Fall Color

Here’s a tree I spotted at a pumpkin patch that we visited with the grandkids. What caught my attention was the way the outer leaves turned color while the center remained green.

This painting is an exercise in value, also known as rhythm. An academic teacher that I knew described value as the lifeblood of a drawing or painting – light values support dark values support light values, etc., across the entire work. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish when using color, so I limited my palette and spent a month on and off tweaking it until I got it right.

Poppies

The universal symbol for Veterans Day is the subject of this post. This is a wet-on-wet effort to keep everything looking loose and free.  I used white space to keep the colors from bleeding into each other and muddying up the composition.