Autumn Falls In

TM8579 Autumn Falls In 48x36 oil on panel

TM8579 Autumn Falls In 48×36 oil on panel

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.

TM8579 Autumn Falls In - detai from upper center

TM8579 Autumn Falls In – detail from upper center

TM8579 Autumn Falls In - detail from lower center showing use of scraping away paiint in first layer, glazes, and direct painting techniques

TM8579 Autumn Falls In – detail from lower center showing use of scraping away paint in first layer, glazes, and direct painting techniques

TM8579 Autumn Fall In - close-up from center top showing base layer of monoprint textures showing through subsequent paint layers

TM8579 Autumn Fall In – close-up from center top showing base layer of monoprint textures showing through subsequent paint layers

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.

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