Saturday, May 8, 2010

the diva and her role

about 7x7 pastel and watercolor on marble dust board
When I left the house this morning I was thinking about vibration and its connection to neutrals. An entire piece can't vibrate. You have to choose.  I know I have spoken before about the diva of the painting, that is where the action happens. The colors may create a vibration there. It can be tiring if it vibrates everywhere. The diva needs back up players- neutrals. There can be a couple other supporting roles but they only lead to the diva so that she can shine. Can you spot my diva and the two supporting actors?
On another note I have gone full circle. For the past two years I have explored surface.  I have returned to marble dust covered board and thick watercolor (almost handled like oil) with pastel on top. More about that another time.
PS This is one of my favorites ...in a long time.

12 comments:

dominique eichi said...

I like all of them but this is my favorite one.

Double "D" said...

Hi B,

I'll probably get laughed off the blog!
I don't see colors like everyone ... greens and reds are my nemesis. Where's the diva ... umm, the golds and pinks of the sun reverberating agains the blue trees?
Supporting actors are the lead in trees in grayish tones of greens and blues???? The body of water leading in is also quite neutral in my eyes. Really like the dark tree mass on the left.

I can see why this is one of your favorites in a long time. The neutrals seem to play much bigger roles than usual. I like this marble dust surface too. Do you make it or does it come that way?

Of course there is one other Diva ... that would be you!!!!!!!!

PB

SamArtDog said...

I'll go with Doug. The diva is the Isis, the Sun Goddess in her pretty pink petticoats.

If I'm wrong, blame the color blind guy. But I do agree with him and you about this being a favorite!

Jala Pfaff said...

Not to be copycat, but when I saw this in the thumbnail, I instantly thought, "This may be my favorite one ever." Magnificent! The diva to me is the dark pink in the back.
How's marble dust to work on? I thought about getting some to try it. Does it feel like LaCarte?

B Boylan said...

Sweet as the day breaks!
How do you do it? I mean, the colors are magnificent!

loriann said...

Hi Dominique! Thank you so much for your kind words. I will get back to your email this week.

Hey PB!
I , or anyone else, would never laugh you off the blog. The diva is just like you and Sam said.. the pink vibration in the more distant trees. You are correct that supporting players are the darkest tree on the left and the warm tree piece on the right. They are there to help you move around the picture.
Neutrals need to place a bigger role. When they do I like my piece better.
As for the marble dust board. This is an old reused board, as my framing bill has made many monetary restraints. I think this one was made with gesso and marble dust. In the past I have also used Golden's fine pumice ground, Lascaux's pastel ground, matte medium with marble dust or any combination of the four.
You always have great questions!
b

Hi Sam, I love your words- Isis in her pretty pink petticoats. What a great way to put it!. That should be the name of this one.
Thank you!
How are you? Are you back in Boulder?

Hi Jala, You got the diva.I love marble dust and Lascaux's mix. If you put it on too thick it's hard to work on, too thin it doesn't hold pastel. If I can't get it perfect I prefer it thick and then sanded a little. It's different than LaCarte. The best thing is that it takes watercolor brilliantly- oil too.

Thank you Brenda!

Stinson Fine Art said...

Powerful,compelling, alive even on a computer screen. Bravo!

John

loriann said...

Thanks John! I love your work too!

Brian McGurgan said...

Beautiful work, Loriann - I can see why it's a favorite. I love the texture and luminous vibration.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

fabulous!!
Sometimes a painting is well drawn and has good composition but the over use of color ruins it for me. Those neutrals are more important than anyone realizes. It's hard not to get carried away with color use, but it ends up taking away from the work rather than adding to it.

loriann said...

Hi Mary,
I agree 100%. Neutrals are the key...with just a little zing.

loriann said...

Hi and THANK you Brian!

 
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