Welcome to MaurizioArt. Maurizio Cattaneo--a man of art and cuisine is an Irish born waiter with an Italian name. MaurizioArt is a website of art and surprise -- cuisine. (There is a special recipe for limoncello on the Information, Recipe link.)
Many inspirations for the art viewed on this website are drawn from the love of travel and nature. The watercolors have a special touch through creativity, kosher salt and coffee for color and effect.
It was really at the behest of my friend Robert 'Di Salvo 'Yslava that I took up the brush about seven years ago. It was really unintentional. We were off to Yucaipa to to try our hand at Ceramic painting (which I will be getting into once again further down the road!) which I found very therapeutic, relaxing, satisfying and very rewarding in more ways than one! I also found out that I really do have great patience.
Anyway, Di Salvo said I should give painting a bash and see what happens. He didn't tell me however it was one of the most unforgiving mediums of all, watercolour!!! I love it! It's the challenge!! Experimenting with sea salt, plastic wrap, rubbing alchohol, India ink, pen, coffee, red wine and the works!!! The end result can be amazing!! Controlled washes are a thing of beauty!!! I particularly like the rendition of San Giorgio, Venice, Italy, that was done wet on wet, with Cadmium red light, Cotman watercolours, and Lemon, Deckfarben watercolours. Abstract painting is another kettle of fish though!
My favorite medium, abstract painting isn't a true representation of an object or image. My rendition of "Glacier" is Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field Painting. My main concern with "Glacier" was it's shape and colours. I used Plastic wrap for this along with un-iodised salt and blues greens and reds.
The other abstract entitled "Barracuda" was cut from the same sheet of paper. If you look closely at the painting, just off-centre, to the left, you can see the whole object, which I assure you was not intended to be there at all!!!! Just (no pun intended!) a stroke of luck! I poured the paints wet on wet added the salt then slowly dropped the saran wrap onto the paper and moved it around before adding weight on to the paint board and setting it out flat in the hot sun and letting it completely dry.
Enjoy the show. Thank you for visiting MaurizioArt. Ciao!