Thursday, July 9, 2009

Untitled- Green Study

8x5 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper
In order to finish the Green Turn on the River (below) I needed to do this smaller painting to warm up and figure out what was really bugging me about the other one. In addition I purposely left the sky out in this one.

9 comments:

Karen said...

wow, wow, and wow. You have been up to a lot (of greens). hee hee. Seriously, these are REALLY GOOD, this group of river ones...and I'm really intrigued by the lack of sky in ...that is so difficult to, I think. But I think you've got it, by leaving that area above the water hazier. I think you've answered a question for me here!

loriann said...

Thanks Karen! I am not sure if the lack of sky is more difficult....for me it was simply a little unsettling to "push" down that far. I am becoming more comfortable with it and starting to open up the new possibilities. Hmmmmmmmm.

NJ ART 73 said...

Hi Loriann,
I like the fact that you are experimenting with spatial relations in these paintings.I too experiment with composition, high horizon, no sky, low horizon and such. Leaving the sky out of Untitled-Green Study compresses the space. I also like how you are trying to create a sense of depth in these paintings. This work will be of enormous help in your studio work. I admire your dedication to your art.

loriann said...

Hi NJ!
Have you ever noticed that an artist's composition, in particular, where the horizon is placed depends on his/her emotional state? I am tending to agree at this point. For some odd reason I can not paint with a low horizon right now. No matter how hard I try...it's uncomfortable. Most of my paintings have been high horizon (at least 3/4, often higher) and now I am taking it our altogether.
What are your observations?

Thanks for the encouraging comments. I would love to see your work sometime.
Cheers!
Loriann

Casey Klahn said...

I am finding your process fascinating. These works speak to me.

One of the goals I set sometimes (after my hero WK) is no horizon for the landscape. That's just me, though.

loriann said...

Thanks Casey.I am enjoying watching the progress of your river series as well.

Jala Pfaff said...

The light in this is SOOO great.

B Boylan said...

The surface of this water is nice and wet. Loving this series on greens. In Oregon, where I live, I've been told that we don't use enough reds in our greens? A most mysterious color indeed to replicate on canvas. Thanks for sharing.

loriann said...

Thanks Jala and Brenda!
Hmmmmm, that's an interesting idea Brenda. I see an abundance of purples and violets in green...reds in purity are few (for me). I will have to pay more attention. Thanks.