GUEST ARTIST: “Living The Life I Paint” by Kathy Delumpa Allegri

Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

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.

My Process

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

Summer On The Sandy

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.

Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

After The Rain (Heritage Series)

Heritage Series

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.

Healing Series

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.

Relationships

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.

Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

Pleasure Point

I paint on Maui and Kaua`i and visit New York at least twice a year. I love the neighborhood vibes of Brooklyn.

Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

Blue Bridge Over The Gowanus Canal

Still Life

I paint luminous still life to study how glass objects refract light.

Watercolor Painting by Kathy Delumpa Allegri - Doodlewash

Light & Luminous

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.

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10 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your story!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your artistic journey and process with us. You have so much to share and are so generous in sharing it!

  3. Alice Hendon 2 months ago

    your work is wonderful and I enjoyed reading your family story. my favorite is the smaller photo of a young girl wearing a pink sweater. she has such personality – you captured her so well. I also like the harbor painting with boats – especially the reflections on the water. thank you so much for sharing your gift with us. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  4. Chris 2 months ago

    Amazing story and art! I love the light in your paintings!

  5. Jennifer McLean 2 months ago

    thanks so much for sharing, your art is lovely and has an intuitive feeling.

  6. June Hadaway 2 months ago

    Beautiful pieces of artwork. Thank you for sharing your story. May you continue to be blessed with good health.

  7. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    Lovely work! Thanks for sharing your story and art.

  8. loudspeak 2 months ago

    Your paintings are amazing!! Thank you for a wonderful post!

  9. Rod Fletcher 2 months ago

    LOve your story and your record of it. Lots for Rekindle Memories there

  10. Janneke Booister 2 months ago

    Your paintings are great and so it your story. Thank you 🙂

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