Monday, April 6, 2009

Harmony with Violet and Peach

9 x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper $100.

When I was away in New Mexico mother nature changed everything. It is SPRING! So, of course, I went to the reservoir at daybreak. The sky was an awesome melon color because there was a thunderstorm coming. How lucky can I be? I had fun with the incredible color before me....but still trying not to break harmony. Click on this one....I left it as a larger jpeg so you too could enjoy all the subtle nuances.
Plein air painting is one of those things. You never know what will happen. I must say I LOVE painting at the reservoir for many reasons. Beauty is number one. Number two is since it is a government owned and guarded property it is the one place I am completely safe. As a female plein air painter that is always an issue, right ladies? (Is it an issue for guys?) Well a big thank you to my friends the guards who will freely question anyone who stops and hangs near my painting location. You guys are the greatest! They are always there for me.


Jill Berry said...

Yea, that's a valid issue and I wondered how you were handling it while roust-a-bouting around the Rio Grand. Perhaps they are farther and fewer between out there, but still!
It's wonderful to have a group to paint with and a planned weekly outing.

wendy said...

Welcome back Loriann! Jake started yelling as soon as we came around the hill and spotted your car. He gets upset if I don't honk hello- so I hope that doesn't disrupt you too much.
I loved seeing your pictures from other parts of the country.

Loriann Signori said...

You're right there are some kooks out there..but I actually find there are more in the city. Out in the woods it is quiet and I just try to trust my instincts. Truly I have had more animal run ins (copperheads, angry bucks, skunks, snapping turtles, etc.) than human. Maybe I am just lucky....but if the view and the mood is good I want to be there. Every artist just does what feels good to her/him. Don't you think?

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Wendy and Jake!

It was good to hear you and Jake drive by my painting site this morning. Isn't the reservoir beautiful!!!
Thanks for taking the time to check my blog. How is your young artist, Jake, doing?


Marian Fortunati said...

Really lovely and restful... softer and cooler than I would expect near the Rio Grande!!

Good for you for thinking of safety. I often go places I probably shouldn't ... I've been lucky so far, but I should be more cautious.

Jala Pfaff said...

Gorgeous light and color.

I'm actually a little afraid of trying plein air due to any potential nutjobs.

Janelle Goodwin said...

It's nice to have people looking out for you while you paint with passion. The colors you used in this painting are delicious. Almost like a dream.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Marian and Jala. To me, plein air painting is well worth any snafus that come up in the process. It's where I thrive...but it's not for everyone:-)