Posted 5 months ago
Haven't done an artist of the month lately, so here are some works from my collection by Illinois artist Tracey Frugoli. I think all of these are done on linen wrapped boards made by the artist. She makes great use of light, shadow and color. There are some artists who I have collected whose works don't always make it onto my walls due to lack of space, but I have hung all of her paintings.
"A Little Spring Reading", Tracey Frugoli, 14" x 11", oil on linen on board, 2006. Tracey was showing this newly done painting at an art fair when I happened by. I bought it on the spot, but it was so new that the paint was not yet cured so I had to wait a few months to pick it up.
"Little Colette", Tracey Frugoli, 6" x 8", oil on linen on wood panel, 2007. I had been looking at this little painting on Tracey's web site for months, if not a couple of years, but just had not gotten around to pulling the trigger on it. It was a few hundreds of dollars. She was showing at another art fair and when I stopped by her booth to look at her work, this one had made it into her bargain bin, so I ended up paying a fraction of the original cost for it before mentioning that I had been slobbering on my monitor screen over it for some time. I did not get a smile.
"Santa Fe Stairway With Stealth Cat", Tracey Frugoli, 8" x 6", oil on linen on wood panel, 2009. Purchased from her web site without seeing it in person. Loved that stealth cat.
"Sleepy Kitty", Tracey Frugoli, 8" x 10", oil on linen on wood panel, 2007. I missed a couple of the great paintings of cats she has done, numbering only three counting this one. The story sold me on this one in addition to liking it. This is Theo, AKA King Theoden from Lord of the Rings. This painting is from a photograph of Theo just waking up and peeking out of a basket he was sleeping in. Theo is a "Big Boy", a very large cat, which is not obvious from this painting. This is a really great painting but I have never been able to get a very good image of it nor has she. I looked at it on her web site for some time, but bought it immediately when I saw it in person.
I have one more painting by this artist, the first one that I purchased from her, a great, colorful Midwest Fall scene done while she was artist in residence at the Lorado Taft Field Campus (Eagle's Nest Artist Colony ) in Oregon, IL, which I may rotate into this post at a later date. It is a large (24" x 36") oil on canvas and was her first serious major work. I missed getting several really great works because I was just a bit too slow, but won't forget them... She often works with models and also paints en plein air.