I’m in a phase where I paint so much.
I am in full development of my new project for my next exhibition.
Relax, Create and Enjoy Yourself
This Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Calle Juventud number 35 Puerto del Rosario
A theoretical-practical workshop on how to relax, meditate and find our own balance between body and mind through creativity. Creativity is within everyone’s reach, so it is important to let yourself be carried away by emotions and listen to yourself within.
The importance of symbols and colors will be explained. You will learn to draw a mandala with your own pattern. You will learn how to find your own world through drawing.
I feel very lucky to have participated in the event Fabrianoinacquarello. I am very happy with the result of my demo live. As well as positive reviews that I received and that I continue to receive.
Here you will find the link to the live demo on Youtube
so I wait day 30 May from 23:00 Italian hours on youtube channel: www.youtube.com/c/Fabrianoinacquarelloinarte
Lesson of Watercolor
I will have the great pleasure tomorrow 15 and the day after tomorrow 16 April to give a lesson of Watercolor to young students of
Scuola Media Madre Teresa di Cucciago (CO).
The lesson will take place during the time of the subject of Art and Image, chaired by Professor Enza Miccoli, my friend and former school friend, with whom we have in common the great passion for Art.
Enza has shown a great interest in the watercolor technique, in which I specialize, proposing this lesson of dissemination of the technique. I could not say no as I believe that:
creativity is contagious and it is necessary to transmit it
I am honored to have participated in the event, for the International Poetry Day: “L’ARTE CHE RACCONTA ” where the artists of the Association Inarte, in collaboration with the facebook group Tra Parole E Imamagini, had to interpret a poem with a visual work. New and interesting experience.
I personally have interpreted with a watercolor painting of mine the poetry of Francesca Petrucci, that it has aroused me of the beautiful emotions and that I highly recommend to read.
PICCOLO CUORE INCONSAPEVOLE.
1.Your artistic passion. When was it born?
I started taking painting seriously in 1980, 40 years ago. I began to take drawing lessons and my first works I did with oil, in 1986 I had my first contact with watercolor. It was in Angel Galán’s lab in Madrid.
2.Why the watercolor technique?
When I knew the technique I fell in love, the white paper, the colors mixed with the water, and the brushes captured me, the surprises of the water foreign to my will motivated me, it was a challenge to dominate the water, mix the colors and exploit that magic that appeared before my eyes. It was easy to work on paper, comfortable, just not dirty, being able to paint outdoors outside the studio, directly in contact with the subject, this for me adds a value to painting: it is a unique moment, unrepeatable, of sense and emotion, He’ll never repeat, don’t copy a photo… it’s just you and your emotions.
3.Who were your teachers?
My masters at Acquerello were Angel Galán and in 1992 I met the AEDA (Spanish Group of Watercolourists). At AEDA I met the great masters of Spanish watercolor, Julio Quesada, Rafael Requena, and others. At AEDA every Friday afternoon a teacher painted live, in front of everyone, it was exciting to see how they worked and I learned a lot.
In 1994 Julio Quesada invites me to paint on holiday in the trips I did with a small group in different places in Spain and abroad, here was born my love for painting the landscape live. I began to go out, to paint live in the various outdoor competitions that convene the cities and villages of Spain, fast painting days, on a limited time and if I was lucky, to win some prizes, paint with other comrades, know and share, it’s great!
4. I have read your CV. It is very extensive, including participations, prizes, awards, exhibitions and much more. Of all people, does one remind you of anything special?
When I first met the Group (AEDA) they asked me to join the Board of Directors as Secretary General, the President was Rafael Requena. It was a learning experience for me in every sense, both in the world of watercolor and in the management of the Group.
Always for my extroverted character I like research, creation, try other materials. In Madrid there is also the AEPE (Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors), I joined and I started to participate in their events and competitions. Here a path had to be opened with the watercolor, difficult question for the size, the support etc. but little by little, painting large sizes for contests and salons, 150×100 cm, paper arches 600 grms
I got my watercolor to attract the attention of the jury, that it was competitive with oil.
