Friday, January 8, 2010

variation 7/ snow falling

12x5 pastel on BFK
I woke up during the middle of the night and saw the snow coming down. The sky was a beautiful dusty orange color. I watched for awhile then went to the studio to try a new variation.
the wall of variations


SamArtDog said...

Wow! The medieval stained glass crafters of the miraculous Rose Window of Chartres had nothing on you!

loriann said...

There you go making me laugh again Sam.
..... Line them up together with that black masking tape and it sort of looks stained glass like, doesn't it? Medieval stained glass of the Rose Window of Chartres...maybe not;-)

Double "D" said...

I would have never thought of this color with snow.
Like how it is even more diffused than the last one.
It seems you're getting the hang of this. Hmm, no surprise there.

I guess I'm going to have to look up what Sam is talking about. You two talk way over my head.
Happy variations B,

Your painting buddy ( :>

Brian McGurgan said...

I'm really enjoying seeing the progression of these variations, Loriann - this one is really striking with the strong complementary colors. They look great all together, too!

loriann said...

Hi PB, I was shocked as well to see that dusty orange color with snow...usually it is in the blues. The color actually got me out of bed to paint it. Maybe it is because the more polluted atmosphere of the city. Pollution with its thicker particles can bring about beautiful color... similar to what smoke or fog can do. I painted till about 5:30 then went for a very quiet walk in the snow. It was jewel-like.
I am enjoying doing the variations. I am testing all kinds of ideas. Plein air posts this weekend. -b

Hi Brian, Thanks!
For this one I used just a handful of colors, 4 oranges and about 4 blues. the complements makes the best neutrals. I am trying to make my own greys rather than the beautiful pastel greys I can buy. Fun.

tracywall said...

A benefit of pollution; when life gives you lemons......
Love seeing the series together. Wonderful!

mariannepost said...

I love how your mark making suggests the falling snow and creates a veil of atmosphere. The colors are a surprise, and very intriguing.

loriann said...

Hi Tracy, yes, the color is the lemonade. Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Marianne,
Thanks about the mark making. If I were really true to the "real color" it would be dustier/ more neutralized. But why go there? Balance between zing and neutral is what I need. Let's see where it goes.

Jala Pfaff said...

These are awesome! Love the orange one!
Often when it starts snowing here very late at night (I'm a night owl, unlike you!), the sky turns an orange sherbet color. I thought I was the only one who'd noticed...but of course another artist has noticed too!

loriann said...

Hi Jala! I am so glad that someone else sees the orange. Isn't it just beautiful when it gets like that? You must see it much more in Colorado since you have 10x as much snow. I think I will set my alarm next time it will snow at night. As you know I am not a night owl;-)