Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Lesson in Values

Tangle 6 (rollover image to reveal value structure)

In this post, I want to show how my painting "Tangle 6", while rich in color, is also very much anchored in strong values. To get a better understanding of color and values, as you squint, really squint, rollover the image above to eliminate the color and the value structure will be revealed. Notice how the lights still hold as a group and my shadows still maintain the solidity of the form -- in both the black and white and the color version.

There are painters who work with a tonal palette where light is achieved through the use of values e.g., Corot.

Color to value comparison of Corot's "The Solitude. Recollection of Vigen"

In contrast, there are painters who work with strong color or rich chromatics to suggest a sense of light e.g., Monet.

Color to value comparison of Monet's "The Path Under the Rose Trellises"

And then there are painters who combine both strong tonal concepts and color to create, to my mind, a more palpable sense of place. That's what this little lesson's all about.

Here are some details from my painting "Tangle 6" to view. Rollover the image and don't forget to squint for the values and keep your eyes open for the color.

Detail 1 (rollover to reveal value structure)

In Detail 1 we have rich greens, reds, oranges and gold that interact, contrast and create a lot of visual excitement. Look carefully at the red stroke in the lower center. It lies within a green field -- a very strong chromatic contrast. Rollover the image to reveal the black and white and notice how the red disappears and merges within the green. While the color is snappy, the value of red and green are identical. The overall value is held but the vibrancy of those contrasting colors is gone. You will also notice in other parts of this detail, similar effects are in play. While the black and white version still has a sense of light, it doesn't have the complexity of life.

Detail 2 (rollover to reveal value structure)

In Detail 2 notice when you view the black and white version, how the background becomes somewhat flat. In the color version, there is atmosphere -- variations of blues, lavenders and purples held in the same value to create an anchored space in the painting. You can do anything you want with color within a given shape as long as the values are consistent. That's what holds that space in the painting and maintains it in the background.

Detail 3 (rollover to reveal value structure)

Detail 3, while graphically strong in black and white, the color reveal gives it the sense of softer reflected light. Again, contrasting color, similar values keeps it in the shadows.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Winter Tangle Intro Price Ends Soon

If you are interested in downloading my new video, Winter Tangle, the time is now. The $30 introductory price is good through the first week of January and then it goes up... http://www.peterfiore.com/videos

Saturday, November 12, 2016

NEW Painting Demo Download

Winter Tangle Download

Today I am announcing the release of my new video download, "Peter Fiore Painting Winter Tangle". In this two hour painting demonstration, you will see my painting emerge from photo reference through it's completion, all prima, along with a full dialogue about my materials, inspiration and process. All for the unbelievable price of $30. It is available at... http://www.peterfiore.com/wintertangle

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ARC Finalist

Acquiesce, oil/linen, 30x60

My painting Acquiesce has been selected to be part of the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon. Congratulations to all the artists who were included in the show.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Southwest Art Feature

Blue Variant, oil, 18x18

I have a feature article in Southwest Art this November. Here's the link below. Check it out. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.peterfiore.com/southwest_art2016.html

Friday, August 26, 2016

Next Workshop: October 21-23

Discussing photo reference

I’d like to thank all who attended my summer workshop. It was a fun week and I enjoyed spending time with everyone. My next workshop is October 21-23, 2016. More information on my website... http://www.peterfiore.com/workshops.html. I hope you can join me.