Thursday, August 26, 2010

what is essential?

Back to my new field for a visit. This location has such a subtle beauty that it is hard to describe. This golden sycamore nestled in the pink gold grasses made me almost drive off the road. The golds and the pinks were important but they could only have the show if the blue grey and violet came to play.
I must admit, I just loved drawing that tree.  It's grace and beauty blew me away. I know I am trying to reduce, take out what is not essential, but that grace wrapped in gold and pink was the most essential thing.
Here is the underpainting.


Double "D" said...

Good Morning B!!!!!!!!
You've done a great job of adding
pastel in the appropriate places that
really highlight the subject. Nice combination
of under painting and pastel. Hope this
goes through, internet is sporadic here at

Sonya Johnson said...

Hi Loriann,
I like this a lot - a solo tree as the subject/focal point of a painting shows off the character and personality of the tree. Now that summer is fading away, those grasses changing colors must be a real delight to paint!

loriann said...

Good morning PB, I hope you are enjoying your vacation and family time.. Thanks about the painting. I tried to leave 50% underpainting- managed 25%.

Hi Sonya, Yep, autumn is coming...what an amazing painting time it will more greens! The preview is already here!

Donna T said...

"...grace wrapped in gold and pink..." Are you sure you're not really a poet disguised as a painter? This is beautiful, Loriann!

SamArtDog said...

You may have only left 25% of the underpainting, but that 25% underground was definitely the right 25%. It demonstrates how very little you messed with that good thing. I admire your restraint.

Cynnie said...

This is gorgeous! Love the pink grasses too:)
Cynthia Schelzig

Caroline said...

I was wondering what shade of green you are using. A lovely fresh looking painting full of golden light as the early autumn moves in.

Sara Mathewson said...

This is so beautiful Loriann!

I am entranced by it!

This field and you are definitely a good combo:)

loriann said...

Hi Donna, You are funny...a poet, not's the field. Thank you!

Hi Sam..25% is all it takes I guess..wish I always had that restraint. Thanks!

Hi Cynnie!
Thank you..those grasses out there are so beautifully soft!

Hi Caroline, I am really not sure which colors made that green.... lots of yellow. Thanks!

Hi Sara!
Thank you so much for your compliment. It feels good to know others like it. It felt good making this one. Thanks!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

What a great question!! You held back and put in what was essential. This piece is suggestive and subtle. Beautiful! Kvan

jane minter said...

beautiful lorrian