Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Challenge of vertical

Lewis River 4
24 x 18
pastel on Wallis Museum

Turn the paper from landscape to portrait and a whole wagon load of challenges appear. Where is the interest? How can I move the eye of the viewer up and around and back up again? It's a sure sign that I'm learning something new when I pace around my studio and growl at the painting on the easel!

That pretty much describes my day.

How was your day?


loriann said...

Love the swirly feel in this one. I think you are on to something! Keep pacing.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Loriann. I think that I've gotten too comfortable with horizontal, so the vertical is throwing me back out to where it's confusing and hard to figure out. I think that the growling is helping, but I'll keep on pacing, too. Thanks for the comment!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

I like it--emulates the ebb and flowy you've depicted-or you've intuitively rendered it to compliment the vertical format--am so enjoying this water rhythm series--your colours and value shifts are beautifully handled--haven't visited in a while and interesting to see these respites of monochrome still lifes in-between the expressive colurs-

Celeste Bergin said...

Well. If growling gets this kind of result..I guess growling is ok! I am enjoying the energy of these new water paintings, each one better than the last!

SamArtDog said...

For sure, these choppy waters are worth the trouble.

I try not to growl in the studio. It scares the dog.

Theresa Evans said...

Just happened on your blog and so glad i found it. Such beautiful colours and shapes in this. I love theway you handle pastels - very painterly.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It looks like swirling water to me but that you're thinking like that about your works shows your professionalism.