Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn's Warmth

I pushed my way through the field filled with grasses and thorn bushes to get to the other side of Big Daddy. I wanted to look directly west and have the light come through the branches.
In both the watercolor underpainting and the pastel I worked with a pre-determined palette- orange/pink,  green and violet, pretty much a triad of secondaries with the exception of pink to represent the cooler side of orange. I wanted to show the effect of sunset through leaves.  The temperature changes are very important here.
The red fox joined me half way through the painting session: I thought of it as a lucky moment.


Janelle Goodwin said...

Your painting looks heavenly, Loriann. I think the fox thought so too.

Bob Lafond said...

Early riser, early poster. Beautiful late day view.

Donna T said...

How could you not end up with a gorgeous painting when you start with such a beautiful underpainting? Exciting to see a fox too! I am just learning about pink. I always assumed it would be warm because it contains red but somehow it's usually cool. Does that mean the white that's added to tint pastels is a cool white? I notice the same thing when I try to use a light green to show sunlit leaves - it doesn't work and only cools them.

loriann said...

Thanks Janelle... I couldn't believe that I was able to get the fox photo too.

Hi Bob.....You caught me. I try to get as much work as i can squeeze in each day.

Hi Donna! Good observation and you are correct white will cool any color. If you want it lighter, not cooler, try a yellow. Happy painting.

Double "D" said...


Your trip through the grasses and thorn bushes was well worth the effort. Masterful use of color again.
Beautiful atmosphere. Thanks for showing both the underpainting and the finished piece. It really shows the importance of the underpainting.

This is almost a new favorite.
Take care,

loriann said...

Hi Buddy, Thanks! I added the underpainting for you.

Jala Pfaff said...

Totally fantastic painting, Loriann.
And the sweet little red fox passing by...wonderful.

loriann said...

Thanks Jala! That fox was a cutie.