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Expressions in Painting with Paul Crimi

On “Expression in Painting, ” acclaimed Pembroke fine artist Paul Crimi gives a step-by-step guide to painting, often completing a work in one hour. 

​Paul embraces  life and art.  masterfully  using a wide range of styles, media and techniques.  His dreamy landscapes and engaging abstracts  have been intoxicating art patrons for over 30 years.

He studied at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and has been creating  works  widely shared in public exhibitions ever since.

These passionately spiritual,  illuminating visionary tributes are widely collected by people of all faiths,  and featured repeatedly by national periodicals.


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Filmed September 17, 2013


Fine Artist Paul Crimi turned a blank canvas into an outdoor scene in less than an hour during episode 16 in this recent series of "how to" videos called "Expressions in Painting."


Crew included Pembroke Community Middle School students Jessica Fano and Laura McCue on studio cameras one and two, and Pembroke Media's own director, Cathie Briggette on studio camera three. Each operator wore headphones and took directions for the entire hour from the director in the sound room. 


Laura McCue, age 12, gave Crimi the 5-4-3-2-1 finger countdown at the beginning. She also held up the 30, 15, 3, and one-minute cards letting Crimi know how much longer until his time was up.


Jessica Fano's camera was angled to get close-up shots of both the painting and the brush while Crimi applied colors.


It was both Briggette's and Fano's first time using big cameras, and they both did a wonderful job.


After 60 minutes of filming, everyone heard "It's a wrap," and knew it was safe to talk and make noise.


Crimi began the show with three finished paintings of bottles from other episodes.  "I like the personalities they have," Crimi said.  "They are starting to have their own kind of feeling." 


He plans to make 25 or 30 similar works and have a series.


For this episode, Crimi created a Fall scene from his imagination. "I have all the colors, so let's just start," he said after squeezing two shades of green and blue from tubes into a Styrofoam dinner tray. "Then I'll sketch it out a little bit. I'll lay it out so we get some ideas."


Crimi continued and described the half-done painting. "It still has it's own personality and has a way of revealing itself.


This painting is going to look more impressionistic that realistic. I love impressionistic anyways. I call myself a contemporary impressionist."


Then Crimi advised the viewer that "You have to be patient. Just take your time and keep putting paint on the canvas.


If you just keep putting the paint on the canvas, eventually you're going to get to where you want to go."


He gave lots of instruction and uplifting advice.


"Painting is something you feel as well as see. After all these years I tell people that painting is an expression of your soul and how you feel about it. Especially when you are painting from your imagination and you have nothing to look at.


 "All you have to do is do it. Don't be too critical of yourself if you're painting. Just keep painting. I tell people that the worst thing you can do if you hate the painting is start all over again by painting the canvas black and begin again. I have a bunch of paintings when I first started that I must have painted 10 or 12 paintings on the same canvas. Those people who bought those have no clue that there are that many paintings underneath those canvases."


Crimi's phone number is 781-871-5333. He loves to hear from viewers, and wants you to know that most of his works are available for private acquisition, maybe even the actual painting from this show.

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Laura McCue and Jessica Fano Filming for Pembroke Community Media

Laura McCue and Jessica Fano - Camera 2 and 1

Filming Crew for "Expressions in Painting" Pembroke Community Media

Cathie Briggette, Laura McCue, Jessica Fano - Camera 3, Camera 2, Camera 1 respectively

Published on Jul 21, 2013


Pembroke Community Media brings you a new episode of 'Expressions in Painting with Paul Crimi" showcasing ten pieces, the first of which is a linoleum cut made when Paul was 15 years old. Periodically it's fun for both artist and fans to revisit creations from the past. "That was 55 years ago. Seems like yesterday," he reminisces. "It was 12-by-12, and I carved it out and called it 'Inner City,' Three or four of these that I made as a youngster won big awards.


"In fact, I've been doing linoleum cuts my whole life," Paul continues while displaying a black and white print of his then-young daughter Ellen with long lower eyelashes looking over her bare right shoulder while sitting with knees pulled to her chest. Judge and Pop artist James Dine at the Boston Printers 2011 competition picked it out of about 6,000 entries, finding it elegant with a serene feeling.Ellen has been the model and inspiration for many of Paul's art pieces. At age 18 she attended The Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design in Brooklyn, New York, and sent her dad photographs of herself which he used to create images. "Every time I look at them it brings back the memory of her being 18 and 19," Crimi fondly says while putting another picture of Ellen on the easel.



