Monday, June 29, 2009

Wet Paint - New Growth, After the Burn

New Growth, After the Burn, oil/panel, 12"x16"

This white pine has been the subject for several paintings. On this day, I came upon a very strange sort of scene. The ground and surrounding areas had been burned off. The charred bark of the tree was most interesting in its subtle and delicate range of dark tones including warm blacks, cool blacks, reds, oranges and even lavender were all represented. Proving that all color is present in neutrals; whites, grays and in this case black.

In this detail, there are a variety of edges from the branch that's coming toward the viewer with its sublte modulation of warm and cool tones to the branches coming off the tree moving back into the picture plane. This affect is achieved with the lightening of value, neutralizing of color and softening of forms.

In this detail, I wanted to show how the the tree is made to merge into the ground by suggesting the dark of the tree beneath the ground cover and softening its form as it moves away from the tree.

I've included this detail to show how really abstract the ground plane with grasses, leaves and twigs can be suggested with a variety of brush strokes -- sharp edges, soft edges and lost edges -- and little flecks of color and value changes to focus the eye.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wet Paint - Spring Green, Herricks Cove

Spring Green, Herricks Cove, oil/canvas, 18"x24"

On this day the light was clear, sharp -- just spectacular. Color bounced every where. The water reflected the sky, leaves moved in the breeze. This scene was full of constant motion. That's what I wanted to capture.

The variety of edges is what representational painting is all about. Compare the crisp edges of the sunlit roof of the boathouse and it's left edge, all created with a painting knife, with the soft edges of the surrounding areas -- this is what creates depth between the boathouse and tree line. Color within the boathouse suggests the reflected light of the sky off the water with the mingling of warm and cool greens.

The leaves of this birch tree go from shadow into light. The variety of greens that are used are what help create the illusion of space. The dull earth greens contrasting with the sharp crisp yellow greens create the illusion of light. The various angles and facets of the leaves lend to the impression of a slight breeze in the air.

Here the water is painted very softly with a variety of color in contrast to the shoreline which is darker and warmer. In the upper right of this detail, the water is painted with the edge of a knife to create the spacial relationship between water and land. Where the water meets the shoreline is kept down in value to ensure the land jumps up above it.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wet Paint - Barn at Tizzano

Barn at Tizzano, oil/canvas, 18"x24"

This is an outbuilding on the property where we last stayed in Tuscany. The last light of the day with it's warm glow caught the building, trees and grass.

I liked the intermingling of the warm and cool notes on the facade of the barn as well as the soft edges of the vine growing across the space.

The depth in the trees is created by the use of various values of green -- from the deep that recede to the lighter touches that sit on the surface and jump out at the viewer.

Giving depth and interest to a simple area like a lawn is no easy matter. It needs to be designed. In this case, I created transparent areas by scraping down opaque passages and then painting on top with other values, colors and textures to create depth. Instead of glazing, I chose to use all opaque pigments to create close values and textures so they would lie together on a flat plane.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wet Paint - Tuscan Barn

Tuscan Barn, oil/canvas, 24"x48"

This is the kind of light that I've come to really enjoy -- light that falls over my shoulder -- creating large shapes of color and texture. This Tuscan barn was a wonderful discovery. It's similar to subjects that I enjoy painting near my home in Pennsylvania. The large sweeping fields that lead you back into distant spaces.

What I enjoy about the Italian landscape are the expansive views. The color is mediterranean; siennas, ochres, warm whites, all the earth tones come into play. What captivated me in this painting was that little spot of red ochre on the roof of the barn. That little shape set the whole composition.

There is a study for this painting on Landscape a Day, Italian Study 03-04-09.

I've included some close ups to show you some of the details in the painting. I hope you enjoy.

Here you can see the variety of the brush strokes and how simple they really are (click image for a larger view).

Working with opaque color, in a weaving like process, over transparent glazes creates a tremendous sense of depth in space (click image for a larger view).

The distant hill with it's mingling of warm and cool tones, kept in the same value, create an effective atmospheric hillside (click image for a larger view).

Friday, June 12, 2009

Landscape a Day has Moved

Some Landscape a Day studies

Landscape a Day has been archived in a new location at landscapeaday.blogspot.com. Barbara finally got the comments to work, so please feel free to leave one if you're so inclined.

Stay tuned for new "thoughts on paintings" on this blog.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wet Paint - White Barn

White Barn, Late day Sun, oil/canvas mounted to panel, 12x16

Over the past few years I have come to enjoy painting light that falls from over my shoulder. This light is particularly beautiful because it imparts its color temperature upon the objects making shapes flat and colorful. The world can be seen as a patchwork of shapes. The shadows are minimal which help to delineate between the shapes but don't overpower the painting. The light, as always, remains the true subject.

This painting is based on Study 04-30-09. Take a look.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Limited Edition Prints

1 of 6 limited edition prints available on my website
Image Size 20"x32" / Paper Size 24"x36"

I am now selling limited edition prints on my website at www.peterfiore.com/prints.html. There are 6 large prints of my landscape paintings available. All prints are signed and numbered in editions of 200. They are printed on archival, double-weight matte paper using archival inks. The prints are a good size and an excellent deal. Take a look. Open edition prints of the studies from L.A.D. are still available. If interested, email me the dates of the studies you would like to purchase.