Sunday, December 4, 2016


'The skies are lit from behind'    9 x 16   acrylic on 1/8 inch matte board   (c) Loren Fidalgo 2016
'FARTHER ON'     30 x 24   acrylic on canvas      (c) Loren Fidalgo 2016
Hey's Loren here. I want to share some news about my new seascape series, closing up my still life show and some thoughts about whats been going on around here.

 Still life show has come down this past week and I am feeling a little sad about the ending of the event.  I always feel so optimistic and full of energy when I begin a new venture.  Sometimes when I end or wrap up an event, I feel a little blue about closing up the experience..Reflecting on my show, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share my work with the public and exhibit at Christopher's.  I am not so sure if this is really the venue for my work to reach enough buyers,collectors and so on.  But it is however a great stepping stone to moving into a gallery.  It has created a more comfortable state of mind for me to reaching higher and greater than I thought I ever could. So, I can't say that it was a negative experience in any way, just the opposite.I will say it was a unique one.

After this exhibition and the dull feeling I have,I find that this is when I need to throw myself into a new experience so I loose that numbing sensation that I have when something ends.  I don't know why I feel this way.  I think it is what it is and I recognize it now and just go with the flow that my journey takes me.  it has taken me to seascapes again.

This new series of seascapes are so exciting for me because they are so freeing and energy releasing.  They are mostly on thick 1/8 inch matte board and are painted on long oddly shapes pieces. They require my full attention to complete one piece.  There is no room for mistakes or delaying the process since I am painting in acrylics and it dries really fast. on matte board.  To capture my message, I swoop the paint over the board really fast and pick up various shades of blues then blending the shades to create the effects of light, sky and sea.  I love love this process of painting like this.  It suits me well.
Well, that's a wrap up for this post.  Leave a comment if you would like to.  Cheers,  Loren

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Hey's Loren here.  I wanted to share that my show will be up until November 30th if you are interested in seeing it?  Christopher's has great food so a lunch date would be super there  If you are new to my blog site, then I will go over details.   
        Christopher's:A Neighborhood Place  
 335 E. Kings Street
 Malvern, PA  19355
 (610) 568-4127
There is a train stop  MALVERN ,  very close to Christopher's.  It's about 1/4 -1/2 a mile from train stop.  If you can make it, the show looks very beautiful with 16 still life paintings in oil,  all on one high wall and you won't be disappointed.


Reception on Monday evening was very joyful and organizing the rides from Center City Philadelphia, went smoothly.  My instructor John from my painting class at Fleisher Art Memorial and his wife Lynne attended and it was such an honor. They seemed to enjoy themselves and I was grateful.  My bro Ken came all the way from New Jersey shore and I was very happy about that.  He had a lot of fun as I was too.  Also, it seemed like everyone really was having a good time and conversation was nonstop.  We were all carrying on chatting about this and that and then I was subtly coaxed into telling some thing personal and funny about what another male student in his late eighties had said to me in the elevator one day.  Everyone cracked up and I was finding it funny as well.  Normally, I do not talk about personal things in public, but this was too funny to leave on the floor!  Too much to tell on blog, but trust me.  It was hysterical.

I on the other hand had a little bit of a medical crisis. (too embarrassing to tell the gruesome details) however, I will tell that I cut the side of my foot and I could not stop the bleeding. I wound up rigging a pad to go over cut and put tight new white socks on.  The way I fashioned it, it worked to stop the bleeding, however, I could not wear shoes or boots.  So I put on a funky pair of sandals and they looked pathetic but they did what I needed them to do.
By the time I got to Christopher's, the pain went down some and bleeding stopped.  Thank goodness.  Foot is getting better.

Thanks to everyone who came out to reception.  It is heartfelt!

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Hey's Loren here.  Yipppeee...wahhooo and holy moly do I want to share my excitement and thrill about the art reception of my still life oil paintings at Christopher's in Malvern, PA tomorrow night!   I can hardly stand another minute until tomorrow.  I am busting at the seams!!

