Tuesday, June 22, 2010

'World Wisdom' - Abstract Textured Oil Painting | AJ LaGasse

This abstract oil painting is the second painting commissioned by one of the Marriott Hotels, to be displayed in their Meeting Room.

I couldn't avoid some glare in the upper left corner, because the oil is still wet, and I don't want to handle it too much. These are large pieces of art, (each 42x30 inches) on gallery wrap canvas (1.5 inches deep).

The background of this painting is a deep chocolate brown. To order your own custom oil painting, painted with your color scheme, just contact me through the LaGasse Gallery website!

'World Wisdom' - Abstract Textured Oil Painting AJ LaGasse

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

'Blue Paradox' - Abstract Art by AJ LaGasse

This is an abstract painting done by request (commission). Three canvases of blues and teal that swirl rythmically across the painting...

Overall size of this artwork is 6 feet by 3 feet! If you have your own request, simply email me -- you can find my contact info at LaGasse Gallery.

'Blue Paradox' - Abstract Art by AJ LaGasse

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

'Northern Lights' - Abstract Art by AJ LaGasse

'Northern Lights' - Abstract Art by AJ LaGasse

This is a colorful abstract painting on 5 canvases. Each canvas measures 12x36 inches, which means that this artwork is 5 feet by 3 feet overall!

'Northern Lights' - Abstract Art by AJ LaGasse

Friday, June 04, 2010

Follow us on Facebook, and have a chance at our FREE Painting Giveaway!

Starting today, the LaGasse Gallery will be giving away an original painting FREE, at the end of each month!

Winners will be selected from our Fans who 'Follow' us on facebook -- it's now also considered 'Like', but whatever! If you're already one of our 'Fans', you're already in the running!

You will need to use the 'Like' button at the top of the LaGasse Gallery page on facebook...

At the end of each month, I'll randomly select someone from our 'Fan Box', and contact the winner. If I don't hear back from the winner within 3 weeks (in case they are on vacation, etc.), I'll select the runner up.

Remember that you'll need to sign up with facebook (which is FREE), in order for us to contact you. A picture of the painting will be posted at the time of the drawing.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

'Zinfandel Sunset' painting completed (for Marriott Hotel)

Zinfandel Sunset - Textured Oil Painting - Abstract

So I finally finished this painting... Whew!!! I lost track of how many hours it took, but I'm happy with the end result!

Some facts about this painting:

I weighed the box containing the paint, and it weighed 50 pounds. I estimate that the empty tubes weighed about 5 pounds, so figure that there's approximately 45 pounds of oil paint on the canvas!

I used aluminum and aspen stretcher bars, with a special cross-bar reinforcement system to keep the entire painting lightweight and unaffected by changes in humidity. Using wood alone would have added dramatically to the overall weight, since a hardwood like oak or maple is very heavy!

This painting is abstract, and since it's representative of a sunset, it's considered a representational abstract painting.

The overall size of this single canvas, gallery wrap oil painting is 22 feet wide by 5.5 feet high (120 square feet).

The oil paint will take several months to dry enough to be able to be shipped to its destination, without damaging the textured oil. (No special solvents were used to speed the drying process, since they would interfere with the natural 'curing' of the oil paint.)

Oil paint dries by oxidation of the oil itself (much like the wearing down of our bodies, and why we are now always looking for 'antioxidants' in our food), whereas acrylic paint dries by evaporation.