Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Canal

about 9x13 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper
A light fog covered the canal this morning. Autumn and Spring are the fog times around here and I really look forward to these mornings. My goal was to capture the light and not go crazy with color. Fog helps with that; it's the great unifier. To me the most challenging part of plein air painting is creating color harmony. Granted nature has a exquisite color harmony on her own. Have you ever examined a single flower on its stem? Most are perfect complements. But when painting an entire landscape you need to choose.

9 comments:

Brian McGurgan said...

I like the composition here very much Loriann, a nice sense of the bend in the canal. The soft tones and neutrals are really beautiful as well.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brian...now let me go check and see what you have been up to these days.

Jala Pfaff said...

What a beautiful silvery light...

brian eppley said...

Great light and eye direction. Again, beatiful subtle color shifts.

Karen said...

This is really interesting...it's cool, like the morning air, and yet I am surprised by how little green is needed to tell me exactly the season, so I know now exactly what that cool air feels/smells like.

Melinda said...

This has a shimmery kind of translucency that is both restful and thoughtful. It is so good to see how you are working. I listed you at my blog for the Passion for Painting Award. Hope that many others will come and see how exceptional your work is!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Jala and Brian!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen! You are right I didn't even notice there was hardly any green!!!!!!! Thanks for your kind comments!

Loriann Signori said...

WOW, Thanks Melinda! Just your comments are inspiring, thoughtful and like little rewards...now a award for Passion of Painting!!!!! A hug and kiss to you!!!!! Loriann