September 20, 2017


I have finally launched a real website. It's taken a long time to get to this point and I am thrilled!

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July 26, 2017

Watermelon and Mars Black

For this work I employed a 11/2 inch palette knife to achieve greater dimension and wider strokes. I am embarking on a series of paintings that will closely examine black as a color and study it within the context of (subtractive) color theory. Black often provokes a negative response or association. It's a mysterious color that is connected to the fear of the unknown, death, evil, etc. On the flip side it can evoke power, formality, and elegance. Here's to exploring what else black can do . . .

Watermelon and Mars Black, 2017, heavy body acrylics mixed with ceramic stucco and iridescent medium on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

July 12, 2017

"The Pale Blue Dot"

"The Pale Blue Dot might convey the potential unity of all those on earth, or perhaps their shared loneliness."-Susan Apel, "Alison Palizzolo: Acrylic and Stucco, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Delicious Line, August 2, 2017.

Whenever I need a little perspective on life I look at the night sky. During the day, the universe's facade becomes shrouded by the sun and a pale blue sky. At night, one can truly see and feel how small and insignificant we are in the cosmos. Too many people seem to have forgotten that universe was not created for us nor are we at its center. Many believe they're kin to the sun and that all matter in the universe is meant to revolve around them. We've lost all perspective.

Lately I have been trying to soak up as much science (specifically astrophysics) as I can. When I came across Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot photograph and quote, my scale and position in the cosmos hit me like a ton of bricks. On February 14, 1990, Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the camera on Voyager 1 around one last time, for one last look at home. This famous photograph captured our planet from approximately 3.7 billion miles away suspended in a ray of sunlight.

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. 
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. 
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. 
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. 
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” 
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1994
While I was painting The Pale Blue Dot I was thinking about my own frailty, the vulnerability of Earth, and the weaknesses of the human race. I also questioned how anyone could fail to understand that we are not titans in the cosmic arena, but rather miniscule specks of life floating among the stars, the real giants. We are inhabiting a planet that created us, not the other way around. Gone is the respect we should have for one another, our planet, and ourselves. We're heading down a dark road that lacks higher intelligence and enlightenment. A dark road composted of only the purest of black and the purest of white. What happened to all the shades of gray? There are so few things in life that don't require at the very least of touch of gray.

Presently, we are so blinded by identity politics, technology, rhetoric (from all sides of the aisle), hatred, and fear that we are forgetting the most important fact: WE are all in this together. Truly understanding that concept has the potential to save us from self-destruction and from destroying our home, the only home we have ever known: The Pale Blue Dot.

We know what divides us. What will unite us?

Alison Palizzolo, The Pale Blue Dot, 2017, Liquitex spray paint, liquid acrylics, heavy body acrylics, and iridescent medium, 36 x 36 inches.

The Pale Blue Dot (far left) is now on view at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, through the end of September 2017. The opening reception is Thursday, July 20, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at DHMC. Please check Facebook for more information about the event!

June 27, 2017


Red has been chosen as finalist and will be included in AVA Gallery and Art Center's "2017 Juried Summer Exhibition."
The opening reception will be held at AVA Gallery, located at 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH, on Friday, July 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The exhibition opens on July 14, and will remain on view through August 23, 2017.

Red, from the Single Breakthrough series, 2016, heavy body acrylics mixed with ceramic stucco and iridescent medium, 18" x 24".

June 23, 2017


Another work for my upcoming installation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. I am installing in the second week of July and the opening reception will be at the hospital on July 20, 2017, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Alison Palizzolo, Gilded, 2017, gold leaf underpainting, heavy body acrylics mixed with ceramic stucco, heavy gloss gel medium, and iridescent medium, 30 x 40 inches.

June 21, 2017

"Color Speaks" Recap

My first solo exhibition Color Speaks: Works by Alison Palizzolo was on view at The Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, January 30-March 17, 2017. While the exhibition was on view, I visited the school for a day and worked with various studio art and art history classes. It was an amazing and priceless experience. I sincerely hope that some day I will have the opportunity to teach again. The students were wonderful and their observations were pretty incredible.

If you weren't able to see the installation for yourself then I hope you will enjoy these installation photographs! Artist and art teacher at The Derryfield School, Becky Longley Barsi installed all the works beautifully and took these photographs:

The day I visited The Derryfield School each student experimented with my techniques and created their own mini palette knife paintings. Afterward they were added to the installation.

More About the Works from Color Speaks

Single Breakthrough Series:

The Single Breakthrough series is an exploration in color theory, perception, and communication. I am employing the same compositional formula, size ratio of 3:4, and artistic style for each painting. These constants are meant to facilitate the viewer to focus on color as the subject and medium. I believe the use of these unifying characteristics will enable a true artistic exploration of color. Allowing the viewer to fully consider their innate emotional and intellectual responses to various hues.

The viewer should first explore the series as a whole and then contemplate them as individual works of art. When displayed in a group, the paintings are meant to speak to one another. Individuals will naturally be drawn to color schemes that ignite a conscious or subconscious reaction. It is necessary to examine which hues generate positive responses and why. Alternatively, the viewer to also consider why their perception of certain colors motivate a negative reaction.

Microcosm Series:

Each larger 18x24 inch painting (3:4) is accompanied by a 3x3 inch (1:1) mini painting, created from the same palette as it's larger counterpart. The microcosms test how our visual perception of identical colors can be altered by a change in scale. The microcosms are also meant to provide another possible point of entry into my work. Hopefully, they too will spark conversations centered on color perception and communication.

June 15, 2017

"Just Before Sunset"

Finally back in the studio. I created this for my upcoming exhibit at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, on view early July through late September.
The opening reception will be at the hospital on July 20, 2017.

Alison Palizzolo, Just Before Sunset, 2017, Liquitex acrylic spray paint, liquid acrylics, heavy body acrylics, and iridescent medium on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.