Wednesday, August 1, 2012

working in a series

finished pastel, potomac river
sketch /pastel,before the rain 6pm, magothy river

sketch/pastel, sun and clouds 3:45, magothy river
Working in a series is one of the most powerful things a painter can do. When you are infatuated with your subject you can not wait to see what you can do next.  Once you KNOW your subject you easily go beyond the representational and slip into the reason you chose that subject. I believe life and all its questions, answers and unknowns bleed into your psyche as you paint.
The river is and I think always will be a muse for me. It may be different rivers but it's always the same idea. The humidity of the East coast compliments the river water well.

finished pastel potomac river
 Each time I paint the river I easily get lost in the "What happens it I do.....?"To many people it may seem repetitious, but to me it is love of a place.

in progress, oil 12x24 skagit river


Donna T said...

Wow Loriann, your recent work is stunning! Whether you're using pure colors or neutrals the mood and feeling of each experience come through with complete clarity. Thanks for sharing your notes on notans too - very intersting!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

You often say so eloquently and concisely the things that I struggle to say in words. I just had to link to your post and website today. Stunning work as always.

Oli said...

It's all but repititious. Thanks for sharing your wonderful artwork.

loriann signori said...

Thank you Donna!
Today I used the last piece of paper onto which you created a surface. LOved it! Which paper did you use as the base?

Thanks so much Lisa! I am honored.

Donna T said...

If the paper is really stiff and heavy it was probably 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper by Fabriano. If (when) my painting flops I just prepare a surface on the back side or wash off the front, re-gesso it and add a new layer of pumice gel. I'm glad you liked it!

Takeyce Walter said...

I second what Lisa said. I've also found the river to be a muse for me (the Hudson) mainly. Love your river works.

loriann signori said...

Thanks Oli! You may be as repetitious as you like!

Thanks Donna! I think I will go back to making a batch of my own. I loved the whiteness of your paper. Thanks for sharing!

loriann signori said...

Hi Takeyce!
I do remember you too are a river painter. Your Hudson river scenes are beautiful!

Jala Pfaff said...

I think I'm someone who always loves color sketches more than "finished" paintings!

loriann signori said...

Welcome back jala!
I do understand that preference. i waiver on the border of what and how far to go...every single painting.