Sunday, January 18, 2009

Potomac River's Raspberry Ice

5.5 x 21 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper 150.00

Click on it for a better view.....
Today seemed darn right balmy compared to yesterday. At a warm 33 degrees it was much easier to paint outside. It allowed me to go to the river, far from the heat of my car. On the way down I noticed the canal was frozen solid, something that rarely happens. People were actually playing hockey on it!
My main thought today is to remember the artist is in charge. If I want your eye to go to a certain place I have the tools of edges, and contrast(value, temperature and color).
I have also been thinking about Hans Hoffman's push pull theory. More on that later.
Thanks for dropping by,
Loriann

14 comments:

Jala Pfaff said...

Marvelous job. The atmospheric perspective is done splendidly. Soldier on in the wintery weather; I'll keep watching you from my couch. :)

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Loriann.
A feeling of expanse. Alovely painting. Keep well wrapt up.
Regards

Loriann Signori said...

Thank you Jala. I love the winter colors outside. Your warm studio paintings are magnificent...so why leave? (for you)
Cheers, my painting friend!
Loriann

Loriann Signori said...

Trevor,
Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I checked out your blog and saw your fresh, beautiful watercolors.
Longjohns are the key to my paintings ;-) Loriann

Karen said...

SO true, that the artist is in charge, and SO easy to lose sight of when we're painting on site. It's so much easier to remember that when we're inside, slowly and reflectively working along... what a coup to have that in your head while outside.
I like the format of this one a lot!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen!
You're right, in the moment, when all is happening, it's hard to remember much at all. I have found that I need to have a focus and think about it the whole time I drive there. Sort of like drilling it inside. What do you think?
Loriann

Karen said...

Yeah I totally agree about focusing in on it when you're driving there. I even have to do that too at home, in the studio...it's like forcibly having to reign ourselves and our wandering thoughts in. It does help to find a place outside where distractions are minimized. That's the best. Where you can have the experience of being outside and yet still have a chance to step back and take a breath and think... I have to hide around here to do that! It sounds like the reservoir is a good place for that.

Loriann Signori said...

Yes Karen, the reservoir is a type of nirvana for me. Beautiful, quiet and very safe.(Safe is something I think about when I go deep into the river woods alone. I wish it never had to be on my mind.) It sure makes it easier to stay focused. It sounds like you often paint by the waterside in Chicago, which must have more hardy souls milling about, none as strong and hardy as yourself though. Every time I think about my cold, I keep it in focus with your cold.
Here's to quiet and keeping warm,
Loriann

Karen said...

Agreed! (about quiet and keeping warm). :)
I wanted to mention that, concerning safety (I am always conscious of that too around here), I keep mace with me in my painting backpack that I always take out. Makes me feel less vulnerable when I have it in my pocket and I'm by myself. A possible addition to consider...

Brent Seevers said...

Excellent work.

Loriann Signori said...

Karen, That's a good idea I will probably follow. Thanks!
Loriann

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brent!

Anonymous said...

hmm.. different.. but i love it!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Agne! XXOO