhouetted the oystermen and etched the vision in my mind. This vivid memory haunted me ~ with no photograph ~ I just HAD to paint it." 

Dorothy recommends the Natural Wood or Pewter Float Frame to complement this painting. For more framing and installation ideas, see details below.

fine art print on canvas

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100% Satifaction GuaranteedDorothy Fagan Fine Art Prints are created with highly-pigmented, archival inks, rated to stay vibrant and true for a hundred years. Printed to order, please allow 3 business days for shipping.

  • For a great room over a sofa or mantle, either 36" x 48" or 30" x 40" will be the best size.
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  • For over a chest or small sideboard or small mantle, the 22" x 29" size is recommended.
  • side wall with chest
  • For a small wall in a bedroom, hallway, or sitting room, the 15" x 20" size would be a good choice.   
  • small wall in sitting room or hallway

Heavy Weight Archival Canvas

Our heavy-weight, archival canvas is coated with a satin finish, non-yellowing UV resistant varnish for protection, durability, and long life. 

Dorothy recommends the Natural Wood or Pewter Float Frame to complement this painting. 

Pewter Float Frame

Pewter Float Frame

It is attached from the back of the canvas stretchers, with a space around it, so it appears to float. This blends well with traditional or contemporary decor for a river home or office. Our frames are heavy-weight solid wood construction. 

Wood Float Frame

Natural Wood Float Frame

If you prefer to have your own framer create a custom frame for your new artwork, Dorothy recommends the 3/4" deep stretchers, as this shallower depth will give you a wider selection of mouldings at the framer.

For a contemporary gallery look, your canvas print can be hung "Gallery Wrap" style, with a coordinating solid toned edge or, if you prefer, the image mirrored on the edge of the 1.5" deep stretcher bars. We are happy to suggest an edge color to match the artwork and design elements of your room. Contact us>

Each fine art print is created with highly-pigmented archival inks to Dorothy's exact specifications on artist's canvas. Your art will be printed to order and 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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