Friday, May 29, 2009

Deer at Sunset

9x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper

This is the small, but finished version of the deer on my favorite field. Most of my energy went into developing the light through the trees. I could make out the deer in the distance but so quietly. (Can you see them?) One focal point, a place to linger.. To make it stronger I needed to edit and simplify everything else for maximum effect. The feeling of quiet reflection...... .


Donna T said...

A soft, quiet focal point - I love how they just appear and seem oblivious to our presence.

Brian McGurgan said...

This is really beautiful, Loriann. It reminds me of early evenings upstate sitting patiently and watching as the deer cautiously come out and graze at the edge of fields near my parents' house. You've captured that feeling here perfectly, and with wonderfully rich color.

Karen said...

I love the way it turned out. That light in the trees sparkles...and you don't need any more for the deer...just enough

Janelle Goodwin said...

Yes, I see them. Your painting evokes a quiet, mystical mood. It's a window into the sacred beauty of life.

Melinda said...

Truly evocative of a special place! I love that you have concentrated on the light and atmosphere while including the subtle reference to the wildlife.

Eloquent and beautiful work!

NJ ART 73 said...

Hi Loriann,
Congratulations on your Noblesse Oblige Award. Your blog is one of the best and is very inspirational. I know that you put a great deal of time into writing each day.
Deer at Sunset- you have captured the light at that time of day. I guess that it is the same where you live-being overun by deer. They are beautiful but quite frankly they have become a nuisance. My Mac Mail is not working ( or more correctly I do not know how to get it to work) so I am sending you my e-mail address

loriann said...

Thank you Donna, Brian, Karen, Janelle, Melinda and NJ,

I really appreciate your glowing words. I have written down some of the wonderful descriptions like:"soft quiet focal point", "deer cautiously graze,"""tree sparkles," "sacred beauty of life" "evocative",and "subtle reference to wildlife" and will keep them attached to my easel as I attempt a larger (36x36) version of this. I often find that repeating works and strengthening intentions makes for a better painting. Thanks for helping my process!
Thanks for your time and energy as you check in and help me grow.


PS NJ, yes, we have sooooo many deer but I have never lost my love for the quiet little vegetarians, even as they and the rabbits feast on my garden. Maybe I was once a deer...I am still a life-long vegetarian.