Sunday, January 9, 2011

working with late afternoon winter skies

6x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart
sketch and notes from my book
 At about 4:30pm the show was marvelous at Lake Needwood. It's funny because I have found it's those moments you would have no idea  that absolute splendor is coming and then, it comes. The high clouds  broke open to reveal a dramatic sunset. I watched. Later, after I could visualize, it I wrote my notes and did a small sketch.  Many times during the evening I worked on it in the studio. It wasn't until late, when it was just me and the painting, that it came together. I love those moments where the painting takes over. It even surpasses  memory.
 After making this piece I realized that it really wasn't about the color, rather ......it was the value and the stroke movement. Hmmm.

14 comments:

Leah said...

Wow!

loriann said...

Thanks Leah, lover of skies.

Donna T said...

Beautiful twilight skies, Loriann! I am fascinated by your ability to use your memory for this kind of work. Thanks for the link to the Tonalist show, too. I wish I could see it in person!

karen said...

Loriann,
I have been following your blog for about 3 weeks, I really love your latest pieces. You have inspired me to try and work from memory. I have never done that --
I am going to go to the tonalist show on wed - do you want me to bring you back anything besides the paintings HAHAHAHAHA
You go girl!!

loriann said...

Hi Donna, sure looks like a great show. Thanks about my memory training program. I will get this.

Hi Karen!!!! OOOOHHHHH you are so lucky! I am jealous! If they have a good catalogue please get me one. I will happily pay you for it.

karen said...

will do - is there a price limit?

Brian McGurgan said...

Looks like they might be treating "A History of American Tonalism" as the catalogue - it's listed as a featured current catalogue. The gallery seems to have some great publications, although many are very pricey.

Another beuatiful "magic hours" painting, Loriann. The values and strokes are doing most of the heavy lifting here but it's the colors that got my attention (to loosely paraphrase Richard McKinley).

Joan Breckwoldt said...

This is beautiful, I think your paintings are very special. I also love how you talk about your process, writing down notes is brilliant. You are an amazing painter,
Joan

Caroline said...

I feel as if I am actually there Loriann when I gaze at this beauty. Lovely gradation in colour. So pleased to hear you are out and and about again.

loriann said...

Hi Karen and thank you! If as Brian says -the catalogue is the book History of American Tonalism_ I already have it. If they also have another catalogue to go with the show 30. is my limit. Thanks...let me know.

Hi Brian, Thanks for the info! I like your Richard McKinley observation- "value does the work and color gets the glory." soo sooo true.

Hi Joan, thanks so much for your kind words about my paintings. You made my day!

Hi Caroline! I guess it works! It felt good to get about...even if just in my car. I love watching the landscape. You are a supportive blogger friend!

SamArtDog said...

I just got the feeling (again) that watching you and your process is a special opportunity. I hope it feels special to you, too.

loriann said...

Thanks Sam. I really am loving this memory work. I am not sure will it will take me but I like the trip. Thanks for your comment.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Loriann, love the format for all these memory paintings and loved the previous twilight piece.

loriann said...

Thanks Lynne! The long vertical is one of my favorites...what a mix of excited expansiveness and quietude in one place!