Autumn Trail Studies

February 3, 2012

Autumn Drive 2, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Recently, I came across a photograph taken about twelve years ago during a family hike in Rock Cut State Park.  It was not a good photo, in fact a bit of a mess. A somewhat indifferent, uninspiring splash of less-than-brilliant colors.  But the linear design and the possibilities were of interest. I was searching for a resource photo on a different subject, but this photo caught my eye (no, it didn’t hurt). I can see the possibilities for doing this subject in watercolor as well as oil. Since I am working to create images for my display at the Woodwalk Gallery, Rockford Spring ArtScene and some additional competitions, I decided to work the ideas in oils for now.

The spacial designs are slightly different in each of the two versions, but they were fun and they were created quickly. I plan to use the best features from these two studies as I transfer the format to a larger size. I may even make a few changes. My wife saw the two studies, looked at the photograph, looked back at the studies, shook her head and said, “I don’t know how you got those paintings out of that drab photograph.” I took that as a complement.

Autumn Drive 1, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

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