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Sad Arrival…Happy Revival

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We already own these famous pieces by Cosmo De Salvo in different frames. We love his work! These frames have a cool 3D effect.

Mel and I purchased this set of Cosmo De Salvo Artone creations online. Though these look great in the photo they arrived in sad shape. The images were scratched and peeling off in the corners. We were not happy with them and set them aside till we could come up with something else to do with them.ย  Since I am on this painting kick (I can’t STOP!!!) I decided to revamp these pieces into something we could use.

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As with all my watercolors you have to sketch out what you plan to paint, Here I sketched out a Tucan.

After a good day of work and lots of color mixing here is the first piece I knocked out,

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I think this looks great with the frame. I painted the part that pushes the art work out black. The flat portion of the frame I painted red with black and gold speckles.

Next I decided to paint a Rhinoceros Hornbill bird. I thought these two will look great in our Tiki Room/Bar

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These are strange-looking birds, very exotic.

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We are very happy with the way these look and cant wait to see them on the wall.

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  1. You did a great job on the paintings and really made those frames pop! I’m not sure if you got my original comment. If you did I’m sorry I’m posting this twice. I’ve fallen in love with Cosmo de Salvo since your first post on the large print you have of one of his Bali Beauties. He has such great technique and interesting subject matter – I wish there was more info about him online. I’ve been searching for over a year for a pair of his Bali Beauties, and I always seem to get outbid or miss out on the few listings that come up every couple of months. Ideally I want a pair of the 20″x24″ prints. It looks like these are much smaller, but I was just wondering if you would be interested in selling any of your Cosmo prints? Just thought I’d ask! Love the blog as well – I’m an avid follower. Thanks – Erika

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    • Hello Erika,

      He is a very cool artist. Unfortunatly I was not anle to find any info on him either. I only have one of his pieces now but I want to keep it. If you keep missing the auctions try using an app for your phone called “My Bidder”. It allows you to have an automatic bid placed. All you do is put your max bid, how many seconds before end of auction you want it to bid and its all taken care of. I will keep my eyes peeled for you but they are not very common. Thanks for your comment!

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      • Thanks for getting back to me! I completely understand you wanting to keep it – it’s a real gem! Please let me know if you do ever stumble across a pair of the Bali Beauties again. I check Etsy and eBay almost daily for them – I’m on a quest, lol. I’ll definitely look into MyBidder as well – thanks for the tip! In my research for more info on Cosmo de Salvo, I’ve found a little information. He was a realist painter who used traditional master technique, but also did some work as an advertising illustrator, at least for Lucky Strike. There is a forum for him on AskArt.com where his granddaughter has posted info. Apparently, the actual Bali Beauty paintings are fully nude, and when Cosmo was asked to make them into prints, he had to censor them with the drapery. I guess they were too risque for the general public of the forties! His paintings can be found in private residences throughout NY where he worked and lived his whole life. He also did several commissions in public buildings in NYC, many of which, unfortunately have since been demolished. Apparently though, you can still see a painting of his on the ceiling of the Waldorf Astoria. There are currently two of his real paintings (not prints) for sale on eBay, if you want to see more examples of his work. Thought I’d pass along the info to a fellow de Salvo fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I will keep my eyes peeled for you. Any info that can be added to our understanding of artists like Cosmo De Salvo is highly valued. Thanks soo much for sharing!

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