SOUTHINGTON - Plantsville artist Brian Varanoâ€™s landscape and architectural artworks will be displayed at Southington Public Library during the month of September.
Varano said that he will have 15 pieces, including sketches and prints, on display in the gallery of the library at 255 Main St. He works with colored pencils, watercolors, pencils, pastel and graphite, sometimes using all of them.
â€śI use some of these for textures and others for their ability to capture detail,â€ť he said. â€śI am experimenting with using more watercolors to cover larger areas and to create different kinds of textures. Iâ€™ve also learned how to blend colored pencils with a special blur pencil. I also use a more non-traditional method where I rub a bit of alcohol onto the colored pencil to blend the pigments and make it flow better.â€ť
Varano usually depicts architecture and landscapes, often inspired by nearby locations. One of his pieces depicts Clarkâ€™s Pond in Hamden and another, which recently won a drawing award through the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects, depicts St. Mary Church in Meriden.
â€śTo me, everything is a study on a certain subject,â€ť he said. â€śThere is a sense of realism but also an impressionistic quality.â€ť
Varano said that he enjoys creating art because it is relaxing to him and it offers him an opportunity to use his imagination and get creative.
â€śIt lets me take something ordinary and make it extraordinary,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m always looking for inspiration.â€ť
Varano said that he has been making art â€śon and offâ€ť since childhood, but that this Easter his wife Karen bought him a set of Prisma colored pencils which â€śgot him hookedâ€ť all over again. He thanked her for her â€śwonderful support.â€ť
Varano has recently exhibited his works at the Southington Community Cultural Arts Center, the Meriden Arts and Crafts Association and the Durham Fair. He also participates in online art contests.
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