Monday, July 18, 2011

visions from Washington






Hi everyone!

It has been a few weeks since my last post. Thank you to all for the very understanding comments and emails. I have kept my computer closed and have only allowed myself 5 minutes to answer emails. Due to my time changes I have had  at least 5 hours a day in the studio and the time to teach  a week long  (1/2 day) workshop. At night I  continue planning my new studio. Priorities.
As far as articulating my direction; my trip to Washington made me realize that my goal is to erase the superfluous from my work and distill it down to just what is essential. Sounds easy, eh? Not so for me.  In a few days or so I will share a little studio work, but for now I share a few from my time in La Conner, Orcas Island and San Juan Island. They are my more successful pieces...although not quite what I am aiming for, yet.
Thanks so much for your supportive words. Toodles for now!

16 comments:

Leah said...

Nice to see you back again!

B Boylan said...

The San Juans are endless in subject matter. Simply a beautiful place to paint! Thanks for taking a few to share with us.
~b

Deborah Elmquist said...

I was beginning to get worried. So glad all is okay and you are back with us. The work you posted is rummy.

Double "D" said...

Well hello B,

I'm glad you've posted something although I certainly understand your need to avoid the time consuming computer.

I'm going right straight to the painting at the bottom.
How awesome is that! You've let some of the fluid watercolor become part of the feeling. The added pastel really sets the whole painting off.

It's beautiful B! This painting alone would make the trip worth it.

Take care of yourself and I'll see you around.
pb

Casey Klahn said...

They are a sensitive group of pictures from the Sound. Absolutely wonderful, and you should be proud.

Celeste Bergin said...

I agree with Casey....these paintings are wonderful --it makes me wonder if I should turn off my computer..!

Caroline said...

I love the last painting too it is so beautiful as if the rain is falling gently as a change of weather moves in. The colours are soft too. Reminds me of a classical watercolour from another time. Enjoy your creative time wee Loriann.

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann!
Wonderful paintings-the energy crackles across the page. Great color orchestrations. Thank you for posting your newest work. Your dedication to pushing your art to the next level is very evident.

"How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling"-Claude Debussy

NJ ART 73

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SamArtDog said...
I'm still here. And loving your precious few posts, which are getting more precious the less there are.

I admire your discipline. Not open the computer? Just paint? I'd like to do the same, but...

Hey, the expression is not carpe postem. Hmmm...

loriann said...

hey leah!!!! it feels good to be back to my blog and, of course, to hear from you!

Hi brenda! Yes, the san juans are amazing- rain or shine. Good to hear form you!

Hi Deborah! Good to hear from you. All is well...happy summer.

loriann said...

Hi PB!
I knew the bottom one (ala, most watercolor presence) would be your preference. The very interesting thing about that one is there's just a tiny bot of watercolor.. the effect is made with hard pastel "painted" with a fixative. Cool stuff to play with.
Hope you are enjoying your summer. Are you staying put and hanging with the grandkids or off traveling?
till later, my friend,b

loriann said...

Thanks Casey, I appreciate your kind words!

Thanks too Celeste! Yes, turning off the computer is WONDERFUL. It is such a time sponge. Try it sometime!

Hi Caroline! You know rain, just as I finished that painting the skies opened and the rain poured down. I will make time to drop by and see you some time. Can't wait to see what you are up to!

loriann said...

Hi NJ,
Good to hear from you! I love the Claude Debussy quote. So true!

Hi Sam,
Thanks for your words of support. I think being away, without constant internet availability kick- started this "no computer- more paint" drive. Doing it for the 3 weeks I was away made me realize the time I lose when I open up the thing. It was eye opening. "carpe postem" heh.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

With the computer off, the only voice you hear is the one inside yourself, urging you which way to go. So glad that it's such a positive change for you. The paintings are great and seem like fingers reaching out to things that haven't been touched before. All the best! Kvan