Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lesson in Close Values


Autumn Gold, October, oil/panel, 18"x36"

What attracted me to this scene was the spectacular play of light -- both in the sky and in the field. A certain amount of manipulation was necessary to strike this composition. For instance, the strip of light I extended all the way from the left to the golden maple. The light that is shining on the roof of the small outbuilding was created to accentuate the focal point. Also, I eliminated several silos and trees to simplify and heighten the effect.

Here is a detail of the focal point. In this area, I placed the strongest light and the darkest dark. The sharpest edge, the roof, and the most chromatic color, the tree. All guarantee where I want the viewer to look.

If you look at the roof, the play of warm and cool in close values ensures that the color in the roof lies as one shape. The edges are relatively sharp, but not the sharpest edges that could be made. I had to remember that they were in the distance and needed atmospheric softening, hence relatively sharp.

A detail of the field in shadow reveals a variety of rich colors with limited value change keeping variety and interest in an otherwise flat space. You can put any color you want in any given area, as long as the values are the same, the shape will hold together.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Travis Show Opening

Lauren Travis and me at my opening this weekend

A splendid evening -- thanks to all who came and if you missed it, the show runs through the end of the month or see 28 of the 32 paintings here on my blog. Enjoy!

For more information or to purchase a painting, please contact Lauren Travis by phone at 215-794-3903 or by email travisgallery@comcast.net.

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore & Greg Bennett
November 6th - November 27th, 2010

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 01

Winter Birch, January
oil/linen, 18x24
SOLD

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Friday, November 5, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 02

Golden Stream
oil/panel, 12x16
SOLD

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 03

Farm Meadow, Sunset
oil/canvas, 12x16

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 04

A Winter's Morning Sun
oil/panel, 12x24

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 05

Early Spring Bloom
oil/linen, 18x24

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Monday, November 1, 2010

Travis Show Preview - 06

Sycamore, Late Fall
oil/linen, 18x24
SOLD

EXHIBITION INFO...
Light Observed: Peter Fiore
November 6th - November 27th 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 5-8 pm

6089 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938