12.01.2019

Early Morning Dew and Dappled Sun - Autumn


I have been enjoying the beautiful fall color - it comes late here in Alabama compared to the northeast, but within the past few days, so many leaves had already fallen that I began to sense winter easing in.   To try to hold on to it a little longer I decided to do an autumn pastel painting.  I selected a reference photo taken around Thanksgiving a couple of years ago in New York.  

Working on Sennelier Pastel Card with soft pastels, I lay in the underpainting.  At this point I always think of Wolf Kahn's work and wonder if I should leave off here:

I began to lay in color, it seemed too harsh:

I moved it toward a softness.  It is dark now so I will stop and continue tomorrow - a consequence of the shortening of daylight of the seasonal cycle. I don't like painting in pastel at night because for me pastel is all about subtlety of color and I just can't see it as well as in artificial light, even with daylight bulbs, as I can in natural light.  It may be good to sleep on it begin with fresh eyes and perspective in the morning:

When I stepped away from it I felt better about it and am now excited to see it tomorrow in natural light:

 As I painted I connected with the morning I took the reference photo at the Sands Point Preserve in New York.  My husband and I took an early morning walk.  With these memories resurfacing in my mind, the following poem emerged:


early morning dew and dappled sun

earth's magical fairy dust

crisp air meets my breath

I take it all in

hold this moment

autumn at its best


It didn't take much the next morning in natural light, warm sun pouring in through the windows, to move it to a more poetic expression compared to where I left off the evening before:


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Early Morning Dew and Dappled Sun - Autumn

I have been enjoying the beautiful fall color - it comes late here in Alabama compared to the northeast, but within the past few days, ...