November 19, 2008

Fall red

Sometimes in June the small crab apples on the tree in the back yard began to appear. After twenty years of watching this you think I would be blase and walk under its branches paying no attention. In the summer all those small red apples almost disappear surronded and covered by green leaves. Our family eats beneath the branches accepting the shade but barely noticing the red of the minature apples. Then as fall comes the green leaves change to yellow-orange, some yellow-green and then the red of the apples begins to assert itself more. Finally, yesterday, the leaves were almost all gone leaving the structure of the tree and these red pearls dangling enticingly for the hungry squirrels and for my eyes. What elegant jewelry.

So I moved myself out into the sunny 72 degree November day with easel in hand, pastels arranged about and searched for 2 hours for the right way to show off those dangling orbs. It is was an afternoon well spent.

November 18, 2008

Belle Jour

This is one of those days, an amazing November day that is gloriously warm, a perfect day for working outdoors. I will make this brief. I love color and am continually looking for a variety of ways to express my excitement for color in my pastel work. I work both in the studio and en plein aire. Right now I am reorganizing my studio space into a designated room. I have graduated from the corner near the catbox. hoorah!! More about that later, I am looking for tips and pictures of pastel artists studios. If you have any ideas send them my way. For now I must take advantage of this warm Colorado day and GET OUT AND PAINT!


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