It has been a very grey, rainy fall here in Vancouver. Maybe this painting will help to brighten things up a bit.
Posts tagged ‘autumn’
Here’s yet another picture of autumn in the park. I can never seem to capture the varieties of colour – endless shades of orange, fading to yellow, changing to green with a bunch of pink and red thrown into the shady areas. Rather than trying to do it all, I find it’s best to pick a direction and go with it. I decided to let the gold and yellow dominate in this one.
Here is yet another tree from Jericho Park. I am so lucky to have this park practically in my backyard. You can see an amazing variety of wildlife on any given day. I have seen: ducks, geese, eagles, herons, bats, harbour seals, rabbits, squirrels, beavers, turtles, racoons, frogs, crabs, all kinds of birds and even a coyote once. Perhaps choosing a tree to paint is a little boring…
Autumn is my favourite painting season. My attempts at capturing the golden light, long shadows and intense colours are not always successful, but I have a lot of fun trying.
The season always feels too short for me to take it all in and explore as much as I’d like. For me, the magic of painting is that it allows me to fully immerse myself in a place, to explore the colours, textures and mood for as long as I want. Hopefully, in the end, I have a piece of art that captures the character of that place or moment. (Sometimes it actually works).
The latest in my series of tiny paintings. They keep me painting when art time is limited.
I may be painting fall, but I’m not done with summer yet. We are off to Summerland next week, to enjoy the last part of August. Looking forward to a change of scenery.
This painting takes me back to a cool fall morning when my son and I went for an early walk. He was looking for snails and frogs, and I was looking for painting inspiration. I came home with lots of ideas and (thankfully) he left the wildlife in the park.
Yes, it’s another tree. I love painting trees, but I am quickly running out of names for these paintings. My titles tend to be descriptive, so how many ways can I possibly describe a yellow maple in the fall? Or an orange oak? I am open to suggestions.
I’ve zoomed in on a detail here to show the brushwork more clearly. I kind of like the composition I accidentally made with my cropping.
I want to thank everyone at Hycroft for having my work up this month, and to everyone who attended the opening on Sunday. Great to meet so many nice people!
It is time for another show at Corner Cup, my local community coffee shop (4th and Blenheim, Vancouver). This painting and several others will be on display for the next month or so. If you stop by to see the artwork, chances are you might see me or a member of my family sitting and snacking – we spend far too much time there.
This painting has been done for a couple of weeks, however computer problems have kept me out of touch for a while.
It is an interesting experience to have your computer die. After the first feelings of frustration and panic, I realized that eliminating all of the fiddling around I do on the computer would free up a bit more painting time. I have not yet recovered my data, which means that I do not have access to my source files – several years worth of photos that I use for ideas and inspiration. So I found myself digging through my desk and found a very old file of printed photos that had once interested me. They have given me some new ideas and shifted my direction slightly. I am also anxious to get out and take some new photos – inspiration is everywhere!
(By the way, when I talk of reference photos, they are all my own pics, taken by me).