Friday, January 9, 2009

Action Between the Lines

10 x 10 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper, $100.00 plus tax and shipping
10x10 watercolor underpainting
photo of reservoir/daybreak
The nature of the day (24 degrees, clear) made the painting. What I mean is this painting done with frozen water, upon heat from my car to dry it,easily became very abstract. The edges were gone on the underpainting, thus freeing me from the tyranny of realism. The play of the action between the lines becomes easier.
Edges tell your eyes where to look...make the path. The sharper/more contrast the edge the more it demands your eye to look there first.


Jala Pfaff said...

You are being awfully productive! (Makes me feel guilty for not painting yesterday... :O ...Okay, that's my problem, not yours... :)) I love this painting, what lovely colors. And I've said it before, but I think your watercolor stage alone holds so much power, reminds me of the simplicity and boldness of O'Keeffe's watercolors.

Joanne said...

Yes the watercolor painting is bold and beautiful. I like the way you use the watercolors to set the tone of the final painting. The colors are phenomenal, OUTSTANDING PAINTING!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Loriann, I just discovered your blog and really love your work. You're so lucky to live by the Potomac River! I'll be back to regularly check out your blog.

Loriann Signori said...

Thank you Jala, Joanne and Janelle!
I really appreciate your glowing comments.
You are all correct that the watercolor sets the tone of the painting-that is one of the things I like so much about it. Years ago it was Richard Mckinley (the master of this technique) who started me doing it. My goal at this point is to leave at least 25% of the painting untouched watercolor. This creates a translucent /luminosity I can't get with just pastel. Needless to say I am not always successful:-)
And Jala-any comparison to O'Keeffe is an honor!
And Janelle, you're right-living next to the Potomac River is a blessing. i could not image moving-ever!
Happy painting everyone!!!!!