Drop Off Day

February 2nd, 2010

The Philadelphia Sketch Club of South Jersey Members Showwill be held from February 5th through the 28th with a reception on Friday February 5th.  One of my submissions is the oil painting of the Rowers on the Cooper River that I completed last night.  After all is said and done, there is something to be said for deadlines. Time contraints give a you a push to make decisions rather than dragging your feet. Positive stress can be a good thing when striving toward your goal.  As important as it is to create  qulaity work,  it is also important to show your work to the public.  While the deadlines and logistics of an exhibition may seem tedious, the end to the means is quite rewarding.

No more excuses

January 27th, 2010

The other day I read the following piece of advice on the artbizblog.com….”Make time for your studio work every day”.  I am making  real effort this year to stop making excuses and get down to work.  As I have read in Twyla Tharp’s new book, “..stop wasting time on ‘mindless’ activities.”  If the decision is to be creative or watch TV, the choice is a no brainer.  Truth is, putting in some quality studio time, no matter the quantity of the time logged, just feels good.

Stepping back

January 26th, 2010

For each painting session, different voices and thoughts pop into my head.  Last night ss the night progressed I hear thatinner voice that reminds you that painting is a process and to embrace the adventure.  I thought how true this is because as the night wore on I begin to “see” the elements that will express my vision.  At some point, I will have to stop and sleep since my day job is awaiting me.  It is difficult to find your groove and then walk away.  I realize that stepping back from your work is a good thing but I will be pondering my painting today, anxious to get back to it soon.

Painting Edges

January 25th, 2010

As I work on wrapping up my latest oil painting of collegiate women rowing along the Cooper River in South Jersey, it becomes ever clearer to me  that differentiating between hard and soft edges can make or break a composition. Defining a hard or soft edge on a form helps to capture the essence of that form. No matter how far along you are in your artistic career, the basics are still the cornerstones to a successful piece.  Without these, you cannot move on to your own aesthetic and style.

Liz Azzolina En Plein Air in the Fall

January 20th, 2010

There is absolutley nothing better than painting out of doors on a wonderful sun filled day. I was at a farm out in Bucks County Pennsylvania which dates back to the 1700s.  I enjoyed spending the day trying to capture the color and light of the nearby lake.  A group of us from the Philadelphia Sketch Club had put together this outing.  I brought a small birch panel and plenty of oil paints.  A painting is at its best when it captures the immediacy of the moment and I worked to capture the feeling of this particular time and place.

Liz Azzolina painting en plein air

Works on Paper Art Exhibit 2009

October 12th, 2009

The Perkins Center for the Arts located in Moorestown, New Jersey is featuring their “Works on Paper 2009 Art Exhibit” from October 4th through December 6th. There are 100 pieces of artwork by artists from the Delaware Valley area.

Elizabeth Azzolina has two pieces on display in this show. The first piece, titled “Coronado” is done in soft pastel on paper. Inspired by a trip to the famed Coronado in San Dego, California, the piece depicts huge flowering containers on the sun filled deck of the Coronado, set against the Pacific Ocean.

The second piece is titled “A Woman’s Dream” and is a mixed media piece using pastel, oil and acrylic paints. The work juxtaposes an image of a Scottish landscape against the portrait of a young newlywed.

The gallery hours are:
Thursday-Friday – 10am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday – 12pm-4pm

There will be an exhibition tour on Sunday, October 18, 2009 from 1pm – 3pm with Associate Curator Philip J. Carroll. Mr. Carroll will tour the exhibit with you and give you insight into the juror’s process. The juror for this exhibit is Syd Sachs, Director of the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more information please call 856-235-6488 or visit their website at www.perkinscenter.org.

Welcome to Liz Azzolina’s Art Blog

October 12th, 2009

I am posting my creative inspirations, thought processes, and artistic techniques as a professional artist. I compose oil paintings on birch panel that are layered with eight layers of gesso. The pastel paintings I create are painted with soft pastels on Wallis paper. My work is expressive, channeled into flat areas of dynamic, light-filled color. By using varied brushwork, I am rendering a sense of energy and movement across the easel-sized paintings. My artwork contains images of Italy, Sweden, Scotland, California, Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. The compositions are displays of flowers from Longwood Gargens, teams of rowers along the Cooper River, portraits of Italian artisans, and rich Scottish landscapes. Each motif has a dramatic lighting effect and energy. I hope that viewers of my artwork sense a visual peace that carries them away from the noise of daily life.

The art museums of New York City were a childhood inspiration thanks to my mother’s passion for the world of the arts. Painting with oils among the rich pink cherry blossom trees at the nearby Brooklyn Botanical Garden, creating ceramic vessels on a potter’s wheel, charcoal sketching in the Sculpture Garden were some of the experiences as a student in the Brooklyn Museum’s art classes for children. I was taken by the dynamics of color and light in works such as Claude Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ and Henri Matisse’s ‘Red Room’ at the Museum of Modern Art.