"Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester, Mass" Watercolor 22" x 30"

Our Lady of Good Voyage is a Portugese Church in Gloucester, Mass. The Virgin Mary at the top of the Church stands between two bell towers. She holds a wooden ship in her arms and faces the port where fishermen would come in front a long day out at sea. It was no doubt a welcome sight for those returning home safely from very hard and sometimes dangerous travels. Commercial fishing has replaced these "old salt" fishermen. Their tales are now told as legend and the church remains as a reminder of times long past.  

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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