Thursday, March 12, 2009

Darling Refuge

6 x10 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper, $100.
6x 10 watercolor underpainting
Artists paint in their heads all the time. It is a way of living...we see through our art. That's another way to explain how particularly freeing it has been to paint through remembered experience, relying little on my gathered reference materials. I feel that my color becomes freed. What do you think?
This is the Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel, again. Love that place...can't wait to go back!


Jill Berry said...

This has a nice warm glow. Enjoyed seeing what was painted before the pastel was added.
I agree, there is total freedom when working from your head.

brian eppley said...

Very nice! Yesterdays was a beauty too. Yeah, I agree painting from memory can be freeing. I suspect the combination of direct observation painting and some memory painting must do good tingly things to the brain, not to get too scientific!

Karen said...

I think painting from memory rather than reference materials is more sensory, and less like an analytical exercise. It's like we know the place so well because, as you said, we're painting in our heads all the time. For me it becomes then somehow more "real".
Welcome back!

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Jill,
I am glad you enjoyed seeing the skeleton of the pastel.I always struggle with how much to actually "do" in the underpainting. It's amazing to me how much it really can contribute to the whole feeling.
On another note, I really am enjoying this "head painting."

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Brian,
Let's all tingle away! I think memory painting allows the painting to totally be in charge. There is one master. In reality there is only one master when we paint from direct observation...but I know I tend to forget sometimes. Let me go check out what you have been up to!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen! You are right it is much more sensory, whole different thing.It's good to hear from you.