Friday, April 3, 2009

View from Wes and Marilynn's living Room

9x12 pastel and watercolor on Uart

I decided that my time would not be complete without attempting to paint the marvelous view from my host's lovely home. I made my plan. Early morning, just as the light creeps over the mountain would be best. So yesterday I studied and sketched, then set up my easel (last night) for this morning's work. It was even harder to create the grand space in this one since there was no shape definer like the river.
Today is my last day here. So I have decided to go to hike up Tent Rocks (again) and then go gallery and museum hopping in Santa Fe. Till tomorrow!!!!!


Jill Berry said...

Awesome view! Awesome rendering!

brian eppley said...

yeah, this is a beauty. way to plan ahead.

Melinda said...

What wonderful work! I'm so happy that you are able to work in New Mexico. It is an astonishing region, similar yet very different from Arizona. The weather is so chaotic right now. Hope you have taken lots of photos for future work.

Karen said...

When I looked at this, the first thing I saw was exactly that- a shape definer- in that area in the foreground. It's enough just as a shape, and I don't miss it be a particular 'thing'.
Enjoy your last day there!

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Jill, Brian, Melinda and Karen! I really appreciate it since I was so unsure whether I should post this one or not. I wasn't sure anyone but me could tell what it was.It so hard when one gets wrapped up inside her/his head. I bet you know what I am talking about.

Melinda, you are right about the weather. It's like a fickle lover. You never know and its temperament changes by the moment. Today I had sun, cold, warm (70 degrees), snow and blustery winds! The craziness is part of its beauty, don't you think? What is it like in Arizona?

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Your work is fabulous. I haven't been looking and wow have I missed out. You are an inspiration and a true working artist. Looks like you had a good trip and lovely paintings to show for it.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks so much Dori! They really make me feel good!

Melinda said...

Hi Loriann,
It seems a bit more stable weather-wise in Arizona. Here we have really mild winters compared to back east or up north and, of course, our summers are brutally hot with temperatures up to 115 degrees during really bad years.

There is a spectacular time of year here that does imitate the extremes you describe for the northern New Mexico area--monsoon season. June is the hottest month (dry not too bad) and this draws up moisture from the south and brings the heavy rains of July. July is the toughest time because it can be a sweltering 103 degrees (with high humidity) and within minutes (no exaggeration) the temperature will drop to 65 degrees with an in-coming, almost hurricane-like storm with spectacular lightning and scary flooding.

We Tucsonans love monsoon season so much that we can be seen dancing and smiling maniacally as rain falls on us. Rain. Such a rarity for us and it makes the desert sing with color, light and the perfume of creosote.

Oh, dear. More info than necessary. Sorry. I'm starting to hope for rain and the monsoons.

Have a safe trip home! Hope you get another chance to visit New Mexico again, or even Arizona someday.

Your work is so expressive and wonderful!

Loriann Signori said...

Arizona sounds amazing! Some day I will definitely visit your state. Monsoon season sounds like the best. I really loved the dramatic nature of New Mexico in the was like living in a Turner painting.
I must admit I danced with joy when I returned to Spring in the Mid-Atlantic. It was warm and VERY green with pink and white flowering trees everywhere. Some times one has to leave to come back.
Thanks so much for all your feedback.
Happy Painting,

Brian McGurgan said...

Wonderful color here, Loriann, and a nice feeling of open space and early morning light.

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Brian... it sure was a challenge!