The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. (Credit: Woodmere Art Museum)

The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. (Credit: Woodmere Art Museum)

By Tom Rickert

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Walk in the door of the Woodmere Art Museum, and right away, the gallery down the hall demands your attention.

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“There are paintings of vampires; there are paintings of the characters of nursery rhymes. And it’s not kind of spooky kids’ stuff. It’s more like, what do these things mean?” says Bill Valerio, the Director of the Woodmere Art Museum.

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It’s the very first venue to display “Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone,” who also sat down with us.

“That’s probably the most important thing about my color, that it’s very personal. Since I work from my imagination and not from observation, the color is mine! You know, a rose doesn’t have to be red, it can be green. When you have a talent for it, color is mainly intuitive. It doesn’t come with theory or a color chart. It’s what feels good, or feels right. The paintings are worked and worked until the color feels right. It’s not something you put down the first time and you got it. The color is very personal; therefore, there’s not much more to say about it except to look at it,” Paone says.

Paone’s vibrant colors and paintings seem to jump out of a storybook on to the walls of Woodmere, where they’ll stay until January 19th.

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