A beautiful poem, read wonderfully, can be an inspiration for a new version of art.
Just listen to Elizabeth Gilbert read Early Hours and I can guarantee that your mind's eye will see delicious images and feel.
A return to my favorite lake, although the leaves are now floating in the breeze rather than on the trees, beauty is everywhere. Repetition of scene can be your best friend. The scene is internalized and the feeling and the play become more important.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
|30x40 oil on linen|
In my reading, the one quote that struck me was, "A great number of talented artists have never done anything worthwhile because they surrounded themselves with a mass of prejudices, or had prejudices thrust upon them by the fashion of the movement." And that was say in the 1800s! That quote made me think. Why do I choose the way I paint? Why do you choose the way you paint? Is it to conform to an idea of what we should be doing ... studio, plein air, abstract or realism... or is it because it defines YOU, the painter you are and how you think?
This can only bring us to the influence of Instagram and Facebook upon what we do. I compare Instagram and FB to a marvelous chocolate shop... so many good, yummy works. Which do I want? (Or which do I want to be like?) Does it help us to look? Or would we be better off carefully selecting our influences like we do our friends? Choosing to spend time looking through museums or reading a great art book? As you can tell, it's my dilemma too. I give them up and go back (like chocolate.) Do we need to break the spell?
The thought that pops in my head-
Our painting life is precious. Be careful with whom you choose to associate.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
I have been very busy painting ever since summer began. My time has been filled with many painting events, painting trips and teaching. I know how fortunate I am to live a life where I can live my passion! And I am grateful every day. One of the many wonders of traveling while painting is meeting new people. I have met some super friends in the field, some people who have challenged my thinking, and some people who are like thinkers. Ignited by conversations I have some personal tips to offer. This is what I think, you make think otherwise, feel free to comment. You may first want to view my facebook page new video https://www.facebook.com/LoriannSignori/ and see what is in my studio at this time. For some reason I can't seem to add it to my post. On the link you will see a video of my last solo show (first) and the my most recent studio view (second). Check it out.
Here are my tips:
* Work consistently. While your work is a passion it is also a job. Schedule regular hours. I have found that on the days I teach I must be in the studio at 4:30 AM in order to get my work done while I am fresh, not dead to the world. That 4:30 shift is also my most productive since my brain is not totally on. I am responding instead of thinking.
* Work on many paintings. Your brain and the painting benefit from time away to process (and with oil-to dry)
*I take walks in between paintings to clear my mind. It's amazing how solutions come while you aren't thinking.
*Your creativity is precious, only trust the opinion of those people you admire.
*Draw, and then draw more. Your drawings are for you and they are better than photos.
On another note I just received notification that one of my paintings was accepted into the IAPS web show that begins on November 1st. I will post again soon, but always feel free to check my facebook artist's page or my instagram feed. I post often in those places since i can do them from my phone. Blogger has still not updated its app.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Each painting has a completely different feel. Do you have a favorite? I know I do.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Next stop, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Last week I was on the Island of Ocracoke, off the coast of North Carolina. It has a small harbor they call Silver Lake. This small body of water has always obsessed me but this time I arrived in Ocracoke with the simple idea that I would color study it over and over.
I mostly used memory although some have been started by some plain air, like this one. Once I could separate and begin to work the following day I was free from what i saw and eager to simply play with color.
Friday, June 29, 2018
More sketches and studies will evolve and I will see where it takes me.
Advice to self:
Follow organic developments.
Veer away from the obvious.
Veer away from the obvious.
Look to yourself.Avoid falling into stylistic rote.
Hone your tendencies and allow your flare to show.
Don’t worry about finishing uninteresting things,
but bring promising stuff to completion.
Hang your best work in your studio for a second look.
Make the work you’ve always fantasized about.
Postpone extensive external feedback.
I read something like this once. I wrote it down and adapted in my words. i wish i could remember where I found it so I could give credit.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Below please see the before painting... simply not exciting.
|Homage to the square glow, Josef Albers|
Josef Albers investigation into color was done by using minimal means -paint straight from the tube. He applied it meticulously with a palette knife. His focused selection of colors took him through a journey, a serial investigation into rhythm, mood and spatial movement.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018
We learned about push and pull color space, transparencies, vibration, melted edge, and color reversals, to name a few!
As I process the information I will blog more about it. Look for a new post this week.
PS Thank you to Susan M Story for making this workshop happen.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. To this end, the beginning is not a study of color systems.First, it should be learned that one and the same color evokes innumerable readings. Instead of mechanically applying or merely implying laws and rules of color harmony, distinct color effects are produced-through recognition of the interaction of color-by making, for instance, two very different colors look alike, or nearly alike.
I am fortunate to be part of a workshop, Hands on Albers Color Workshop with Cynthia Dantzic. Ms. Dantzic was a student of Josef Albers, the color genius.
I work color intuitively. So to think about it in a whole new way is exciting. The workshop is in NYC, this weekend. Cool, eh?
Monday, May 14, 2018
Quote from the book Lab Girl, which is a book by Hope Jahren. Essentially it is a memoir by American geochemist, geobiologist, and professor. But more than that it is an atlas of discovery. For Jahren it is about plant life but it also pertains fully to the artistic exploration. I guess it's all the same. ;-)
This painting was begun last year when I was in prince Edward Island. It took a year to finally come to its fruition.
Monday, April 30, 2018
My memory allows for total freedom. When I was there I recorded only the written information about the colors in my sketchbook. This series of paintings have no solid physical basis. I am only concerned with air. Sometimes land shapes come forward but I am not as interested in making them...simply trying to paint air.
As I work on these air studies I am finding that using texture is exciting. Since these are all pastel I started with texture. Not being satisfied I kept adding more as I worked.
Does anyone have a suggestions for a new place to go where the air is colored? I so far like Sanibel, Washington State, and Prince Edward Island. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I have spent the last week on Sanibel Island. Love that place! Did many small paintings and now I am back in the studio working from them.
Apologies for my lack of posts. It seems that when I updated my iphone to ios 11 it no longer will work with my blogger app! Blogger has not, till this point, fixed this. For the past years I have been doing all of my posts on my phone, but now I am back to the computer and it is slowing me down.
I have many more ideas to share.... till later. Now back to the studio.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
|Baltimore sunrise, 30x40, oil|
We had serious wind storms which closed down the city. At one point when I went to a doctor's appointment I heard two transformers blow and the fire came next! Therefore I spent more time in studio than out. The top one is the large oil I've been working on and the others are some of the plein airs before and after the storm.
|field near needwood|
|memory twilight needwood|
|field at entrance|