While this painting seems to be about autumn, it’s really about yellow, that high-keyed, exuberant color that never sits still and always wants to leap off the panel. I’ve always admired yellow’s power, but I also respect the difficulty of getting it to sit alongside other colors without totally dominating the painting. Taming yellow was the challenge for Here Comes Autumn. I wanted the joy and exuberance but in balance with the other colors of September. Of course I did take some artistic license – with this year’s drought I doubt the colors will be as rich as usual. But that’s the fun of a painting – it can be whatever you want or need – and I need yellow. Details below. Enjoy.
The light jumps off the picture as you say. Have you noticed how much yellow is in Van Gogh’s pictures?
I have – and I think that Van Gogh used it symbolically, not just as a descriptive color. For him, it was both light and a psychological response to light. For me, blue is probably my most deeply felt color – it speaks to me of rationality and a certain calmness.