Thursday, May 13, 2010

the last three and the realization



32. of breath we've spent

33.leah's moon
After blogging all the paintings for the show I leave you with the one fact, one very strong realization- the concept rules. Without a clear concept you have no painting. In order to to that you must ask yourself...why are you painting this painting? Write it down. Remember what it was that drew you to this scene/idea.  After that, your job is to orchestrate..be dramatic..exaggerate a note or two in the diva. Make her sing. But keep the back up players quieter.

I can look back at some real duds I have made and I know why they failed. Concept. I have learned that, even if it is plein air, I have to dwell on the concept to make it powerful. That is the reason I think about the place I will paint the night before. I visualize it. Plan where I will be and what my goal will be. Yes, they look spontaneous, and sometimes there are surprises, but I have a concept before I leave.

Tomorrow is the opening 6-9pm. Hope to see ya'all there.

14 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

Good Luck! Have fun at the opening. And, you re so right...a sense of place.

loriann said...

Thanks Pam! I am almost ready!
You are right a sense of place is very important...so is a deeper feeling, an insight to something more.

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for the remarks about concept. From them I gather that you're nowhere if you can't share where you are. I think that's what you do so well in your paintings.

As they say, enjoy the show! Be present, and wallow in the admiration you so righteously deserve (though I suspect your mind might want to wander on to your next paintings...).

Karen said...

What a beautiful show. You should feel SO proud and accomplished.

How did the demo go?

loriann said...

Hi Sam!! It's good to hear from you again.I am glad that the idea of concept rang a bell with you too. Can't wait till tomorrow. The real work is done now. Thanks for you support.

Hi Karen and thank you! I really appreciate your support.The demo (yipes) is on Saturday. That's what I am planning now . I'll let you know how it goes:-)

Lisa McShane said...

Enjoy the show! Especially all the new people you're going to meet, there to see your beautiful work.

Double "D" said...

Powerful thoughts, thanks for sharing.

I'll be there in thought, have an amazing time
and enjoy the wonderful compliments you'll receive tomorrow. You deserve all the accolades coming your way.

PB

loriann said...

HI Lisa! Thanks..I will enjoy it once it's finally here! I'll let you know what happens. cheers!

Hey PB, I am sure you will be here in thought. Enjoy your daughter's birthday. B

tracywall said...

Excellent thoughts on this post! Which leads me to my second comment: what a pleasure to see your works together. Each of them is very lovely, but combined have an impressive additional impact.

Best wishes for you show!

Caroline said...

Best of luck for the show Loriann. As you say all the hard work is now done and it is time to relax and enjoy the show.

loriann said...

Hi Tracy and thanks for posting a comment. I am delighted that my thoughts resonated with you. Thanks about the show!

Hi Caroline!
Thanks about the show...
In about an hour I go to pick up my best friend from the airport. Yay! And I am still fussing about what to wear tonight...ai yi yi. I must be a fruitcake.
till later....Loriann

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I'm sure that the show is a knock-out! Thank you for posting the paintings on your blog. Stunning. Ethereal. Beautiful.

I will keep your words in mind. When I'm at a new spot to paint, I am happy just to capture the quality of the light and "concept" is more advanced than I feel ready to ponder.

You are an artist who does as she says and that is very inspiring!

Casey Klahn said...

The work is done. Just go to your show and know you are admired. Relax.

Best wishes.

loriann said...

Hi Katherine,
Thank you so much for your kind words! Concept can start as something as solid as "I want to understand that light that hits the water and spreads like a jewel." It helps to articulate, written or verbal what you are trying to achieve. It may look a little kooky..but hey, who cares right? For other ideas try reading beautiful poetry and prose. So many of my ideas springboard from my reading and the visual input I am constantly receiving. It's a combo deal. I am really no more advanced. I just always think about painting.
I wish you were here for the show!
Loriann

Hi Casey!THANK YOU! And thanks for the best wishes.