Words can't express effectively how I much anticipatory enthusiasm and joy I am feeling about my show and gathering with lots of folks tomorrow night  For all of my readers and friends  that can not attend, you will be in my thoughts.  I wish I could share the original paintings with everyone that crosses my path in life. But unfortunately, I can not so I can offer you the opportunity to see them on this site.  Scroll up to tab bar and click on STILL LIFE button and there you can see most of the works that are in the show. 
                              TO DRESS OR NOT TO DRESS!!

Well, for this show I have been noticing that I am pondering much more what to wear and how to present myself.  I finally got the things I needed for my outfit and I have to say I am happy to have found the perfect skirt and blouse for this show  Leggin's as well.   I don't like to over dress because I am always hot and have trouble with too many layers..  Shoes are also always a challenge since I have leg and back problems as I mentioned a couple posts back.  It's hard for me to stand very long especially in one place all night.  So, I have to say that I have my outfit squared away.  Earrings, necklace and purse as well.
                             EXHIBIT PROJECT  YIKES!!!

As usual, I always have a project that I am working on for the people who attend the reception and I am pressed for time.  I hope I can get it done tonight.  My printer is not working right and I think I need to get them printed possibly FEDEX KINKOS.  It is one of my old stomping grounds when I first journeyed into art licensing.  I used to do a lot of my work there because I needed the xerox copier in between changes in my drawings.  Sometimes I worked there until 1:00 a.m. in to the morning!  I got to know the employees there and they stayed out of my way and helped out if I needed.  Well, anyway  My project takes a printer and some time to cut up the project  pieces.  So, if I get it done , that's great.  if not, I won't sweat the small stuff.

Well, I have to run for now to get my project done and also I am visiting with our neighbors.  If you are attending the show, drive safe and I will be happy to see you.  Thanks for reading this post.  I want to say one more time, Wahhooo again!
Cheers,   Loren

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Hey's Loren here.  Just wanted to give a heads up that the reception for my still life paintings  is coming around the corner Monday November 14th 6 pm - 8 pm at 
Christopher's: A Neighborhood Place 335 E. Kings Street Malvern, PA 19335.  Come on by and enjoy some wine and interesting conversations with some fine artists and people who are surely interested in the arts of all kinds.  Writers, musicians, visual artists, painters, illustrators, guitar makers are just some of the areas of art disciplines that will be at the show to chat with about this and that!

The show is open until November 30th if you want to take in a different time to visit the artwork.  You can also view some of the exhibited works here on my site.  Just click on the still life button in the tabs bar.
Hope you can make it to the reception.  Looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone.
See you then.
Cheers, Loren

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Hey's Loren here.  I want to share that my show is in full swing at Christopher's!  Everything went well with the installation on Tuesday and now it is just rockin' the restaurant!   I am so thrilled and at peace that the show is up and I hope it speaks for itself? 

I, however think the exhibit looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I have not seen all of my still life paintings in a group and they do look so sweet up on the wall.  I see my vision, my voice and my heart and soul in the exhibit!   It's so exciting and rewarding to see all of my hard work, energy and time really pay off in the end.   I also see the theme of my series and what I had been putting together as a collection or body of work now that I get to see the full series next to each other. The paintings are mostly 24 x 30 and they are oil on canvas.   I didn't think they would look okay on the brick wall however, it doesn't bother me or take away from the work.

