Monday, February 28, 2011

painting with intent, knowing your tools

7x14 pastel on thick somerset
Since painting at the easel is a challenge right now I have been enjoying value studies. In the past, I have been guilty of relying on color to create a painting.  Gradually I am changing that habit.

In this painting I want the idea of solitude, yet the challenge of adding an animal, something I rarely do.  Suggestive is the quality I desire, rather than a tabloid "tell all." After deciding those two things the next question was, "which is the best format to reach my goal?" In my sketchbook, I reduced the landscape to basic shapes, like a notan, but a little different. I like to use pastel for this, with pencil I get caught up in those details that just don't matter. After 8 tries I decided on the 1 to 2 exaggerated horizontal.

Having a concept is very important. Realizing and using all the tools you have to make that concept work is the way to make your art more intentional.

I think I will go play with the other possibilities now.


Double "D" said...

Hi b
I love this approach. COO COO for thumb nails.
Plus I love the way you do them. Still resting and icing I assume? Ok, back to mylittle studio to continue the search.

loriann said...

Hi PB!
Thanks about the value study and yes I am still resting and icing all the time. Can't wait to see your next post..I loved the photos.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Eric Jacobsen demonstrated the value of a value study, even a small sketch before painting. Very few people take the time to stop and consider the very things that you are considering. It's little wonder that your paintings pack a big WOW. You do your groundwork, homework, fieldwork, ... Makes me feel like I need a rest just starting the list!

Caroline said...

Beautiful works Loriann, good to see your thumbnails here. They are a wonderful learning tool aren't they! Thank you for sharing your words on working with tonal values, very interesting.

B Lancton said...

Thank you for posting your value studies, as well as the ideas that are running through your head as you produce them. The value studies (as well as your paintings) always give me such food for thought and address problems I'm having just about every day. Great work, and great blog! Bea

loriann said...

Hi Kvan! Thank you so much for your kind words.You are so supportive! During this time of my recovery I have taken more time to write my posts and have enjoyed it. Now I will go check out Eric Jacobsen.

Hi Caroline,
Thumbnails and notans are the foundation for good work. En plein air they are absolutely essential as the light changes constantly and decisions need to be made and a painter must stick to her decisions. Thanks for your supportive comments!

loriann said...

Hi B,
I am delighted that you like my value studies and that they offer inspiration. You might want to see what happens when you paint your horses. Do many value studies, change formats see where it takes you and enjoy the ride!

Donna T said...

I think I like to see an artist's thumbnails almost as much as the finished painting. It's just fascinating to have a peek at your thought processes. I hope some warmer weather will help with your recovery, Loriann.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

There are times when a post speaks so directly to you it's spooky ;0)

I'm taking your advice and spending time just on mark making value studies. It's so liberating! Thank you x

loriann said...

Thanks Donna! Each day I am a little better and yes this delicious weather helps a lot!

Hi wonderful! I will check in and see what you are up to!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You are doing very good work here, Lori. Very diligent.

loriann said...

Thank you Mary for your kind words!