Inside Autumn

TM9358 Inside Autumn 30×60 oil on panel

Many of the locales I paint were once farmland. The woods are mostly young, and the margins, defined by old stone walls, are a maze of grape and bittersweet vines, raspberry canes, and wildflowers. It’s a tangle of luxuriant growth bursting with color in the fall. All of that informed Inside Autumn, my homage to the season. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9358 Inside Autumn – detail from left of center

TM9358 Inside Autumn – detail from right and below center showing layered use of scraping, spatter, glazes and viscosity rolls to suggest autumn colors and textures

TM9358 Inside Autumn – detail from lower left edge

TM9358 Inside Autumn – detail from left side

Technical painting notes: I used mostly soft rubber rollers to apply the paint, beginning with a mixture of burnt siennas, umbers, and violets for the first pass. While the paint was wet, I drew into it with scrapers to establish the major branches and vines, then spritzed areas with solvent, which was rerolled to lift and soften textures and color. Some brush work to define negative areas and leaves followed. When this layer was dry, I rerolled burnt sienna over much of the surface and purposely streaked it with solvents and oil, spritzed it with solvents, and rerolled the surface. More scraping defined the tangle, along with some glazing. Using various viscosities of paint, I was able to lay down color or pick it up, revealing underlayers. When dry, I refined the color and edges with brushwork.

Inside Autumn – Redux

TM8422 Inside Autumn 36×36 oil on panel

The autumn months are so brilliant – neon red and yellow, bronze, crimson, every version of orangeĀ  – but they don’t last. The evidence is everywhere in the falling leaves. My favorite pond becomes a dense mat of color with reflected sky shining through.the gaps. I’ve painted this many times, and the painting Inside Autumn was among the first. It’s been through many changes since the day, years ago, when I thought it was finally finished. I’ve been working on it again, and thought it was interesting to see the way it keeps evolving. The image above (is it done yet?) has more color and light, more leaves, and I hope a unity of feeling. The image below is more somber, with fewer risks. Perhaps the changes in the painting reflect changes in me?

TM8422 Inside Autumn 36×36 oil on panel

mage below is its last iteration.