The reception and 'meet the artist' is on Monday November 14th 2016 6 pm-8 pm.  The show is at Christopher's: A Neighborhood Place  335 E. Kings Street  Malvern, PA 19335 Come on over and have a glass of wine and chat with some of my artist peeps and some very smart bunch of characters!!  Show is up until November 30th if you can not make the reception. Check out my still life paintings here on the site as well. Just scroll up to tab bar and click on still life tab.  
Thanks for coming,( in advance)!
Cheers, Loren

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Well, hey there...It's Loren here and I'm getting so excited that my exhibit will be right around the corner.  I can hardly contain my excitement.    I am really thrilled with the way things are shaping up and most things are done.  Painting tags are done!   Sides of paintings totally finished!  Wired up and ready to hang? Yep!  Printing for Painting/Price list will be printed tomorrow. Ring binder with info about 'yours truly' is almost put together and all I need now are some large boxes to carry paintings and keep paintings from touching each other.  I know exactly where I will get these boxes!  Great!  So far, so good!   With everything going smoothly, I have to say I expected more chaos than I actually have been experiencing. 

I hope if you live in the area, you can make it to the show reception on Monday November 14th 6 pm - 8 pm.  If you can not make it, take a peek at my Still life paintings here on my site.  Just go up to 'tabs' bar and click on  STILL LIFE.  There you can see some of the pieces that will be in the show. 

A NOTE:   If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please contact me by the 'message me' box on the left side bar on my site.  Let me know which painting you are interested in and I will message you back.  I am happy to help and answer any questions you have.  Feel free to message with additional questions.  Some times there is a problem with my email, if you can not reach me, you can contact me at  and I will get back to you.

Hey, just another note:  If you are interested in note cards that feature my paintings, please contact me in the 'message me' box on the left side of my site.  Scroll down and you will see it.  Write down the title of the painting and size and I will message you back.  The card size is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and they are blank inside. The price is 6 note cards for $16.00 + shipping.  I am excited to make the cards for you.

Well, signing off for now and  I hope you can make it to the show  November 1st to November 30th.  The reception 'meet the artist' is on November 14th.
Be well and Cheers,

Monday, October 24, 2016


Hey guys... it';s Loren here.  I wanted to let everyone know that I am having a solo exhibit of my still life paintings at Christopher's: A Neighborhood Place 335 E. Kings Street in Malvern, PA.  The show will be up from Nov 1st to Nov 30th.  The reception, "meet the artist" will be held on Monday Nov 14th, 6 pm to 8 pm.

I am so excited about showing this body of work because it is very meaningful and close to my heart. Lot's of things happened personally and emotionally when I began painting.  Since I began my 'calling' and journey into painting some 8 years ago, I started and dove into painting still lives.   I started painting with a palette knife and it didn't occur to me to use a brush!  So, I used the palette knife like a brush and painted like there was 'no tomorrow'! 

It is so interesting to me because in my early years in college at Moore College of Art & Design, I studied Graphic Design and Advertising in the 80's.  I didn't have any interest or longing to paint much less still lives!   I hated the smell of the linseed oil and turpentine!  So after my head injury and my compelling need and desire to paint, I was shocked more that anyone to come to understand that I had this deep hidden need to paint and to paint still lives to boot!  Go figure!! 

So, the opening of my show is coming soon and I can hardly, hardly contain my heart and soul..  I think this will be an awesome show and I would love to see you at the reception if you are in the area.  Come say 'hello' and have a glass of wine and enjoy the energy and emotiuon in the space.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Hey guys... it's Loren here.  I wanted to share with everyone that I am having a show at Christopher's Restaurant: A Neighborhood Place. The show runs from Nov 1st to Nov 30th.  The reception (meet the artist) will be on November 14th Monday  from 6 pm to 8 pm The show will feature my still lives and I am so excited about this body of work.  There will be 19 paintings .  Most are 24 x 30's and some 18 x 24's.  I can't wait until the show and I am so thrilled to be having my still live paintings on exhibit.

My still lives are chock full of jumbo vases and chunky bowls of fruit as well as some interesting objects like a rocking horse (see above) country hat and wine glasses and bottles..  Lot's of bright colors and some textures are worked into these still lives.

Come on over to Christopher's for the reception to chat with me and my peeps about everything from art to music to science and the most provocative topic...  politics!
Hope to see you there.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016


'THE CALLING'         24 x 18        acrylic on canvas     (c) Loren Fidalgo 2016

Hey's Loren here.  I want to share this painting with you.  It's titled, 'THE CALLING'. 

