I think of autumn as a brocade of rich colors and textures. Glory Days explores the mental meanderings encountered while working with the effects of richly textured fabric and deeply patterned and textured painting.
The sumptuous green/golds and coral colors are achieved through multiple transparent glazes over a heavily patterned base created with paint (burnt umber and raw sienna) using monoprint techniques. As I built the layers of arboreal reflection with tiny strokes, I was reminded of stitches. Allowing the monoprint spatters and bursts to show through only enhanced the feeling of a substantial woven material, with apparent slubs and the feel of textured thread contributing a tactile sense to the painting. I was also reminded of the gardens and forests in Jean-Antoine Watteau’s paintings, which reminded me again of elegant fabrics, like brocades, that would have been worn at court. Odd how a view of across a watery surface could turn into a meditation on late sixteenth and early seventeenth century French court life and the romantic paintings it inspired. Detail below. Enjoy.