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recent paintings and news

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Today was a very changeable day. The wind was throwing leaves from the trees and the sky was trying to catch them.

I've been working all week on a large painting in the studio and trying my darned-est to ignore the fast-changing colours of the land outside.

I did need a break though-what I find about working on large paintings are the continuous choices and decision making throughout the process-from start to finish. I require complete concentration so I can fully engage with the work so schedule at least 7 hours per session for large scale paintings. This exhausts me after a few days and I find I have to switch gears.

Time away from the work is just as important as the work itself, allowing for consideration re where I will go with the work and why, as well as reflect on and distill what I have learned from the process.

so in the meantime....

Today the strong winds were dancing with boughs and branches before throwing last leaves to the ground - I just had to catch the whirling remains before they, too, surrendered to the season.

oil on canvas
11x14in, 2011

*for those who follow my work this will look familiar. It is the view from my studio window and I have painted -and will paint-it many times. These same trees are featured on top of this blog, but on a foggy November day.



  1. yes....I love the brushwork in "October" looks.......... like music!

  2. Des feuilles qui dansent, des feuilles qui s'accrochent afin de ne pas vouloir perdre leurs partenaires... mais dans cette folle danse, elles tournoieront dans un dernier tempo.
    Aussi, elles ont sorti leurs habits de lumière et vos couleurs font danser à notre tour nos yeux...
    Gros bisous

  3. You definitely captured the round and round swirling of the leaves and blowing branches in this!

  4. Great mixture of resilience and playfulness!