Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Across the Yucatan

A Book Company has released a new book called Across the Yucatan, a travel narrative by Lawrence F. Lihosit.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Fourth in the Backlit Oak Series

Backlit Oak #4
Oil 24 x 36 in.

The process of doing a series of paintings involving one oak tree has further proved to me that art is limitless in its creativity, in what some would consider a limited subject area.

View other paintings from this series:
Backlit Oak
Backlit Oak #3

Monday, August 20, 2007

OPA Juried Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA

Backlit Oak 3
Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches

Backlit Oak 3 will be displayed at the Oil Painters of America: 2007 Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils Miniature Show.
September 16 - October 15, 2007 at the Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

More of Jim's landscapes, still-lifes and portraits can be seen on www.promessi.com

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Triptych: Coastal Range & Wild Mustard

Jim was commissioned recently to produce a triptych of a California landscape that started out with one of his existing paintings. It was an enormous challenge to produce the 'wings' or right and left panels to match the original painting in tone, color and style. Jim is very pleased with the results, as is the client, and we invite you to take a closer look at the whole piece, and each panel on a small web gallery that Tatiana produced: Triptych Gallery.

Triptych: Coastal Range & Wild Mustard, Oil on canvas, 30 inches x 9 feet


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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hiking Along a Path

Hiker,pastel painting by Jim PromessiHiker is a pastel painting of a person hiking away from Molera Beach along a trail which is mostly meadow.

Every Spring we enjoy a few days at Big Sur near Molera Beach. Some years the river washes out the footbridge and we forge the waters to get to the mile-long trail which leads the ocean. Wildflowers are abundant and the meadow is interspersed with cottonwood trees.

Hiker, pastel on paper
12 x 15.5 in.

Other pastel paintings by Jim Promessi
Tapestry, 22 x 28 in.
Point Reyes National Seashore, 23 x 28 in.
Oaks, Clouds (Elkhorn), 22 x 29 in.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Hiking up to Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Up to Glacier Point painting by Jim PromessiUp to Glacier Point
oil, 24 x 30 in.

Yosemite National Park has been like a magnet for us since our daughter was 2 years old. For 16 years, two or three times a year we head for the mountains, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and of course, photographing.

Jim rises early to catch the drama of light revealing the granite mountains. We hike hard, but we're always ready to stop while Jim photographs oft-viewed landscapes in changing light.

Twilight and sunsets are times for walks in the valley, or drives in the high regions. Yosemite inspires us all, Jim to paint, me to think, and Ariana to write poetry. Jim's photographs are grand; Ariana's capture the small, close view of flora and fauna.

Jim's painting Up to Glacier Point shows the quaking aspens in Fall gold color. More Yosemite images and other landscapes can be seen on Jim's website: www.promessi.com. In particular see:
Bridalveil Falls, oil 16 x 20 in.
Yosemite High Country, oil 36 x 30 in.
Yosemite, Black Oaks, oil 24 x 32 in.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Iceplant Along the California Coast

The colors are bright, the air is fresh...we've got to get to the beach!
Iceplant Along the Coast
painted in oil, 24 x 30 in.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Los Altos Art Docents

Jim welcomed the Los Altos Art Docents to his studio last week. They do a wonderful job teaching and introducing art in our local elementary schools. The kids and teachers are always excited to see an art docent arrive, brushes and tools in hand, and some pretty amazing work is produced by the end of class.

The art docents meet weekly to learn new skills, and often ask professional artists to speak to their group about their work. The volunteers promote art appreciation through hands-on art lessons and art appreciation lessons. The art is curriculum-based, the docents are volunteers, and the program is in its 37th year. Each year they hold a Student Art Show.

We welcome the Los Altos Art Docents to sign-up for free email notifications of new postings, usually announcing new paintings by Jim. The subscibe button is to the right and the process is fast and secure.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Crystal Springs, Soaring Gulls

Crystal Springs, Soaring Gulls oil paintingCrystal Springs Watershed brings fresh water from Hetch Hetchy Dam, high in the Sierras in Yosemite National Park. Seagulls swirl, forming tall funnels above the water as seen in this oil painting by Jim Promessi. Crystal Springs provides water for the San Francisco Bay Area. Sawyer Camp Trail is a great biking and hiking area which extends along the eastern side.

Crystal Springs, Soaring Gulls
oil 30" x 36"