Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ephemeral Beauty

about 9x 11, pastel and watercolor on Uart paper $100.

Today I finally returned to the reservoir. Boy, had I missed it! I was amazed to see a large ice shape on the water reflecting the golden light of early morning. Here is the thought process for this plein air painting.
concept-golden light from space in trees making a golden glowing reflection on the ice. Try to capture the delicacy and ephemeral beauty of the ice's last moment of glory. It will probably be its final moment this year.
Lightest-sky to glassy reflection, darkest-shadow on reflective ice near large shape on left
Masses-almost a sideways dark hourglass-3 basic shapes
Colors- purple, blue- golden orange

I left this one bigger (and low dpi). so that if you click on it you will see the nuances.

10 comments:

brian eppley said...

A well organized festival of color. Love when you put in some golden orange. I hope your right about the ice!

Jala Pfaff said...

Farewell to ice!
Gorgeous.
I don't know why, but my favorite part is those few small high-value strokes amongst the orange trees on the left.

wendy said...

Jake was so happy when we came around the hill this morning, and he spotted you by the reservoir. So nice to see you again.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brian.....I hope I didn't put too many different colors. I tried hard to stick to my two families.
On another note, I am pretty positive that this is our last ice...once it leaves. I really had begun to love its characteristics. Ice is much more dense with less reflective qualities. Contrast.
We'll see.

Loriann Signori said...

Jala, Thanks...those high value strokes are always hard to resist, they're screamers.
How's the ice in Colorado?

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Wendy! It was great to see you and my artist friend Jake this morning. Please tell him hi for me!

Karen said...

I love it when you write about your thought processes...like a little window into what's going on. Not too many colors...just right. :)

brian eppley said...

when the colors are arranged as well as you do there couldn't be too many. I love this one.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Karen and Brian! I always worry that I get in a "color frenzy" and put in too much of what I see. It's so important to edit for the greater cause. Let me add I always appreciate your comments. I need people to stretch me and make me think. Sometimes I wonder if we should critique each other more...
What do you think?

Karen said...

Yes, I'm always up for a critique...I can always use the feedback. Maybe we could put out a specific question/s we're wondering about, or stuff we need help with/feedback on.