Monday, March 2, 2009

Bridges at Harpers Ferry


12.5 x 16 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper


12.5 x 16 watercolor underpainting
I remember long ago when I loved doing color monoprints I used to move the oil paint around the plate with my fingers and a cloth. I am starting to do the same with my watercolors and oil paints, even without the slippery plate.
I am still working out the big painting. This one is closer to my idea, although it still leaves a lot to be desired. The photograph is poor as well, the color is more vibrant.

10 comments:

brian eppley said...

Nice strong composition. The colors read very nice on my monitor. What a great vista!
I have to say I still enjoy finger painting also. I'm afraid to think what paint absortion does to the body but I guess we;ll find out. How much snow did you get down there?

Loriann Signori said...

7 wonderful puffy inches of snow...but it is VERY windy. And that as you well know is a nightmare for a plein air painter.... so I enjoyed an entire uninterrupted day in my studio...glorious.
How much snow did you get?

I'm glad the colors read ok on your monitor. After all that work I liked the original plein air piece better. I didn't post that one yet.

Finger painting..yeah..it will probably kill us all.Maybe I should be more careful.

Brian McGurgan said...

Beautiful vibrant color, Loriann. I like the sculpted feel of the landscape and the nice sense of distance and atmosphere.

Loriann Signori said...

Brian, thanks for your comment, it helps. I worry that my color lost "purity" and became dull, maybe I'll look at it in the morning..

brian eppley said...

I digress but Harrisburg received about 1 inch. Where I work, 20 minutes away , 4 inches. Again Lancaster wins 8 inches. Sorry but I should have mentioned in the tagging facts I'm a meteorolgy nut. The math requirements were too much so I didn't pursue it.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Your color is fabulous. Beautiful weaving of color. That is the wonderful thing about pastel over watercolor. There are so many levels of appreciation.

Loriann Signori said...

Brian-a meteorological nut eh...I never would have known. Secretly I guess I sort-of lean that way myself.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Dori. I think I will do another one today...see what happens.

Donna T said...

I agree this is a strong composition, Loriann! The bridge links the two darkest shapes. I look forward to seeing this one progress! I hope your fingers are feeling better.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Donna. I am now working on the composition and area of interest in B&W. That will also free up the color...hopefully.