Tuesday, December 21, 2010

as California slowly weeps

9x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart
The rain continues to fall, hard. California is turning shades of green with the dusty rose underlayer. The drama of the hillsides contrasted with the soft rain/mist colors fascinate me. I try to make it abstract while still reading real...just enough but not too much.
Needless to say, I still need to paint from inside the car. It's really pretty cushy. A starbucks chai in the cup holder, Christmas tunes on the radio: as my late Uncle Bob used to say, "not too bad."

13 comments:

Double "D" said...

Love the color and atmosphere!

Donna T said...

Wow, Loriann! This one is so full of mood and atmosphere. Beautiful piece!

loriann said...

Welcome back PB!!!!! It's so good to see your "voice." Thank you about the painting!

Hi Donna! Thank you so much!

helen said...

Very nice painting - nature can be very cruel!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Just make sure that you are clear of the storm drains and river beds!! This is soft and lovely -- you are amazing, painting in all weather, no matter what! (I am from Southern California, shhh! don't tell!)

Nika said...

Wow, this one is amazing. So full of mist and moisture. New and unusual color layers. Thanks.

Celeste Bergin said...

painted from the car? With music and something hot to drink? I love this idea. It's beautiful moody

loriann said...

Thanks Helen! The real deluge begins tonight!

Hey Kvan, southern california? I never would have suspected. We have been coming to visit my Dad for years and have never seen the likes of these storms.... pineapple express... does that ring a bell? Thanks so much about the painting!



Thanks Nika. the landscape here is so appealing...especially in the mist. I really don't have to do a thing.

Hi Celeste! Isn't that a riot...en plein car? I figure at least I am painting...I don't have to suffer. Thanks about the painting!

Maggie Latham said...

Just lovely!
Merry Christmas and a creative New Year to you.....
Maggie

Frangipan said...

You make California in the rain look absolutely stunning. I was just writing about California on my blog today actually.

loriann said...

H Maggie! I hear jolly GB has its share of weather stuff, closed airports and such. Have a wonderful Christmas and a creative New Year for you!

Hi Frangipan! Thank you. The rain does make California stunning! I'll check your blog when time allows. Cheers!

B Boylan said...

Nice one Loriann,
Just make sure you don't get stuck with a dead battery!

loriann said...

Thanks Brenda! I am trying to avoid the lake-like puddles that have taken over the roads.