Monday, April 4, 2011

goals, vibration, and Hans Hoffman

6x6 oil on board
One of my goals for painting is for it to be impossible to tell if the painting is oil or pastel. That means the  most important vibration  must be present in both. A couple of years ago I determined that in order to do this, it was important to learn glazing techniques, rather than painting in the way I was taught long ago- alla prima. I thank  Deborah Paris and Sadie Valeri, both master painters and teachers, for all of their guidance and patience helping me as is I struggled through that learning curve. I am not saying that I have finished learning...but now I understand the basics and can see through the layers.
Yesterday  NJ  sent me this great quote from Hans Hoffman.  He had once said, "My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with deepest insight into the experience of life and nature." Now doesn't that just say it all?
Did I mention my next goal--- that of mark?  Within the vibration there can still be mark. Next I will focus on mark. toodles for now!


Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
This painting has a feeling of infinite space and radiant light.I like the suns reflection.I wonder though if you eliminated the dark lower left corner or somehow re-worked it it would further increase that feeling of distance. Yesterdays painting had energy -a sense of place.
I guess that you too have noticed that there is a lot of purple and assorted violets in the landscape. You have a remarkable ability when painting to pick up and convey the temperature of your immediate surroundings. This was very evident in yesterdays posting. You write that one of your goals is for it to be impossible to tell if a painting is an oil or a pastel.
I am interested in just how you will do with this with pastel. I am noticing the beautiful subtle qualities that you are achieving by using glazing techniques which requires patience and a different type of concentration.
You also write that you will next focus on the mark.
Loriann your mark is already present-whether it is the dancing lines on the left side of yesterdays painting or the quiet application of oil paint as shown on todays 6 x6 oil .

loriann said...

Hi NJ!
I am always amazed at the thoughtfulness of your analytical, knowledgeable comments. I look forward to them. Thanks for taking the time to write!
The sand area in this painting has troubled me..I have reworked it constantly. I appreciate your ideas. I will let it sit for now then think again.
Thanks also about my mark...I am giving it a lot of thought and will think more about your observations.
your friend, Loriann

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Loriann, forgive me if it sounds like I'm telling you what to do... I feel a bit nervous suggesting it.. but in the lower bottom dark you could add some pebbles using the marks that you do so well in pastel to catch the light. With some darks in the wet sand continuing the regression. As you glaze back along the lower section it would tie in and get knocked back becoming more subtle. I'm looking forward to seeing your approach to the wavelet edges as they catch the light, will this be the mark that you will focus on? Of course, I know you will have a plan and I'm probably talking out of my hat...

I agree with NJ, your mark is most definately already present, your voice is refreshing and strong. This painting will be a beauty I know.

loriann said...

Hi Lisa,
Thank you for your suggestion. It's funny we mostly use our blogs to get constant pats on the back. While that can be good, often what we really want (and need) is different thoughts, critiques, and analysis. I truly appreciate your words. I was thinking about pebble like marks in the bottom right corner.
Cheers my friend!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Loriann, I'm so glad that you weren't offended by the suggestions. Sometimes it feels hard to suggest when you know that the artist is much further on their journey and more skillful than you are. I know I really appreciate hard and fast 'take no prisoners' kind of critiques as those are the ones that I've learnt the most from. (not that, that was what I intended with the suggestions)- I think you know what I mean.
Happy painting and have fun going solo.