Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Fall Color's Drive...NE Wisconsin...gouache

Painted this this afternoon while watchin' Favre Company take it to the Cowboys...representing a road just down from where I live, and this past fall's color here in Northeast Wisconsin.  That last light sure paints a lovely blast of color.  A pickup truck drives off in the distance...

4"x 8"

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SEILER said...

Really nice Dad!

Jeff (trout bum) said...

Larry- Nicely done!Your gouache work is really taking on a nice life of it's own. Looking forward to the next one.

Larry Seiler said...

thanks Jason...thanks Jeff, I'm enjoying them...quite a bit..

xavier ieri said...

Hi larry,
Another wonderful gouache.
But, if I may so, let me do a little critique (excuse my english, not my native language, but a language that I love and I am self tought).
When I saw the painting I loved that light on the trees and on the ground.
As you say it is the last light, so the sun is very low, just above the horizon line.
Thats why the bushes on the left side and on the right side of the road and the road are in total shadow.
At this time of the day the sky could not be so blue and the clouds so white.
And that was disturbing.
With your artistic license you can do everything, the sky could be bright yellow ou deep red, though.
But, your work use to have a innerent realistic logic and coherence, very artistic, and that blue sky is not logic under that circunstances and kind of breaks the coherence of the painting but not in an artistic way.
Is that making any sense to you?
Hope not hurt your feelings.
I mean well.
So, my question is (not rhetoric): What did you have in mind by doing that painting that way?
As you use to say: Peace!
Kind regards

Larry said...
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Larry said...

Edgar Payne taught us that light is 200 to 300 times more intense than what pigment can imitate...and so he worked with a number of palette strategies and options to recover the natural and inherent deficit we as artists face. A strategy may necessarily sacrifice one aspect to expound on another that is more dyanmic and critical. In that sense, as Picasso once said..."art is a lie that tells the truth"

So...I lied or over exaggerated about the blue of the sky to tell the truth about the light striking the tree mass as I emotively experienced it on my fall day drive. I can live with such a lie because to my aesthetic aim it served my intention and I think works.

Every spot you set up and paint worthy of the time easily offers a half-dozen paintings that could be painted. The error of some artists is to attempt to paint 2-3 such paintings in one.

IF the sky were the crux of my compulsion to paint to represent it faithfully, another aspect of the painting would require some sacrifice. Nothing replaces standing there with the capabilities of the physical eyes to see and take it in, but we expolate and express to bring out one or two essential points.

Painting is a process of recognizing what one's choices are, making intelligent decisions and determinations, then carrying such out without distraction. More important then what NOT to paint, than what to paint.

The color I've pushed for the sky delivers, while a lie...the drama I intended. Thanks for the opportunity to give me a chance to explain further. One knows not necessarily what others are thinking lest they bring it up. So...of course, no offense to be taken whatsoever...

xavier ieri said...

Thank me?
Thank YOU for sharing your thoughts that are a little wonderful painting lesson.

I own the payne's book (composition of outdoor painting) and Im gonna give it another look. I dont read it for some time.

And I totally agree with you: Painting is about to choose what to put on the canvas and what to leave out of it.
Identify what one have to say and say it with a minimum of "words", but intensely though, getting to the point that motivates the painting in the first place.

Yes. A wonderful painting lesson.

Thanks Larry

xavier ieri said...


and what a wonderful lier you are...

Larry Seiler said...

haa...thanks Xavier...very kind!