Nearing Sunset – October

TM8687 Nearing Sunset 36×44 oil on panel

My favorite way home from the studio includes a detour to my pond, especially in autumn. The steel-blue sky is a perfect foil for fall colors, and the lowering sun brings out the magic of red, coral and violet. I look forward to savoring the mirror. Nature loves to skew a grid. Subtle currents of  water and drifting pine needles zig zag with the reflected verticals of tree reflections. I don’t know if the  geometries or the color are the focus of this painting, but together they speak of time’s passage. Details below. Enjoy.

TM8687 Nearing Sinset – detail from center

TM8687 Nearing Sunset - October - close-up from center with reflected trees, sky, and floating pine needles

TM8687 Nearing Sunset – October – close-up from center with reflected trees, sky, and floating pine needles

TM8687 Nearing Sunset – detail of reflections, lower left

TM8687 Nearing Sunset - October - detail from lower left with reflected sky, branches, and pine needles

TM8687 Nearing Sunset – October – detail from lower left with reflected sky, branches, and pine needles

Technical painting notes: The painting is on an alkyd primed and sanded wooden panel. I used burnt sienna and burnt umber oil paint for the  base layer, which was rolled on using a soft rubber roller. Silicone scrapers were used to “draw” some of the tree reflections, and textures were achieved using spritzed solvents and blotting. After the first layer was dry, I glazed color into the painting, and began defining some of  he reflections with semi-opaque highlights. I also spattered color onto the surface to suggest dust and repeat the dotted effects of the underlayer. I also applied layers of wet over wet glaze with a roller, blending colors and unifying the overall tone of the painting.

 

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