June 19, 2014

"Calm At First Light" 18x14 Pastel

 
A morning in the Sonoma Valley.


June 16, 2014

"A Hidden Treasure" 11x14 Pastel

 
Available At Jessel Gallery
 
1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA - 707 257 2350
 
 

June 15, 2014

"Winter's Warmth" 8x10 Oil

 450. Sold
 
Last year I happened to pass by someone's driveway and saw this scene. This time of the day the air begins to cool down again and the color becomes warm before nightfall.

June 10, 2014

"Red Wine and Roses" 16x12 Oil

 1000.

Available At Jessel Gallery
 707 257 2350

June 1, 2014

"Morning Mist" 8x10 Oil


 450.
 
This painting is from a location near Calistoga, California. I was fortunate enough to be in this area where the sun came out through the heavy fog.
This is on display at Jessel Gallery in Napa, California.

May 31, 2014

"Evening's Approach Pacific Grove" 12x16 pastel

 900.
 
This pastel was one of the pieces painted during the Carmel Plein Air Festival. It will be on display at the Jessel Gallery in Napa during the month of June.

May 30, 2014

"After The Rain" 11x14 Oil




This painting is from a recent painting trip to the Napa Valley. It is on display at the
Jessel Gallery In Napa.
1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA
707 257 2350

May 24, 2014

Morning In Wine Country 18x24 Oil

 
This scene was inspired by a recent painting trip to Sonoma County. It will be included in my solo exhibition at Jessel Gallery In Napa. The show will hang throughout the month of June and the reception is June 6 form 5pm to 8pm.

May 20, 2014

"Monastery View from Whaler's Cove" 11x14 pastel

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I have just returned from participating in this years Carmel Plein Air Competition. Still hard to believe a year has passed.  I was pleasantly surprised when the painting above received an Honorable Mention from this years judge John Burton. The camaraderie shared among the artists and talent I witnessed was exceptional.

May 7, 2014

"Blue Ridge" 11x14 Pastel

 
 
I found this scene a couple years ago and completed a small painting while visiting North Carolina. I enjoyed the first painting and decided to paint it again with soft pastel.  

May 6, 2014

"Winter Jetty" 11x14 Pastel

 
 
 

 Stormy seas on a winter day.

March 10, 2014

"Showers Over Crowley Lake" 8x10 Oil

 
This is a small black and white study for a possible larger painting. It was quite fun keeping it simple and without any color.

March 4, 2014

"Made In The Shade" 11x14 Oil


 
 
Years ago I painted this with pastel. I enjoyed it very much and felt it was time to try it as an oil painting.

March 2, 2014

"A Moment Of Thunder" 11x14 Oil

800.
 
This painting was inspired by one of the recent large wave swells we have had here in California. I watched as the whitewater would explode off of the jetty with a thunderous crash. It was an awesome display of nature's power. This painting is my attempt to
show that experience. 

March 1, 2014

"North Of Mammoth Lakes" 11x14 Oil

700.
 
This scene is about 10 minutes north of the town of  Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras of California. In December there was very little snowfall creating the patterns of snow in the foreground field. In recent days, there have been storms that brought a couple of feet of new snow on the ground and more in the mountains creating a completely different landscape and no doubt more inspiration for new paintings.   

February 28, 2014

"Mr. Big Stuff" 11x14 Oil

 800. framed
 
This character does not have any confidence issues. He makes it known that he is the boss, at least to all the other feathered critters in the barn yard.
 

January 21, 2014

"North Of Bishop" 11x14 Oil

 
I will never grow tired of this area and all the painting possibilities to come and although I am unable to travel to the Owens Valley as often as I would like, I can still visit through my work.


January 20, 2014

"Pelican Cove" 11x14 Oil

 
I recently painted this in Palos Verdes during the morning hours. It takes me a couple of hours to work on a painting on location. After that the light has changed too much and I stop or
 begin a new painting.
 
Please contact me if you are interested in  this piece.

December 24, 2013

"Happy Holidays"

 
"Rural Route" 12x9 Pastel
 
Dear family, friends, students and collectors. A warm and heartfelt "Thank You" to all of you for taking my classes, purchasing my work, emailing a kind word and allowing me to share my passion for painting with you. I am grateful for the many gifts of support that I have been given. They are all  very much appreciated. May you have a Happy Holiday and be blessed with a Healthy New Year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joe Mancuso
 
 

December 23, 2013

"Santa Ynez Sentinels" 11x14 Oil

 

 
One of my favorite places to explore for new paintings is Foxen Canyon Rd. between Los Olivos and Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. This scene is how I imagine old California might have looked and can still be discovered today.

