I just refuse to let the fall colours disappear without just one last painting. I must admit that most of the leaves on this tree had already dropped. The painting was probably more an exercise in expressionism than it was impressionism.
The painting was done on a Masonite panel that was pre- gessoed and an application of mixed red acrylic and green . I must mention that three coats of gesso were applied to the surface with a well worn two inch brush. I find that the worn brush leaves a nice texture of brush strokes as the gesso is applied. In this particular case, I did not sand the coats of gesso between applications. I prefer this rough texture to the smooth surface.The texture really 'grabs' the paint.
I used the same limited palette (colours) that I had used in previous paintings. When mixing my colours I added a paste to the paint. This paste aided in the faster drying of the paint and also gave it a texture . This paste was used in the earlier stages of the panting.
I am happy with the results of this piece, if for no other reason than I do not see any snow.