Monday, September 7, 2009

Forgotten Land

about14 x14 pastel on watercolor left-painting, right -underpainting,  underneath- preliminary sketch

The light was consistent (overcast) today which allowed me to work bigger. The state of Maryland is putting in a new mega-road, sort of another beltway, called the inter-county connector. This is one of the beautiful fields that will be lost because of it. Sadness.

11 comments:

Double "D" said...

Great look at your step by step process.
Wonderful results.

Your someday soon "Painting Buddy"

Janelle Goodwin said...

How wonderful that you've documented this wonderful piece of land, Loriann. Beautiful!

Brian McGurgan said...

The greens and yellows really sing here, Loriann. This would make for a nice but sad series - beautiful land lost to development.

loriann said...

Hi Doug, Thanks. Seeing my process makes me want to do it again better. I can't wait for tomorrow! I am waiting to see those Maine paintings:-)

Hi Janelle and Brian, You are both so right. It seems essential to document this piece of land. I think I will go back out there over and over till they force me off the land:-( I fell I am just beginning to know it.

Bob Lafond said...

Loriann, There's a wonderful musical piece by Tobias Picker (b. 1954) called "Old and Lost Rivers". I think you would like it.

Bob

mariannepost said...

Loriann:
I can empathize with the future loss of the natural landscape. I have painted a number of scenes that have now disappeared. Some to human intervention others to Mother Nature. It always does my heart good to know I captured the moment.

Karen said...

I love seeing your sketch too. It's fascinating to me in that it's so elemental...hmmmm very very interesting.
I absolutely love this piece. I love how the yellow in front keeps me there for a minute before I travel back into the distance to the tree line, and then back out through the path of the flowers. really beautiful.

loriann said...

Thanks Karen! I always appreciate your comments.
I feel like I put far too much pastel on this one. I will keep painting this scene to see if I can find its essence.

loriann said...

Hi Marianne!
It is so sad to see these beautiful wild places leave the planet. Glad to hear that you are painting them too.

loriann said...

Hi Bob, I will have to check out the Tobias Picker song. Thanks!

Jala Pfaff said...

I love the ones you're doing with this light-sunny-happy palette.