Friday, March 20, 2009

Swan Song

10 x10 pastel on oil underpainting, Uart paper .
10 x10 oil underpainting
What better way to learn..... than to transfer my new information to the brain I understand-pastel. So I did a second oil underpainting, but this time it is on Uart paper. Then, I pre-selected my pastels, all the time keeping in mind my color harmony (melon sky with violet/brown.) I tried to paint with my pastels in glazes. Sky first-opaque. Then a succession of glazes- avoiding white. I found out later that I really needed a discord color so I added the yellow/gold green.
At the beginning it was my intention to add the swan, but I wasn't sure I could pull it off. Can you see it? In Sanibel the refuge was filled with pelicans, rose spoonbills and egrets....so I made my own choice and decided I wanted a swan.

14 comments:

Jala Pfaff said...

Wow, this is fabulous!! Quite different from your usual. I really like it.

Brent Seevers said...

Definitely different than your usual that I have seen. You are still able to keep the work and style coherent---some artists try something new, the work looks as if it was done by another artist.

It's always good to find new challenges.

Great work.

Marian Fortunati said...

It turned out wonderfully as always...
It's good to stretch yourself... I admire that even if I haven't done it.
Had to search for the swan but that's good as the rest of the painting is the point isn't it??

Loriann Signori said...

Thank you Jala, Brent and Marian!

This new course is a challenge. It seemed to be the way to go since I was ALWAYS searching for the glow and I wanted to delve into oils so I can get bigger. Deborah is an awesome teacher too.
Today is glaze in oil day...I wonder what my frustration level will be after today!

Marian, I am glad you found the swan. My husband said to me, What there's a swan in there, not just the name of the painting?"

Jala and Brent, I think the main difference was to glaze I used a much lighter touch...but it's still me in there.

r garriott said...

Beautifully atmospheric!

Bob Lafond said...

This is not your Swan Song. More like Melody with Swan, or Pastel Lyric with Swan.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks R

Loriann Signori said...

Bob, I guess I didn't think about it in quite that way....silly me!

brian eppley said...

Beautiful work! You're a magician Loriann. Even out of the comfort zone these works are extrordinary. You should be teaching!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brian, so kind of you to say! I am just struggling and learning like everyone else.

Melinda said...

This is really gorgeous work! I love how you've described your process, giving yourself permission to make changes, add things, leave things out. You are in control. That's the best part.

I confess I've been lurking regularly here...I make a habit of checking in and want you to know I'm a devoted fan!

Michael Williams said...

Very, very nice. I love it! Not sure what you usually do as this is my first visit. Had to comment how much I like this.

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Melinda! Thanks for visiting regularly and taking the time to comment! I have been visiting your blog regularly as well- I love your new stretching.

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Michael! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the compliment.