Not Long Now

TM8488 Not Long Now 24x44 oil on panel

TM8488 Not Long Now 24×44 oil on panel

Another variation on time passing and the drift through seasons, this time floating us from late summer into fall. Working on this painting, I wanted to emphasize strong movement from the upper left to the lower right. I increased the subtle rippling  to give a sense of movement across the water, and added leaves dancing and landing on the water’s surface to bring in a more three-dimensional feeling of space and time. The reflected cumulus clouds imply movement overhead. Details below. Enjoy!

TM8488 Not Long Now - detail with tree reflections,leaves floating on current, and reflected sky with cumulus clouds

TM8488 Not Long Now – detail with tree reflections,leaves floating on current, and reflected sky with cumulus clouds

TM8488 Not Long Now - detail showing transparent layering of paint, use of opaque paint on leaves

TM8488 Not Long Now – detail showing transparent layering of paint, use of opaque paint on leaves

TM8488 Not Long Now - detail from lower left showing multi-colored reflections of autumn

TM8488 Not Long Now – detail from lower left showing multi-colored reflections of autumn

Technical painting notes: Painting the transition between seasons allows for a more varied palette of colors. Working with all the warm tones of fall, I needed to add some cool reds for balance. Fortunately for this realist, nature doth provide.

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