Next is a dizzying print of women's heads arranged in four symmetric rows of three, with alternating rows facing up. The chins of the upside down heads form right shoulders for the upright heads. "I did this little print right here, "Crimi says pointing to one of the heads, "and its called 'The Kiss.' And what I did was when I carved it I set it up so it would be multiple. So it would connect.


"And what you have to realize when you do a linoleum print, everything you do is in reverse. So there's a lot of thinking that goes on into something like this. You have to really use your imagination and your soul to find your way around one of these prints."Crimi also does what he calls "wood cuts," and explains "They are the same as a linoleum cut. You have to carve it from a piece of plywood, and carve it in reverse, and you print it." 


To illustrate, at the video's 3-minute, 15-second point he shows a black print of a man and one of a woman, each with their face on the bias. Part of the woman's face extends to the right of the paper, while the man's elongated visage fits with his chin in the lower left corner and forehead in the upper right. The man's eyes especially look out and catch your attention.


"When I print it, I put the plates side-by-side so there's no space. I call this the dream," Crimi says while showing us printed and colored versions that have eyes looking at us from the center.


This episode of "Expressions in Painting" was directed and shot May 20, 2013 by a crew of Pembroke volunteers led by director Bob Ryerson who has been widely recognized for producing, directing, editing, and filming local events and shows for Pembroke audiences for nearly three decades as an unpaid volunteer himself.


After the June 2012 dissolution of Pembroke's television station and studio, Ryerson and other volunteers didn't miss a beat, created their own non-profit Pembroke Community organization, and continued producing shows. Most recently, The Corporation for National and Community Service at 1201 New York Avenue, NW in Washington, DC bestowed upon Ryerson the 2011 Presidential Service Award for his work with Pembroke's media endeavors. Awards are issued for previous, not current years. The certificate reads "In recognition and appreciation of your commitment to strengthening our Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service." Pembroke Community Media provided the only coverage for that event which is available for viewing at

Published on Jul 20, 2013

Pembroke Community Media is proud to release another of Pembroke artist Paul Crimi's “Expressions in Painting” shows in which he paints an entire work in under an hour.
Bob Ryerson directs and arranges shots, while a crew of Pembroke residents man studio cameras and hold cue cards letting Crimi know the 30, 15, 3, and 1-minute marks.
Everyone working on Crimi's set is a volunteer. In addition to free production skill training, high school students get community service credit towards the 40-hour graduation requirement.  There are no fees, and there is plenty of hands-on, professional instruction.


“I just love my crew of Andrew and Colleen and Missy and Bob and Ted and Laura and Ann and John Henry and Kim who I've known for over 20 years,” Crimi says. We're off and running. Colleen is the best. The guys on the camera are great. Hard working and fantastic.”

Paul continued, “They're a great bunch and God bless them.  They've been showing up and doing my show with me for years in Pembroke.  And just because the selectmen sent our television channels to Plymouth doesn't mean I have to stop doing my show. We're dedicated to making it work.”


Crimi opens by displaying a painting made the previous week, of a vase with yellow flowers.  “I love the texture of it. It's got lots and lots of paint,” he describes. “It's happy. It's a cheery painting, and that's what I liked about it, so I painted it.” 


Next we see a fieldstone wall painted on March 16, 2013 from a 2-year-old photograph from Maine.


 “There's this beautiful wall, and I love the depth of it, the way the flowers and the wall go back and it disappears. It holds your attention, and is really a quite neat little painting.”


“For tonight,” Crimi says, “I took a photograph of The Spit from the land over where the boatyard is.  It was winter, and it's got an orange sky and is very very soft.”


Starting from a black canvas, Crimi narrates what he's doing.  “Don't take yourself too seriously. Just put the paint down,” he instructs.   “The whole thing will take it's own course.”


He goes on to explain that the reason for starting with a black canvas is because “the black makes the color come alive.”


