Saturday, April 25, 2015


Two new pieces have been added to the Parkway series.  The focus of this series is on striated colorways.  Striation is a geological term for parallel lines or scratches occurring on the surface of rocks.  Striation in art is parallel lines placed together.  

"Detour"  18 x 18 mounted, Lori LaBerge  2015

I am varying color combinations in striated fashion on each of these works.  The series will reference the Blue Ridge Parkway to continue my interest in roadways and celebrate our local parkway.  

"Detour" breaks the rules slightly.  There tends to be a general rule I've heard multiple times in art classes to never divide a work in half.   I like the even placement of the light and dark grays in this piece.  The brighter colors break it up while the lilac color placement and white lines allow one's eye to travel throughout the piece.  

There is nothing like driving along the parkway and suddenly seeing one of the detour or no entry signs on the road ahead, leaving you with one option:  turn around and enjoy the view.

 "Triple Tunnel"  18 x 18 mounted, Lori LaBerge  2015

"Triple Tunnel" developed from the three tunnels located one after the other on the parkway.  This is near Ferrin Knob at mileposts 400.9, 401.3 and 401.5.  We, as a family, have always loved tunnels.  When the kids were young, we would all raise our hands, with the exception of the driver, and scream as we drove through. Great memories.  The triple tunnel was and still is a favorite.

The striated colors were placed horizontal.  The metal "tunnels" provide contrast through both being placed vertically with a chain in the same direction.  As one drives through the actual tunnels, the first two are fairly close together while the third is slightly further away.  I placed the metal tubes to reflect this.

It is interesting that when I first drew out this design it was to be a cityscape.  It took a 180 degree turn and became a parkway piece.  The blues and greens reflect the sky and grass seen along the drive while the reds and orange remind me of the beautiful sunsets on the parkway.

I find that color becomes extremely important in geometric works.  We have choices of neutrals, bolds, pastels, etc. to be used to define geometric areas of a work. Review some of your geometric works or view some on the internet, study color placement and have a great day.

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