Monday, April 18, 2011

"Eighty percent of the painting is color."

6x6 pastel on twinrocker
Sunrise, ah, isn't it wonderful? It made me think of Wolf Kahn and all the reading I have been doing regarding his thinking and ideas.
Eighty percent of painting is color,” says Wolf Kahn, quoting his mentor Hans Hofmann. “The problem,” he cautions, “is that when you mention color, people automatically assume you’re talking about bright color–colorful, loud, or boisterous hues. Color used in an uncontrolled way, without proper concern for the tone and structure of a painting, comes across as garish.” (American Artist 1997 magazine)
I think this quote by WK summarizes everything. I know I talk  lot about neutrals being very important. One must remember that it is  the neutrals that makes the pure color glow. No need for garish color to make a statement.

PS Here is another WK quote I thought appropriate after my last postings.  "Keep the childlike vision and remain true to your ideas". 
PSS This painting is from the canal at sunrise.

9 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Well said. Well shown. This painting illustrates your point beautifully.

Donna T said...

I was up early this morning and wondered if you were painting the sunrise. It looked especially good to me because we've had so many rainy days. I like the looseness of this one, Loriann; no need for details.

Jala Pfaff said...

Love love love this!

Caroline said...

Lovely painting Loriann, and your blog page looks beautiful, those reflection paintings on the right look fantastic. You are very talented.

loriann said...

Thanks so much Sam. I do keep trying!

Hi Donna,
Yes, these Spring sunrises are awesome. I wish I could paint them non-stop, don't you? Time was ticking quickly so the looseness came naturally! Thank you for your kind comment!

THANKS Jala!

Hi Caroline, Thanks for noticing the changes on my blog page...I decided it needed some updating so I fooled around on blogger during one of my "ice times." Thanks so much for your very kind words. I don't know about "talented," but I sure do work hard.

Casey Klahn said...

Except this one is 100% color - which I love.

There are more things brought together in this work than most can see. You coordinated the surface texture with the marks and with the colors, too. I could go on and on. Way to go, Loriann.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

80% colour + 20% texture, mark, composition, tone.... joy excitment, control and knowledge = 100% luciously beautiful. Love it!

Brian McGurgan said...

I agree with everyone's comments, Loriann - there's a lot of suggested form here and beautiful color transitions, plus the strong texture of your marks on Twinrocker paper. very, very nice!

loriann said...

Wow! Thanks so much Casey! It's funny, when I left the site I thought it was a dog. It later grew on me. The way you see it makes me happy!

Hi Lisa! Thank you so much. I really like that 80% color, 20% mark, texture and composition! Thanks!

Hi Brian. Thank you too, for your kind words! That twinrocker paper takes some getting used to it. Lots of texture, holes to fill.It forces me to do new things. Thanks for introducing it to me!