December 22, 2013

"Winter Fields" 16x12 Oil

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 Where I live, there are not many dramatic changes in weather or scenery from season to season. At least not like areas that get more obvious changes in temperature, weather and colors as seasons change. I travel to different locations to experience this. When I am home, I appreciate the changes just the same and seek them out however subtle they may be. If I am paying attention and sensitive to them, much more is always revealed.
 
 
This painting is 850. The location is in The Carson Valley of Western Nevada.

November 29, 2013

"December Snow" 11x14 Pastel

800. Sold
 
A recently completed pastel inspired by winter in the Eastern Sierras.

November 27, 2013

"Happy Thanksgiving"

 
"October In The Blue Ridge Mountains"
11x14 Pastel
 
 
I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with Peace and blessings  throughout the Holiday Season.
 
 

November 24, 2013

"October Morning In Owens Valley" 20 x30 Oil

This painting is being reworked. Check back soon.

November 19, 2013

"Open Studio Saturday, November 30th 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m."



 
Above painting is still on the easel  16x20  Oil

I will be opening my studio Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an exhibition and sale of recent paintings. The last open studio was an enjoyable time for all and many folks walked away with new paintings. Please come by and bring a friend or two. There will be eggnog and goodies available for all.  

November 8, 2013

"Summer In The High Country" 8x10 Oil

 
This was one of the high country tarns I visited last summer. It's amazing to find a place you can call your own for an afternoon where all you see and hear is nature at its finest. Then of course there is the challenge of capturing it with wet paint and a brush. Even the scrapers are memorable because it was time so well spent observing and absorbing it all. Nature is always the best teacher for an artist.
 
 

November 3, 2013

"Incoming Tide" 11x14 Pastel

 
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. The location is the Big Sur
coast of California.


November 1, 2013

"Girls Of Autumn" 8x10 oil

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A recent painting from the Owens Valley.

October 29, 2013

"Before The Snowfall" 11x14 Oil

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Every Fall I make sure that I get up to the sierras to see the aspens and cottonwoods changing. 
Before leaving I watched the weather forecast and clear skies were predicted for the time I would be there. Oh well, I cant always have it my way and have snow showers and beautiful dramatic skies to compliment the drama already happening on the land. On the final morning I spent in the high country I was up early once again. When I looked outside I noticed a breeze and a few pink clouds floating by. My excitement level was rising. I was meeting a couple of friends to paint and now we might have a few clouds to ad as we paint. I made my way from my cabin out toward the lower corral at Rock Creek where the sky is open and the view is spectacular. At this point the clouds were building and looking more dramatic with each passing moment. I was ecstatic. Everything I love to paint was unfolding before me in a perfect rhythm. I took a moment to thank God for this wonderful gift.  I let that feeling carry me through the difficult stages of blocking in the scene and after about an hour into it, the snow started falling. Not enough to be a deterrent but adding to the whole experience. The sun would hide for long periods then come out long enough to reveal something I had missed before. The snow came and went leaving a crystal clear sky with beautiful white and grey cumulus clouds floating about reminding me of the ever changing weather. It was a perfect morning.

October 27, 2013

"Lazy Autumn Day" 11x14 Oil

 800. framed
 
I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern Sierras where I had a wonderful opportunity to tour some areas of ranchlands that were previously not available to me accept from the road. This is one of the first paintings that has come from this inspiring trip.
 
 
I will be opening my studio on Saturday November 30, once again to show some of my new work. Come by early for the best choice. The time is 11am to 4pm.

September 5, 2013

"Evening Shadows" 16x20 Pastel

 1200.
 
This has been an amazing summer. I have been very busy painting with new plein air and some studio pastels and oils. The above pastel is one of them. I recently returned from this years Los Olivos Quick Draw and The Labor Day Art Festival In Mammoth Lakes California which both proved to be successful events. I received the third highest bid at this years Quick Draw and sold well in Mammoth. I made some new friends and visited with the old friends that came to support me once again to which I am very grateful.

June 3, 2013

"Light Of Morning" 12x16 Pastel

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This was another painting from The Carmel Plein Air Art Festival.

May 21, 2013

"At The Journey's End" 12x16 Pastel

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This pastel was my first painting during the Carmel Plein Air Festival. The location is near Lover's Point on the Monterey Peninsula.

May 20, 2013

Lifting Fog Over Fisherman's Wharf 11x14 oil

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I just returned from a very busy four days at the Carmel Art Festival. For the most part weather managed to cooperate for the artists and the sun came out for most of the while. This was one of the most picturesque areas I have ever been and it is easy to undersand why an artist would call this area home. The painting above was one of four I completed during the two full days of painting.

