Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Journey of the Community Symbolic Tree


The journey of the COMMUNITY SYMBOLIC TREE is coming to an end...
This Saturday, November 1st I will bring the painting at the Petite Library from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

This is the last chance to partake in the creation of this communal painting and I am inviting all artists over 16 residing in Onondaga county to participate for 25 min. It's free, it's fun and I provide all the painting supply.

Join me, I have 7 spots left. Your creative energy will be an essential element in the creation of this painting in acrylic!! Contact me by email at mariarizzoart@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

The deadline for the BEST ONONDAGA COUNTY TREES PHOTO CHALLENGE is also coming up this Friday, October 31st
Ellen McCoy, DeWitt, NY.

I have received many great photo submissions for this challenge and I can't wait to see what YOU will capture!

Fall is a beautiful season and I have to choose two last photos to inspire two new paintings. The winners will receive written credit and the 1st limited edition print of the painting based on their photo. Send me your photos at mariarizzoart@gmail.com for a chance to WIN!

All of the tree paintings, eight in all, will be exhibited along with the "Community Symbolic Tree" at the Onondaga Free Library on Saturday March, 14th 2015 from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. The "Community Symbolic Tree" will be permanently installed at the Onondaga Free Library.

Enjoy some of the beautiful photo submissions I received so far:

Angela Warner, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.
Angela Warner, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.

Angela Warner, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.

Ellen Leahy, Gingko in Skaneateles, NY.

Ellen Leahy, Gingko in Skaneateles, NY.

Ellen Leahy, Skaneateles, NY.

Ellen McCoy, DeWitt, NY.


Emily Thompson, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.

Emily Thompson, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.

Gina M.  GrullonGarofalo, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.
Gina M. Grullon Garofalo, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY.

Gina M. Grullon Garofalo, Manlius, NY.

Gina M. Grullon Garofalo,  Erie Canal in Fayetteville, NY.

Gina M. Grullon Garofalo,  Erie Canal in Fayetteville, NY.

Jennifer Livingston, Onondaga Creek walk in Syarcuse, NY.

Jennifer Livingston, Onondaga Creek walk in Syarcuse, NY.

Ken Livingston, Strathmore Drive in Syracuse, NY.
Mitzie Testani, Beaver lake in Baldwinsville, NY.
 
Mary Mollica, Erie Canal in DeWitt, NY.


Mary Mollica, Beaver Lake in Baldwinsville, NY.

Mary Mollica, Beaver Lake in Baldwinsville, NY.

Mary Mollica, Ceader Bay in DeWitt, NY.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Trees Capture the Spirit of Autumn

Photo by Deborah Goemans from Tully, NY.
This is the time of year when you stop everything you are doing to gaze at the beautiful colors of the  changing trees.

I am always mesmerized by nature during the fall season!

For the Best Onondaga County Trees Photo Challenge, I ask you to go outside and hunt for the those trees that truly capture the spirit of autumn.

What am I looking for my next 3 selections? 
Here are some suggestions:

- fall colors,
- apple trees, cranberry trees, pine trees, etc.
-trees located in Skaneateles, Baldwinsville, Manlius, North Syracuse, East Syracuse, and LaFayette.

The deadline is October 31 so don't forget to send me your pictures for consideration at mariarizzoart@gmail.com for a chance to win the 1st limited edition print of the painting based on your photo and written credit!

The Best Onondaga County Trees Photo Challenge is an interactive art project made possible by the Individual Artist Commission grant from CNY Arts.

Now it's time to share with you the great photo submissions I have received so far:

"I'm sending you a few pictures of the giant possibly 400-year-old Sugar Maple (possible Military tract Survey Witness Tree) in the Liverpool School Maple Grove near Liverpool High School, this time in full leaf."




"I am sending you 4 more pictures of great old trees in Onondaga County. The first 2 pictures are of another big charismatic Sugar Maple in Liverpool School Maple Grove - this tree has a trunk over 40 in. diameter and is about 120 ft. tall, and most likely over 300 years old.




