Friday, September 5, 2008

September 5, 2008 Hot Afternoon on the River

8x11.5 pastel an watercolor on wallis, 200. plus shipping and tax
Light does amazing things...mostly indescribable. It seems like the haze of the river seems to play games with complementary colors- the greens have red glows and the purples-well touches of yellow/gold.
On Wednesday, fellow blogger and artist Karen asked about the differences between a much loved pastel paper, wallis, and the surface I usually make. I did this one on wallis to help me answer the question.
1. Wallis takes paint differently, smoother, it's easier to get intense color.
2. My surface has more surface. That means when I paint watercolor or oil as the first layer it seeps in to the bottom layer (it also takes more paint to be intense.) Then when it is dry I have the textured surface to play with and the pastel can rise above the paint and create a vibration. Cool, eh? It also allows me to play with the accidents or plan the texture when I marble dust it.
3. Last note, wallis paper, as of recent times, has become a bit unreliable. It sometimes gets a orange peel -like effect and can repel the watercolor, both undesirable effects (to me.)


Takeyce said...

Whichever surface you use, the results are still gorgeous! Beautiful work!

Loriann Signori said...

Thank you Takeyce!

Karen said...

Very interesting...It's really cool to see the differences in the two surfaces. How could you choose just one? I agree with takeyce, that both are beautiful in their own way.
Thanks for posting on this!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen!
Today when I painted I chose wallis and challenged myself to make the vibration with only flat color adjacent to opposing flat color. Thanks ladies for pushing me to explore new avenues.