I remember my first important award in 1995 , the 3 º Water Color Medal at the 62 Autumn Salon in Madrid realized in the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art with a live painted work in the city of Ávila, was an unexpected surprise.
Another important prize was the 1st. Prize of the Illustrious Bar Association of Madrid, as well as being the richest in economic awards. For me it was also important the El Monte Avena award and its color, the Spanish representation in an impromptu estate in the Dolomites in 1996, trip to Feltre where I met Angelo Gorlini, was my first recognition abroad!
5. What is the place that you have known through art and that surprised you?
In general, this is how my love for travel was born, especially when I met the Spanish Master PEDRO CANO in Madrid, born in Murcia in 2007, but who lived in Rome. He exhibited the Invisible Cities in the Cultural Center of the Villa of Madrid. She has been a guide to me, to her concept of art, to her honesty and her ability, to me she is the best living Spanish painter. It helps me to reason, to think calmly about painting.
He invited me to a workshop in Rome that would take place at La Sapienza for graduates in architecture. This was the most impressive thing … Entering the Mercati del Traiano, then during the restoration, walking on those stones, interpreting…was pure emotion. Since then I follow him where I can, I am also impressed by the trips to Matera with him made last October.
The watercolor allowed me to know other countries, Italy, India, Bali, Morocco, Europe…
6. You have a wonderful personality, you are empathetic and sympathetic. Has this attitude helped you in your artistic career?
Yes. I like people, sharing, this helped me to know many artists, to enhance these meetings without rivalry only for the love for the watercolor that is my great passion.
7. Have you ever encountered difficulties as a woman?
As a woman I met no difficulties, my character is strong, I get along, or I try with everyone, I like to be in my place: achieved with many years of work.
8. What is the source of your inspiration?
I’m versatile!! I mostly like the landscape, even the still life and the urban. I can paint all these themes with taste. It helped me a lot to organize my workshop 20 years ago in Madrid to teach what I knew, I learned a lot from my students, we did a lot of activities together.
9. What will be your next exhibitions?
My last solo show in Madrid was in 2018. I hope to resume soon, if this pandemic leaves us!
10. Isabel Alosete, what do you want to be when you grow up?
I always want to paint, always learn, always be a student.
11. The work that most of all reminds you of something positive
The big-format ones, the ones I painted in public demonstrations. A special work during the exhibition in Bali, was good at the first, clean, transparent and fast, I remember I said, gentlemen this is over, for me this is watercolor, I can no longer touch it.
12. The colors that should never be missing in your palette
I like the colors of Winsor&newton, the blue: overseas, cobalt; the brown madder in purity, the neutral color, the lemon yellow, the yellow Naples helps me with the uniform bases.
13. Do you have a favorite paper?
Yes. I prefer Arches in all its formats and weights. But the best is 300 grm fine grain and roll for large sizes. Seamed to a wooden frame once wet and once dry you have a wonderful support to paint, it looks like a drum, and you can hang directly without glass.
14. During your artistic career you have travelled a lot. Which is the country that most fascinated you for its beauty, and would you come back to visit it to paint it?
Italy, Morocco always, we have them very close.
15. I love their strength in your works, choose very intense tones. Do you want to explain the reason for your choice?
This is because of my Mediterranean character, my taste for light, contrasts and colors, the landscapes I see are so, you can not really improve what nature gives us. I see colors, distances, light, for me watercolor is color!
Do you remember the Andalusian landscapes? (my answer: Sure! Enchanting landscapes.)
16. During your workshops What is the first advice you give to your students?
Important not to be afraid, to be very generous with the color, with the paper, I prefer big brushes, if you paint big you will make great works!
17. Is there anyone in your family who wants to pursue your artistic career?
My grandchildren seem to be more excited… but it’s only now!!
