Fall is my favorite season. The transition from the heat of summer and the blanket of green to the crisp mornings and bursts of yellow, gold, burgundy, purple, and and orange against the bright blue Colorado sky invigorates and inspires me.
This October has been unseasonably warm (thanks to El Niño or global warming?) and I’ve been lucky to take advantage of it. Everywhere I turn, there is the possibility of a new painting. I’ve watched my aspen tree turn from green to gold, the birds gathering the last of the seeds from the neighbors tree, and the cries of the blue jays wake me in the morning.
I’ve always felt a connection to nature, especially when I was growing up in the woods of Minnesota, but as a painter of nature, I feel an even deeper connection. Each day, I watch the trees and notice changes, I watch the flowers unfold, the bees collecting nectar, and I watch how the light changes with each season.
In this painting, I looked at the minute details of the leaves, the slight changes in color, the tips of the stems, the curvature as the leaf dried, the spots and flecks, lines and curves. Each leaf its own portrait.
It’s difficult to describe the wonder and amazement that I feel when I look at our natural world. The trees, birds, deer, and plants feel like friends. I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy time outside too.