 I was looking at this painting after completing it and one day I realized why I had titled it, 'THE CALLING'. I was thinking about how when looking at the center of the painting, it pulls me in like I am on a path, a road and a journey like someone, something is calling me.   I have had experiences in my life that felt like a calling but never in the way that I was called to paint.  I write about this in my blog.  I write about how I was struck on the head by a ceramic vase and approx. 1 month later, I began to have this compelling, need, desire and compulsion to paint, to express myself through oil painting.  You can read more about this story here.

Since the day I had the head injury, I have been painting and creating art more furiously and I am finding myself on this surprising journey. I have this need to express myself more deeply and to touch others with my interpretation of my world, my consciousness and my creative life that is filled with so many ideas, thoughts and feelings.  I have had a very traumatic child hood and I have dealt with serious illness my entire adult life..  These experiences have made me the creative being I am today.  I have a need to share my story and I hope that it resonates with you the reader.  How do I do this and at the same time keep the privacy that I need to have?  I ask myself these questions everyday.  I wonder and I go back and forth over this issue everyday.   

So, this painting,'THE CALLING' I believe is a communication, a revealing about where I am at this point in my creative expression and my personal world.  It''s about  always trying to find my way in this crazy maze I call 'life'!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


'THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE'           28x22       acrylic on canvas   (c) Loren Fidalgo 2016
Hey's Loren here.  I'm posting to let you know that I have listed some landscapes and water scapes on my blog.
I'm excited about this new body of work.  It is a subject matter that I was not familiar with and I love working on these paintings.  I have been experimenting with lots of texture and loads of color. Reflections, light, skies and water are some of the elements in these paintings.  Dark and light are also revealed.. All paintings are painted with a palette knife which is how I achieve the textural effects and marks..  No brush.I have been using a palette knife for a long time now and I have now begun using my palette knife as a brush, moving it and the paint around the canvas. There a lot of energy and emotion in these pieces, which I really love the process of painting them.

I am enjoying this new body of work.  It is a subject matter that I was not familiar with and I love working on these paintings.

Stay tuned in because there are more landscapes coming soon.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


'If it really is'    acrylic on canvas    24x18   (c) Loren Fidalgo 2016
Hey's Loren here.  I have been thinking that after I shared some personal health stuff in my previous post that I would write about something that I am lovin' lots right now.  

I am in love with this painting.  Don't know the psychology behind it however, this painting really speaks to me. I am lovin' all the texture in it.  I also love the way the color moved around the canvas.  I some times do not like how I interpret color. I struggle at times with it and varying the shades of a colors when I am mixing on the palette.  It's not that I don't see the colors, actually it's quite the opposite. I see and feel colors so deeply it's as if I can feel them in my body. I often need to touch a color to understand it's meaning and message.  I am compelled to try to hold the colors in my hands, move and manipulate them and only then do I understand what they want to say and do.  I am just in between the colors, sort of a mode of transportation, and the canvas surface.  Color has a language all it's own and some times I can not make sense of it.  So I am challenged often by it's control.  I however, do not mind it.

In this painting, the buildings are conveying emotion to me. The texture is so thick on the canvas. I enjoyed painting the layers of texture. I used a palette knife for the entire painting. I think the buildings are painted in a way that captures my attention because of the layering of one on top of another. They are also painted partially there and partially not there, like they are playing, peek-a-boo! They are painted as if they have degraded and have been distressed on the canvas or to the viewer's perception.  I love moving the paint around the canvas with the palette knife.

I have been getting into creating shades of different blues in my paintings.  I try to see how many shades I can come up with.  It makes the process so much more fun and you can never have enough of that! 

