Oil - 32 x 40 - in progress
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In this last season, I focused on the central section of the water, because its colors and contrasts are such an important key to the rest of the painting. I got to know it all quite a bit better in the daily and weekly rhythms it performs from mid-September through October. The beauty that this subject displays is a kind of spectacular, which is both inspiring and a little intimidating. I continue to do my best to remember to stay calm, breathe, trust what I'm seeing, and try ... the "and maybe try again" is always implied : >)

"Morning Path"

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Okay, small detail but these little wild black-eyed Susans were really there just like this. Unfortunately, they keeled over after a rain before I could finish them. I was so hoping they'd be there again this year ... but alas, they weren't. This will have to just sit as a little dilemma to work out in person as I see what future seasons offer. It's a very quiet little marvel that there are flowers that have chosen October as their time to shine : >)

 

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Oil - 32 x 40 - in progress
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Here is my easel at work, and this photo shows a hint of the spectacular than I'm trying to paint, with both of its inspiring and frightening qualities. One of the things that impressed me this last year was how much the subject changes within the six weeks of working on it. It really is more like a 3 week season, with a week on either side for padding? Good thing I'm doing it as a small painting : >)