Slipping and falling – otherwise known as transition and possibilities. The question is what happens along the way. This season of transition as we edge toward winter has me thinking about those two gerunds. Every walk around the pond gives evidence of more falling leaves, and the golden light of late afternoon is followed by more deeply embracing blues and shades of indigo. It’s a time that shares some of the best of summer and winter. Fresh food still coming from local farms and gardens, flowers, and the return of denim and corduroy. All these thoughts found their way into Slipping into Fall – the leaves scattering on the pond’s surface, the golden light on the far trees (reflected), the evening’s indigo shadows creeping in, and the ripples in the water, like fine wales in corduroy. Even a few reddish tones where the lily pads and surface vegetation are putting on fall colors.
For a painter, every season brings a new palette and different sensibilities to the process of making art. Even the change of temperature in the studio (cooler temperatures mean the paint will dry more slowly) allows for more “open” time in which to manipulate the paint. It becomes easier to start large paintings. Slipping into Fall is one of many larger paintings I have planned for this season of increasing possibilities. Details from the painting are below. Enjoy.