Monday, April 30, 2012

triptych

Here is my value set-up for my next triptych. The plein air work (small, above) was  which was completed last summer when I was in the San Juan islands. It was those glorious moments after sunset. That is the time when the land masses have close values (and low value) and the light in the sky is still tremendous (high value). The color is saturated. It is imperative to squint when painting outside as it eliminates all those insignificant value shifts.When creating the value study I just look at the strong value shapes and mass them together.
Now, a triptych is a whole different challenge. Here the whole painting, all three pieces must hang together as one piece. In addition each smaller square must be viewed as a separate unit and be able to stand alone. The squares are 24x24 making a total of
24x 72.

10 comments:

Maggie Latham said...

Can't wait to see how this one progresses. Hope your show is/was a success.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Wow! You are working big! I love the idea and challenge of the triptych -- it looks like yours will be strong in all the right ways. Bravo!

Casey Klahn said...

Very, very wonderful idea. The San Juans are magical, and your pastels will make them even more so.

loriann signori said...

Hi Maggie! It's always a surprise to me to see how a painting progresses. More on that later. The show is still doing quite well. it is up till this Saturday. thanks for asking.

Hi Kvan.....we will see.

Hi Casey,I hope the idea works well. I love the San Juans ou are lucky to live close-by (relatively). This painting will be in oil. At this point I only use my pastels in the field. Keeping my lungs clean.

SamArtDog said...

I love each of the three individual pieces. Just as value studies, they're very handsome. Seeing them in living color will be thrilling!

loriann signori said...

Thanks Sam! Value is a very powerful thing...we will see what happens with color.

Donna T said...

That is going to be one beautiful painting, Loriann (three, actually). It has strong bones already and just needs you to do your magic with colors.

loriann signori said...

Thanks Donna! How is life upstate?

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow. How I admire this big, ambitious landscape triptych!!! The sketch alone is stunning, can't wait to see the final paintings.

loriann signori said...

Thanks Diane. The boards are finally ready to receive the first layer of paint.