Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What to Wear... Leaf Peeping

These boots were made for walking - these boots were made for Autumn!  
The leaves may still be green today but before I know it the rich, warm colors will be all around. And, most especially the spectacular, and very old, sugar maple in our yard.
I'll be standing by in my boots, with rake, camera and candy corn at the ready.

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Inspiration - Fall Harvest, Tomatoes

Ah - tomatoes!  I look forward to the late summer, early autumn just for them.   And, I could eat them at every meal so I took this photo as soon as I could - before they were gone.  They are sneak preview of leaf colors that we will see as we move deeper into the Fall.

The colors are simply gorgeous - vivid, inspiring and bottomless.

So as with all my visual obsessions... I have to paint them.  I painted this basket of tomatoes a few years back.  And my biggest challenge was the depth and vibrancy of the color - that color goes beyond red!  I used layers and layers of glazed color, many of which were lemon yellow, to achieve the luminosity.

The original painting hangs in my kitchen bringing me a vivid reminder of those stunning colors year round. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Inspiration Monday - Quote of the week

"Thumbelina Ballerina" watercolor and ink on paper, 8x10, copyright Erin Rogers Pickering

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  ~Anais Nin