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A style all her own

Pattit Mollica, an artist based near New York City, will demonstrate her bright and colorful paint style at an event at Colonie Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Pattit Mollica, an artist based near New York City, will demonstrate her bright and colorful paint style at an event at Colonie Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Submitted Photo

— Turns out, clients liked her new style just as much and continued to commission her work.

“They now hire me to paint more in this tradition than the tighter approach I used to do,” said Mollica.

She keeps evolving as an artist and these days her paintings are more than just eye-catching splashes of color; they’re full of texture and almost sculptural.

“I found that by the addition of various golden products, gels and mediums that each one would reach with the paint in a very unique way and give me a very different look for each type of paste or gel that I added into my paint or painted on top of,” said Mollica.

During her trip to Colonie, she’ll demonstrate how to master the innovative technique.

“It will be a broad overview on all the various materials that are now available to artists that they can get an enormous array of different results in their artwork,” said Mollica. “The amount of different effects you can achieve in your artwork, it’s limitless.”

Bringing artists like Mollica to the Capital District is an effort Kristen Woodard has worked hard to make a cornerstone of the Colonie Art League.

“We try to keep a mix of artists so that you might have an oil painter or you might have a printmaker or you might have a water colorer,” said Woodard, president of the art league. “We try and have a variety of demonstrators do a variety of things so that we reach as many people as possible.”

Many of the artists the league brings to town aren’t local. For example, in April and May there will be artists visiting from Texas and Vermont.

“They’ll be here for several days doing demonstrations and workshops,” said Woodard.

Taking her lectures and workshops on the road is nothing new for Mollica.

“I’m teaching a workshop in Tuscany in September where we will be applying the ‘fast, loose and bold’ technique to the Italian countryside,” said Mollica.

Mollica will be at Colonie Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To see samples of Mollica’s work, visit www.mollicastudio.com or visit her blog at newyorkpainter.blogspot.com.

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