Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Woman In Autumn; Back In Purple; Woman In Blue And Red; Woman In Blue And Yellow

 I painted these yesterday and today, from life.

Woman In Autumn is oil pastel and oil paint on 11"x14" canvas.

Back In Purple is oil pastel and oil on 12"x16" canvas.

The two small sketches are oil pastel on papyrus, for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

About Woman In Autumn:

These are the colors of the leaves on the ground this morning.  Although it is a warm windy day today, it looks like and feels like winter is coming.  And that is what I painted.


  1. The second is very graceful. Given the my color-challenged monitor, I must ask, is that purple

  2. AH, it's definitely in the purple family. I don't know what it is; the paper wrapper ( the label that names the color) is long gone, but it's some kind of pastel variant.

  3. Laura, thank you. Glad you like it.

  4. I think these might be my favorites, especially the first. Love the title as well.

  5. so beautiful ...
    the first two are my favorites

  6. The top two for me as well. These colors seem VERY different from your other work, and the top one especially surely does capture autumn hues.

  7. Denise, thank you.

    Banjo, thank you. I actually gathered a few leaves and taped them to the board that I had my canvas resting against as I painted.

    I'm not sure what tree the leaves are from, but it's a deciduous type that doesn't grow in the Southern California area I'm from--or, if it does, doesn't turn these colors in the fall.

    It has been beautiful weather the past few days, with plenty of leaves on the ground--and plenty of acorns and pecans there too.

  8. Second visit and it's still the top two for me, but I'm liking them even better than before. Top one seems VERY unusual in a good way (is she folding her arms against the cold?), but as others have said, the second one is beautifully graceful, relaxed, comforting.

  9. That second one is the one you showed me when we met in Austin!!!!...done that very morning!
    I do really like it.

    It is interesting how much more aware of the rhythmic movement of your hand I got when seeing it in person. It has always been your sense of touch, though, that captured my interest.

    It was so great to meet you!

  10. Banjo, thanks again. In person, these two pieces also continue to be interesting to look at/live with.

    Shanna, thanks. I loved meeting you and your spouse and hearing some of your stories. And, as always, I learned a lot from you.

  11. oh yay! I'm glad you two got together.

    I'll be the contrary one here and go with the last drawing. The black edges, the minimalism and the warmth that shows through. Second place is the purple. The heft and rhythm of the figure

  12. PA, have any plans to visit Austin?

    According to Shanna, we all lived ridiculously close in the Pasadena-ish area.

    Thanks for encouraging Shanna to visit.

  13. I love the top one, and the second one even more. Wonderful colors in both of them.

  14. Hi Jean, Interesting series; I like the idea of "Woman in Autumn" and these pieces are wonderful. The top one is intriguing. I like all of them, an particularly the 2nd and 4th. Strong, organic shapes and lines!

  15. Hi, Peggy, and thanks. Glad you like these.

  16. Gorgeous art..all uniquely beautiful ..shine on!