Friday, November 5, 2010

the difference an hour makes

6x9 pastel on somerset paper

This painting was created at an earlier time than Tuesday's. 4:30ish.The trees were bathed in half light and the foreground had some warmth with cool shadows. It was those moments before the foreground switches to cool as the sun goes below the trees and later the horizon. The sun was still high enough to make the distant hills cooler. Ah, the difference an hour makes!
I used the sky color as my unifier. The golden yellow is lightest in the sky and where it lights the distant land. The land is still the second lightest mass with gold (after the sky) because the sun is still high enough in the sky. The trees have a rich darker version of gold as they are vertical and thus darker. The darkest part is in the deep shadow of the pond's lip.
 When painting the landscape there is a basic order of value (normally):
1. sky is lightest
2. land reflects sky so it is slightly darker, but a light
3. verticals are darker still

9 comments:

helen said...

It is amazing how you capture the light and changing colors.

B Boylan said...

Gem-like! I can feel the changing light in this.

loriann said...

Thanks Helen and Brenda, I just keep trying. There is nothing like being out there!

Donna T said...

Another beauty, Loriann!

Double "D" said...

Wonderful jewel tone colors. Vibrant!
The sky, trees and foreground really set the stage for the blue in the pond. Another first prize for the master.
pb

Jala Pfaff said...

Such beautiful color!

RRoseman said...

THis ALMOST makes me want to wake up at 4:30 but ....no I just can't do it...never could..I love the the water-Why is the blue reflection so much more intense( it seems) than what it is reflecting? and why does that work?

loriann said...

Thanks Donna!
How is your house contract going?

Hey PB!
It's all about relationships isn't it PB? Prize for the master..heehee...you are toooooo much!

Thanks Jala!

Hi R, This one would be easy to get for it was done at 4:30 in the afternoon. The blue was above because it was late afternoon, granted it wasn't so intense. I used magenta pastel rubbed in underneath with the idea of putting blue on to to dance with the golden oranges. This time it worked. Would it work again? It depends on the relationships within the whole. It's all about what's next to it...not "it."

Brian McGurgan said...

The colors really sing in this one, Loriann. I like how you worked with the paper's texture and your loose strokes of yellow in the sky and blue on the grass work so nicely. This contrasts well with the pastel you posted earlier in the week with predominantly cooler tones on "mystery paper" - that one was another beauty.