The 3rd picture is of the Baum red Oak in the Wizard of Oz Memorial Oak Grove in North Syracuse.





The last picture is one of the tall ancient White Oaks of the tiny (1 acre) but beautiful North Syracuse Cemetery Oak Grove. It is the densest stand of old growth trees I've ever been to in eastern North America, and it is behind the South Bay Rd. section of North Syracuse Cemetery. This White Oak, with a trunk about 2 ft. in diameter, is about 300 years old and 110 ft. tall. 






I'm very happy to give the presentation on Onondaga County's old and important trees on Mar. 14."

- Tom Howard     

 Next are the photo submissions of Angela Warren:
 
Syracuse, NY.
Green Lakes, NY.


Green Lakes, NY.

Green Lakes, NY.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Painting in Tully, NY.

On Saturday, September 20th I drove down to the visually stunning town of Tully, NY. 

During my driving from East Syracuse to Tully, I was so inspired by the beautiful hills along the way that I decided to have the Tully's residents focus on recreating their textures and blue colors on the mountains in the background of the painting of the Community Symbolic Tree.

 

My first artist was Sonya Shepherd, and she did a nice job in adding the colorful wild flowers and the blades of grass near the tree.

 Then, Brianna Darling added the tree-texture on the hills in the background. She did so by adding little paint strokes of dark blue paint to recreate the idea of trees.

 Photographer, Deb Putman, stopped by for a quick visit and took a picture of me and Brianna working together on the Community Symbolic Tree.

My last resident was Isabella Puentes, a high school student with a lot of artistic talent. She helped by blending in the texture of the trees in the background by using a technique called "la velatura" an application of semi transparent light blue color over the little dark blue brush strokes created previously by Brianna.

It was a truly amazing and fun experience and I can't wait to continue this work on my next session at the Central Library, tomorrow!

I am looking for 3 Onondaga County residents, who enjoy painting, to get involved in the creation of the Community Symbolic Tree, an interactive art project funded by CNY Arts.
This Saturday, I will be at the Central Library on 447 S. Salina St., in Syracuse, NY and I have 3 booking sessions of 25 minutes for each participant starting at 10.30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. It's free!

What are the benefits of this project? 

Your creative energy is an essential element in the creation of this community painting, and
you are helping creating something meaningful, beautiful and lasting that celebrates our culturally rich community!


This piece will be shown along the 8 paintings based on the Best Onondaga County Trees Photo Challenge at the Onondaga Free Library during the month of March 2015. The unveiling of the Community Symbolic Tree will be on Saturday, March 14 during the reception from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30p.m. This communal painting will be donated to the hosting library and the name of each participant will be on a bronze plate next to this piece. 

Email me at mariarizzoart@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September: A Creative Month

The past two weeks were very productive:

the painting inspired by the photo of a Dark Cherry Tree from Camillus, NY by Dan Elsbey was finally completed,




I finished 6 small nature-inspired paintings in acrylic on canvas that celebrate the importance of contemplation and silence,




 I started Steve Marrone's Willow tree from Tipp Hill, in Syracuse, NY for the Best Onondaga County Trees Photo Challenge,




and the sky of the Community Symbolic Tree was successfully blended and finished thanks to the fabulous painting job by Ellen McCoy and Phoebe Vitharana on Saturday, September 6 at the Manlius Library!


There is still so much more painting to do and I need your help!

My next  Community Symbolic Tree's event is this Saturday, September 20 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., it's free and open to all Onondaga County Resident 16 years and older.

Contact me via email at mariarizzoart@gmail.com to book a 25 minutes painting session, your creative energy will be an essential element in the creation of this painting, plus you will gain some hands on experience on how to paint in acrylic!

More events:
  • Central Library, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27,
  • Petit Library, 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Nov. 1.