As Summer Fades
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6x6in. Oil on linen/panel.
Sunday , September 3, 2012
Grant’s Lake, Nova Scotia.
Ian has accompanied me to one of my favorite places close to home. I love this old farmstead. It reminds me of childhood days when we played outside on our trips to Cape Breton. Even the sounds of flies and insects bring back fond memories of frolicking in nature on my great uncles’ property.
Today was one of those days that I ended up wiping off my panel after an hour of painting. The light had shifted and I just wasn’t happy with my efforts, thus it was better to stop rather than continue on with something I was not going to be happy with in the end.
(My Set Up.)
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(The artist hard at work!)
After a little picnic with Ian, I decided to attempt a new subject in a different spot. This time I settled on apple trees reaching for the sky with their red fruit glistening in the sunlight. I continue to be attracted to limbs and leaves that fade up into the sky. It reminds me of when I was a child laying on the ground and gazing up into the blue above.
(My second subject of the day–the one I actually finished.)
(Painting of my subject on outdoor easel.)
The dance has begun, I am in sync with my subject this time. Abstract shapes and varying values take me deeper into the process. I am in rhythm with nature again. It is a beautiful place to be.
P.S. Ian and I chuckled at the flurry of squirrels here today. They nosily jumped from one apple tree to another. One dropped a token apple directly beside Ian’s chair! lol
(Ian trying to read, while squirrels dropped little apple gifts from the trees above. )
P.P. S I am amazed at how summer has faded away so quickly. It is sounding like fall and the air has that little coolness to it. The sun continues to give much warmth, but when it escapes into a cloud, it sure does feel like fall.