Thursday, September 2, 2010

value and the swimmer

5x6 ink and watercolor on paper

Value is the key. It tells the story. With that in mind I attempted my sunset peek-a-boo tree painting. But this time from my head.  The three front trees take priority and the back trees and "connectors" of value.
I will talk more about this tomorrow, as I am beginning my study of Chinese painting,

On another note, thank you to everyone for all your feedback about yesterday's painting. Hearing from all my blogger friends is like having studio mates. I really appreciate all your ideas. I knew something needed to be done. I was not satisfied at all. I will consider all the ideas and my own, then decide my course. You are all wonderful!

On still another note, this is the craziest week of the entire year for me. Because I teach part time in a school, there is one week in the beginning of the year when I have to work at school and help for a week's worth of long days. Each year I feel I go through a plethora of emotions during this week. First I am depressed and resentful to end the wonder of summer and stop my painting rhythm. (whaaaaa!) Then I get my thankful hat on and appreciate having such a good job, that I do like. Then I just bulldoze through. When the week is over and my work output is little and ideas seem over run I come back to life. It's like swimming underwater for 100 yards. Hold my breath, a little discomfort, then I pop up out of the water, wet and exhausted, ready to take on the next challenge. (I used to be a swimmer.) Bear with me.

10 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

A little painting break is always good. Even when we're not painting, we're painting:) Chinese painting? I want to know more!

Barbara said...

I like this painting! Spare and spontaneous.

Caroline said...

Hello Loriann, I arrived late for yesterday's painting question I have a bad cold that has put me out of action. I would say that I felt your painting was complete to me. I felt the painting to be warm and harmonious, it appeared balanced and very natural looking. I often think that a painting is an emotive response to a place and your painting looks that way to me. You have captured serenity and I would leave the painting as it is. I understand about the tutoring I am about to start my classes too. It is not easy to give up the freedom of painting each day.

SamArtDog said...

Remember that the hinges are not real, and that the keyhole is The Rabbit Hole. Take a deep breath and (dog) paddle on.

loriann said...

Hi Janelle!! I find my study of Chinese landscape painting fascinating already. As far as not painting...I just can't go cold turkey. I have been carrying around ink and watercolor paper and completing small sketches, like this one, in any moment I find. I will post another tomorrow. You are right about painting even if we aren't painting. the head never stops.

Hi Barbara and thank you! It is definitely just the essentials.

Hi Caroline, Thanks so much for your feedback about the painting in question. Serenity is something I want to create in the painting. Yes, painting without other demands is the BEST!

Hi Sam.....I'm paddling, thanks for the encouragement!

brian eppley said...
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brian eppley said...

Very nice. I like the direction you're going and the analogy. Sweet study!

loriann said...

Thanks Brian...wave when you pass by on THE beltway!

Double "D" said...

The journey continues.

jane minter said...

fascinating to see you watercolour sketches here and read thoughts on chinese landscapes .