Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nocturne of Green

5x12 pastel on BFK (right), detail-left
A nocturne is a musical composition inspired by the beauty of night. It was Whistler who first applied musical terminology to visual art by titling his paintings Harmonies, Nocturnes, or Symphonies. In his essay "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies," he wrote: "As music is the poetry of sound so is painting the poetry of sight." Painting for Whistler was about  arranging colors in beautiful harmony.
Whistler was on my mind as I painted this variation. I am preparing for the color work on the painting I prepared yesterday. What better way than to do another variation based on the color harmony I desire for this painting.
Sometimes painting is about planning, sometimes it's about insight and intuition, and most of all sometimes it's about happy accidents that are recognized before covered!


SamArtDog said...

oh yoo-hoo... we know accidents and that ain't it!

loriann said...

Sam, you always make me laugh!
I still say many strokes aren't "planned" it's really just knowing when to keep them. thanks!

Casey Klahn said...

That turquoise is so great. Very, very intuitive.


Jill Berry said...

Wonderful work Loriann.
I've enjoyed your variations lately.

I've had my eye on that Sargent show coming to Houston. I must head west before May.

I agree... knowing when to add or subtract, pretty much sums it up!

loriann said...

Hi Casey,
Thank you. And yes, this variations series is really speaking to my intuitive side.

Hi Jill,
Thank you for stopping by my site. I think you will really love that Sargent show. I feel it has been really created for artists, since it is all about the artist's process. Enjoy!

brian eppley said...

Well put Maestro. We are really trying to orchestrate our "Selves" through color,composition, emotion...and everything else life throws at us. You're doing a beautiful job and I love the musical reference!

Leah said...

Wonderful in the true sense of the word... full of wonder.

loriann said...

Hi Brian, I know you understand and live it. Your paintings show it. Thank you for your kind words.

Hey Leah!!!!! thanks!

Double "D" said...

Harmony? Nocturnes? Symphonies?

How about pure silence, the sound of distant
crickets, the chill of an owl call and the whistle
of wings when late divers leave there home.

How about it just plain ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

You know me B, always hard core to the end.
your painting buddy.

Jala Pfaff said...

These are fantastic!!! Not sure why, but I seem to have a special liking for your work when it's middle- or low-key.

loriann said...

Hi Jala, I think a low key painting tends to have more mood. Not always, just tends that way more easily. thank you!