Monday, June 7, 2010

creating grand space

9x12 pastel and watercolor on marble dust board

I am back after an awesome experience. The last day, when I was returning from painting, this scene stopped me right on the entrance ramp. I pulled out my handy-dandy orange cone and set up to paint. The haze of late afternoon creates a challenge. I wanted it to read grand distance, yet so much of it just glowed with haze and seemed to be about one value. I used an analogous palette (just like my hero Sanford Gifford would have done) and exaggerated to create the effect I wanted. The exaggeration is especially evident in the near fields and trees. If I did what I saw it would have been much more grayed and it wouldn't read distance.
I really enjoyed my time in Cumberland.
A big thank you to my hosts, Bill and John and to the event organizer, Kelly Moran!


SamArtDog said...

Oh you make me laugh! You're kidding about the orange cone, right? On second thought, I know you're not. Who else besides The Painter Possessed would carry the equipment necessary to stop traffic? You should've planted it in front of you at the QD. I don't want to encourage you, but I think I'll get you a day-glo vest and a SLOW/STOP sign to complete your ensemble.

A grand distance here, with a glowing sun spot in the foreground. Beautiful!

loriann said...

Hi Sam, thanks for the suggestions. I guess I have some purchasing to do! Possessed, eh?

Double "D" said...

Hi B,

Beautiful piece ... actually an entrance ramp master piece. Sam, I'm sure she has orange cones!
You've really captured the distant haze and the transition from foreground to distant lands.

I've been watching and you've done some wonderful pieces this past week ... even some outside your comfort zone. Speaking of zones ... I need to find the painting zone. Therapy is into the painful stage, but with good progress.

Until later B,

Leah said...

Sam, I was thinking the same thing...about completing the ensemble. Now I know what to get Loriann for her next birthday!

Loriann.. beautiful work!!

loriann said...

Hey PB,
Thank you so much about the entrance ramp magic and yes orange cones are me, traffic and snow.
So you have been watching...I have been wondering where you have been. I have missed your insightful comments.
Yes and speaking of zones, I think I will kick your long distance butt back into the studio. We are missing your paintings.
see ya sooner, b

Leah, So now I know my b'day prezzie. Thanks about the work. Let's talk real soon!

Brian McGurgan said...

Gorgeous work, Loriann - I like the hazy glow you captured here and there are some really nice distinctive strokes that - along with the luminescent color - give this lots of energy.

Double "D" said...

Point taken!

susan hong-sammons said...

so great to see all you've been doing. You've been really busy and productive. The power of your art jumps at me. I soooooo love your pastels!!!!!

loriann said...

Hi Brian! Thank you about capturing the glow.sanford gifford is the man who does it best!

Hey're back and so fast! Feel free to offer me a kick anytime too. Now let me check your blog!

Hi Susan! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Thank you so much for your kind words!

brian eppley said...

This piece reads spot on for the maryland panhandle. Well done and a great piece to end with. That's great you sold the quick draw painting! The orange cone is essential in the plein air artists repetoire. It's amazing what I can get away with while parking a white van with an orange cone. Even in center cities! Congats on great work.

loriann said...

Hi Brian, that figures you too would be a cone-man. You are right about what we can get away with when we have our "cone." It sure helps. Thank you so much about my work!

Katie Wilson-Bernatas said...

I've been enjoying your blog!

loriann said...

Thanks Katie! i'll check out your blog too.