Friday, March 18, 2011

memory of an early morning March sky

5x11 pastel and watercolor Uart
So I broke my own rule. I didn't wait 12 hours. This morning, on my early morning walk the sky was inspirational. With nothing but my brain I tried to remember the differences of the sky in this breezy March morning. What makes it so special? I let it percolate for 6 hours then I tried to not rely on just color, but have value rule. (maybe I need more work on that.)
I am falling in love with skies.

16 comments:

Stinson Fine Art said...

Well done!

loriann said...

Thanks John!!!

Anonymous said...

HI Loriann,
You caught that early morning light-the magic of that moment. I like how you painted the sky that cold blue that is still there as winter gives way to spring.

Reading your blog entries about gray and how you love radiant turquoise I came across this comment that you will find pertinent ,"You know,first I have to see a color-it has to get my attention-and then I find it in places where I never saw it before"- Wolf Kahn
Also this from a 1989 exhibition catalog- "so you see, I have certain colors which in themselves have so much reality that the mere fact of squeezing them on my palette gives me the appetite for work, and unfolds possibilities of expression"

The above comment referred to what he said was a new love: Gamblin Transparent Orange-"The world now seems to held together by Gamblin Transparent Orange.It is the glue that binds all things, as well as the atmosphere in which things can comfortably exist apart" He goes on to mention how a few years earlier he had found Windsor & Newton Purple Alizarin Madder. Wolf Kahn was mentioning how you discover color and color relationships through the act of painting or by going to the art supply store and "unscrewing the tops of tubes of unfamiliar brands of oil paints bearing strange names" In another part of the essay he discusses beauty in color. The catalog that I pulled these bits and pieces from was for an exhibition held at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery- NYC , March 1- April 1 1989 . The essay in this catalog was from a February 1989 lecture presented at the National Academy of Design, NYC. It is a very interesting to read his intelligent insightful comments about color. I wonder if the National academy has a copy of this lecture available.
NJ ART 73

Donna T said...

I don't know if I oould remember a sky for 6 minutes let alone 6 hours. Gorgeous painting, Loriann!

loriann said...

Hi NJ, What a JUICY comment! I love the WK quotes. If it's OK with you I will add them to tomorrow's post so all can see. I really resonate to what he is saying! Thanks for your excellent research. I will look up that catalog. Always enjoy your comments!
PS I relish transparent earth orange and red.


Hi Donna! It's amazing what happens when you memorize, visualize and them let it sit. It's like a good soup or sauce that sits in the refrigerator for a day or two and it tastes much better. Try it and you will see! Thank you about the painting! How is the house sale going? Spring time always brings out the buyers.

Nika said...

What an amazing painting, bravo!!

Leah said...

Yay for skies!!!

loriann said...

Thanks Nika!

Pam Holnback said...

Rules are made to be broken. And, if you get the values the colors work!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Beautiful! Well held. Well done.

Double "D" said...

Beautiful sky. You should always break this rule!
The colors along the horizon are rich and vibrant.
Glad you didn't hold back on the combinations. Great lesson. How's the recovery going?
Later, b
Pb

loriann said...

You are right Pam.I just love doing the memory skies! Thanks for your comment.

Thanks Kvan!

Hi PB,
I guess I made the rule so I just didn't run home and paint. I wanted to think and visualize within..hoping for more. So I gave it a little time....
Recovery is going well. I am off the powerful pain meds!!! YAY celebrate! I can drive and I am doing intensive PT. By summer I will be schleping my backpack all over and painting the back country! I can see it!

Brian McGurgan said...

Those blues just shimmer, Loriann - beautiful work.

Sara Mathewson said...

This is so beautiful! I am falling in love with your skies!

loriann said...

Thank you Sara!

Caroline said...

A truely remarkable sky Loriann, this one is a winner!