Saturday, March 11, 2017


"GeoNight"  diptych, 13" X 10" each,  Lori LaBerge  2017

The second section of "GeoNight" was hooked. It is based on a plein air study focusing on geometric shapes. Shadows, the moon and trees became diagonals, circles and triangles. All art is based on the abstract. If you get the chance to watch a plein air artist work notice how many of them paint out an abstract drawing on their canvas before beginning the painting process.

When learning to draw figures the body is broken down into oval, rectangles, cylinders and boxes to produce the form. The decision to be made is whether to keep a work abstract or to progress toward realism. 

 "Into the Gray"  in progress  24" X 12",   Lori LaBerge  2017

The work above was titled "Unstill Life" when it was in the design process. As I worked out color planning, it became "Into the Gray". I am thinking there are just so many gray areas in life. The more I studied the work the more it spoke to me about trying to organize and how we like to place things and sometimes people in specific categories. The two bowls represent where ideas on different groupings could be stored with the arrow seeming to bring more of those ideas into the gray bowl.

It also brings into account that the road series relates not just to the physical roads we travel, but the emotional roads.

I've been a big Sean Scully fan for years. There is something quite mesmerizing about his use of stripes.  Layers of paint invite exploration. I spent quite a while looking at his work "Red Durango" at the Ackland Gallery at UNC Chapel Hill. To sit down and read his thoughts, influences and lectures leads to a deeper understanding of his work.

Art Exercise--
Think about the titles of works. How do they relate to the visual? If you create your own work do you title it in the design phase or after it is done? If you title it before how does this affect the way you approach the work? Do you bother to title work at all?

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