Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Landscape


A little abstract landscape in pastel.

More art on my website: jalapfaff.com

9 comments:

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

This is so serene, and beautiful. Who would think a yellow sky and purple land would look so 'real'? Gorgeous.

Loriann Signori said...

Jala, I love the space between the yellow and purple-beautiful! Loriann

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Kelley, thanks! Similarly to Casey Klahn, I enjoy playing with "unlikely" colors for landscapes...especially easy to do when they're so abstracted.

Hi Loriann, thanks! Yeah, it's kind of fun how much interesting "stuff" always goes on in the horizon area of my abstract landscapes. I don't plan it, but the way I work when I do them always seems to be the same: put down the two main colors I'm going to use ("land" plus "sky"), and then I'm like, hmm, what would make this more interesting? and I add a bit of a line in a diff.color, then I look at it again, and do another little tiny detail line, etc. I try (try!) to stop just when it's interesting enough.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

It may be abstract but it is close enough to a real scene that if you didn't label it we would think beautiful sunrise. Nice piece either way.

Karen said...

Beautiful, simple and serene, lovely. Just enough of a horizon to anchor it all.
Are more of these in the works?

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, Bill and Karen! I've actually done quite a lot before with this idea of "how little do you need in order to read as landscape", though often in more of a vertical format, just because that felt right at the time. See the Pastels section on my regular website: http://www.jalapfaff.com

Loriann Signori said...

hmmmmmm, the space between. No surprise that's were the action is. Loriann

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

perfect color harmony.

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, Mary!

Loriann - it almost sounds like some kind of life metaphor, doesn't it?