There is nothing like the deeply exuberant palette of autumn. I am in complete awe every year. Praise Poem is my homage to the season and the gentle way it glides into our perception. It is also one of my most abstract interpretations of the phenomena I see at the pond. The details are observed, but the key to the abstraction is the viewpoint and tight focus – low and close to the water. The accidental effects and scrapings from the monoprint techniques used in the base layer were allowed to show through with little additional work beyond glazing. The floating leaves and reflected sky were carefully defined, but restraint was my mantra. Details below. Enjoy.