Three little 12" squares that I am currently working on - as well as some other smaller ones - the two on either end have progressed considerably since this photo was taken to the point that they are probably also finished now - the middle one didn't really need any more work, I thought. I will have to wait to find out. Next week I will have to bring them all to the monthly meeting with my two artist friends and fiercest critics, so we will see what they say.
I am really enjoying these warmer fall colours that I see around me just now when it is so nice and sunny outside, even if it is cold and the mornings are frosty - we have had an amazing stretch of great weather and it really has given me a boost. It is so nice to wake up in the mornings with the sun streaming in the windows making you feel energized and ready to tackle the day.
Unfortunately the weather Gods are planning a return of the usual dreary wet and grey November days.
I just wish that it didn't affect me so!
This is the first result in what I hope will be a continuing series of exploratory paintings with warmer and stronger colors than I have been using for quite a few years now. The Boundary Bay, Estuary and Flyway paintings were based on the beaches and estuaries during seasons with bleached and gentle colors - mainly summer or winter/spring - and I have really enjoyed this as a departure from other more colorful work. But feeling the need for a change, I started looking at the lovely fall colors especially of the bushes, some of the grasses and the wild blackberry tangles found on the riverbanks and the estuaries all around - and I thought: why on earth haven't I included them before?
So I will be heading in that direction and am getting quite excited about it - I do so love these colors - and we will see whether a totally new body of work will emerge or if the new work will be a continuation of what came before. The painting above is actually the third - but the first one that I am happy with; the two you see below were "warm ups" - and they are certainly vivid, but not really what I am looking for, I think; but they were a lot of fun to do and a tremendous release of pent-up energy.
Looking at them here I'm thinking: Hmmmmm - maybe I can learn to like them as two standing-apart pieces, expressing joy and perhaps some turmoil in the transition from one period into another! A few minor changes may be required in the upper left corner of the one on the right - we will see.
All three are just 16 x 16" square canvasses.
I feel that I am on a roll and I will just continue exploring and see where it gets me - mainly on smaller canvasses and/or even trying my hand with some drawing, which I haven't done for a long time; I just dug out drawing material, including pen and ink and all kinds of other equipment that I had totally forgotten about.
Truly exciting - wish me luck and I will keep you posted!