“Habitat” 11×14″ acrylic on Masonite board

Habitat

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Nude Life Drawings

Cell Phone Cases with my Art

My profile on Fine Art America offers to print my paintings onto cell phone cases, making a unique and one of a kind way to enjoy art every day! These would make a great Christmas gift idea. I can also make your pet’s portrait available as a phone case if you have recently commissioned one or plan to commission one from me.

Please check out the link below if you are interested in carrying one of MY paintings in your pocket! They print a variety of Galaxy and Apple phone styles. (some images may need adjusted to fit the phone) http://pixels.com/art/all/lena+quagliato/all

Tea Paintings, Original Designs. “Tea Box Series”

This is something new I have been experimenting with -the natural colors of tea in painting! So I designed a series of my own tea box designs and painted them with natural stains. I always enjoy nature and natural things, so for me this was an exciting method to paint. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a satisfactory green with tea and had to substitute some watercolor, but the yellows and reds are all natural. And they smell good too!!

“A Goodnight Rain” Oil painting

“A Goodnight Rain” Oil on stretched canvas 8×10″ (For Sale) This is another oil painting experiment in response to several requests for landscapes. I found the reference photo in my archives from a hay field near Mountain Grove Missouri. A storm had just passed over and the sky was a wash of soft pinks, peaches and brilliant blues, birds were singing and the smell of rain filled the air and a cool breeze blew I had to stop and soak it all up like the dry ground. It was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t in a fairy tale!

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“The Dotted Line”

This is my latest painting, finished 11/19/13  I loved the composition that the telephone wires created. I also was fascinated with the numerous birds that were perched on every surface. The original is 11×16, making each bird aprox 1/2″ but I attempted to make each one individual and pack on as much detail as I could.

Dotted Line Photoshopped

Drawings and Sketches

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These are some sketches and drawings that I dug out of my old notebooks. Some are recent and others are from when I was only 15 (in 2002.) These aren’t really commissioned portraits, just things I drew of friends and family, pictures out of magazines, Mom’s old book of actresses as well as some live poses from figure drawing or college classes. Enjoy!

“Abandoned Autumn”

This painting is a few years old, but I never had the chance to get a good photo doc of it until now. Just in time for autumn, my favorite time of year!
This painting is a few years old, but I never had the chance to get a good photo doc of it until now. Just in time for autumn, my favorite time of year!

“Warts and All”

This is my second sculpture/painting. “Warts and All” (31×27″) is similar to “Frog Eye” but with the 3-D element of “Charming” I used Magi-sculpt and sand to create the textures and the dome shape of the eye. Then I used metallic paint on the body and a combination of metallic paint and gold-leaf on the eye. A layer of high gloss acrylic gel medium on the eye was my final touch.

“Charming”

This is my latest painting, titled Charming. Not only does it have dimensional texture and real fresh-water pearls embedded in the surface, but the dragon’s arm is hinged at the elbow and shoulder and the girls arm pivots at the shoulder. Controlled by a piece of fishing-line that runs between the front and back panel, the girl and dragon’s arms move simultaneously when the viewer pulls a tassel that hangs from the bottom of the painting (not in picture) When released, everything is pulled back into position by a counterweight stone, which also hangs from the bottom of the painting.

Brer Rabbit Series

This is a three-part series based on the stories of Brer Rabbit. Each one has the short story, which it is based on, scribbled into the background as texture. The Brer Rabbit that we grew up knowing was clever and funny, but seldom do we hear of the original stories that did not make it into the modern children’s books because of their violent themes. Many of the animal characters never lived to see “happily ever after.” Perhaps you know these stories well, or perhaps you would like to check them out from the library to meet the REAL Brer Rabbit!

“The Man with the Alpaca Felt Hat”

This was a voluntary portrait of a friend. The picture was taken the first day we met and he was sporting one of his wife’s hand-made alpaca hats. He looked so frail and yet his personality was so colorful, that I just had to try to capture that in this watercolor / colored pencil sketch.

“Not My Will, But..”

"Not my Will, But..."
“Not my Will, But…”

This painting was created this year in April. It is water color and graphite, with acrylic accents. I wanted to depict what it was like for Jesus in that moment of decision in the garden of Gethsemane when he had to choose God’s will or his own. It struck me how real it is that Christ actually shared in our temptations, just like the Bible claims and he never asks us to do anything he didn’t do first!

“Tractor Jewel”

 

 

 

 

 

Can you figure out what this picture is of? That’s half the fun!

This is a painting of the underside of an Oliver tractor. The sediment jar (which is full of diesel fuel) is back- lit with the sun and round bales sit in the background. (Prints available)

“Puppy Breath”

Puppy Breath Adjusted and croppedThis painting was indirectly inspired by Picasso, who used bits of magazines and news papers in his collage pieces. Since I prefer realism, I decided to use that technique in a multimedia piece featuring a subject I knew – puppies. What better to accompany news paper, than puppies? As for the arrangement, I wanted to capture the way that puppies sleep in a pile fitting into each other like puzzle pieces. It made an excellent bedroom decoration.

“Two Faced”

This piece was created at college. I was feeling lonely, even thought I was surrounded by people. Everyone else seemed to have their own click and having fun, but I watched from a distance. I guess that’s how I felt when I painted these friends playing hackie sack in front of the cafeteria. They were having so much fun, but I had to leave the space in the foreground to represent the distance. The title refers to the general tendency of humanity to be able to be sad even while they are having fun on the outside. It is also an irony found in the clock tower which shows two different times on the two visible faces