Dear November

TM9295 Dear November 42×48 oil on panel

Early November is gold and bronze, with a touch of lingering crimson, at least around here, but late November shifts into the cooler colors. The dried, pale and papery leaves that hang on all winter are beginning to take over. I love them. So stubborn. Dear November is about the moment of transition. Grays and neutral colors are coming in, and our only memory of summer will be in those dangling, paper-thin leaves. Details below.  Enjoy,

TM9295 Dear November – detail from top of painting showing use of calligraphic brush work

TM9295 Dear November – detail from left of center with blowing leaves, and showing use of interwoven brush and roller strokes

Praise Poem to November

TM9293 Praise Poem to November 42×48 oil on panel

It seems odd to be singing the praises of November in April, but with a show scheduled for fall of 2020 at the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, I’m excited to be embracing the glorious fall months. The show will be devoted to the woods and trees, including paintings inspired by the visitor center’s glass, two-story observation space which looks out onto classic New England woodlands. I fell in love wit the view through the trees at bird level. Hello sparrow! More to come…..enjoy.

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail from left of center showing effects of blowing wind, with brush, roller, and spatter applications of paint

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail from upper center

Technical painting notes: The new paintings make more use of the roller than earlier work. The roller allows one to quickly blend and soften edges, The contrast of painted and rolled lines adds variety.