May 13, 2021
Artist: Paul BaldassiniTitle: Little Climbing Beauties IIImage Size: 24.375 x 31.5”Medium: Oil on mounted portrait linen panelWebsite: baldassinifineart.com
Welcome to the gorgeous paintings of Paul Baldassini, where flowers are larger than life and the colors demand your attention. Paul is a local personality and a longtime customer at Wholesale Frame Co., living and working in Middletown, CT. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and is represented by Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA. Paul is largely a self-taught painter. He diligently studied techniques of the old masters and has put in many more hours developing his own craft and techniques. Combined with Paul’s background as a designer and photographer he is able to achieve a unique perspective into the otherwise familiar subject of flowers.
My own take into Paul’s work is this feeling that I am a small insect on a mission to find the most luscious flowers around. The paintings transport you into another dimension of reality, where “stopping to smell the roses” isn’t just a suggestion but a requirement for engaging with the work. Your eyes scan over the imagery being forced in and out of focus, leaving no chance that you will mistake the most important subject matter on view. For example, the petals often have curves and turns that are other worldly, bending in every direction more gracefully than a ballerina. And while we have all seen and marveled at beautiful flowers, it’s the permanence of Paul’s flowers that really speaks to me. They are akin to delicate porcelain sculptures in the way that they won’t wilt, fade, or lose petals in the coming days.
“My sketchbook is a digital camera with a macro lens which I use to create compelling compositions that combine rhythm and repetition with light and shadow effects. As a designer and image editor for most of my professional career of more than 40 years, I use digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers I photograph. I spend hours exploring the design possibilities before I put brush to canvas.” - Baldassini
I understand why Paul chooses to use photography and technology in the manner that he does. Without it, our human eyes would never be able to capture and decipher the puzzle work of the fascinating living structures he presents. It’s true gift to the viewer is the chance to take a long deep look into the natural world.
To break down his process and see him at work, Paul has a YouTube Channel for those looking to advance their own practice. Just head over to his website, baldassinifineart.com, and click on the section Demo Videos to get started. To learn even more about Paul’s process and color choices, I highly recommend reading his recent article in the 137th issue of International Artist. A digital link can be found on his website along with images of all his work.
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