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.

Song in a Yellow Key

TM9438 Song in a Yellow Key 42×48 oil on panel

Late spring and early autumn share a multitude of yellows, and with that yellow comes a bold dose of sunshine and, dare I say, moments of bliss. Yellow is the color of uplift and joy. It is also a difficult color for the painter, who must find a way to mix a range of yellows without losing the clarity of the hue and its emotional impact. Ever hear of a dark yellow? Rarely, and it’s almost never happy.  Hence, my Song in a Key of Yellow is about joy, the seasons, and the music of nature. Details below.

P.S. Do you ever find the bird you know is singing in a nearby tree? I rarely do, but I know he’s in there.

TM9438 Song in a Yellow Key – detail from right and above center showing movement through use of soft and hardedges

TM9438 Song in a Yellow Key – detail from right side with leaves and pale blue sky beyond

TM9438 Song in a Yellow Key – detail from center

TM9438 Song in a Yellow Key – detail from lower right

Blow Wind Blow, Blow My Woes Away

TM9433 Blow Wind Blow, Blow My Woes Away 42×48 oil on panel

When I started this painting I didn’t know what was coming, for me, for the people I love, for all of us. It might seem strange to paint a full blown autumn tree while a pandemic rages in April, but it isn’t. I find myself wanting to embrace everything and everyone I love, but I can’t, so I’m touching the word virtually, through painting. I want to pour colors onto a panel – maybe in hopes it will cheer me and others. At the same time, the pandemonium rages on, and the urge to express motion, and the feeling of everything changing, is the only constant. Maybe this painting is wishful thinking. Or a prayer. I can’t say for sure; I paint. Details below.

TM9433 Blow Wind Blow, Blow My Woes Away – detail from right of center showing blue sky and clouds through swaying branches and leaves

TM9433 Blow Wind Blow, Blow My Woes Away – detail from left of center showing layered roller strokes

TM9433 Blow Wind Blow, Blow My Woes Away – detail from lower right