Friday, October 16, 2009

Nocturne, #1


8x10 pastel on Uart
Done from memory and notes from the summer, this painting started with a grisaille, upon which I pasteled directly (no watercolor.) hmmmm. It's my first attempt at a nocturne. I have had it in my mind for a long time, I simply had to soak up the color and understand.  This is the added on version. The first I posted at 5:30 am. When I returned to the studio at 1:00 it was obvious the painting needed more (thanks Doug.)
Maybe someday I will try to rig up my easel for plein air at night. Any tips friends?

10 comments:

Double "D" said...

Hi Loriann,

I really like the path into this painting and the highlight as the river rounds the bend and pops through ever so slightly. Nice little focal point.

Last night I did a critique for the Mid Michigan Art Guild so I'm still in that mode. So, if I may, the grass in the foreground doesn't seem to fit the rest of the painting. Just an opinion so stop yelling at me. Hopefully, I'm still your painting Buddy.

loriann said...

Hi Doug... I really appreciate constructive criticism. We as bloggers spend a lot of time patting each other on the back. While that is good and yes we need it a little boost. Often times what I need is a fresh set of eyes. (and a kick in the tush) Thanks for lending me yours! That's what buddies are for, right? buddette

Maggie Latham said...

Loriann, I love the colours in this one. I understand that you were trying to connect the foreground foliage with the middle mass?...... I wonder what it would look like if ti were taken out?

loriann said...

Hi Maggie, thanks for stopping by my blog! That's a good point you make..hmmmm, just take it out! Hope your new gallery/cafe is going well.

Double "D" said...

Loriann, thank you for being such an understanding soul. I just want everyone to be the best they can be.
Your work is so beautiful and I seldom see something to suggest to you. This one is so gorgeous when I enlarge it I just lay my hand over the grass and crop it out and then it's just awesome. But again it's just my opinion and I would love your work how ever you present it. Bla bla bla, having a hard time keeping my train of thought. Your Buddy.

loriann said...

Hi Bud, I am just a learner, like you, a life long learner-explorer, so please do feel free to really comment. I guess the grass has got to go. It's funny how I thought the problem was the tree humps and I tried to"fix"them.

Bill said...

you can always take it out in photoshop first to see what it looks like.

Maggie Latham said...

Loriann,
I love your work, and didn’t mean to sound rude about your painting. Thank you for asking about my new Gallery and Tea Shop. Sold a couple of originals last week which blew me away...... it's early days yet…. Maybe a little crazy to start a new venture in the midst of a recession……the nice part is sharing operating hours with my business partner and artist friend, and being able to paint on the premises when it’s quiet.
I love your new watercolour underpainiting...love it just the way it is!
Maggie

loriann said...

Hi Bill and thank you for the idea.

loriann said...

Hi Maggie, don't worry, I took no offense. I really appreciate hearing others ideas and suggestions. Feel free to add your two cents anytime. congrats on your early success. You deserve it. Loriann