Friday, October 23, 2015

autumn painting

Yesterday, I went to Stella Niagara in Lewiston, New York, for a painting class. This time, the theme was autumnal scenes. I started by drawing a fence, with fenceposts. 

Then I added the other elements of the picture: horses, a tree, grass, a bushel basket, apples, and pumpkins.

It is time to start adding color, one element at a time. At this point, the colors seem to be a little bit too dark.

I've adjusted the colors and have added details. It is looking autumnal, except for one thing...

... the tree. It was just too green. I added some browns and reds to the tree, and it is looking more like autumn.

All of the paintings are finished. Each person in the painting class has a different idea of how to depict autumn. We have a great variety of subjects. Each painting says something about the personalities of the artists.

Here are the rest of the paintings that were made on Thursday. Every time we paint at Stella Niagara, we express our amazement that, in the space of about two hours, we go from a blank piece of watercolor paper to an image that says something about how we see our world.


  1. It's wonderful how each person sees the world in a different way. The paintings show each artist's interpretation of autumn. It must be so satisfying to be able to work on your own idea.

  2. Oh, that looks like so much fun! And I love your closing comment, about the transformation of a blank piece of paper.