Sunday, March 22, 2009

Silver and Gold

10 x10 pastel on Uart paper $100.
After I had finished work in the studio yesterday I drove down to the river for a sunset opportunity. The light was overcast with small peaks of sun which made a sort of silver light with cooler orange-gold (gold can be cool?) accents. I had a plan, but when I got down to my spot I realized I had left my watercolors behind (that will teach me for cleaning the palette!) So I rubbed in a pastel underpainting. I find my thinking changing. It is like learning a new language: only practice and new opportunities to speak will increase my vocabulary. I am now placing thin layers, rather than my usual more a la prima method.
Plein air painting is so much more complicated- so much stimuli and little time to synthesize.

10 comments:

brian eppley said...

Nice improvising. This new method is showing more subtle markings that lead the eye. Much like a well conducted orchestra. Yesterdays "Mozart Moment" also did this nicely.I like all of your styles!

Casey Klahn said...

Very attractive. The layers work well - perhaps a new technique?

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brian. It's funny I am learning that even though I think I have a plan when I paint, (I do, I really do) I freely break away alot.I now see that improvising and spontaneity are a BIG piece of who I am. I should have know that simply by my personality.
I am struggling with the oil glazes. I will post them sometime this week.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Casey! Yes working with Deborah this month is making my brain think differently. It's easier to use what I learn in pastel...but whoaaa, oil is a whole new bag!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

I love what you did. It worked and it is a very well composed and compelling work. I find it striking!

Jala Pfaff said...

It really does look like metal--silver, gold, bronze?. Lovely.

Karen said...

Hi Loriann, Catching up on what you've been thinking about these past few days has been great. I totally agree about what you said about starting with a clear intention and then meandering off. I like that idea of sticking a post-it note on the easel.
Are you feeling unsettled or okay with these changes in thinking?
The marks may have changed, but they certainly still retain your 'stamp'

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Dori and Jala! I appreciate your comments. It's funny this one was a real struggle from beginning to end...when all of a sudden, in fading light and cold temperatures, it pulled together....like magic. Hmmmm.

Carrrie Jacobson said...

Hi, Loriann, I've been watching your painting and evolution with absolute fascination. This silver and gold painting, I really love it - especially the strip of light bright water on the left behind the trees. Also, you've given a real sense of the rippling movement of the water, flowing, not smoothly, but with ups and downs - and that's really something. I'm finding the glazing discussions really interesting, as I've never glazed anything, and have been unfamiliar with the concept until recently. And - what is Deborah's last name? Good luck at the dentist.

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Carrie,
Deborah Paris is the Deborah I speak of in my posts. Check out her blog and website, amazing stuff. Thanks for the compliment about the water in this painting. It's nice when a small piece works out when I feel I am struggling with everything else!