"Driving Past the Met" oil on canvas 28" x 40"

This scene is directly in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue in NYC (out of sight to the right). I caught this scene just as the traffic light had changed. Always ready with my camera, I was able get this shot as the traffic began to move. My intention was to capture the glistening street of a cold winter day in New York and to give the viewer a sense of movement of the bus pulling away from its stop. The yellow-orange taxi cabs and the gray violet buildings makes for an interesting compilmentary color scheme. The steam in the distance adds to the depth, dimension and atmosphere of the painting.

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About Thomas Valenti

Thomas Valenti is President of Allied Artists of America (www.alliedartistsofamerica.org) . Established in 1914 Allied is among the most prestigious art societies in the United States with nearly 400 Elected Members and more than 600 Associates. As President, Valenti heads a Board of Directors and Committee consisting of 35 people. The Annual Juried Exhibition for Allied is held each year at the famed National Arts Club in Manhattan, NYC. Valenti is also an Honorary Member of The Salmagundi Club which dates back to 1871. The Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in America and is located on 5th Ave. in NYC. He is also a Member of Audubon Artists; The American Artists Professional League and has been a Member of The New Jersey Watercolor Society since 1980.  Valenti is consistently invited to be a juror for National Juried Exhibitions.  He is listed in "Who's Who in American Art" and "Who's Who in America". The work of Thomas Valenti was featured in the January 2007 (70th Anniversary) issue of The American Artist Magazine. Editor in Chief, M. Stephen Doherty wrote the 8 page article which outlined the artists' versatility of working in both oil and watercolor. Valenti himself wrote an article for the October 1985 issue of The Artists' Magazine. In the article Valenti explained and demonstrated "The Tonal Technique to Watercolor Painting". The Tonal Technique for Watercolor was developed by Valenti. This method takes an approach to watercolor whiches focuses on the arrangement of values in shades of gray mixed from primary colors. Once the shadows have been laid in, the application of color follows. A wonderful sense of light is realized upon completion. 

 Valenti, a self taught artist, has conducted classes, demonstrated and lectured his watercolor techniques for more than 30 years. His approach to painting is the culmination of years of research and experimentation.

His work can be seen on youtube in the form of slideshows and a 6 minute video. In the video, Valenti describes his 5 value system to painting and how to make value studies that are transformed into color paintings.

To view a biography, resume and work of the artist go to his official web site at: www.thomasvalenti.com