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Pat Proniewski

Morning and the Azaleas


Oil on canvas


  • 8 x 10, framed to 15 x 13 inches, Custom made frame

This beautiful cherry finish plein air frame with raised profile molding around the outer edge is compatible for works of art with traditional to modern interior design. The 3″ wide molding is enhanced by a raised and rounded top edge and offset inner groove. The frame comes ready for hanging with D-ring hanging hardware and is complete with a dust cover on the back. This plein air frame has a solid wood composition coated in gesso to ensure a smooth, blemish-free surface.

On a gorgeous spring morning I arrived very early to the park near my home to paint these beautiful azaleas. It was exciting to see them in this light and I was really feeling anxious to begin as I set up my easel and readied my palette. I had just begun to block in the masses on my canvas when I heard the chatter and laughter of children. They had come with their class on a field trip to the park. You can imagine their curiosity as they spotted me. Many ran to visit me complete with questions about my work and materials and comments about their own artwork. As a former teacher I was happy to engage with them. By the time they left the light had changed, but I was able to make a good capture anyway, I think. The park always offers unexpected inspiration. Thinking back, I might have included some of the children in the work had I not enjoyed their conversation so much. Painting has always been a passion of mine. Although I spent almost two decades creating with clay, I’ve returned to painting exclusively for the past seven years. I was a high school art teacher for 37 years and now during retirement I have time to concentrate on my own art, which has brought me much joy. I feel my other painting in this exhibit ” Hidden,” is a wonderful companion piece to this painting. Both are framed in the same frames and look lovely together or hung separately.

To purchase artwork, contact the artist directly; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County.