Monday, November 17, 2014

what's too descriptive?

When painting I always struggle to keep away from being descriptive.  I actually find myself getting bored of a painting when I say too much. I teeter on this precipice what is enough and too much? How much can I keep out of the painting today and still feel place and beauty through color. I often will wipe the pastel so that edges blur and I get to bring it back. In oil I will wipe before leaving that day. That allows me to work fresher the next day.
Now a quote from my sketchbook  "When a work becomes too descriptive, too much involved with what's actually out there, then there's nothing else going on in the painting, and it dies on you."  Who else?      Wolf Kahn
This painting is from Sedona, in the Cottonwood area. It's a tree I have painted many times in my quiet field by the river. I can't wait to get back there.


Donna T said...

Thank you for this post, Loriann. I need to keep hearing that more is not always better. I like the quiet, mysterious areas of this painting - I get to wander around and fill in the blanks for myself. Your "Resplendent" tree is gorgeous!

loriann signori said...

You are so perceptive and sensitive. No wonder you are such a wonderful artist. Paint on Donna!

PS Thank you!