My name is Kathy Delumpa Allegri and I immigrated from the Philippines to the United States with my family in 1949. My father, a US Army officer, was assigned duty in the Southern states during my early childhood. I paint what I know. I started with oil painting at the University of California in 1966.
I married, had six children, and worked as a graphic artist. I began painting with watercolor because it expedited clean-up in my home studio. I taught at a community college and owned my own gallery for several years.
- I start with thumbnail value studies with pencil or pen, using the Rule of Thirds to place my focal point and to lay out a “road map” of light, middle, and dark shapes for my finished painting.
- Color palette: For a muted background, I mask light reflections and let it dry. I begin with a wet-in-wet pour on misted paper of primary colors. I select a dominant color scheme and its color complementary for contrast, and proceed with negative painting to carve out desired shapes and lines. With other paintings, I may begin with a monochromatic underpainting to establish the values and dominant color theme right away.
- I build color values with both direct painting and glazing (layering thin color washes). I often put my photo reference away to complete my painting, but I refer to my value study to pull it all together.
I use Fabriano Artistico 140lb and 300lb Cold Press, Hahnemühle Cézanne, Strathmore Aquarius and American Easel Watermedia panels. I paint with Daniel Smith, Holbein, M. Graham (local, Oregon), and Winsor & Newton (which makes my favorite Raw Sienna to make a thin wash at the horizons of my landscapes.
My color palette is seasonal and depends on where I’m painting, but I lean toward tropical Cobalt Teal, Opera, and Daniel Smith Aussie Red Gold. I use Isabey, DaVinci, Princeton, Winsor & Newton, and other quality brushes in wide ﬂats and plump rounds.
In 2000, when my mother’s health and memory declined, I sat by her, to hear her stories and read her journals of our family of origin. Mirror or water reflections and the color, red, connect each painting. My series began with early childhood memories and I continue to paint images of my culture to preserve family history.
I began painting familiar images of wellness for my daughter to place throughout her house during chemotherapy and, happily, through recovery from lymphoma, five years ago. I painted for friends and ultimately, for myself, during my personal victory over breast cancer. Playing the piano and ukulele are relaxing diversions.
I observe how entities interact through shadow and light play, reﬂections, movement, rhythms, and color. Science and Nature inspire my vision and creative journey as I paint en plain air at the ocean, rivers, or sketch my grandchildren.
I paint on Maui and Kaua`i and visit New York at least twice a year. I love the neighborhood vibes of Brooklyn.
I paint luminous still life to study how glass objects refract light.
My work is still evolving. There is so much to learn as I focus on simplifying my compositions with broad shapes, to maximize the natural ﬂow and textures of watercolor and pigments.Recommended7 recommendationsPublished in
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