Lisa and Paul are home for Christmas along with their friend Rachel. We went to Olsommer's Tree Farm to pick out our Christmas tree and it snowed -- a fun day! With three young artists in the house, should be fun decorating.
I noticed a couple of dark spots in the lanterns on Peter's studio. I was very surprised to find there were two little fluffy, brown spotted birds sleeping in them. They don't seem to mind the lights and have come back every night to snooze. I believe they are wrens. Good night sweet birds.
I love this time of year when all of the various grasses and plants in the fields of the DWGNRA are left standing and bare. They're so beautiful. I'm sure these "Pom Poms" have an official name -- I just don't know what it is, so to me, they are the pom poms or is it pom-poms or pompoms or pompons?
Yesterday, Peter and I drove to the Art Essex Gallery to deliver some of my work. Peter took this great photo of Mr. Two Face in the window of the gallery, freshly unpacked, waiting for placement. I hope he finds a wonderful new home!
Lisa and I will both be part of their juried Holiday Presence show that runs from December 1st through December 31st. Art Essex Gallery is located at 10 Main Street in Essex, CT. To learn more about my work, visit www.barbarafiore.com and to learn more about Lisa's work, visit www.lisafiore.com.
Our local magazine, The Milford Journal, recently sent writer and artist, Michael Hartnett to interview Peter, me, Lisa and Paul. He did a great job of capturing a little bit about each one of us -- as Michael said, it was like putting Mt. Everest in a thimble. To read the article, click here.
Peter's gallery talk at the Travis Gallery on Saturday was a big success. As always, everyone had a wonderful time and Peter gave them all a lot to think about. The show has closed but much of the work will remain on display at the gallery through the month of December during the Small Paintings show. So if you haven't seen the work yet and you're in the area, it's well worth a visit!
One of many paintings Peter will discuss on the Saturday after Thanksgiving
Peter will be holding a gallery talk and slide presentation of his recent work at the Travis Gallery in New Hope, PA on Saturday, November 24th at 2 pm. It will be a fun afternoon and a great opportunity to meet Peter and learn more about what inspires him and his process for creating his beautiful paintings. We hope you can join us. To learn more and to preview the show on Peter's website, visit http://peterfiore.com/travis.
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Peter's opening at the Travis Gallery was without power. It was supposed to come on by 4 but alas, by 5, still no power. Lauren Travis was quick to set out candles and make the best of an unfortunate situation. It turned out to be a fun and memorable night. If any paintings could shine in candlelight, Peter's paintings can. There are more photos from the opening on Peter's Blog, Peter Fiore Thoughts.
Peter's show at Travis Gallery is all painted, framed and ready to go. Let's hope that Hurricane Sandy cooperates and lets us deliver the show on time! Peter's show, Subjects Emerge opens on November 3rd. I hope you can join us! For more information, visit www.peterfiore.com or www.travisgallery.com. Peter is doing a daily preview of the work on his blog, peterfiore.blogspot.com.
On Sunday we went to photograph from a cornfield on a hill that overlooks a large farm. Peter has photographed here a number of times and it is an area that we visit frequently. The painting, Passing Storm is based on this location. Today, we couldn't find it and we realized we drove right by it because the corn fields had been turned over, driveways laid in and three new houses stood where the field once was. We both felt the loss. I have mixed feelings. Someone is getting a new home, a builder and his crew are working, but this beautiful land in Orange County, NY is disappearing all too quickly.
Peter's painting, "Passing Storm" with corn stalks
Peter recording an extraordinary farm on a beautiful day
What a day we had on Saturday. We went out for a drive and visited a few of Peter's favorite farms over in Warwick, NY. By chance, we met the owner of a local farm who did not yell at us to get off his property like some do, but invited us to explore his family's amazing land. In a county, where the farms are turning into housing developments, it was a wonder to see this beautiful piece of land largely untouched and very much a working farm. What a great experience.
The opening reception for Timeless Expressions: Peter Fiore, Marc Hanson and Dan Beck was a great success. The work looks beautiful and we met so many wonderful people. The show will be up for the month of October. If you're in the area, definitely stop in or view the work online. RS Hanna Gallery is in Fredericksburg, TX and is a beautiful space. Owner Shannon Hanna and her husband Thad did a great job of putting this show together. If you have any questions regarding the gallery or paintings, contact Shannon.
Peter and I are in Fredericksburg, Texas for the opening of his show with Marc Hanson and Dan Beck at RS Hanna Gallery. We got up early this morning to photograph the sunrise. The landscape here is beautiful and so different from home. Yesterday, we went out scouting and marked a few interesting spots in the GPS so we would have a destination or two for this morning.
Those spots didn't work out as well as we had hoped, but along the way we found this open field with the rising sun breaking through the early morning fog. It lasted just a moment and was gone. As Peter would say, truly magical. I'm so happy we were there to see it.
Peter and I went to visit a favorite spot and arrived just in time for a spectacular sunset. Under the I-84 bridge, there is a perfect view of our tristate area -- NY (on the left), NJ (in the distance) and PA (on the right). We can drive through 3 states just to pick up pizza and it's still hot when we get home!
I'm usually photographing down there, in the valley!
This weekend I went for a walk along the ridge that is often in the background of many of my photos that I take in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA). What a wonderful walk in a beautiful national park, not very far from where we live. I am very grateful that the park is here. If you follow my blog, you know that Peter and I walk and photograph here often. It is an endless source of inspiration.
Peter has 2 shows this fall. In October he will be exhibiting his work along with Dan Beck and Marc Hanson at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg Texas. In November, he will have a solo show at Travis Gallery in New Hope, PA. Click here for more information about Peter's upcoming shows.
...there is a beautiful view of the Delaware River
Peter, Paul and I went photographing this evening and visited a relatively new, favorite spot. Mostly I went for a walk while they photographed, but I did take a few photos of my own -- here are two I really liked. Click here, to see photos I posted from this location in the spring.
It's the end of another great workshop week. Peter shared so much and it seems that everyone learned a lot and really enjoyed themselves. We did. Thank you to Kim and Mark of Hudson River Valley Art Workshops for all that they did to make it a great week and thank you to all the artists who participated for making this a truly wonderful experience. Peter will be back at the Greenville Arms 1898 Inn in 2014. Until then, his next workshops are listed on his website. Keep painting!
Barbara Fiore started her artistic career as an illustrator and web designer and has worked for some of the world's most prominent companies and publishers. She has always been inspired by the physical and visual world of animals and nature and has discovered sculpture as the perfect medium to express her vision. Barbara lives and works along the Delaware River in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, artist Peter Fiore, and their two dogs.