Posts Tagged ‘venice’

Artist of the moment……Christina Angelina



Christina Angelina is an internationally renown American street artist. Angelina often works with the female face and figure. She reminds me of artist Swoon, both use female forms and often create wheat paste ups.

Angelina attended New York University. She went on to earn an B.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a great interview with more great murals painted by the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Angelina has completed several commissions for companies including Neiman Marcus. She also was hired to paint live whilst the musician Kaskade was painting on stage.

The artist often works with street artist Fin Dac to create incredible street art murals. Below we view a collaboration between the two artists:

The artist is now based out of Venice, California.


Artist of the moment…….Felix Ziem

Felix Ziem was a French artist  born in the year 1821 in Buene, Cote D’Or, Burgundy, France. Ziem was a brilliant painter of landscape and marine images. Some of his most renown work was done in Venice, Italy. Ziem is associated with the French Barbizon style of painting.  The landscapes he painted most were of the Venice and the French countryside, in particular the Burgundy region where the artist was raised.

For his collegiate education Felix Ziem studied architecture in Dijon, France.

Ziem worked as an architect before turning to art.

First showed his art at the Paris Salon in 1849. After this he was financially set as an artist.

Like other very successful artists including John Singer Sargent, Ziem was avid art collector and enjoyed helping up and coming or struggling artists by purchasing their work.

In England you might be knighted for your contributions to the art world, in France you are asked to join the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

The artist passed away in 1911 at the age of 90 years old.

In this clip we visit a show in France. Though its in English, I found these picture images to be very high quality. From a distance the gallery show reminded of works by the famous landscape painter, Claude Lorraine.

Price range information: Most works priced between $10,000 and $100,000.

In this clip we view a Venice with wonderful romantic lighting at auction:

Ziem was a remarkable painter of light!  I enjoy his scenes that are painted during dusk with very limited light and interesting silhouette shapes. I really enjoy paintings of Venice and other artists who do a great job at painting it include John Singer Sargent and Thomas Pradzynski.


Artist of the moment…..Martin Rico y Ortega

Martin Rico y Ortega was born in Madrid, Spain in the year 1833. Ortega became known for his wonderful scenes of Venice.

During the beginning of his career Spain was a political hotbed and the artist actually was more popular outside of his native land than he was in Spain. He gained fame and criticism first in Paris, France and then Venice.

At an early age he learned to draw from his brother who was an accomplished etcher. Ortega went on to attend the Escuela des Belles Artes in Madrid, Spain for his collegiate studies. It was here he learned to paint the landscapes he became famous for. Here a main mentor was Genaro Perez  Villaamil. Below is a great example of his style. He was great at capturing movement alongside bodies of water. Perfect for learning to paint Venice!



In 1860 Ortega earned a scholarship to study abroad in Paris. An influence he met here was the French painter Daubigny. In France Ortega was very fond of Barbizon school, and Daubigny was very important figure in this movement. Here we have a great example of the Barbizon school, in many ways similar in composition with the landscape and figures to the Hudson River School. The most important thing to remember about the Barbizon school was that the movement emphasized painting from life.




Ortega first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1864.

Ortega passed away in 1908 at the age of 74. He was living in Venice at the time.

In this clip we see a montage of works by Martin Rico Y Ortega.

Price range information:  Ortega was prolific in both watercolour and oils. Oils range in price from $1,000 to $420,000. Watercolours range in price from $5,000 to $10,000.

Other great painters of Venice that I enjoy viewing are of course the master John Singer Sargent. Below is a prime example of Sargent view of Venice. What wonderful colour and composition.




Another wonderful painter of Venice was the late painter Thomas Pradzynski. This artist was well known and loved for landscapes of Paris and Venice done in acrylics. Below is a great example of his work with Venice. He passed away in 2007.





One more great artist did a wonderful series titled Venice in Peril to help raise funds to keep this great city going, Chuck Larivey. I love the way this artist uses light to set a great mood. Very soft edges and muted color. Below a prime example of his series on Venice.



If you have a moment check out Mr. Larivey’s webpage archive and take a browse at some sold works. What a great play of light! I need to get to Venice in order to paint!



Try painting Venice today!


Artist of the moment….Walter Launt Palmer….

This artist is well known for painting wonderful landscapes with snow. He captured perfectly the glowing light and myriad of colors that can be found in snow.

A montage of more of the artist’s landscapes and fabulous snow pieces set to orchestra music.

The artist was born in Albany, New York in the year 1854. He grew up in an artistic family whose friends including some great painters of the American landscape such as Frederic Church, James and William Hart, and Edward Gay. In his teens the artist mentored with Charles Elliot for painting portraits. He was student of Church for painting landscapes. Under the tutelage of these two great artists at the tender age of eighteen years old his work was selected for exhibition with the National Academy of Design.

In 1873 the artist traveled throughout Europe with his family visiting Scotland, France, Germany, and Italy. Whilst in Europe he took some lessons from Carolus Duran, John Singer Sargent’s mentor. Walter Palmer got to meet other artists working in Europe such as the aforement John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase.

Palmer returned to the United States and was an official protege of Church and shared a studio with him for three years.

Palmer kept great records of all the artwork he produced. This was something he learned directly from Frederic Church. According to his records his most successful paintings were those of Venice and of course his snow paintings.

Palmer often times painted from memory. This would allow him to match colors and generate moods and feelings in his artwork rather than just rendering something.

Palmer passed away in 1932 at the age of 76 years old.

Walter Palmer was very diverse in his mediums working in oils, pastels, watercolor, and gouache.

Price ranges: For watercolors the artist’s work goes from $2,000 to $20,000. Oil paintings range from $198,000 for a 30 by 40 inch work down to $1,800 for a smaller work sized 10 by 8 inches.  For pastel works the range is $3,600 t0 $60,000.

For his artistic influences the artist followed the works of the Hudson River School. He also admired John Ruskin for experimenting by painting snow with blue shadows.

This artist is one of the best I have seen for painting snow. After first learning to paint snow in grey tones, I also found that painting snow with blue shadows, made for wonderful vivid paintings. Other painters of snow I admire are Aldro Hibbard, Len Chmiel, Richard Schmid, Lynn Boggess, and the father son duo of Guy Carleton Wiggins and Guy Arthur Wiggins.

Below is a snowscape by Lynn Boggess. He uses cement trowels to apply his paint and works directly from life.