Sunday, May 31, 2009

Color of Stillness

9x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper
May into June is one of the most exciting times on the river. Little puffs of low fog-type moisture absorb light and make beautiful atmosphere. The color by some people might be described as white, but as all artists know, when one looks closely you can see the way the land,
river bottom, and sky make their wishes known through that white. To make it appear lighter - place a dark near it.
The river is so high it is closed to boaters (above Great Falls), therefore the usual rocks are not present. And it is even quieter...sorry boaters.

4 comments:

NJ ART 73 said...

Hi Loriann
Wow! You hit the ball right out of the park with this painting! I have nothing else to add because when I saw this painting it was all there . BTW Have you read the books by Elizabeth Mowry? Her books , Landscape Meditations & The Poetic Landscape are among the best that I have read. Also her book The Pastelists Year is alao quite good. I was thinking of what she wrote about the landscape while looking at Color of Stillness.

loriann said...

Thanks NJ! And yes, I know all of Elizabeth Mowry's books and her wonderful paintings. She is an inspiration.

Jala Pfaff said...

OOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nice!

loriann said...

Thanks again Jala!!!!!! I always appreciate your comments.