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The Real Rocky
Jul 1st, 2009 by

Rocky Marciano, by Andover artist Joe Gemellaro.

Rocky Marciano, by Andover artist Joe Gemellaro.

My friend Joe Gemellaro is one of the most talented artists I know. He has a knack for recreating the human form, especially faces. It is a gift he was born with.

Shown here is a study of a portrait Joe drew of Brockton native Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion of the world from 1952 to 1956.  Joe donated prints of the final sketch to several charity groups, including the Haverhill Boys Club  which auctioned it off last year to raise money.

Watching Joe draw is a magical experience. Very quickly, over a matter of a few minutes, a face will start to emerge from the blank, white page. He says he always starts with the eyes, “because if you don’t get the eyes right, then nothing will be right.”

It’s uncanny, just how right he manages to get the eyes. In another framed portrait, all Joe drew was a single  eye. And when you look at it, you instantly recognize Mohammed Ali.

To order a print of Rocky or to see more of Joe’s work, contact the artist directly.

(Note: I’m filing this under “AllThingsTuscan.com,” even though Rocky and Joe’s ancestry goes back to southern Italy. Hey, we’re all Italian. Can’t we all just get along?)

The Landscapes of Italy
Jun 18th, 2009 by

Audio Slideshow: ‘The Transforming Power of Colour’

(Paintings by William Kelley; Photos by Mark Micheli; Music by Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez.)

William Kelley (right) at his art show in New York City. Click the photo to run the audio-slideshow of "The Tranforming Power of Colour."

William Kelley (right) at his art show in New York City. Click the photo to run the audio-slideshow of "The Tranforming Power of Colour."

My Irish brother-in-law, William Kelley, paints Tuscan landscapes. For the past ten years he has lived six months in Florence and six months in Sarasota, Florida and I’m ashamed to say he knows more Italian than me.

He had a show in New York City this month at the Walter Wickiser Gallery.

William (aka Billy) moved to Florence a little more than 10 years ago to further his artistic education at the Lorenzo de’ Medici school. He was in his mid-fifties then and stuck out a little at the school where most students were in their 20s.

But Billy is a kid at heart, something that is echoed in the bold choice of color combinations that he uses. See for yourself.

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