Thursday, July 23, 2009

Subtle View of Happiness

9x9 pastel on uart

Don't you love fog? It's the veil of blending. The dominant color becomes soooo evident. I was delighted to see this at the corner where I like to paint. Don't you think fog has overwhelming poetry without even trying?

One of the wonderful things about this workshop with Richard is independence and processing time. Three days are spent absorbing Richard's wisdom; then 3 days are spent on your own processing and trying to own pieces of the wisdom. I am in those processing days now with a sigh of relief. After these three processing days there are two studio days. During this time you take your small pieces and built on a concept to make a new bigger studio piece. Richard is available for questions. There is a critique at the end. Food to live off of for the year.
Dakota Pastels in Mt. Vernon, Washington sponsors it. Dakota is nirvana for a pastel artist. Every pastel you could want, more pastels than anyone in the country. Check out their link. Robyn and Craig, co-owners are awesome.


Brian McGurgan said...

I really like the feel of this piece, Loriann - the suggestive forms, rich color, and areas of thin wash and thicker pastel. It sounds like you're having a great time there. Shopping from Dakota Pastels by phone or online is a pleasure, I hope to get out to their store one day.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Beautiful! Quietly elegant and suggestive. I love it!

Casey Klahn said...

That's the NW I know and love - fog!

I concur on the Dakota props - an excellent supplier by far.

loriann said...

Hi Brian, Subtle is something for which I search! It often feels very elusive. Thanks for your pat on the back. And do go to Dakota! It's worth a trip. Air tran has fares out here for only $88. each way! Almost a bus ticket!
You won't regret it!

Hi Katherine, nice to meet you. I will check out your blog and see what you are up to.

Hi Casey! Yup, fog. Actually there has been so little of it this visit. Instead it is usually clear and hot. Fog is something to celebrate. I was able to go to Langley and see your work. Beautiful! The gallery owner loves your work!
Dakota rules.