Wednesday, January 6, 2010

variation 5, turner's sky

5x 12 pastel on BFK

I am already loving doing these variations. Pick a color... let it speak to you.  I am venturing out and  trying different color combinations. Since the sky determines the color of everything I am working with a mostly sky format. This  format was out of my comfort range for a long time- read lots of high horizons. I'm done with that now, time to move on ;-)


Donna T said...

Really interesting work you're doing with these variations! Maybe it's just me but in this one I find myself much more compelled to investigate all that's going on in the sky. I think it's because you have made the edges of the land masses so vague, as compared to the previous variations. It's as if the tall format with lots of sky space isn't enough to hold my attention if there are well-defined land masses to keep me grounded. I think there must be psychology involved but I sure don't get it!

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for the nice warm color on such a damn cold day.

Interesting comment from Donna T. I think I might agree.

Double "D" said...

Hey B!!!!!!

Whatcha doin? I like the idea of variations based on color, especially this one. I think Donna T. has it right about the land mass with disappearing edges (da, lost and found edges). It does cut you loose to explore the sky. I like this one a whole bunch.

One question, I trust you will take a break from this 100, to paint another subject or 2. How are you going to get outside for your daily vitamins?

Your painting buddy.

loriann said...

Hi Donna, It seems like everyone, including me see that you are right on. When I did this one I noticed that the idea of edges, lost and found, took over completely. Without "a grounding force we are forced upward. hmmmmm You are right again, here must be psychology there.

Sam, you are right we need the fire of color in our bellies on these cold days.

Hey PB,
You notice everything,can't slide one by YOU! And yes I will take breaks from the 100. One of my promises to myself for 2010 was not to do what is easy. Plein air is ALWAYS my comfort zone. My plan is to alternate the two: memory/ variations and plein air. In other words I may take different vitamins for a while. I continue to paint big studio pieces and I have been working on a couple oils as well. Did you think I was goofin' off? (just kiddin) It supposed to snow Thursday night into Friday... you won't be able to tear me away from plein air then. Don't worry my friend I am not wimping out!

yours, b

Anonymous said...

Your color glows. After 5 straight days of midtone gray skies this is truly a welcome retreat. Whatever happen to "sunny California?"

Gauguin was Van Gogh's mentor when it came to memory painting. You are following in the footsteps of the masters. Enjoy the journey!

loriann said...

Hi Marianne,
Even in sunny California..hmmmmm.... I wonder is it cold too? I am delighted that I can provide a small retreat.
I did not realize that Gauguin was Van Gogh's mentor when it came to memory painting. Do you know if Van Gogh's night paintings were memory pieces?

Jala Pfaff said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!