Wednesday, December 16, 2009

waiting at the light

10x10 pastel on BFK
Not color shy, yet restricting some for full feeling and effect. The question is always..what do I need to include to make the right shapes and create the feeling I envision? Less is more and mystery is king...or queen.
Using a photo can make me a little crazy. So of course I did sketches and my value painting. Doing those showed me what was essential. The lines, polls and signs are gone, as is a house.


Double "D" said...

Good Morning B,

Just beautiful! Gorgeous, gorgeous colors from top to bottom. The glow of the street light is great playing off the color of the street and the tree's on the right.
You did a wonderful job of picking those colors up in the sky which does a perfect job of leading the eye around the painting. I do like the slight vertical!
That's the A.M Critique.

Nice B,
Your painting buddy

Brian McGurgan said...

This has a wonderful feel to it, Loriann, with the glow of color from the sunrise. I love the cars with their headlights. I also like the looseness of the horizontal traffic light lines and their position in the composition. It's interesting how they contain and almost hold down the warm glow from the sunset. I'd be tempted to experiment with having more of the yellow, orange, and red glow rise well above the traffic lights, and also with having it much lower so that some of the blue coolness of the sky is visible below the horizontal line. Neither approach would probably be as strong as what you've done here, though - this works beautifully as is.

SamArtDog said...

Hallelujah! Nothing but essential color doing all the heavy lifting. Wish I could come up with some useful criticism.... Can't.

Karen said...

woo hoo! I agree with the above...nothing but the essentials...color, and shapes too. I'm in love with the headlights.

Anonymous said...

What's left to say? This is stunning!

Patrice said...

I look upon your lovely images daily - or as often as you post - and this one really caught me up. Just had to congratulate you on the result you achieved. I love the mystery - and the poles? Well, I didn't miss them!

It's a great composition, and the color is absolutely stunning.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Love this!!!!

loriann said...

Sorry everyone it has taken me so long to reply. This is definitely the busiest week!

Hi PB!!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!Thank you for the critique(?).I am glad you like the sky. I have been enjoying the sky lately:-)

Hi Brian,interesting observation about the traffic light lines, it's like an abstract they were needed... but were definitely a choice... as was the color and the pavement color. Thanks so much for your input.

Hey Sam..heavy lifting, I like that!

Karen...some how I knew the headlight would attract you, our deep city plein air painter!

Thanks Marianne!!!!!!!!

Hi Patrice, Thanks for taking the time to post a comment and thank you about the color and composition!

Hi Dori, Thanks..I love your recent work with color as well!

Hi Patrice, thank you about the color and composition and thank you for checking in each day.