Saturday, September 4, 2010

kensington confluence

about 9x18 pastel and watercolor on wallis

The Kensington Plein Air Paint Out is today. It's always nice to do a local event. To do it you have to paint with in the parameters of old Kensington. This corner and another are the "out- liers" of the town and today the light was magnificent. Normally I wouldn't stand so exposed but this morning I felt bold.  There was a constant  flow of people and cars in the second hour of painting. One man even brought a number of his paintings for me to see. There are pluses and minuses to being so exposed.

My thoughts when painting this were about overall color harmony- the munsell complements- violet and yellow green and keeping the shapes bold, yet bathed in the morning light...contrast.
It's funny to me; it is soooooo recognizable where this corner is. Yes, I took some liberaties and played down the storage facility and parking lot, plus the loads of signage.....but still this confluence of main streets. It's a corner where I wait at the flashing light at least 5 times a day. To me it was so real, yet bathed in light, the way I want to see it. When I showed it to Paul, he didn't know where it was. hmmmm. Vision is a very personal thing.

11 comments:

Double "D" said...

Nice one B!!!!!!
really like the position of the confluence in the composition. The dark triangle in the upper left corner seems a bit straight. Maybe some sky holes to break it up a bit? Your colors are always magnificent.
pb

loriann said...

Hi PB...good suggestions, wish had them before turning in the painting. Next time. Are you still on vacation?

SamArtDog said...

By obliterating the dreck, you've composed this just with dynamic diagonals. It leads my eye, so I can simply enjoy the scene and not all the stuff in it. Very Chinese, eh?

loriann said...

hi Sam...ooooooooo Chinese, I never thought that. Maybe something is rubbing off on me...just a slim chance maybe. Thanks!

Paula said...

loriann..your plein air painting won first place! Congratulations!

Donna T said...

Congratulations Loriann! Way to go!

loriann said...

Hi Paula and thank you!!! I am so sorry I missed the reception. I was not feeling well so I laid down for a rest and woke up this morning! Thanks for letting me know!

Hi Donna...thank you!!!!!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your win, such an exciting composition.

loriann said...

Thanks Lisa!!!!!

B Boylan said...

Way to go! You've worked hard for it. Now go and celebrate! :)

loriann said...

Thanks so much Brenda!