18. Answer a question that no one has asked you so far, but to which you have always wanted to answer
About rivalry, do not enter into that game. Everyone has his place. The painting speaks of the painter when you show it, time says it all!
19. Give me a list of artists you’d like to read an interview about. two Spanish, two European and two international.
Of the teachers that I admire you will find on the Internet. Pedro Cano, Justo San Felices ,Castagnet, Zbukvic .. the Russians.. Konstantin Sterkhov and Viktoria Prischedko.
Of which I believe very hard-working and with a future
Spanish Pablo Rubén and Vicente García
Europe, Janine Gallizia, Besnik Xhemaili
International, Amit Kapoor , Agus Budiyanto
1. Pasqualino Fracasso is a watercolor painter, and what else?
An engineer, a teacher, and now an artist. In the sense that I no longer feel like a simple watercolourist, that is, one who paints in watercolor, but someone who creates, invents, communicates and evolves (my concept of the artist). In these years I made a journey that led me to understand many things about myself, about art and the world of watercolor and I realized that I did not want to be a simple watercolorist.
2. How did you approach the art world?
I have always drawn since I was a child, while I was studying at the Polytechnic, in the lunch breaks during my work as an engineer, always. I played in a rock band and when we broke up I started painting and in the watercolor I found the technique that allowed me to paint according to times (night) and spaces (home) that I had. From there I became passionate and I began to study on American books and magazines studying the great modern and contemporary watercolorists.
3. What does the art of watercolor represent for you?
I specify that I wrote “the world” because the watercolor is a world in which I entered and which has opened several doors to me and it is also a parallel world compared to my daily life in which I do anything other than art.
Watercolor is magic. The magic of playing with water, of taming it but also of letting yourself be led by it, the magic of managing the unpredictable. I love the materiality of the oil but the watercolor is more fun and intriguing.
The art of watercolor, however, is for me to be able to combine together :
4. You were the first Italian artist to be selected and awarded (in both) at the International Annual Exhibition of the prestigious National Watercolor Society and the America Watercolor Society. Tell us what you felt.
It was my dream so when the evening I received (the first time) notification I did not sleep all night from excitement. It was a great achievement to see that your work was appreciated by the real insiders, being selected from thousands of artists along with those that I considered masters. The AWS is still one of the 3-4 most successful international competitions where the great international masters participate and where the level of work is really very high. Especially in recent years where competitions have multiplied exponentially but are often medium-low level and where the big ones do not participate, these are still the reference because being there is really difficult.
5. How long has it been before you master the technique and be satisfied with the results?
Mastering the technique (or rather the techniques because there are so many watercolor techniques) requires many hours of practice but even more analysis and study to understand. I always say that the technique is made by the hand, that you practice thousands of times, but everything else from the head, that you have to learn to see, think and abstract in the right way. My times don’t make text because I paint about 6 hours a week and so it took me a long time (I started in 2004). But the time for the “head” depends from person to person, on your ambition, your experiences, how much you study and dare…
I am not yet satisfied with the results or better my paintings. Of the paintings I make I like 1 out of 7 (in the sense that the other 6 I just don’t like!) and to be satisfied I would like to get to 4 out of 7, so the road is still long.
6. Was there ever a time when you thought it wasn’t worth it?
Never. As I said before, it was worth it for me, because when I paint I feel good, alive and having fun. And then it was worth it for all the people I knew, all the trips I had and all the experiences I had. I was lucky to get it.
7. The person who most proud you and made you believe in yourself as an artist
I state that now that I see my old works (that people bought and for which they made me many compliments) I consider them really ugly and low level but despite this 10 years ago I got in touch with some great artists who gave me many tips on how to improve and what path to take. I had written letters to him (by hand and sent in the mail) and they answered me several times and with great availability and this helped me to move forward because they saw in me something special, still raw but special. Thank you so much to Robert Wade, Jeannie Mcguire and Stan Miller.