So, that is a wrap up.  Leave a comment if you would like to.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


 Hey's Loren here.  I wanted to share this painting titled 'REALITY IN MOTION'  12 x 8 acrylic on canvas.  I created it about two months ago.  What I really love about this painting is the energy and emotion it evokes in me and other viewers.  I find this work to be such a freeing expression with the paint marks. It is quite a different technique that I usually use with most of my other paintings.  I used a palette knife for the entire painting as I usually do.  The day I painted this piece, I was in a fairly okay mood and I was eager to get started on this canvas because the landscape size proportion is so different than I am used to.

Usually, when I paint or create something, I have some idea on how I want to create what is in my mind.  With this piece, I didn't know where I was going and how I was going to get there.  I used a lot of loose strokes and I painted very quickly. I just love, love, love the freedom I had when painting this quickly.  I think I will incorporate this technique and looseness into my future paintings.  I want to be able to capture the same state of mind, too.  I believe the trick is to change it up by using an unusual size canvas. I think it makes it so that I will have to think differently about composition and mark making.

Well, that wraps up this post.  Leave a comment if you would like to.  I love to know what you are thinking?

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Hey's Loren here. It's been awhile since I posted here and I wanted t let you know what has been going on.  Lot's of personal stuff and some business stuff too.

This new painting, 'A DISTANT MEMORY'  has gone on to it's new owner, Chris.  I was so happy to deliver it to him.  It is part of a series that I have been working on featuring landscapes, seascapes and urban landscapes.  The size is 20 x 16 and it is acrylic on canvas.   It has sooo... much texture and brilliant color and it  'pops'  right off the canvas.  I used a palette knife for the entire painting.  Lot's of fun.   One of my fav paintings.  To see more of my work, head on over to my Instagram page  https://www./ 

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About 4 months ago, I was put on a medication which gave me a severe side effect for a disorder which could have been FATAL!!  Had I not known the warning signs and trusted my intuition, I may have been exiting this world.  Literally! The doctor who put me on the medication, told me I would be fine on it, even though I took it once before and had such a severe reaction to it in 1992  The doctor I had was inept and unethical and he disregarded that I had it listed as an allergy in my records.  He changed my records and removed the allergy warning, which I did not know until later on.  He insisted that I needed to take it and it had me feeling like I was at the mercy of his treatment.  Needless to say, the doctor is GONE and I am feeling much better!  What a scary time.  I am telling you about this because I want to express the importance of trusting your gut and intuition and following your heart and mind.  If I was not paying attention to the warning signs, even though the doctor said the medication was not causing them, I might not be here today.  So, PAY ATTENTION and TRUST YOURSELF ! You are you're best advocate and don't let a doctor influence your treatment just because he is a doctor.  They don't know everything and they make mistakes, sometimes FATAL ones!.  Now life does go on...thank God.


UGHHH!!!   I've been having some neurological problems which began some years back and they have gotten worse this past year or so.  I had a test done and I found out that I have nerve damage in my legs which is coming from my back, as well as problems in my arms and hands. It has been making it harder to paint with a palette knife and to do fine motor things like buttoning buttons, zippering my jeans and leaning on my right arm.  The damage in my legs is troublesome because it's hard to walk long distances without my legs going numb to the point where I have to stop walking. I'm doing exercises  to strengthen my back that might help with walking and going up and down stairs.  I'm also going to get an MRI to see why I am having trouble with my arms and hands.  I am hopeful that these problems will get better.  What's most upsetting is not being able to use my hands how I want to..  If I can't do that, I am lost.  I use my hands to make so many things everyday that they are as necessary as breathing to me.  They are my lifeline. 

Well that wraps it up for now.  Leave a comment to let me know if you have had a similar situation as I did?   Thanks for reading this post!!   Cheers,  Loren

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Hey's Loren here.
I wanted to post some info about what's been happening around the studio. I also want to discuss info about my progress with a new series I have been working on.  It's been a challenging time in 2016 and I can't believe we are 3 months in!  

So, I had my exhibit at Christopher's: A Neighborhood Place in Malvern, PA in February to March 2016.  It went well and gave me lots of exposure.  Lots of people attended the reception and friends came out to support me as well.  It was a great experience.  Planning to do it again soon. 

