Sunday, October 18, 2015

Galveston Wharf Building 1 and 2





















These are two 8 x 10 studies of an old neglected building in Galveston,
with 2 more in the works. I've been working on several larger canvases
but am not yet satisfied with how they're developing. Switching gears
usually disrupts whatever single-minded obsessive rut I seem to fall into.
There are several layers on these, some where everything is spelled out,
then scraped and softened, then repainted. Sometimes I get too focused
on what I'm observing and don't pay enough attention to what's happening
on the canvas. Working in layers feels natural to me but it was mostly to try
to get things more "right." Now I'm watching the layers create optical grays
and a skin or patina so that the paint itself seems as important as the
subject. These may need more work but they'll be set aside for a bit and
looked at again later. (The other rut I'm prey to is overworking and ruining!)

6 comments:

hmuxo said...

Beautifully painted Lorraine!! I love the colors and nice texture On these buildings!!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

The layering adds depth and an interesting surface. I like the way these are going and I really like the building you did in the previous post. Your color sense is fabulous.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love the softness and colors in these pieces. Great job!

Carol Flatt said...

So good to see your new work, Lorraine. I have missed you! I greatly admire the way in which you have delved into the process of painting, tried different approaches and shared your findings. To me, that's the essence of an artist. Your discoveries always force me to analyze what I do, and although I am lacking the depth of inquiry that you have undertaken I am fascinated by your revelations and intrigued with seeing how you apply them to your paintings. This "urban" or "architecture" theme has been delightfully compelling to me.

ART-TRAVELLER said...

Very wonderful light and colours !!!

julie davis said...

Lorraine, these are beautifully expressed.