Harvest Maiden is a new painting of mine celebrating the beauty and bounty of fall. Here in Atlanta, the days have been unseasonably warm and sunny unlike last year when the wind and rain quickly took the leaves away; this year we are witnessing the beauty of fall as the colors slowly unfold. In the late afternoon when I look out my studio window to the backyard wooded hillside, the vivid leaf colors against the blue sky with the sunlight streaming through are breathtaking. The view inspired me to do this painting.
It feels good to be back to painting. I had been spending time matting and framing prints for the Flying Biscuit Cafe at their new location in John’s Creek. I also took a marketing class for artists which was helpful. I’ve never been business oriented but at this point it is an important skill I need to develop . The class was interesting, informative and fun; I realized that marketing takes creative thinking which is helping me to see it in a more positive light.
I also have a new friend that I met at an art fair I was in who has tons of experience in corporate creative marketing. She is helping me get more directed and focused. Focus is something that has not come easy for me, I tend to get scattered in a lot of directions. My husband and daughter are both focused and directed. I can see it serves them well and they both inspire me so. I plan to both paint and keep up with marketing, it will take time but I’m trusting the process and feel it will pay off.
Gray Squirrel Among the Autumn Leaves is my newest painting. Here in Atlanta the fall has been pretty pathetic with the endless rain taking many beautiful leaves down too soon. We’ve had a few sunny days but this fall has not been as vivid as usual. During the rainy days I felt like painting an autumn scene with brightly colored foliage to brighten my spirits.
When I worked as a park ranger in Brooklyn and led tours with the inner city school children, if we spotted a squirrel they would squeal in delight. In the South with all our trees we tend to take our squirrels for granted, in fact my dad used a bb gun to shoot at them if one got near his bird feeder.
Squirrels are pretty amazing when you think about it. They are beautiful creatures with their bushy tails, sleek build and so agile as they scamper through the trees. They are also helpful to nature with all their gathering of nuts, some of which turn into trees. I’m pleased with my squirrel and hope you like it too.
Crow Visits a Girl in the Gardenis my most recent painting. After painting the Girl and Wolf, where the girl’s face was so small, I felt the urge to paint a larger portrait. The crows are back in our neck of the woods so they’ve been on my mind. I thought it would be interesting to place a crow with the girl in a garden scene. I’m fairly pleased, it was a fun challenge.
It is quite chilly this morning and the leaves are just starting to turn, feels like fall now. The sky is bright and it will be warming up shortly, It’s great to have such a beautiful weekend after the past few dreary, rainy ones. I plan to go visit a local art festival this afternoon. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!
Autumn Buddha is my most recent painting. A friend lent me her Buddha statue that she inherited from her mother-in-law, along with the her prayer beads which drape his shoulders. I like the soft and peaceful look of this Buddha statue. This is the second painting I’ve made of the statue.
Here in Georgia the fall colors are just getting started but I have been seeing many gorgeous images of fall scenes from Aquamosh’s Blog, a photography blogger that I follow. The rich warm colors of the fall images are just breathtaking. In this new painting I decided to play with those rich colors for the Buddha’s background.
I’ve done several Buddha paintings most of which I used a carved wooden Buddha statue from Thailand as the model. We bought the statue because it reminded us of our Southeast Asia travels. We visited many ancient temple ruins in park like settings. I loved walking among the massive stone Buddhas sitting peacefully in the landscape. I’ve tried to portray the serenity I felt there in my Buddha paintings. Prints of all my Buddhas are available in my Circles Round the Sun Etsy Shop.
Cup and Sauceris a painting of mine I did a few years ago. I’ve always liked the rich texture of the pink background against the brown wooden table. Last night we had our first frost here and it’s been a good day for sipping on hot tea. It has stayed chilly all day. The leaves are falling from the trees now though the colors are still quite beautiful. I made a big pot of soup earlier and might take a walk later if I can brave the cold weather. We are quite spoiled here in the south, yesterday I was out in a tee shirt. It always takes me a while to adjust to the colder weather. Stay warm or keep cool wherever you are!
Today, October 1st is my dad’s birthday, so he’s on my mind. Whenever I paint a crow I think of him. I’ve been pondering why this is so.
He grew up in Charlottesville Virginia went to the University there. Edger Allen Poe had gone there briefly years before and he was one of my dad’s favorite poets. Dad would recite the Raven especially this time of year as the days shorten and head to Halloween.
My dad had a real love of nature, and he passed that love on to his four girls. Most weekends we drove out to the Alabama countryside. We spent our afternoons running around picking blackberries, playing in the hay, swimming in the pond and creeks. We would spy on beavers and shy away from rattle snakes. There he taught us to ride a horse, fish and shoot a shotgun. He loved bird hunting. He never took us hunting but we plucked many a quail.
I loved this time of year out in the Southern countryside.. The beauty of the dried grasses, cornstalks and few remaining cotton balls along side the rustic barbwire fence against the backdrop of the blue sky with crows flying about. Years later I realize what a gift the my dad gave us. That experience over time got into our bones. That is why I paint birds and other natural creatures. So thank you Dad!