Sunday, July 25, 2010

the slough at twilight

Last night after the sun had set I zipped to the slough. I needed to try to paint it. The light was so minimal and I didn't have a light source with me...still I needed to try. Another good reason for keeping all your pigments in exactly the same places. I had to count on knowing what the color I would mix would look like without really seeing it. Good practice all round.
I also kept in mind the concept of simultaneous contrast. Example- I wanted the water to appear to be a glowing orange- so I places a blue near it in a couple of places. I wanted the sky to appear bright and glowing so I made the landscape touching it more neutral and darker.
My palette includes:white, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red, alizarin permanent, ultramarine blue and viridian. An orange, a violet, and a base green are mixed and added to the palette. These are made from the colors already on the palette, which adds to color unity. In addition,  row of grays was also pre-mixed. More harmony. I will talk about those next time.
One more day of workshop. I will be sad when it is over. whaaa.


Donna T said...

No one can accuse you of not being passionate about your art, Loriann. I admire your drive so much and it shows in your work. This one appeals to me as an abstract as much as a landscape.

Double "D" said...

Wow, the mistress of darkness, queen of color and all around diva director. You're wearin me out so I'm going to take a nap for you right now. Enjoy your last day of workshop.

Say, was this anywhere near the bear tracks? Were you there alone? Crazy woman!

Good thoughts

loriann said...

Hi Donna...yes your are right I do have drive..lots of energy- I just try to keep it very focused. It was very hard to paint in darkness. Tonight I will just take notes.

Hey PB! Yes, I was right near the bear tracks, but this time I was there first. So it was my turf not his.. Crazy woman...who me?

sarah meredith said...

your work is lovely and your output is really really inspiring!

mariannepost said...

Thanks for the palette info. And as usual you continue to peek my interest, this time in regards to your premixed neutrals. I recognize the slough and love how you have captured the light.

loriann said...

Hi Sarah and thank you! i always appreciate when someone takes the time to comment!

Hi Marianne, I promise I will be writing about that soon.....once life settles down a little.

B Boylan said...

Wow, wow, WOW!

loriann said...

Thanks Brenda!