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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Donato's Dance of Eternal Spring - impressionistic representational acrylic and oil painting of Donato's fountain at Italian Lake by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Donato's Dance of Eternal Spring
16" x 12"
Acrylic & Oil on board
SOLD
This painting was started plein air at Italian Lake in Harrisburg, PA and finished in my studio.  Below is a history of this sculpture...very interesting reading.

One of the most famous legends about chocolate maker Milton S Hershey involves a fountain that he bought for his mansion in Hershey, Pennsylvania in the early 1900s.
The story goes that when Hershey saw the 'Dance of Eternal Spring' fountain with its three nude nymphs, it so offended his conservative Pennsylvania Dutch tastes that he refused to have it placed on the grounds of his home.
In all fairness, the fountain is beautiful and the model the sculptor chose for the three nymphs was one of America's great beauties of the day... Madeline Stokes.
Born Amanda Straw in Fishing Creek Valley just north of Harrisburg in 1875, she changed her name to Madeline Stokes after moving to Philadelphia and taking to the vaudeville stage. She was a much sought after model into her late 30s, gracing the cover of numerous magazines. Alexander Caldwell II used her as a model for a sundial in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and her likeness graces a mural in the governor's reception room in Pennsylvania's State Capitol. She also is said to have danced in the nude at a night club in New York City for $5 a night.
Scandalous. No wonder Mr Hershey didn't want the statue in his garden.
However, the truth behind the story might have more to do with Hershey's legendary Pennsylvania Dutch tendency to be conservative with his money than with his conservative tastes.
In 1909, Hershey hired Philadelphia sculptor Giuseppe Donato to produce a fountain for his garden. Hershey and Donato supposedly agreed to a final price of $3100 and Hershey made a $2000 downpayment. When the work was completed, the bill was for $31,000 - 10 times the original agreement.
Whatever his reasons, Hershey refused to pay for the statue and Donato eventually won a $24,000 decision in court. Surely the legal defeat left a bitter taste in the sweets-maker's mouth and that statue sat in a crate at the Hershey railroad station until 1920 when he donated the it to Harrisburg City's Reservoir Park.
It remained there for 18 years until the J Horace McFarland Rose Garden at the Polyclinic Hospital opened. There it became a tradition for the seniors of the School of Nursing to clothe the nymphs in lingerie the night before graduation.
In 1971 the hospital paved over the rose garden to make a parking lot and the fountain was moved to another city park. At the July 16 unveiling at Italian Lake was a special guest, Madeline Stokes herself1.
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1Sadly, she died a year later at the age of 98.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Irises- impressionistic representational acrylic floral painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Irises
27" x 23" 
Acrylic 
Deep gallery wrapped canvas

If you have any questions or wish to purchase, please contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website:

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Earth's Ruby Gems - impressionistic representational acrylic floral painting of poppies by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Earth's Ruby Gems
24" x 36"
Acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas
SOLD


This painting is the 3rd of my large floral collection.  It is  now exhibiting at Art and Soul Gallery,  900 Market Street, Lemoyne, Pa. on the second floor of the Farmer's Market.  If in the area, please stop in to see it.  If you wish to view more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website at:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spring's Sunshine - impressionistic, representational, acrylic floral painting of daffodils by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

"Spring's Sunshine"
24" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas

Spring's daffodils are golden proof that spring is here and summer is soon to follow.  Couldn't resist painting them.  If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, please feel free to visit more of my blog spot and website at:


Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer's Sunbathers - impressionistic representational acrylic floral painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Summer's Sunbathers
24" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD
This painting was done with acrylic paint on canvas from a photo I had taken when painting plein aire at Ashcombes Farms in Mechanicsburg last year.  It will be on exhibit in my studio at 2nd Floor Gallery, 105 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, Pa.  If in the area, stop by to see it in person....always better.  If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website at:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ocean's Symphony - acrylic miniature representational oceanscape painting on paper by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Ocean's Symphony
4" x 4"
Acrylic on paper

This painting was done using acrylic paint on paper.  It is from a photo given to me by a friend who visited the coastal region of  Nova Scotia.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational or abstract, please visit my website at:



Monday, March 31, 2014

Splish Splash - original acrylic representational impressionistic painting of a bathing elephant by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Splish Splash
18" x18"
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

This painting was done in acrylic keeping with a limited palette of Viridian and Alizarin Crimson.  This painting has been juried into the Mechanicsburg Art Center School and Galleries 2014 Open Juried Exhibit.  Opening reception is Friday April 4th from 6 to 8pm at 18 Artcraft Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa.   If in the area, hope to see you at the reception.  The exhibit will be on display until April 25, 2014.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational or abstract, please visit my website at:

Monday, February 10, 2014

Momma's Girl - acrylic representational impressionistic painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Momma's Girl
10" x 8"
acrylic
 
 
This painting was done with acrylic paint on 300 lb w/c paper.  It is framed as a 10" x 8" painting but can be matted and framed in a larger format.  If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT. If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website at:
 
 



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Graceful Duo - original acrylic representational impressionistic painting of swans by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

"Graceful Duo"
8" x10"
Acrylic on board
 
This painting was done using acrylic on board.  I kept the back water very dark to accentuate the "graceful duo".  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, please visit my web site at: