Some painters wow you with their use of colour. Others evoke an emotional response through their work. My guest this month manages to do both at the same time. Artist Loriann Signori uses the luscious vibrant colour of soft pastels to their full effect, creating luminous spaces that elicit feelings of deep pleasure. When I look at Loriann’s paintings, I think, This is why we love soft pastels.
Although Loriann Signori has been on my to-ask list for some time, I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Then a couple of months ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and bam! there was a surprise. Loriann’s work appeared but it wasn’t a landscape-inspired painting which is the type of work I’m used to seeing from this artist. Rather, it was a colourful interpretation of a hydrangea flower in a vase. Whoa! This was an unexpected and delightful shift. I was so excited that, at that moment, I messaged Loriann asking her to be a guest on HowToPastel. And happily, she responded with a Yes!
Don’t know her work? Take a look!
Before I hand you over to Loriann Signori, here’s a bit about her.
Loriann Signori Bio
Loriann Signori is a painter of luminosity. Her work is based in traditional methods and defined by colorist tendencies yet her aims and methods undergo continual transformation. One thing stays consistent: the paintings are, essentially, an emotional interpretation of time and place.
She received her BFA from Swain School of Design and MFA at American University but the real work began outdoors and in the studio. Loriann’s talent has been showcased in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work is included in private and corporate collections in the US and internationally. Currently, she is represented by Warm Springs Gallery in Warm Springs VA. Loriann is a teacher and mentor of the pastel medium. Find more info on her website.
And now, here’s Loriann to share her thought on the creative process of her work.
Risk-taking is my topic. That is, risk-taking for an artist.
If you think about it, each day we enter the studio we take a risk. Who knows what will happen?
The act of creating is essentially a kind of magic. We have the power to transform a blank surface into a mystery for the soul. In order to do this and keep the excitement of a good relationship, we need to take chances. We honor the concept and then we need to throw ourselves into a state of disequilibrium.
I paint in order to quiet myself into the “not-knowing” and hopefully discover something I didn’t know.
I feel that as artists we need to be comfortable with the state of constant change. The longer I paint, the more I don’t want to know “how” to do something or have a technique upon which I rely to create my work. Predictability is a killer of excitement. Instead, change has been my lesson.
A disequilibrium is what can make surprises happen. Each day is a new adventure into wonder and what I consider serious play. This play is investigative. What will happen if I…….?
Given this, it might seem strange that I paint landscapes and still-lifes. It has all been done before.
This motif isn’t avant-garde in any way. To me, the pleasure is in the risk-taking. It does not mean that I am seeking novelty in my subject or methods…. No, no, no. A successful day at the easel is one that I astonish myself. It’s a gamble each day to approach the old with new eyes. It is the forward movement into not knowing that is my risk.
Through my paintings, I attempt to stimulate a dialogue with nature and beauty.
Recently I have moved forward, or maybe it’s side-wards. The hydrangeas on my kitchen table whispered to me. They had an ethereal beauty, a song.
I began painting one after another.
Success started to come when the hydrangeas began to lose their thingness and become the spirit of light and color in summer. By reducing description and exploring the painting’s inner space, I can find the feeling of endless possibility and possibly, the infinite.
We, as painters, realize that the real magic happens when the conversation is between the artist and the painting. That’s a very special space.
My heart has a strong longing to be surprised.
Sigh. A big delicious yummy sigh. Aren’t those paintings something to sink into? Such light. Such sumptuous colour. Such texture supporting the strokes of pastel on top.
What about you? What are your thoughts and feelings about this work by Loriann Signori? You know we’d LOVE to hear from you so please do leave a comment!
Until next time,