Friday, March 13, 2009

The Battle between Spring and Winter

6x6 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper $100.
This morning I needed to visit my reservoir...simply stated, I missed it. This is a kooky time of year in DC when winter and spring battle for ownership. The daffodils are in bloom and the snow was falling lightly as I painted. By next week it will be 70 again.
My focus today was contrasting temperatures, side by side.
Now back to my Sanibel studies.

8 comments:

Jala Pfaff said...

I can FEEL that sort of in-between weather...

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Jala! It was a challenge to try to portrsy that moment.....What amazes me most is that each day, each moment is so distinct. Mind blowing.
What's Boulder like now?

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Interesting contrasts of color and temperature. I think you captured the last of winter very well. Today in socal it is in the 70's. A very pretty day and I am painting interior walls :(

Karen said...

That green!! That looks 'new', somehow, maybe like Spring. Yes the contrasting temps work perfectly here!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Dori and Karen,
I found the hardest part was the harmony between the sky and water. I could easily make them closer in hue, but since part of my job on this particular plein air piece was temperature/value exploration and its relationship to a feeling of a particular moment in time. I tried to see how true I could stay to the color of both and still be harmonious. Successful???? I am not sure. After I felt that in a way it is easier in the studio...when it's just me and the painting.
What do you think ladies? and men, of course?

Carrrie Jacobson said...

Hey, Loriann - I think the warmth of the sky and the cooler hue of the water really gives the feeling that you're seeking. For me, also, the light green in the distance and the spurts of light beneath the trees in the foreground are what really make this painting work. I am a little distracted by the large, dark, interesting blurred tree in the left foreground. I might do something to make it leap out at me a little less?

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Loriann!
Boulder has had one of the most peculiar winters. (Not that I'm complaining!) It's been the warmest, driest, and windiest (OK, that part has been a drag) winters I've seen here in my 15+ years here.

Loriann Signori said...

Interesting idea Carrie, I will give it some thought. Thanks!

Jala, That's weird...wind, why so much? I was in Boulder at the end of June/beginning of July and the weather was magnificent. I love that town and its access to everything outdoors.