Saturday, October 18, 2008
'Receding Fall' - oil on linen - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '08
It's just so beautiful out right now. Most of the gorgeous riot of color, that doesn't seem real, has subsided and now is what I consider to be the most beautiful time of the fall for painting. Temps are still above freezing (unless you don't wear good warm footwear...then the toes get cold) and the atmosphere is smoky and rich. The grey tones of the tree branches subdue the leaves that are still clinging to the limbs and branches. I think most painters prefer the more quiet times for painting. If it's all loud, there's no restful quality. I painted this one this morning outside of town and did get cold feet. It takes some indoctrinating each change of the season in my case.