Thursday, May 20, 2010

balance and refraction


about 10x12 pastel/watercolor on twinrocker and lascaux
Balance... balancing what we see, what we know and what we feel is a challenging thing. Today the balancing had to happen with the idea of refraction, an idea I have been chasing for a while. There was fog on the river, yay! So I hurried east to find one of my pre-chosen locations. The land mass on the left was very dark. And the right was shrouded in light and fog. The dark mass began darker and warmer with the intent of cooling it on top. I had to balance the diva. If I gave the same amount of attention to the whole painting there would be no diva. .
If I want to show light I felt the dark could not be so dark, after all I wanted light. The fog and light moved fast. Therefore in just 5 minutes it was up to me and my memory. It's not a keeper, but it was good practice.
A side note: this is on twinrocker watercolor paper covered in lascaux pastel primer mix. I coated it once and then sanded it because I had made it too thick. Next time I will water it down a little before placing on paper (versus board.) The watercolor I painted on was thick. it took the watercolor beautifully and the pastel...well it was a struggle:-)

3 comments:

Donna T said...

Thanks for sharing the photo of the scene, Loriann. What a great example of how the camera can't see any color in the dark! Your diva is beautiful!

loriann said...

Thanks Donna. You are so right ..being there is the only way to take in the richness...of course memory is good too. It distills to the essence. But photos.....

Jala Pfaff said...

Not a keeper? You crazy, woman?