Monday, September 5, 2011

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

6x6 oil inspired from small pastel
7x3 pastel from memory

I continue my small works on twilight. (These are the baby "models" for my large works.) The idea of creating the glow color of a luscious sky can mean creating a darker balance in the land. Knowing this, I still try to do it in other ways, with little success. The contrast of sharp and unfocused edges make a little more mystery and strengthen the diva. Practice, practice.  I find that I need to do the "same"painting over and over varying the underpaintings  and the layers as I search for my idea to clarify before going bigger.

It's funny, last week a visitor to my studio was remarking about one of my paintings. She said,"Wow, what a beautiful place that is! It must be nice to paint there." I decided not to tell her that the view was next to a dumpster in the mall parking lot. We are the creators of illusions, ideas, and beauty. I instead replied, "Yes it is beautiful with the morning light. I love being in that place" While my statement may sound false..... it's not at all. I do love being in that place, even if most of it takes place in my head.

This brings about another great quote.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Degas

And last but not least, thank you to all my new (and old) subscribers and followers. When checking my stats this evening I was astonished and delighted! Thanks for taking the time to stop by, look and read!!!


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

There really is beauty in just about everything.. if we are prepared to look. I love the story of your studio visitor, I would have been on top of the world to hear that.

As always you have captured such beautiful light in these. Have a great week.

Cindy Michaud said...

and thanks for giving us so many beautiful things to look at!!

Vanessa said...

That is such a true saying. It really is amazing how art can illicit feelings within viewers. It's a lovely thing to be able to do, bring that much more peace into someone's life through your gift. Your paintings are gorgeous!

loriann signori said...

Hi Lisa!
You are so right, beauty is everywhere if we are prepared to look. Many times we drive endlessly looking for the holy grail when if you just slow down and look where you's there. Our job is to make beauty, don't you think?
Thank you about these little guys. I am right now working on a few big ones from my smalls. Feels good. Paint on and have a good week!

Hi Cindy and thank you!

Hi Vanessa and welcome to my site. You are so right. We have all looked at work that just makes us stop and get that pit in our stomach....oh to do that!!! Thanks about my paintings..I keep trying!

Caroline said...

Hi Loriann, an interesting post and I am wondering if you are using thick or thin paint for those dark areas, or maybe both! What colours are you using? Have a lovely week and your paintings are very nice.

loriann signori said...

Caroline, hi!
Thanks about the post and my paintings. As for the paint, I use whatever it takes, thick and thin. The colors you will usually find on my palette are: cad lemon, cad yellow medium, (sometimes cad orange), cad red lt, quid magenta, mag blue, ultra blue , viridian and white. occasionally another color sneaks in when I need it. See you next week!