September’s Meditation is about color – or perhaps I should say it’s an excuse to immerse myself in the radiant loveliness of autumn. The painting is a view of reflections in my favorite woodland pond. The size, 36×60″, embraces the viewer’s field of vision. It invites the viewer to float into the pools of coral, gold, and orange, and let one’s attention drift away – at least for a while. Formally, I chose to eliminate much of the usual floating vegetable matter and open up the space. I also had in mind some of my favorite abstract paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, though I did not employ her stained canvas technique. Rather, I began the painting with monoprint techniques, followed by multiple layers of glaze and some delicate brushwork. I wanted the soft edges of color to echo the caressing quality of the air on a mid-September afternoon. Details below. Enjoy.