Thursday, August 12, 2010

neutrals and harmony

 8x8 pastel and watercolor on UArt
Finally. I think I have the light on this one. I have done this view many, many times. This time I not only let the underpainting show through (at least 50%), the feeling of light is there. (Coincidence? what took me so long;-) )
The underpainting had beautiful neutrals (sorry I forgot to photograph it before covering it.) I placed the more pure colors on top in pastel. Neutrals are the natural harmonizers since they contain mixes of colors. In pastels you have to know what is in each stick just by looking...where as in paint you mix them so the harmony is controlled.


Nika said...

I like the subtle, even glow of it. I also often wonder "what took me so long?":)
Yestersday's is wonderfully rich, dark, and a little dangerous, you could feel the steam coming off of it. What a contrast to the coolness of Washington state.

One Step Away said...

Really like the color in this one - purple, orange green triad and even the darks have nice color tones. FYI, recommended your site to some friends interested in pastels. You may get more visitors in the next couple of days.

Donna T said...

You sure did catch the light in this one, Loriann! I find it very interesting how important that dark mustard-yellow is on the foreground tree. It brings the tree forward just a little, adds a sense of space and air and harmonizes with the sky color. Nice!

Weatherhill said...

You really and truly 'capture' Atmosphere!

loriann said...

Hi Nika and thank you! You are so right about the differences in air from Washington state to here.Steam, and how!
Sometimes it feels like my brain is a wall.

Thanks for the referral for my site! The triad of secondaries is a no fail set-up....therefore , I was helped alot;-)

Hi Donna!
Ah, you caught that note of dark mustard..when I did that I knew it was done! Good observation.

Hi James!
Thank you!!!! I appreciate your comment.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for explaining what you did, you are very good at articulating your process. It's so helpful to really take the time to think about what we're doing, isn't it? Looking forward to more luminous paintings,

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

loriann said...

Thanks Skizo! I will go check out your as well!