Sunday, June 6, 2010

quick draw- cumberland center


about 11x8 pastel and watercolor on Uart
This is from yesterday's quick draw. Let me explain first what a quick draw is. The artists arrive at the prescribed location, this time it was a rectangle of streets downtown in Cumberland. They come early and stake out their turf. Each artist then has their canvas/paper/board stamped and gets ready for the whistle. At precising 10 am the work may begin..no earlier. At noon, precisely two hours later the whistle is blown again and all painting must cease. The artists and many onlookers gather. Prizes are awarded and hopefully sales will result.
Just a little bit of pressure, eh???? And then right before the start (5 minutes before) another artist plopped her easel down right in front of me, right in the middle of the foreground. I got over it...It helped that I had done the value study so I already had a plan. Things happen.
I  did many sketches and then a value painting of my chosen spot before the whistle. They were completely separate from my finished painting. I know for me, in this very complex view I chose, it would be best to mass out the major shapes.
To begin the weather was misty so the light was diffuse. It changed later, but I stuck with it and resisted all the strong shadow shapes that came later. I was delighted to have sold this painting. I actually had two offers. Yay!

9 comments:

Donna T said...

Congratulations on the sale! I'm sure other artists put in lots of details but your painting really shows that they aren't necessary. I've heard similar stories of incredible rudeness by artists at these kind of events; I'm glad you didn't let it distract you!

Karen said...

Your pieces from out there look so great!! And congrats on the sale, of course.
Sounds like you're good at tuning out the crazy distractions during these sorts of things...I like the idea of having done all your sketches so you know what your plan is!

Leah said...

Good for you .... on all accounts!

SamArtDog said...

I wonder if Monet had to put up with some French peddler parking between him and the cathedral?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I can picture the scene with the other artist. Maybe she inadvertently helped you keep from adding details -- you couldn't see them!!

Congrats on having TWO offers on the painting, too. Job well done. Job well done. You deserve it! Performance under pressure -- and you did it.

loriann said...

Hi everyone,I am finally home! Yay! It feels good. Thanks for all your support throughout the event!

Hi Donna!There were lots of beautiful paintings, a few that i really liked. Mine was definitely not the best.It was quite the experience! Yes, rudeness does happen, but I must say there were way more kindnesses than rudeness. People can be so nice!
How is the house sale going?

Hi Karen! Thank you. I think you must excel at screening the distractions seeing that you paint in the middle of the city. I am learning. The value sketch really helped.

Hi Leah! Are you done with school? Thank you!

Hey Sam! Monet did all kinds of things to make his environment the place he wanted. He paid people not to cut tree or take out bales...all kinds of things...but be probably did have a french peddler in front.

loriann said...

Hi katherine!
Maybe the other artist did help. She made me rely on the value sketch instead of the scene. I am soooooo glad that the pressure is off, yet the experience as awesome!

Eden Compton said...

Excellent Loriann! Love the composition and colors. I guess the pressure worked ; ) !

loriann said...

Eden, Thank you about the painting. One thing I have learned is pressure makes me plan even more, making execution easier. Although it's not a perfect painting it did accomplish my vision. Pressure also means I can't just wipe it down and with planning I don't need to wipe it..... I just move thoughtfully forward. I guess learning happens in all situations.