Autumn's Blast Of Colour 11" x 14" Oil/Panel
The leaves of the trees are at their brightest right now. Everything seems to take on an Autumn glow. Colour is everywhere, almost to much colour. It is impossible to match nature's brush. We keep trying and failing if only to come back and try again. A never ending story.
This painting was started on a gessoed panel that had two coats of reddish orange base coat applied to its' surface the night before.
The composition was drawn in with a purplish burnt sienna. The shadows and darker areas of the painting were drawn in with these same colours.
In trying to keep control of the bright colours of the painting it soon became obvious that I would have to be extra careful with the overall values as well. As it is, I feel that they are quite close, perhaps too close.
I followed the old standard of working dark to light, finishing with my high lites. Then it was a case of doing the little flourishes, checking some edges and values.
Autumn is a fun and challenging time to be painting.