Sunday, November 16, 2008

Silver Song of Many Coots

10x10 pastel on acrylic and watercolor $100. plus tax/shipping
I deleted yesterday's post because I didn't even want to look at it. Then I spent most of the rest of the day and night preparing for my upcoming open studio.
Today I was out at Riverbend and in just one day the landscape has changed tremendously. It is winter. The light is silver and the gold understory has blown away. I met a couple and we shared the moment of watching about 125 coots. The birds seemed to be resting and fueling up as they continue their migration south. I struggled to paint this new light. How do you make a silvery light...without using silver? (and with cold hands?)
As a sideline, I looked up coot in the dictionary and it has two definitions. It's either an aquatic bird (which these were) or an old unreasonable stubborn person. How did they get those two very different definitions? Go figure!

2 comments:

Takeyce said...

Beautiful, Loriann! reminds me of a view of the Hudson up near me.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Takeyce! I'm guessing that you love your river too.