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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SCRIBBLE/DOODLE - The Same But Different MOODS

The same scene scene, with two different mediums. 
One is acrylic. One in watercolor. 
One scene with 2 different painting styles. 
The same scene displaying different times of the day. One is a night scene. The other is a day or Spring scene. 
In the Scribble/Doodle Window I changed this scene with Photoshop into an wild Fauvistic, expressionistic landscape.

I gave myself this exercise once as an illustration for a workshop I taught some years ago.



©Acrylic, Teneya Lake by Night, St.Germain


It is one thing to be able to draw well,  but better art displays a mood in the painting. Setting the mood is definitely what makes the painting "speak." How to set a mood? Colors and shadows more importantly, and then moving on to blurry or sharp edges (boundaries). The darker the color, the more it will have the effect of  a somber, night, serene, or mysterious place.




©  Watercolor, Teneya Lake in Spring, St.Germain


Light and bright colors express an uplifted mood.  A display of spring or summer, sunny, cheerful. Edges are often sharper, but do not need to be.

These are not the only possibilities for this or any landscape scene. 

Another mood would be fiery, or a late Fall with almost bare branches, or snow, or storm. A mood goes beyond weather conditions. One can make any kind of scene busy, or contemplative, or depressing. 
If I'm doing a little self-evaluation here, I've noticed that most of my landscapes exude a bright, sunny, or dreamy atmosphere, while the painting of angels and of revelation (on my web site) are more night and mysterious views.


In these scenes I did not deal with shadows, but they are another way to set the stage. That maybe for another time bloggie friends!


26 comments:

Protege said...

Very intriguing; I love both paintings. As you say, depending on the colour, they illustrate different moods.
Each time I paint a landscape, whether it is directly or from a photograph, I always look at the colour I see and try to imitate that. I can not imagine changing it to another colour. At least I have never tried.;)
xo
Zuzana

Whitemist said...

I have been told that my paintings speak volumes about me and my moods (and I always thought i was just capturing scenes!).
And then I knew that when i did a painting FOR someone, it reflecting things that i could not see, but spoke to volumes about that person.

Denise said...

Two very beautiful paintings Jeannette. So interesting how you set the mood with the colors on your palette. I enjoyed reading about your techniques.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

These are wonderful! I love the different moods, and what you write is so interesting.

jeannette stgermain said...

Zuzanna,
Thank you, friend!Hope you'll come to the point that you'll also have fun with art, and start experimenting or doodle with colors, etc. and if you don't like it you can always start over :)

jeannette stgermain said...

Joey,
Very interesting, Joey. People have not told me that yet:)
I agree, other people see things in our paintings that maybe we are not aware of yet!

jeannette stgermain said...

Denise,
Yes, I'm hooked on color:)
Glad you like the paintings, and enjoyed what is involved in the process of these paintings!

jeannette stgermain said...

Ralph,
Glad you like moodiness, Ralph (just teasing)!
Thanks for letting me know that you were interested in how the paintings came to be - I guess that's the niche of my blog:)

Paula said...

You always use such a warm palette, which I really love.

jeannette stgermain said...

Paula,
Thank you Paula!
Whenever you have time look at my art website www.stgermainart.com (click on right column at the address and it will take you right there) and you will see under the button "Revelation" (left top) that most of these paintings are of a cool palette:)

Gaelyn said...

I feel like I could sit on a rock under the trees and watch the stars at Tenya Lake.
I really like that you reproduce scenes with different moods. Even the Photoshop is fun.
I finally found my colored pencils, maybe it's time to draw.

jeannette stgermain said...

Gaelyn,
Oh would be so beautiful - a starry sky at Teneya Lake - we've never tried that, since we always stay at Bass Lake when we go to Yosemite. (And this is close to the N. Pass).

Go girl with a penciled color painting! And when you have a little money left, maybe you could try out pastel. Or begin with pastel pencils -it's just a little softer than colored pencil.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Both are wonderful paintings, and the brushwork in each has the 'impressionistic' movement and style. Yet it is the first one, the night scene that speaks to me the strongest.

I appreciate those who work in watercolour as it is a medium that eludes me, though I have used watercollour pencils with success.

Thank you for sharing,
Egmont

The Green Stone Woman said...

It was very unexpected to see the second painting, it being so very different from the first. It's very interesting how you did that. How you managed it at all. Thanks for showing it. It inspires me to do things with my own paintings.

Gaston Studio said...

My mood must be light and gay today because the second painting spoke to me louder than the first!

Susan Tuttle said...

such a beautiful painting -- i enjoyed seeing the original photograph.

:)))

Angie Muresan said...

Both are very nice, but I love the first. That cobalt color reminds me very much of those Renaissance paintings. Breathtaking!

jeannette stgermain said...

Egmont,
More have voiced that I have an impressionistic style.
But whenever you have time click on my art website www(dot)stgermainart(dot)com
on the right column (under "links to my favorite sites"), you fill find something different (top left button: click on "Revelation") -

I am curious how you will describe the style.
About your Berlin post: so many feelings came up that I first needed to process them -so I will come back to that sometime!

jeannette stgermain said...

Irene,
Thank you! One has to be very deliberate about it. We are creatures of habit, even artists LOL! Happy it inspired you to do something in your own art with it!

jeannette stgermain said...

Jane,
Overall, most women prefer the second one. But if one prefers the first, he/she has a very definite reason/opinion about it!

jeannette stgermain said...

Susan,
Oh, I must be more clear in my text: both are paintings. Because I took parts of 2 photos to put this scene together.

jeannette stgermain said...

Angie,
Thank you! I love the blues (colors that is:) )!
Which kind of Renaissance paintings are you referring to?

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I love both of your paintings ! You certainly are most talented.
If i had to pick, I like the first one best, the colors are so much more subtle, they leave an aura of mystery.
Thanks for your kind comments at my place, I always enjoy my visit here.
Jo

jeannette stgermain said...

Jo,
You have such an interesting blog and your pics are stunning, so it's always a pleasure to visit you!
I can imagine that you like something mysterious in a painting -thank you!

Merisi said...

Amazing the difference in mood,
almost like a different setting!

jeannette stgermain said...

Merisi,
Thank you! You got the point:)