Friday, September 11, 2009

reveal what is essential

6x6 pastel on watercolor underpainting
For a while now I have been desiring to move on to new territory. It's funny I could see it, but not clearly. Finally I think I understand.So here it is:
As you probably know, I feel compelled to paint a scene again and again, till I really know it, till it is part of me. The repetition helps me reveal what is essential. Discover why this small piece of nature is so beautiful.
Now I am going to also spend much more time in the studio with these more literal views and find the essence. Using my knowledge of color and observations of light I will create new works based on the literal but more emotional- pushing the limits of color. The hard part will be a little less time outside, on site. Gulp! Now that is hard. Let's see what happens. I guess I will just have to learn to enjoy the struggle.

11 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

You are about to embark on a great learning experience! I think your idea is excellent and I look forward to seeing the paintings!

loriann said...

Thanks Casey.... this has been brewing for a while. I am needing to move farther from the literal. Loving the outdoors has held me tight..... sort of like the parent and I am a teenager. I am needing to push my boundaries.
At the same time I am working with Deborah Paris on the Tonalist landscape. I think it will work like a push and pull.
Any words of wisdom from you will always be appreciated!

Double "D" said...

OOOOOOOOOOOh, what wonderful colors and composition. I really like it that your pushing the boundaries. I think you'll like it.

Anita Stoll said...

I love the interplay of colors and shapes. I will be following you to see your progress. Yor're off to a great start.

loriann said...

Hi Doug! You are right I think I will like pushing my boundaries. I love new territory! Speaking of new territory, how is Acadia?

Thanks Anita! See you around!

Double "D" said...

Still in Montreal today, (saturday).
We check in tomorrow at Southwest Harbor Maine.
Can't wait.

Brian McGurgan said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your progression, Loriann, and really like that you are allowing that push-pull between tonalist and colorist approaches in your work. This is a favorite for me - I feel perfectly "placed" in the picture by your composition and perspective yet it all feels transitory, like the light, color, and solidity of forms could shift or dissolve in a moment. It makes it feel all the more like you've perfectly captured a passing, unrepeatable moment in color and emotion. Lovely work!

loriann said...

Thanks so much Brian!!!I really appreciate your insightful, well-written comment. I think I may read it again and again.

loriann said...

hi Doug!
I will check your site now for Maine paintings.

Jala Pfaff said...

Awesome idea. Sounds like you and Marla Baggetta (from the latest Pastel Journal issue) had the same idea!

loriann said...

Thanks for the heads up about Marla in the PJ. I think my subscription expired since i haven't received that issue. OOOPS! I'll have to run out and get it.