My new painting, White Tailed Buck is of a regal adult male deer. I’ve worked on it consistently for the past two weeks, it took time to blend the colors of the deer’s coat. The late spring forest foliage behind the buck was inspired from my daily walks. I love looking at how the light falls on the various tree leaves and branches. I’ve tried to do it justice in this painting. Here in Atlanta, we have many majestic deciduous trees growing in our environment that we tend to take for granted. Luckily, my neighborhood has many and I sure hope it stays that way as the ranch house expansion renovations continue.
Last year, at mid-morning, a large eight-point buck leapt into our wooded back yard, the tall fence was no issue. I watched him from my studio window as he strolled across stopping to snack on leaves. He then leapt into my neighbor’s yard. Occasionally, I’ll see deer at dusk over closer to a church yard that has a large, wooded area with a stream and protected flood plain. I had never seen one here and wondered what got him over our way.
The buck symbolizes the male aspect of the deer, speed, stamina, grace and regeneration since the antlers grow back each year. The antlers grow up above the head bringing it closer to the sky and making it sacred. In many cultures, the deer buck is a symbol of spiritual authority.
Fawn and Stars is one of my earlier paintings. I’ve always liked primitive feel and abstract look of it. The colors remind me of this time of year as the nights get longer. I’ve used the image as a winter holiday card in my Circles Round the Sun Etsy shop.
It’s been a very busy season, my daughter who is in her senior year of high school, is applying to collages and recently had a German exchange student stay with her for two weeks. It was such a pleasure having her here with our family but very hectic with all their activities going on. My husband has been working nonstop for a big deadline coming up in a few days and I’ve been planning a neighborhood artist open house for December. In a few days we will be traveling to my sister’s home for Thanksgiving. I’m so looking forward to being with family and also relaxing for a bit. Happy Thanksgiving to those in the States!
Fall is in the air here in Atlanta. It’s cooling down and the trees are just beginning to turn, the colors warming up. Soon the landscape will be lit with brilliant warm hues. I used these warm colors in my new painting, Girl with Young Doe, the second in my series of children. I’m pleased with her, portraits are getting easier for me, practice makes perfect as they say. I wanted to project a young women who is innocent as the doe yet clear about who she is and in touch with the natural environment that surrounds her.