Maybe it’s a landscapist’s habit, but to me every element in nature is alive. Even the seasons. When I see the reds of autumn starting to reflect in the pond, I think of fall swimming, floating along on the water, and floating in the sky reflected in the water. Autumn likes to have fun too. Autumn Falls In is a celebration of autumn’s arrival and the way it slides in unexpectedly, pushing away the summer greens. There is a cacophony to the noisy colors – bright red, scarlet, salmon, yellow, gold and the brighter blue in the sky. The color and cool put a bounce in my step, a feeling I want the painting to have too. Details below. Enjoy.
Technical painting notes: Autumn Falls In began with a roll-up of sienna and Venetian red oil paint. While the paint was still wet, I used a silicone scraper to scrape away the paint and create gestures of reflected trees and branches. I used a paper towel to blot away highlights and reveal the two older tree trunk verticals. Mineral solvents were used to loosen up the wet paint, spritzing and blotting to get textures. When the initial layer was dry, I resumed painting with traditional techniques, including many layers of glaze. Details were painted in directly, using soft brushes.