Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn's Sneaky Ways

8x8 pastel
I know I will never truly be a tonalist since my true love is a more intense, higher chroma hue; but I am beginning to absorb pieces of what Deborah Paris says. A tonalist relies mostly on temperature with a few values. I am more comfortable with more value shifts and zingy color.
The watercolor underpainting was done on a pastel pencil loose grisaille (at home.) I tried to keep my neutrals in the underpainting to guide me. At the field I was once again free.
I am using my pastels with a lighter touch. More like a whisper.


Double "D" said...


This is my favorite piece! The colors fit so perfectly together, the scene is mesmerizing. The pure quality of this piece puts you in a realm of the great impressionists. I will look at it for hours just to enjoy it's beauty and how I wish I were part of this painting.

You've finally done it! Magnificent Buddette.
Your Buddy.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Beautiful Loriann. Is the pastel grisaille a new step for you? Your most recent works are stunning. I love Wednesday's and Thursdays's paintings. Wow.

loriann said...

Hey Buddy.....your favorite piece, eh??? I am curious....maybe it is because I am doing the underpaintings at home. I really am freer. Thank you for your wonderful, supportive comments!!!!!

Hi Dale!
Yes, I have been working with the grisaille since the Spring. I like the sensitivity it adds. I feel the landscape through the grisaille (before I paint.)
Thank you too about Wednesday and Thursday. I think I am in a new space.
Thanks for your comment.

Double "D" said...

Hey Loriann,

You know, maybe it is when you do the underpainting at home. I'm not sure what grisaille is but it seems more subtle and as you say, it frees you up on site. It seems that during the pastel portion you've done more drawing which has helped flatten the plane and create a beautiful separation of foreground, mid-ground and background. Perfect atmospheric perspective. The contrast of the orange and pink grasses along with the violet and blues is in perfect balance. OK? I'll shout up now.
Great painting Buddette.

loriann said...

Hi Doug!!!
Thanks for your explanation...never underestimate your thinking process> I learn from you all the time. It's interesting what you say about the grisaille and how it affects the atmospheric perspective. I have been thinking of it as a sensitivity stage (as Richard would put it.) It helps me feel the land before adding the underpainting which chooses the dominant hue. I ALWAYS appreciate your insights.
hugs, Loriann

Let me see if I can define grisaille.- a monochromatic painting (in my case drawing) upon which paint, usually in glazes, is applied. The grisaille shows the values. Painters like Rembrandt and Ingres used it.