Tuesday, March 8, 2011

continued work on "living in harmony"

10x10 oil on board, unfinished
I read that Sanford Gifford thought the horizon was the most important part of a painting, therefore that was the place he began each painting. I agree fully, so I decide to begin my painting there as well. All the time I not only think about the color and value, but also the stroke(which you can't see here).
Unlike other paintings of mine this one has two of the special sika deer in it.


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Good job Sam and I didn't pop over and wrestle the underpainting from you! I'm loving the depth aswell as the colour.

Please could I make a request for a couple of close ups to see the brushstrokes, if it's not too cheeky?

loriann said...

Hi Lisa, Too cheeky, I love that phrase. I will do my best to get a close up. I paint them and then blot them so they are not too intense.It's a very gradual progression. I hope today's work pulls it together. Thanks for your kind words.

B Boylan said...

Oooh, moody red in the water, so unusual yet very effective. It's just dripping with mood.

Caroline said...

Beautiful painting, I love the horizon with the blue which looks intense in a soft way. I am not sure about horizons as I love mist and the way you can't find the horizon, but it is difficult to paint that kind of scene well without it looking like it has no perspective at all when actually you can find distance. Looking forward to the close ups of this one Loriann.

Double "D" said...

Love the colors B. and the blue horizon.
Spatially, I'm still thinking about the trees.
I'll get back to you on that.

Keep getting better,

Pam Holnback said...

Been out of town and just catching up. I really had to look for those 2 deer. Almost missed them. When I was young I read Misty of Chincoteague. Like the softness of the horizon.

Donna T said...

So soft and moody ... you do have a way with colors, Loriann.

loriann said...

Thanks Brenda!

Thanks Caroline...we will see about the horizon...and close-ups later.

Hi PB, Yes the trees, they are not finished. I am fussing to make the reflection more important than the trees reflected. Tricky business.

Hi Pam, Welcome back. Yes making the deer important but not over bearing is my trouble. I am still working. Misty still lives on in Assateague.

Thanks Donna!

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
Regarding your last two paintings that you posted:
Assateague Island- 8 x 22- Interaction of the blue trees against the sky and the way the sky is lighter at the top-beautifully handled I like the dimensions of the painting-great height to width ratio which gives a feeling of quiet.

Unfinished Painting-March 8- sky beautiful transitions of color, the yellow/green on top of the red/violet draws the eye to the trees and the sky. I love that light blue color on the horizon. Would it be better by not having a foreground shape thus helping to give an illusion of more depth.? Perhaps continue the water all the way to the bottom thus pushing the trees further back into space.

The Quinacridones- sounds like a TV show! I have the following -Quinacridone Red, Magenta and Violet and of course Gold -Golden's Nickel/Azo Gold. I also have the Daniel Smith-Quinacridone Sienna- a beautiful warm color, Quinacridone Coral and Quinacridone Pink which are real eye poppers. I think that you would find those three Quinacridones to be of interest in your painting. Of course the Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Scarlet are always exciting to experiment with. Daniel Smith has a Quinacridone Fushia which is not available in acrylic. You might want to consider MOONGLOW which is available in oil although Daniel Smith gives the oil version a # 3 rating , Fair and the acrylic version a # 1 rating which is Excellent. Experimenting with different colors is like trying different wines-each color has its unexpected surprises waiting for us to discover

I want to thank you for being that final push that got me off the dime. When you wrote that you asked to see my work- I have to admit that I have not be all that productive for quite some time. Over the last few months dust has gathered on the paint tubes in my studio. I would sketch but even that slowed down. I would buy supplies every now and then but nothing sparked. Last month I painted a small 9 x 12 canvas but I lost interest in going back to a certain subject that I thought that I would re-investigate. Last night I painted for several hours going back to a subject that I always enjoy-trees. I let it rip and ended up with a very expressionist painting I have not painted for several hours in a row for some time-its a great feeling.. Looking through some older works on paper tripped something upstairs which got the creative juices flowing.

After I read your reply to my comment I began to think-here is Loriann working every day after major surgery and I am just spinning my wheels. I walked up to the nearby Dunkin Donuts, {wonderful new chocolate donut with chocolate icing and jelly inside} and began sketching w/o being worried about the results Those Faber- Castell Big Brush pens encourage boldness.I can see the trees and river through the windows. Since I am unable to stand for long periods of time I have to sit. That was the beginning - a few hours later ............. So while I am at this time far from a web site I am becoming re-engaged with my painting.


loriann said...

Brava NJ!!!!!
It takes guts to get back on that horse! You always sound so passionate about painting! This is wonderful!
I really appreciate all of your well thought out comments.
As far as the Quins- I too love them and they regularly pepper my watercolor palette and are making their way onto my oil palette. I to LOVE moonglow and quin burnt scarlet and burnt orange in my watercolors- so I ask myself, why don't I purchase them for oil??? I will (as soon as money isn't so tight).
Thanks for your thoughts!
Paint on and enjoy a delicious donut for me.

warmly, Loriann