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Autumn Already?

Yes, it’s fall, and I’m enjoying it.  Today was a crisp, bright day, with a sapphire sky.  I went to the local farmer’s market.  Apple and pears abounded-not to mention pumpkins. No, I’m not talking about my cat again.  I’m talking about the raw materials for jack-o-lanterns.

My very first autumn picture in colored pencil is this:  Autumn Song.

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Didn’t have the best of cameras when I did it. Or rather, photographed it.

And October Fruit Loops, for, why not?

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Or this:

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And this little nameless one:

 

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I used to hate fall.  It meant back to school, and the doorway into winter.  The ugly yellow of school busses was more dismal than ever.  Not to talk about the rain!  Okay, I will anyway.

But now I don’t  mind an occasional fall rain.  The purple sky clashes beautifully with the orange trees.  With a dash of red to tie it together.

(Please, Powers that Be, notice I said an OCCASIONAL fall rain)

So, my  latest, but not so greatest:  This is a little one, still nameless.

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What I do like about it is the little figure in a raincoat scurrying by.  My first try with that image was in a larger version of the rainbow drawing.  It came out awful.   Yes, offal.

But this makes me think that possibly or a least in the realm of possibilities, a good full sized drawing.  It better be good, I have one sheet of paper left until my next paycheck.  Gratefully, that’s coming up this Friday.  Thank God, for the day job.

 

Oh, yeah…and this one.

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I think I’m getting moldy.

Oregon, no doubt, is a beautiful state.  I remember one day, arriving in Portland to visit my sister, only to be surprised at the sweet, perfumed air.  I looked to see bounties of roses growing by the sidewalk.

Only, I don’t know how I’d do in all that rain!  I asked my sister how she did it and she said (and I paraphrase), “It reminds me of the mists of Japanese paintings”.  From that perspective, I’ve tried to look at rainy days.

You don’t have to go to the Pacific Northwest to get rain all the time, any more!  We have had plenty here in the Northeast, and dampness abounds!  We were teased by a couple partial days of sun…but back to it.

So, I’ve finally gotten it!  What my sister said, the elegant and moody mists of a Japanese painting.  Did my best to express it, here:

“Rainy Day Rhododendrons”

An aside, also makes me think of the Beatles’ song “Rain”.  I interpret it as an idea that when life’s misfortunes come upon you, it’s more your attitude that matters.

Today, I embrace the rain.

Wasting No Time

I said I was eager to get back to the rainbow drawing.  As soon as I was finished with the pet portrait, I got right back on it. It looks, still, quite a bit like the smaller version, but I drew the rainbow in with a lot of white space, a la impressionism, to give it a feeling of light.  I had more fun with the clouds, too.  Although, still not realistic, they are tempestuous.

I realized in looking at rainbows since, they do mark  a clearing.  So, I pulled in some incoming yellow light underneath it.    So, Dorothy, you want to go “Over the Rainbow”?  Not me, that’s where the clouds are.

The idea for this drawing came to me as I passed through a forgotten railroad station on the way to Brewster, NY.  So, going back to its origins, I’ve named this piece, Rainbow Over the Tracks.

Finally, I think I’ve gotten it out of my system.

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Every Rainbow Starts With a Storm…or a Sketch as the Case My Be

So, her’e the rough sketch…and rough it is.  It’s painfully lacking in interesting details, but then, that’s what sketches are for.

In the past, I would jump in full-sized, with no prior sketch, and waste mucho dollars on paper, doing version after version. I now eliminate problems from having done the sketch…and since the paper I use costs upwards of $5 that’s significant.  And less emotionally frustrating, I might add.

So, I’m also hearing the voice of my artist mother as I look at this sketch…..”If you add a couple of details, your picture will tell a story”.

“But, Mom, I don’t want to tell a story!  I want to create a mood and an emotion”.

So, I look a this sketch..it has an Asian artwork feel to it.

I will add details to it, and hopefully create a mood, and tell a story.  Yes, Mom.

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