Wednesday, November 24, 2010

dense fog before daybreak

6x9 pastel on somerset or BFK (not sure)
Fog, especially dense fog is really about the abstraction of shapes and value control. Edges play a role as well. Note how my stronger edges are in the forward mass tree shapes and how little information is given in the next shape, very soft. I did this one at about 6:30 am, which would me that the sun was at the horizon, although there is no sign of it. It was funny one person stopped his car and asked, "what on earth was I painting?" He went on to say, "But you can't see anything!" Alas, how could I explain to this man that it was in the "unseeing" or the mystery of the scene that was so compelling. To each her/his own!

5 comments:

Caroline said...

I love that bit of blue in the middle fore ground it really is lovely and very eye catching. That also happens during fog,mist suddenly there will be a clarity of colour such as a sea blue or green even in a loch. Are the white lines in the left forest areas of frost or is that thick fog that settles. I am not sure what the weather conditions are like with you, we had our first snow today! Simply amazing how you got so much information from a misty landscape.

brian eppley said...

Agreed, some of the most wonderful paintings share this same condition. A fave of mine also. You've done a beauty here.

loriann said...

Hi Caroline and thank you! The weather here keeps going back and forth warm, cold. That's why we still have fog. Thanks for noticing that blue.

Hi Brian, thanks! Mystery is the enticement.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Just love this one Loriann!

loriann said...

Thanks Lynne!!!! It's good to hear from you.