Sunday, September 10, 2017

Autumn Night

8.5 x 10.5 Watercolor
Yesterday, I was in the mood to paint an autumn night sky, and the resulting painting was surprisingly rich in color and mood.  The sky was one of those painting experiences where I kept adding more and more paint, layer after layer, all the time wondering if I was over-working the surface and should throw it out and start over. Once I stepped back from the table and let it dry, I liked the results.
In this scene, the autumn wind blows over farmland, and throws leaves across a dramatic night sky.  This is New England, so of course I needed to include a stone wall with pumpkins glowing in the moonlight.  I like how the barn looks inviting - kind of like something out of a storybook - where you want to step into the scene and investigate.

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