Wednesday, March 23, 2011

the power of contrast and cleaning the box

 The power of contrast can not be ignored. Each color looks different depending upon the colors adjacent. Remember, simultaneous contrast is just as important in your box as it is on your painting, it affects your choices. The neutralized orange (with wrapper) looks much more appealing next to the grays rather than the colors with more chroma. That is why when I organize my pastel box I have two rows of magnificent grays. They make the chroma in the painting work.

Here is my cleaned box. Late yesterday I cleaned and organized my box ready for more plein air work. My choice in boxes is the Heilman backpack box- small and sturdy.
Below see one of my cleaning methods- a large piece of screen wrapped over the box. With the  screen in place I can vacuum the box and my precious pastels are still protected!

14 comments:

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Genius! I knew there would be an easy way...

Casey Klahn said...

I have been complaining about my pastels looking wrong in the palette. This is a great idea!

Brian McGurgan said...

Very nice illustration of simultaneous contrast, Loriann, and a pleasure to hear about your cleaning process.

loriann said...

Hi Lisa, That and a feather duster (while wearing a mask, of course!) I also try to have clean habits, like wiping each pastel before placing in its slot...but nothing except painting time is consistent for me!

Hi Casey, I am glad you like the idea.

Hi Brian! The cleaning process helps in addition to basic cleanliness which I am certain you have. thanks for dropping by!

SamArtDog said...

I LOVE seeing pastel boxes. Clean or not. Good enough to eat. Not really, but as pretty as candy.

It makes me very happy to see you getting ready to get out in the fresh plein air.

loriann said...

Thanks Sam! And what good timing I have,just when our weather is getting warmer! Thanks for all your support through this!

Double "D" said...

And a restful peace and quiet settles over Maryland as the Famous Loriann Signori prepares to step out into the open air studio she calls her own.

I'm sure glad I don't have to keep 10,000 pastels sticks in some reasonable order. You're patient beyond compare. Vacuum, very cool.
pb

Astrid Volquardsen said...

Thanks for this great advice about the cleaning. I have always taken all out, which can be soooo boring and time consuming.

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
What an interesting method to organizing and cleaning your palette of pastels. What an incredible array of colors. I bet that the screen also keeps your feline friends from "pawing" around but not for long. You know what they say about cats & curiosity.

NJ ART 73

Jala Pfaff said...

What is it about pastels that they look so edible?

The screen is a great idea. I tried vacuuming mine once and realized it wasn't going to work.

loriann said...

Hi PB!!!
It's always so good to hear from you!
On another note, "patient" is not a word normally used to describe me. I think more like "determined" ...and I know they need to be clean. Therefore finding ways that are efficient helps. I must admit that when I do things like wait for a ferry I will take out the entire box, row by row, wipe each one with a tissue and clean out the foam. No use wasting time...heehee and with a view!
I am so excited to be "out and about"!

loriann said...

Hi Astrid,
It sure makes a hard job easy... of course keeping them clean in the first place (a more challenging thing to do) is the best course.... I wish I did that!

Hi NJ,
The colors do look enticing, don't they? And yes I keep my pastels far from the eyes of the kitties as they would be very dangerous for them to mouth or bat around then clean themselves. Only my mature Kinzo the Magnificent is allowed in the studio.

Hi Jala, I think its the graduated values, organized colors that makes their appeal. Let me know how the screen works for you.

B Boylan said...

Wow! What a great idea! Did you have your new filter going while you vacuumed?

loriann said...

Hi Brenda, I did the cleaning outdoors, with my mask on my face. Can never to be sure any longer. I am glad you like the idea. Richard taught it to me long ago.