Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sun Rising over the Maryland Skyline

9x9 pastel on watercolor -Uart paper
If you don't have color harmony the piece won't work. It is as simple as that....but hard to do. Choosing where you want the viewer to look and how you want the viewer to travel through the painting is also essential. Place your strongest color contrast there. In this painting I wanted to make certain that the viewer looks up rather than linger on the reeds in front. In order to do that I made the colors close in value yet varying in temperature.

6 comments:

Bob Lafond said...

Loriann, Very beautiful. When I first saw the picture I thought it was a high mountain view looking into clouds, with trees poking their heads, until I read your statement, and realized I was looking at the sky in the water.

Bob

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Lorianne
A very well composed painting with use of limited palatte.
Very relaxing too.
Regards

loriann said...

Interesting idea Bob. The water was so still the cloud reflections easy to see. Thanks for your thoughts.

loriann said...

Hi Trevor, welcome back! Thanks.

Karen said...

Ugh, it is so hard to do! And so easy to lose sight of. It's juggling, I swear.
But up at that horizon is the only place where to me that lovely green stands out, so I'm drawn up there by that element of difference.

loriann said...

Thanks Karen...you always get it! Love that green jar.