Monday, November 30, 2015

LEHIGH VALLEY STYLES MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

Tina Madonia’s creations tap into the rich currents of nature without a trace of pomp or post-modern pretension. Her talent for infusing representational images with a subtle poetic flair has garnered decades of favor from both fans and galleries. Each piece encourages viewers to revel in an unhurried encounter with the world around them.
As a teenager, Madonia fell in love with oil painting. She grew up on Long Island, where her affinity for the beaches and bays forged an impulse to render these wonders on canvas with oil. Moreover, she still sees the painted landscape as a conduit connecting the viewer with an inner oasis of peace. Madonia explains, “I feel the landscape is a great escape for everyone. Our world has become so fast-paced we forget to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty around us. I try, when painting, to bring my audience into the landscape and enjoy the beauty of nature and hopefully the calming effect we all need.”
To express a more impressionistic facet of her creativity, Madonia makes monotypes. This involves painting an image on plexiglass and running it through a press. She says, “Monotypes are a wonderful change from the oils. My prints have a translucent look which some people confuse with watercolors. You are never sure what you will have until the printing is complete. The oil base inks blend as they go through the press, giving the piece a soft look. Details are difficult for this reason which is why color is my main focus.”
When Madonia was approached to teach a class 12 years ago, her response was far from enthusiastic. However, to her surprise, she thrived on guiding newcomers deeper into the world of art. All of her classes involve instruction in oils and acrylics. Smartly, she limits attendance to six or less students which allows each participant more focused attention.
She also enjoys diversity within the classroom. She shares, “I really enjoy watching my students grow and learn. Some do it as a hobby and some have become really good artists with their own styles. I love how people who have very different lives—like a chef, tattoo artist, doctor and a stay-at-home mom—[are] all coming together and blending so well with a common interest.”
tmadonia.net




Friday, November 22, 2013

 
 
 
Exhibiting for the Holidays!
 
Connexions Gallery in Easton, www.connexionsgallery.net
Baum Art School in Allentown, www.baumschool.org
Artsy Diva, in Bethlehem, PA, www.artsydivaboutique.com/
 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Dutot Gallery

Come join me for my opening at the Dutot Gallery Friday July 5 from 7 to 9
24 Main St. Delaware Water Gap.
 http://www.dutotmuseum.com/gallery/2013/madonia.html

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Recently I have been asked a lot about what are mono-types?



 Recently I have been asked a lot about what are
mono-types?









The meaning behind the words are, mono for being one of a kind, type is used to replace print since there wasn’t a print to starts with, for instance a etching. Just a blank plate which is used to paint on!
Mono-Type is a very creative process. There are so many ways to make a mono-type. The way I complete a print is by painting on plexi-glass then transferred to paper by running it through a press. Note the image will be reversed. All that is left on the plate is light image know as a “ghost image”. A true mono-type is when the printing process is completed; the image is not changed by hand later! I use my press because I like the way it prints the image very even, but can be done with rubbing on the back of the paper.


The items above are used in making a mono-type. Anything goes! Tina likes to work in an oil base etching ink on Dutch Etch paper, it is a heavy weight acid free printmaking paper. The mono-types are very painterly and have an impressionistic feel.

CLICK ON MONO-TYPES/MONO-PRINTS FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Art Opening in Bridgeton, NJ

If you are in the area of Bridgeton, NJ for the month of October I will be exhibiting 70 oils and mono-types at Gallery 50.  This exhibit is landscapes and water scenes from as far north as Nova Scotia to Lehigh Valley and some from Southern Jersey.  The artist reception is Friday October 5, from 6 to 9 pm  The gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 11 am -4 pm.  The Show will close on October 26.
www.gallery50.org

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Gallery 50 Petite Moments

Petite Moments
An International Juried Miniature Competition
50 E. Commerce St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Wednesday- Saturday 11am to 4pm

Warm Snow placed third.  I have six pieces on exhibit.
Show closes July 27, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

On Exhibit Connexions

On Exhibit at Connexions in Easton, PA

 
I have one oil and 6 mono-types on exhibit at the gallery which opened May 31.

Along the Fence, Mono-Type  Image 6" x 9" framed 11" x 14"


Summer Field, Oil,  Image 8" x 10" Framed 11"  x 13"