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.


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