8. To follow your passion you happened to neglect your family?
Never. The family first of all indeed every time I can also bring them with me (China, USA, France, Sweden, etc.) because I want to share with them the opportunity to see the world and meet other people and other cultures. And at home, I try to paint at night or when there’s no one there, just because I think it’s best to spend as much time as I can with them.
9. In your family, who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Not yet, but who knows The problem is that my children see me as too good and so the comparison takes place, which instead of being a stimulus becomes a kind of obstacle. But life is strange and I am the proof. So we will see …
10. Is it possible to be a full-time artist in Italy today?
Depends on a lot of things. It depends on where you live (big cities and maybe tourism provide more opportunities for courses and sales), your knowledge, whether you have a family or not, the lifestyle you have, how much you hate the work you are doing, etc…
I made a prudent choice in the sense that, with a family, mortgage, car, children, etc… I did not feel like leaving everything for a job (however beautiful) that has no security and economic continuity and in such a strange and unpredictable historical period. I still believe that one day I will succeed but now I can not make this choice, because deep inside I am still a computer engineer!
11. What are the different phases that follow Pasqualino Fracasso to paint a painting, from the beginning to the end?
10% search for images
60% composition and design: the study of colors, composition sketches, search for variants, cut, etc…
25% execution: pencil track, the hand of dark or intense colors, the hand of intermediate tones, erases, details
5% analysis, retouching and possible upheaval
12. Which colors are essential in your palette?
3 primary (Indian yellow, permanent pink, ultramarine blue), ftal blue, titanium white
Then there are some colors that I particularly love that are: cobalt turquoise, lunar black, aquarius green, yellow Naples and works roses
13. Which paper do you prefer?
Winsor & Newton satin-finished
14. What’s the brush you never part with?
It goes to periods. Lately the Pure squirrel RESTAUROHOUSE of SZMAL : a very soft natural brush with a fantastic tip
15. Tonality, composition, brightness, which one do you think is most important for your works?
first: Composition, second: Tonality, third: brightness.
16. Do you have a painting that you haven’t finished in years?
I have about twenty… some, after a few years I cut them and leave only 60%
17. Tell us about the work of which you feel most proud.
The work “Urban Abstract I” which was awarded this year at the American Watercolor Society international exhibition. This work, a semi-abstract glimpse of the arcades of Turin, I like a lot because it required so much study and is an excellent synthesis of shapes, colors, defined and indefinite elements; it is a work that I consider of high level and that if he had done some other artist I would have said to myself “I hope one day I’ll get to do something like that!”
18. The place that thanks to the art you have known and surprised you.
China. Thanks to the watercolor I was in China 3 times and I discovered places, a culture and people that I never expected and on an artistic level, I discovered really remarkable artists.
19. Answer a (the) question that no one has asked you so far, but you always wanted to answer.
Question of the interviewer: “you like few watercolor artists: what strikes you about a watercolor artwork”
Answer: “Technically I am struck by the sense of composition, the gestures with which they create a shape, the chromatic and tonal complexity of the whole. But all these things are linked by visionary research, by a “dare”, by a suggestion that makes you go beyond the real. The great artists manage to combine both in the brushstrokes and in the visual impact a balance between abstract and real, defined and indefinite, instinctive and delicate that makes me dream. I hope I made myself clear because I know I’m a little twisted in words
20. The next person I interview is your choice. Who’s it gonna be?
You choose the next person I will interview. Who will he or she be?
Does it depend if it should be Italian, Spanish or international? There are many very good watercolorists, even Italians. But I have very special tastes and therefore I love very few artists so I would recommend people I esteem, which are not the usual names overcast and I would be curious to read an interview.
International : Eugene Chisnicean
Spanish : Francisco Castro
Italian: Roberto Zangarelli
We’re so close now.
Soon. very soon, I will publish a new article in my column “#TheInterview”
this time to answer my questions, a Friend of mine, a great Artist: