"Park’s Fruit and Veg’s" Watercolor 22" x 30"

I think that I might have painted every outdoor market running along 9th Avenue from 34th Street to 56th Street in Manhattan. Many are gone and the ones that remain have changed so much over the years. I began painting the markets and various scenes throughout Manhattan since 1978. I have never once been at a loss for subject matter and the experience has never ceased to amaze me. The constant flux that takes place is incredible. For my eye, the light that falls upon the concrete, steel and blacktop is sublime. A new and unexpected surprise is just around the corner. Shafts of light raking across  buildings and storefronts appear as if by magic. The shadows also play an important role in my work. I love the subtle transitions that take place as a brilliant light dissolves into a mysterious shadow and continues to reflect itself within the darkness.  

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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