Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Leaves

What's the best thing about autumn?

Is it the smell of the first smoke from fireplaces, the crispness of the morning air, the kickoffs of a new football season, the spices like sage that we seem to save for this time of year, snuggling under a favorite blanket?   Or, is it simply the changing leaves?

 This little painting was done as a challenge for Rookie Painter.  I love the concept of this site - an image is presented then artists are invited to create and share art inspired by that image. It's so interesting to see the diversity in style.  

When I decided to paint this one, I knew I wanted a long canvas, but I didn't have one; there wasn't one on the shelf in the art store either.  So, I decided to try painting on an artist's panel. Very different, odd not the have the give or springiness of canvas.  I haven't yet decided whether I will use it on a regular basis.  In some ways I did like it, but in others I'm undecided.  Anyone else have opinions? 

An Etsy treasury (collection or art pieces and vintage items) celebrating a year of seasons includes "Autumn Leaves."  Click on  A Walk in the Park through Four Seasons to enjoy the treasury. Or click Catch a Falling,  Fall Leaves...Fall Foliage Fallen Leaves,  Atutum: The Most Wonderful  Time of the Year or The Colors of Autumn to put you in the mood for fall.


  1. I like your take on this challenge. Nice painting. As to the panel verses canvas - I like panels for palette knife work because it doesn't give.

  2. So very lovely - a simple elegance with charm.

  3. When I look at your picture I feel cozy and warm. It is charming.