Paul Baldassini, artist

Expressive & (not quite) tonalist landscapes

In September 2023, after ten years of painting floral compositions,  I began experimenting with a  very different approach to oil painting, and began a series of  expressive and (not quite) tonalist “invented”  landscape compositions.  These compositions record something that I observed in nature that was fleeting but revelatory, emphasizing light, mood, and the arrangement of shapes.  The works are in oil using a limited palette,  inexpensive  hardware store brushes, a few quality oil bristle brushes, a simple non-toxic medium (Refined Linseed Oil), paper towels, cotton rags and my fingers. They are mostly based on observation, memory and, sometimes, reference imagery.  Like much great art, the paintings are a combination of fact and fiction, hard work and technical competence.