Tuesday, September 7, 2010

the essence, the painting on a diet

I am rethinking just how much needs to be painted...so I return to value. My study of Chinese landscape painting has made me focus on negative space. A Chinese landscape painter uses shades of value and negative space to create a mood. Say less and the viewer completes the painting/drawing. Now where have we heard that before?

7 comments:

Sonya Johnson said...

This certainly works even as a simple value study, so plugging in some colors of the same values will surely work as well :).

Maggie Latham said...

Everything I'm studying about the Tonalist tradition is pointing to the same conclusions!! Isn't it amazing that you are on one side of the Atlantic and I'm on the other, we are learning about different types of creativity, yet coming up with the same conclusions.... this is one of the things I love so much about blogging.... the universal spirit of art
Just love this one, Lorriann.
Also thought the chair for hubby is looking great.

Donna T said...

I love the simplicity of this (and that delicate, skinny tree trunk!) I can easily imagine several ways to go with color ... and yet it is so beautiful just as it is.

loriann said...

Hi Sonya, I guess we will just see what happens next. Till later.

Hi Maggie! it is truly amazing to see just how much everything is connected. Thanks about the value painting. Thanks about the throne,PI think P liked it.

loriann said...

Thanks Donna, I think you are reading my mind. I think I will play with a few different ways in pastel then go on to oil, bigger. See ya Thursday!

Brian McGurgan said...

The values and negative space work really nicely here, Loriann. I like the soft edges and texture as well. Understated but very expressive! Looking forward to working together in Deborah's class - you certainly have lots going on (painting, teaching, chairs, class, etc.)!

loriann said...

Hi Brian, I look forward to working with you online. Thanks about the pictures expressiveness..that is always the real aim.