'It is brightest when alone' 14x11 acrylic on canvas (c),LorenFidalgo 2016
 I've been painting a lot and have begun what is shaping up to be a new series.   I am enjoying the process yet finding it a tricky progression as I struggle sometimes to get my painting into a series.  It is something I've been working on so diligently and consciously.  It's always a 'tug and pull', and exploration for me to create work in a series, but I manage to do it eventually. I love the novelty of birthing new ideas and bringing new ideas into reality, but I try to make a concerted effort to have unity in my work.  Nevertheless, I except the fact that I am a 'Creative Idea Problem Solver' ( my new self-appointed term, if it is one?) at heart and I am have been embracing this aspect of myself.  I want to see all my ideas to fruition and it is sometimes frustrating to have to curtail the explosion of ideas that bombard me day and night! I am however, coming to realize that possibly I can still have a voice and be a 'problem solver' at the same time.  It's such a fine balance, although do-able.  And I am doing it however challenging it is.  More to write about this in future posts.

About the my current work... no title to the new series yet. There are however, some canvases with lots and lots of texture by layering with acrylic paint. This is something that I have been playing with for a couple of years now. I am experimenting with different sizes and loving the newness of the canvas that sits on my easel to greet me. I say to myself, ", what can I do with you?"  It's exciting to adopt the new proportions and I am always surprised by the end painting.  I have also been playing around with color and all the gray shades I can create.  I am loving working with shades of blues such as Prussian Blue and Cerulean Blue and Crimson shades. I am amazing myself with all the yummy colors  I can achieve.  Lastly, my subject matter has taken a turn and twist.  There are subtle landscapes that have been emerging on the canvas and I am following the path that is calling me.   So, lots more to discuss about my current work in new posts.

I will post some more stuff about my work and some new things that have been going on this year. Question?   Do you struggle with creating unity in your work?  I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks for reading and enjoy your own journey!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hey guys... it's Loren. There is one day until my hang my painting exhibit At Christopher's!   I'm filled with so many emotions that cover the full gamut!.  Anticipation, excitement, nervousness, scary feelings, anxiety and mostly JOY all having been swirling through my mind!  I can't help myself and anxiously await the installation of my paintings.

My husband Paul will be helping me hang the show on Monday morning.  I am so grateful he was able to help.  I will be exhibiting 17 pieces from my abstract series MOVING FORWARD-a transition to abstract. (If you go to the tab menu and click on ABSTRACTS you will see some of the paintings I will be featuring in my show.
The show runs from February 1st to February 29th.  The closing reception will be on February 24 from 5:00 - 8:00. Come on over to Christopher's-A Neighborhood Place   335 E. King St  Malvern, PA 19335  It will be a lot of fun and you will see my paintings up close.  The food is great at Christopher's and the atmosphere is spacious and open.  Join us on the 24th!

Friday, January 29, 2016


                                                 MOVING FORWARD
                         a transition to abstract

Hey's Loren here. I am so excited, so thrilled, so out of this world silly to share with everyone that I am having my first solo exhibit with my abstract paintings for the month of February at Christopher's:  A Neighborhood Place  Restaurant  335 E. King Street  Malvern, PA. 19335
I will be exhibiting my 'MOVING FORWARD a transition to abstract' series and I will have about 17 paintings in the show.  There will be ten  24 x 30's and four smaller size paintings. 
If you are an art lover and love seeing original art. then come on over to Christopher's and join everyone for the fun on February 24 between 5 pm - 8 pm.  The food is great at Christopher's and the atmosphere is superb.  There is a huge high ceiling, brick walls and a wide open space.  A great place to display my paintings
Thanks to Christopher Todd for choosing me to exhibit my paintings in his restaurant.   I will be writing more about the process of hanging the exhibit along with some photos if possible, the response of customer traffic and anything else that seems like it's something interesting that I want to share with everyone.
I hope to see you there.