Thursday, October 29, 2009

They Get No Respect

I've had an idea running around my brain this last week for a subject of my next painting. It all started when someone gave me 3 small pomegranates. I wanted to paint them because they are so beautiful but thought that just those 3 tiny fruits wouldn't make the statement I wanted to make about the abundance of sustenance and beauty that we have this time of year.

Then thinking about the composition also made me think about color and contrasts, all those thing that go into make a beautiful painting. I needed something to contrast the reds that I had and remembered that a neighbor had a quince tree and was always asking me to take some. Yes they would be perfect with their pale yellow and greens and fuzzy textures. As I walked down his driveway I noticed his black fig tree and saw that there were still figs on it. What a great addition to my arrangement, I hope that he would give me a few, really only need two, but one extra would taste just great, with yogurt and honey, for my breakfast tomorrow.

I brought my treasures home and set them up on my painting table and lit them with an overhead and took many shots, added a second lamp and shot some more. Here is the one I choose and now have to decide if it will be watercolor, acrylic or oil.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Aspen, Eastern Sierras

Don't you just love the colors of fall. This painting came from a trip that Tom and I took a couple of years ago, over the Sierras to the Eastern side. It was in late September and the alders were in full color. Who could resist such a scene. I love the stark whites of the bark against all that riot of color.
This is a watercolor on paper, size 11 x 15

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Time

It that time of year again. The colors of fall show in the pumpkins that are now being revealed in the gardens as the leaves die back. Everywhere I go now I see pumpkins, at the grocery store, in front of Walmart, along the freeway north of town and on front porches in the neighborhoods. The excitement is building and you can see it in the childrens faces...Holoween is coming...Boooo.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Last of the Sunflowers

With the fading of the sunflowers the summer also fades.
But now we have a riot of color to look forward to. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I look forward to what it brings. Piles of leaves and dropping nuts from the trees.
Chilly mornings and cozy evenings by the fire.
Life is good.