Sunday, December 5, 2010

beach drive and the game

about 6x8 pastel and watercolor on paper

watercolor underpainting
I sometimes play a game with myself. The game is - I have 5 minutes to drive and I must have no preconceptions as to where I will stop. When the 5 minutes is up I have to stop and paint. Today's blustery (30mile an hour) winds added another challenge, or could I say made me simplify. When you freeze, you are quick and to the point. I studied the scene from inside the car. Then sprinted to set up and paint. I limited myself to the triad of secondaries, with violet as the dominant color. Now back to the warm studio, a bowl of hot chocolate and bigger paintings.

11 comments:

helen said...

wonderful use of color - these are so lovely!

brian eppley said...

love the spontaneity. Very nice.

loriann said...

Thanks Helen! I appreciate your comment.

Hi Brian...Thank you! I am guessing that you also play that painting game.

SamArtDog said...

The pastel is spectacular and thrilling. Very very cool.
Glad you rewarded yourself with chocolate; you deserved it!

Nika said...

I like this one a lot, briskness is evident here, it's full of energy.
I know what you mean about freezing out there, I often pretend I'm a tree and the weather doesn't bother me:) It works for about half and hour and provides for exciting sketches, lol

Karen said...

I love the image of you sprinting out there to paint! It's great, combining the memory of having just studied the scene with the actual experience of being out there.

p.s. I ordered the color book, of course! thanks for the rec!

loriann said...

Hi Sam, Glad that you like it and the HC was delicious!

Hi Nika, Freezing can be a very good thing...you really have to decide what is most important. I love the colors of autumn and winter...worth every moment...don't you think?

Hi Karen, I am glad to hear that you ordered the book. I am sure you will like it. I think YOU understand cold, Ms. Polar Bear from the Great White North!

Jala Pfaff said...

Look what gorgeousness you have been painting while I was gone!

loriann said...

Thanks so much Jala!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I admire your early bird determination and your gutsy challenges!
beautiful loose work.

loriann said...

Thanks Mary. I really think my early morning work gets my motor ready for the challenges of the studio. Thanks for your kind words!