Introducing My New Series, Appassionato

You might have noticed that I haven’t added very much new art to my website in the last few months. That’s because I’ve been saving it up.


I’ve been working on a new series and wanted to have enough paintings in the group to be able to call it a series! These paintings are all about passion and vitality. I’ve titled the series Appassionato, so it seems appropriate to introduce it in the romantic month of February. My artist statement explains:

Appassionato, an Italian musical term meaning to perform with great emotion, describes the rich and vibrant paintings in this series. Red and gold, with swirling vines and leaves, these energetic paintings convey a joyful and exuberant passion.


I came to paint this series after I’d completed the painting Rapture, below, a rather dark and brooding red painting, but energized with lively, swirling vines. I love the colour red but had never given it full rein in a painting before. I felt the need to explore a red theme more thoroughly, and so this series was born.


I will be adding to the series as I complete new paintings (I have a few works in progress in my studio right now), so check back occasionally or follow me on social media (links to the various sites are at the bottom of this page, centre column).


This series will also be featured in my upcoming solo exhibition at The Colborne Art Gallery! I’m so excited to be having a solo show! The show opens on April 16, 2016 with an opening reception from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. I’ll be giving a short artist talk and will be there to answer questions and discuss art, of course! If you’re in the Northumberland Hills area of Ontario, mark your calendars!

Also stay tuned for another new series (I seem to be on a new series binge) which I’ll introduce in March.

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4 Responses to Introducing My New Series, Appassionato

  1. Tina Siemens February 10, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    I love it!! Now I can’t wait for the Spring series, and the colors you’ll be using.

    • Dorothy Siemens February 10, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks so much! The colours will be quite different with the next series – very light and soft. It makes for a nice variety for me to paint.

  2. Evy Dueck February 10, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Love it Dorothy! You have tapped into some delightful creativity!

    • Dorothy Siemens February 10, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Thank you so much, Evy! Your comment means a lot to me, especially as one of my first collectors! 🙂