Sunday, August 24, 2008

August 24, 2008 Branching Out

about 6.5x8 pastel on board, $100. plus shipping
I am back home again to the place I love best, the river. The subtle changes that took places while I was gone signify Autumn. The river is very low, the golds are appearing and even the insects sound different.
Long ago, back when I lived in Connecticut this tree definitely would have had a rope swing tied to it. I guess that is not possible in a county park, but one can dream.

8 comments:

L1 said...

Welcome home. This is absolutely beautiful.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks so much L1 for all your comments and support!
Loriann

elly said...

I'm so happy to get these paintings. Your vitamins my joy.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Elly!!!

Karen said...

Hi Loriann,
I found my way to your blog through some rabbit-hole on google. :)

Your paintings are just stunning! Wow! They are what I am working towards...so hard sometimes...sigh...
I look forward to returning often!

Karen

p.s. I used to swing from ropes in CT too!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen, fellow rope- swinger!
The journey of a painter/artist is similar to the landscape itself: sometimes sunny, sometimes gloomy, up giant mountains and down deep ravines, rain, hail, snow, but no matter what the weather or terrain it's always AMAZING!
Happy painting,
Loriann

Karen said...

I agree that's it's amazing, even when it's awful and frustrating!

May I ask you, are you gessoing the board that you then use the pastel on?

Karen

Loriann Signori said...

Karen, yes, I use gator board and I always put gesso on first. This creates a solid (archival) barrier. Next, I mix marble dust or pumice in a binder (marble is smoother)and stroke it on haphazardly to create "opportunities." 2 coats. The easiest and my favorite mix is Golden fine ground for pastel with marble dust and water. The additions create more particles to float next to each other...but not too thick. The effect is two fold-it holds more layers of pastel and it creates a surface tension. There is a dynamic energy in the strokes nooks and crannies and the surface is usually a peaceful/tranquil scene. Hope that helps!
Loriann