May 10, 2013

"Power And Grace" 11x14 Pastel

Sold 800.
 
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. This was another wonderful session and when you have students as good as mine, teaching is easy. Another session begins in June. I am now preparing for next weeks Carmel Plein Air Festival. I am a bit nervous as it has been awhile since my last plein air event. I am looking forward to the challenge to paint the best pieces I can. No doubt there will be plenty of subject matter to paint. 
 
This pastel was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.

May 6, 2013

Mid Morning Palos Verdes Coast 9x12 Oil

 700. Sold
 
I have been doing more plein air painting with oils recently and I want to continue this trend so last Friday I drove to Palos Verdes to paint. I did not have a lot of time to search for a new vantage point or discover a new location so I drove to a familiar place. This was merely about practicing and seeing if I could do more with a familiar subject. I like to go to places that I have painted before to test myself to see if I have grown and learned since the last time I painted there.
 
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.

April 29, 2013

"Morning View Heisler Park" 11x14 Oil




 800.
 
I recently had the opportunity do some plein air work in Laguna Beach. 
This is a view from Heisler Park looking south.
 
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.


April 6, 2013

"Light Gatherers Of Pismo Beach" 18x24 Pastel

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This pastel was recently completed for the Pastel Society Of Southern California members exhibit.
The show opens Saturday April 6, with a reception from 6-9pm at the
Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center.

March 2, 2013

"Evening Fire" 6x8 Oil and Open Studio Today

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This little painting is part of my studio exhibit happening today from 11am - 4pm. Come by and say hello if you are in the area.
 
756 36th st. Manhattan Beach Ca. 90266
 
310-796-0813

February 17, 2013

"Open Studio Exhibit" Saturday March 2, 11am - 4pm

"High Country Spring" 14x11 Pastel 
 
I am pleased to announce I will opening my studio for another
exhibit and sale of my paintings. Please come by for a visit.
Saturday March 2, 11am to 4pm.
Friday preview available by appt.
 
The above pastel painting was a recent
demonstration given at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

February 8, 2013

Salon International 2013

Late Autumn In Olancha 20x16 Oil
 

Remembering Sonoma 16x20 Oil Sold
 
The two pieces above were chosen as part of the Salon International 2013 Art Show.  This show received over 1,000 entries and only 374 pieces were juried in.  This exhibit is held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by The Greenhouse Gallery.

December 21, 2012

"Breaking Wave" 11x14 Pastel at Saturday Studio Sale

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This is another piece that will be on display at my Saturday Year End Studio Sale.
The sale begins at 11:00am and will run until 4pm. Get here early for the best selection.


December 17, 2012

"Studio Sale" Saturday, December 22nd, 11am - 4pm

 
 "Summer Evening" 18x24 Oil Revised
 
 
This piece has been spruced up a bit to hopefully sell at my studio exhibit this weekend.  It really needed to be lightened up. I also added a bit more color in the clouds. It feels like a new painting now. My studio sale is Saturday Dec. 22 11am 4pm. Some of the proceeds will be donated to
The Sandy Hook Support Fund.

December 14, 2012

View From The Bluffs 12x20 Oil

 
800. Sold
 
In October some friends brought me to the Chalk Bluffs outside of Bishop, California. As we hiked up to the top, the view seemed to get better and better. I especially enjoyed seeing the Owens River  as it snaked its way through the valley. To see familiar mountains from a new perspective felt a bit like I was rekindling an old friendship.

December 11, 2012

December 10, 2012

"Surf At Sunset" 8x10 Oil

 
 300. framed


 

December 9, 2012

"Blue Ridge Autumn" 11x14 pastel

900. framed Sold

This pastel is a recent demonstration given at Cannery Row Studios and then completed in studio. I'm still inspired by my trip back east last autumn and I look forward to returning.
 
Please contact me if interested in this piece.

November 25, 2012

"The Highest Peak - Mt Whitney" 8x10 Oil


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On my way home from a recent trip to the sierras, I witnessed a wonderful sunrise on Mt.Whitney. The clouds behind the mountains were mostly still in shadow setting the stage for the highest peaks to show off even more. It was a fleeting moment that I was so pleased to experience.  This painting is available at my studio. Please contact me
directly for more information.
 
 


November 22, 2012

Carolina Autumn 11x14 Pastel

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I'm pleased and relieved to finish this pastel because it has taken a year to get to it. I have several more potential paintings that I would like to work on from my trip to North Carolina last autumn. All in good timing as I'm sure that these ideas have needed to marinate for awhile
 before I begin working on them. This particular scene was used last weekend as a partial demonstration for a Saturday workshop.