Monday, May 30, 2011

memory paintings at dusk

How much color can go in a  nightfall painting and still say dusk? Honestly, I am not sure. So I keep experimenting and using my memory, instead of plein air painting. Some consistencies include that after the sun sets the tree edges have a warm color, the ground is cool and the rest of the landscape is much darker.
These are both from my soccer field. We had a thunderstorm during the week and afterwards was glorious. Brilliant color and small puddles of colored water. I let it sit with me for days and finally painted today. The underpaintings were different. The top on has an acrylic underpainting, somthing I decided to do in order to push the intensity. The bottom one is a rubbed in pastel underpainting. Softer.
Always searching...
Now back to cutting boards, preparing frames, and packing all my stuff for a week of plein air painting at the Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2011. Think successful thoughts for me, k?

6 comments:

Donna T said...

Wow Loriann! These are both gorgeous! They both say dusk in different voices. Have a great time in the mountains! I will send mental waves of support every day!

SamArtDog said...

Your memory is definitely not plein. I prefer it to reality. Give 'em a taste of Mountain Maryland Memory!

Jala Pfaff said...

These look great.
Best of luck at the paint-out.

loriann said...

Thank you Donna, Sam and Jala! I really appreciate your thoughts!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
You have posted two fantastic paintings! They are color statements. The first painting has an expansive feel to it.I like the beautiful arrangement of colors in the fore and middle ground. The bottom painting has a more intimate atmosphere and conveys a sense of quiet.I like how you used red on the trees and the gradation of color in the sky. The blue and green in the foreground are a nice touch. The sky in the first painting is very gestural-wonderful interplay of blues and oranges.

Enjoy your upcoming plein-air adventure-I cannot wait to see what you will paint.
NJ ART 73

Brian McGurgan said...

Beautiful, vibrant work, Loriann. I like the texture in the bottom one, especially. Best of luck with the week of plein air painting! I'm sure that it will be great and that you'll produce some wonderful paintings - looking forward to seeing them.