Monday, May 2, 2011


24x12 oil on board
This is the painting that I have lovingly labored over for the last 2 months. Finally it is in its resting stage. The grandeur of the sky, and the new beginnings the sunrise offers were my small (heh) goals.
I am learning to paint big on the floor.
More tomorrow from the list.

PS  If anyone knows how to fight barrel distortion in a long photo please let me know.


Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
What an absolutely beautiful painting! It is an exclamation regarding the joy of life. I cannot answer your digital photo question. I am at the beginning of learning of how to do digital photography.

William Cook said...

Barrel Distortion? Is that where the camera renders your work as if you painted it on a barrel? If so, that can be corrected simply in Photoshop. Go to filters, to distort, to spherize. The trick is to get the entire image onto the sphere. So your 12X12 image needs to be on a 18X18 canvas (under Image to Canvas Size [not Image Size]). Use the tool to convex the image-- back off the barrel effect-- to normal. Extremely simple--15 seconds tops. Wm

loriann said...

Thanks NJ!!!

Hi William, The barrel distortion I experience only happens on very elongated images. I will try your advice. Thanks!

Janelle Goodwin said...

I don't have the words to describe how beautiful this painting is. It touched me deeply.

B Boylan said...

Stunning! It looks like the beginning a great day!
The term for this barrel thing is called 'parallax'. It's an annoying effect from a camera lenz, but nice to find an easy solution from William. :)

SamArtDog said...

What a passionate painting!
Three observations:
Whenever I work on any painting for 2 months, my perception of it becomes distorted.

I wouldn't have seen distortion in this photo if you hadn't mentioned it. I'm still not sure I do. As you say, the sky is a sphere.

William's "extremely simple---15 seconds tops" may be a distortion in itself. It would take me much longer than that to figure out his instructions. Steam would come out of my ears.

Donna T said...

Wow, Loriann! Absolutely glorious!

clickmom said...

Shoot with a lens greater than 50mm (if you shooting with a SLR), I would try a 70mm or longer. If you are using a point and shoot stand as far back as you can and zoom as much as you can. A wide angle lens is what causes distortion. Make sure your lens is aimed at the center of the photo and you are shooting perpendicular to the canvas. Hope that helps!

loriann said...

Wow thanks Janelle. I guess I will add more thinking time. i was ready to go in and attack (again.)

Hi Brenda,I did some work in photoshop, like William said and it helped! It's great to have lots of friends on blog!

Hi Sam,
I understand what you mean. I also see how time makes you move in new least for me. As far as working with photoshop, the distortion part of filters helped. The thing is learning not to be afraid of messing can always undo or start again.
PS I just reposted the fixed image.

loriann said...

Thanks Donna!

Thanks too Click Mom I will retake the photo!

Stinson Fine Art said...

nicely done!

Celeste Bergin said...

ok now. THIS is my favorite!

Pam Holnback said...

This is beautiful! Great, soft, soft edges.

loriann said...

Thanks John!

Hi Celeste... a new fave? Thanks!

Thank you Pam!

Nika said...

This is stunning, Loriann! These kind of dramatic skies are tough to handle and easy to overdo, but you definitely hit the target with this one. The color is glorious and subtle at the same time... The quality of your mark and handling here have the same ease and brilliance that are so characteristic of your pastels, your work has reached yet another milestone. I just want to sit back and soak this one in. Thank you.

loriann said...

wow thank you Nika! I do have a bit of a flair for the dramatic it's always good to know i didn't go too far. Thank you for noticing the mark. I am trying to free it up as I approach my glazing methods.

Jala Pfaff said...

Big sky. It breathes, deeply. Stunning.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Really wonderful.
I think I agree with ClickMom to avoid distortion. Carol Marine said that zooming at least a little will eliminate the distortion and it's been working for me.

loriann said...

Wow, thanks Jala!

Hi Dale, I am trying both pieces of advice with my long pieces..the zooming and the "remove distortion" feature in photoshop. It's helping.
Thanks about the painting!