The quote I used in my last blog post got me thinking about how to look at autumn colour. Art for me is all about how we see things and how we can interpret the beauty of nature in the way that please us most. Fresh flowers are a joy to me, in their colour, fragrance and infinite variety of shape and size. Filling the house or studio with flowers is an absolute must, but what about their leaves.
In autumn, there are some beautiful flowers, such as Dahlias and Fuchsia flowers, but the real pizazz comes in the flaming blaze that trees provide as their last hurrah before dozing off to sleep for the winter. So, is every leaf a flower? It was time to take closer look.
|From, 'The True Facts of Nature' by Rory McEwen|
Crispness and colour of the season beautifully captured
"Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men."
This scanned image of a leaf from earlier in September, really sums up how autumn colour really is in a league of it's own. The lush, green of spring and summer has drained completely, but replacing it, are the flame reds, oranges and rust browns that will herald the end of the leaf's lifespan. As Keats puts it, "Season of mists and mellow fruitfullness,"... (To Autumn)
|Autumn in New Hampshire. |
The East coast of the USA is known for being host to some of the most colourful autumns in the world,
Which New England, among other locations along the East Coast, are famous for.
Image c/o Wikimedia
|Nandina domestica 'Firepower'|
The heavenly bamboo has leaves that turn a fiery red
as autumn approaches.
Native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan.
This one still has plenty of green towards the centre of the leaf
|Nandina domestica again.|
This leaf has lots of autumn colour with little to no green left
"It was October, and the air was cool and sharp, woodsmoke and damp moss exquisitely mingled in it with the subtle odours of the pines."
Algernon Blackwood, Secret Worship
|Some of the autumn leaves from the garden|
Elsewhere, I have been putting together my latest small works, just to see how they go together as a display. And do you know, I'm actually quite chuffed.
|Iris, Clematis and Dahlia.|
Ah yes, but what about that artichoke? Well, as I was leafing through my precious and amazing copy of the Rory McEwen book, Colours of Reality, I was struck by an amazing painting he completed of an artichoke. Take a look at this, no pressure then. If I could paint half as good as this, I'd be pleased.
Artichoke by Rory McEwen
The above link takes you straight to the estate website with loads of images from the
Rory McEwen collection
Drum roll please...the winner of Sketchbook Squirrel's first prize draw is...Gillian G. Well done to Gillian and many thanks to all of you who took part.