Inside November

TM8587 Inside November 36x44 oil on panel

TM8587 Inside November 36×44 oil on panel

Inside November is part of the “Inside” series, looking into the watery heart of each month at the pond. November brings darkening shadows and cooler reflections, and the floating leaves and pine needles I so love to paint. There is also the first hint of frozen sheen forming on the water. A recent visitor to the studio looked at Inside November and said,”I can taste the cranberries.” Maybe it’s the red and violets that caused such a fruity response. Or maybe those colors (and flavors) were in my subconscious when I was painting. Details below. Enjoy.

TM8587 Inside November - close-up of floating leaves and pine needles

TM8587 Inside November – close-up of floating leaves and pine needles

TM8587 Inside November - detail from bottom center of painting

TM8587 Inside November – detail from bottom center of painting

TM8587 Inside November - close-up from lower right

TM8587 Inside November – close-up from lower right

Technical painting notes: I experimented with rolling out areas of thin glaze on this painting using a soft rubber brayer. The lavendar gray sheen on the water is an example. Alternating layers of painted detail and spatter helped to give a sense of surface debris and dust, glimpses of reflection, and also suggest the slightly pebbly texture of ice forming in patches.

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