Burning Bushes, 10x10
The pulsing, lighted-from-inside colors picked me up and carried me on their shoulders on my first full day painting, and I made three abstracts that - to my eyes - dance and sway and pound with the brilliance of nature in autumn's blazing glory.
But they're not for everyone, and so I'm tucking the other two away for now and focusing on a little less abstract painting.
I loved this church in North Waterboro, though its architecture was on the difficult side. I had to keep reminding myself that the painting is not about the church, but about the scene - church, trees, lawn and most of all, blazing bushes. With me, it is never about the buildings, but always about how the buildings sit on the land - and still, it's hard not to get drawn into architecture.
A Couple of Ideas I Just Don't Quite Believe
SCIENTISTS TELL US that leaves don't really change color in the fall, but that the color is there all along. It's masked by cells containing chlorophyll, which are green while they're making food for the trees, in the summer.
When the chlorophyll breaks down, science tells us, the yellows and oranges become visible. Other chemical reactions create other colors, they say.
Well, I am just not sure I believe this. Honestly, it just seems impossible. We look at green leaves on green trees for the entire summer, and never, ever, ever see a hint of red or orange or any other color. At least I don't.
And while we're at it, I don't really believe what they say about why sunsets are often red and pink. Science says that the sun's rays at sunset (and sunrise) lengthen, and the blue particles are tossed out and used up along the length of the rays, leaving us with pink and orange and yellow.
Again, I really just mistrust this.
Well, frankly, I guess that to be honest, I just don't understand either explanation, and so I don't see how either scenario could be possible. But that's just me.
Above, a couple brilliantly colored byways here in southern Maine.
Below, the green of a field just outside Arundel seems to set off the colors in the trees.
There are pretty great Halloween decorations up all over the area.
A couple of my florals are newly installed in Center Framing and Art,
on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center, CT.
A Final Thought
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
- L.M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"