“When you're doing a painting, it's like taking a photograph.  It's always in thirds. A third, a third, and a third,” Paul relates as he motions to the top, middle, and then lower third of the canvas.


 “And if you have that mindset, I have that built in.  It isn't the way I paint. It's the way I see. The way I'll teach you to see.  Teach you to see with your own eyes.  You don't need the instructor. You don't need the guy with the yick yack talking all the time.  You just need to do the work.  Get the paints, get the canvasses, and paint.


One of our viewers, Owen Mellow, asked what colors of paint are used.  And the answer is whatever acrylic colors are on sale at Ocean State Job Lot or Michaels Arts and Crafts.  Craft store websites often offer 30, 40, or 50% coupons that can be used to buy paints that aren't marked down.  For blue, Paul starts with 3 different shades.


Another fan, Steven C. says “Great hour of painting. Thank you and the crew for sharing with us.”


Still another viewer, Trisha, likes knowing what brushes are used.  For clouds in this show, Paul uses a size 8 feather brush.


Go to to see recent “Expressions in Painting” shows listed under “Community.”  After watching,  simply click the “contact us” button or call 781-910-8899.  Your input will be incorporated into the next show either anonymously or by name.  Your choice.


Paul is always happy to hear from people who watch the show.  And we do mean really happy.


 Most of the paintings are available for private ownership too, so that's a really special thing.  You not only would have the work of art itself, but a video record of how it was created by the artist, Paul Crimi.

Paul Crimi is raffling off "Flowers On TheSidewalk"  between now and Sept. 15, 2013.  Tickets are $20 each and available by calling him at 781-724-3554,

Mr. Crimi will be using the money for a trip to Ethiopia.

March 6, 2013.  Fine Artist Paul Crimi introduces 10 favorite paintings in the March episode of "Expressions in Painting" with volunteers Bob Ryerson directing, and Ethan McCue filming as part of the Community-Service-Credit-Hour program for Pembroke High School.

First is a Vase of Flowers painted during the previous show. "The canvas is not a locked-in space," we are told. "So you can see I've gone completely off the canvas all around."  Blue and yellow shocks of color extend past the edges.

Next we see Summer Flower Two, a riotous field of color filling both ground and sky.  Summer Flower One was painted two years ago, placed in a Provincetown gallery, and sold within a day.

"I like the activity in it, I like the way it moves, and I like the feeling of each and every flower," Paul explains.

Dedicated to Paul's friend Josie who passed away the previous evening. 
"May she be at peace.  Great Person."

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Published February 1, 2013

The painting from January 15th's episode was finished in the past 2 weeks, and is reintroduced at the start of tonight's show. "It really has a nice personality. It has a beautiful, sun-bathed side. And it's got this really nice shadow on the sidewalk. It has a nice quietness about it. I'm very very pleased with the way this painting came out," Paul tells us.

In this January 30th episode, Paul paints from a still life. One of Paul's viewers, Theresa, wants to know what brushes are used, so Paul obliges.


Produced December 17, 2012
This December 17th episode of "Expressions in Painting" begins with Paul showing us the work from November's episode, finished between then and now at his Rockland, Massachusetts studio. He added a shadow to the background, altered the vase, and dabbed on a signature.

Produced Jan 15, 2013
Pembroke Community Media Center Volunteers bring you the Paul Crimi Expressions in Painting Show from January 15th, 2013.

First see a painting Paul created for his exhibition, February 10th from 1-5pm at 120 Longwood Drive in Norwell, Massachusetts.

"I love the way the flowers leap off the canvas,' Paul says, "It is the invitation for the Cancer Support Community."

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Published  Nov 27, 2012
In this November 20th session, Paul Crimi paints sunny orange flowers that pop out of their bight blue vase into the room. By the end of the hour, you'll be tempted to reach out and grab the stems.

Published  Oct 17, 2012
Paul begins by showing and telling us about a finished painting called " Flowers on the Sidewalk" 

Published  Aug 19, 2012
Fine Artist Paul Crimi donates an hour of his time showing us how to paint an outdoor scene from a photograph. 

Published  Sep 25, 2012
Nantucket in the Wintertime.


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