Thursday, March 17, 2011


As I was photographing this and even now as I post it, I feel an
underlying itch to "tidy" it up. Every morning I spend about 30
minutes looking at artists whose work I like and they are definitely
not tidy painters. I'm thinking that part of developing one's own
vision is to trust what you respond to in others' work and become
accustomed to valuing it when you do it as well as you can. I need
to keep it around and get used to it until the urge to tidy goes away.
I do see my work as more lively overall: there's less concern with outlines
and boundaries and more focus on making color resonate and how it
relates to the entire surface. The cup is actually a strong gray-blue
but it seemed dull to me so I tried a lavender which perked things up
a bit. I feel progress---less fear in trying things that are not actually
"there" if they contribute to the painting, and more confidence in the
way I judge what I've done.

For anyone on a budget, I'm working on Canson mat board that I seal
with two coats of Liquitex matte medium. The paint glides on, there's
a canvas-like texture and it's archival. And, no need to mount it on a
more rigid surface for framing.


Linda Popple said...

I really like what you have been doing! It is so painterly with the lost edges and beautiful colors. Thanks for the info about your support. When I return home I may give it a try.

Jean Townsend said...

incredible color. I could eat it.

Kathy Cousart said...

Wonderful work and whatever you are doing is working for you- loose, tidy, messy, artistic license to change a color- you keep it up!

Pam Perras said...

Hi Lorraine,
I love it when artists share information—whether about painting supports or finding one's "voice" (or vision)or. Both struck a chord with me. Your painting is beautiful and painterly; absolutely no need to tidy up. Thanks for your helpful comment on my blog.

claire christinel said...

Great painting Lorraine. Love the colour and the brushstrokes. Your edges are gorgeous and your experimentation with grays is really showing. The grays make the colour sing. Stay on journey it's definitely taking you somewhere wonderful Thanks for the tip on the Canson mat board.

Lori Bonanni said...

Really enjoyed reading your posts and following your quest. I share some of your thoughts and process. I've been trying to make a transition from the type of art I learned as a Landscape Architect to a more realist type of art. It has been a fun and at times frustrating process but I feel the daily painting is at least pushing me towards my goal. I've heard "paint what you see" from a few of my teachers and have found it invaluable advice. It real does help guide me to my own vision/interpretation. Hope to see more of your work!

Virginia Floyd said...

Your latest paintings are wonderful! There is nothing trite about your work. It is always fresh and surprising and interesting! As always, I love the looseness. I can look and look!

Janice said...

thanks for the tip on the mat board, I'm going to try it!