Friday, October 9, 2009

Magic Hour at the Field



Dominant hue. Yes, I am harping on it again... not for your sake (no offense), more as a reminder for me. Let me explain why. The dominant hue  tells you which colors to use, and what chroma and value they should be. For this one I did a full color underpainting at home. Before leaving for the field I washed the whole thing with  my new favorite watercolor, Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (mixed with Quidacridone Magenta.)   I love this color! Out at the field I concentrated on my dominant hue and chroma and keeping my painting warm.  But as I am sure you are aware, if I just painted warm without any counter balance it would be boring.  I also decided to stretch to lower foreground shape to make the dominant value be the shadow-about a 5/6 on the value scale.  It also made a path back to the glowing horizon.
I am really starting to enjoy doing the underpainting at home. I found it frees me up on site.

7 comments:

Double "D" said...

Your concentration and study of fine art and your ambition to master the elements and techniques of the practice are phenomenal. I am merely an illustrator who paints. You are mastering the art of painting. I enjoy what you do and love your explanations. I need say nothing more.

Um this appears to be an expanded view of Last Stand.
Take care Buddette, your painting buddy.

Janelle Goodwin said...

What a beautiful, glowing painting, Loriann. This long, horizontal format is intriguing!

Leah said...

Dominant hues, percentages, counter balances, oh my! Burnt Scarlet is my favourite colour too and wow what a painting!!
Oh yes... and what DD said... phenomenal!

loriann said...

You are too much Buddy!!!! Just an illustrator! Please, you are just too much! Your work is gorgeous!

Thank you about the explanations. I am glad you enjoy them. They help my thinking process.

And yes, you are right this is a somewhat expanded, slimmed down version of the last stand.

loriann said...

Hi Janelle..thank you that means a lot coming from you the "glow queen." The long horizontal is a favorite of mine.

Hi Leah!!!! It is so good to hear from you. I guess I ranted on a little...sorry about that. I am glad you like this. You would love this field.

Leah said...

No need to apologize. I didn't think you were ranting. I was just trying to say that the technical process is beyond my comprehension. I just like the product. ;)

loriann said...

Hi Leah!!!
We agree on one thing for sure- burnt scarlet!!!!I am always so happy to share my blog with you. Can't wait to see some of your sunrise photos of Nov Scotia
hugs, loriann