Thursday, November 20, 2008

Autumn - the VSD


"Autumn"
6in x 6in
acrylic on gessoed masonite

This is my entry for November's virtual sketch date.

I had two goes with this one. First, I began a detailed graphite piece - all those lovely cast shadows...those had immediately attracted my eye when I first saw the photo. It wasn't going that well though...

So, I began again with this acrylic piece. It was all magic the second time around. As the sky went in, I remembered I wanted more blue towards the top. I did the trees and kept stopping and leaning back and just asking my eye what was wrong (how could I make it look more 3D?) I took a risk and added in more branches in the back and leaves...

I don't always slow down enough to let my mind and eye tell my hand what to do...it's so nice when it happens!


14 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, Rose... nicely done. Good use of complements

Teresa said...

Rose, you've captured the vibrancy of fall! Love the "fall blue" of the sky and the vantage point of looking up at those golden leaves. Wonderful job!

Jeanette said...

this has a great feel of the tree's solidity and how it soars upwards. The colours are lovely.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks everyone! :D

Carolyn said...

I too started off with a graphite drawing but thought it became too busy. I really like how you zoomed in and cropped the tree in this painting.

Stacy said...

Rose, I really like your acrylic entry. It looks like you enjoyed it! The square crop works well and I like how you rendered the leaves.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Love the few lines it took you to render the colour and shape of the leaves. The crop and the palette work really well:)

shicat said...

Rose beautiful painting. I love the way you cropped it. Also thanks for all of the hard work on putting this together. I really enjoy it and the new format is easy to access. Hope it's not too much work.thanks again

Andy said...

Excellent painting Rose, the colours are great. Those leaves look like they're about to fly away.

Jan Pope said...

The leaves just pop off the blue background. Nice composition.

Paulette said...

It gives the feel of a cold windy fall day. Well done.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Rose - The yellow leaves seem to add more of a feeling like a blustery fall day - I really like this piece.

Ann said...

Beautiful!

BMoon said...

Very free and fun. Lots of movement....lovely painting!