Monday, December 13, 2010

river glow

about 10x10 watercolor and pastel
I was away in NYC this weekend. We left immediately following Saturday's post and I had stored up an extra for Sunday. The weekend was spent visiting galleries and my favorite paintings at the Met.
 Mostly I visited paintings. I did sketch a little. Here is a small sketch of Central Park towards 5th and 59th.
On the bus ride home I realized how similar the Inness, Gifford and even the scrolls from the Khubilai Khan show were. The real peace and the way you travel through these gorgeous pieces is through the "negative" spaces. For example it was  the quiet white in the scroll, the big masses of violet shadow in the Gifford or the quiet, strokeless masses in the Inness where your eye moves and your heart thumps. Hmmmmmmm.
On a small side was Santa Con. That means more than 2000 "Santas" traveling through NYC. We saw giant groups of them: men and women, traditional and very funky dress. Here are a couple photos.


SamArtDog said...

I like how the sketch's view is INTO the Park.
Glad you got to go to the Met. It's a holy place.
Excellent Santas!

loriann said...

Hi Sam,
Yes, the Met is sacred. There are so many paintings that just leave me speechless and drooling.
I thought YOU would like the quirky santas!

Jala Pfaff said...

I wonder what it does to kids' mentalities, to see so many Santas at once.
Love your sketch and also the overcast-looking clouds in the top painting.
How are those adorable naughty kittens doing?

loriann said...

Hi Jala, I must say most of them do not even resemble santa in the least...except maybe in the outfit. But that is a good point. A few children I heard talking said that "it was silly these weren't santa"..but then again the younger 3, 4, 5 year olds might be very perplexed.
Thanks about the paintings.
My naughty kittens are doing quite well.My big kitty Stripey has a wicked crush on Baby...even though he is a little too old for her.I hope he was really neutered. They are growing soooo fast. i will post photos again soon. Let me go to your blog and see what up with you and the kitties.

siddharath said...

I will give you what the eye has not seen, and what the ear has not heard, and what the hand has not touched, and what has not arisen in the heart of man. -zesus chirst
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Donna T said...

Wow, Loriann, this last painting is gorgeous! Your pastel/watercolor combination works so well to provide depth -especially in the sky. I'm glad you had a good time in NYC and know you will put all of that inspiration to good use!

Astrid Volquardsen said...

Hi Loriann,
I lovooooove those two. Really two strong pieces. I would put them right on my wall.

Wilson said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.
oil painting on canvas

loriann said...

Thanks Wilson! I appreciate your comment!