Tuesday, August 24, 2010

pieces making up a whole

Returning to the same spot, in the same place is one of my favorite working methods. It's one way of branching beyond what is there and more into how it feels. I haven't been to the canal in a very long time and for some reason it was calling me.  Love this place.
My niece, Agne (sweetheart that she is), once told me, after seeing my work for years, that the way she considers it "art" is if the painting doesn't make sense close up, but from a distance it all magically comes together. Funny, huh? .....but it is true, for me. That is the way I work. I have to be really careful with keeping masses of value, then I can get away with a lot of color. When the values are the same it works; if they divide it's a mess of broken up pieces. Tricky stuff.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

its true! aww! u my favorite aunt!! :))

loriann said...

Hey Agne! I couldn't ask for a more amazing niece! Thanks for being you!

Bob Lafond said...

Canals are good. And you are good if you can hear them calling. Love your closeups.

Lisa said...

I really enjoyed seeing the close ups of this work. Some of those marks look almost like calligraphy. I love the way they dance within the forms.

loriann said...

Hi Bob, I think we are in total agreement. We should paint a canal together someday. Thanks about the close-ups.

Hi Lisa,
I am delighted to hear that you loved seeing the close-ups. Those dancing marks are the part of painting that makes my heart sing!

Lisa McShane said...

I'm really enjoying the calligraphy of the marks you're making in the final layers. So interesting!