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3pm, Almost Thanksgiving

A walk in Prospect Park, the day before.

There is an advantage to shorter daylight hours as winter approaches. The afternoon light is gorgeous amid the long shadows that rumble along the Long Meadow’s gentle hills. Sparkly branches and fall colors are still present in many of the trees. I tried to capture the golden light in this painting, all while maintaining a sense of depth and perspective to the landscape. For this I added in a new tube of gamboge (M. Graham), a transparent orange-yellow. I’m not convinced that this is a superior replacement for the Winsor yellow deep (Winsor Newton) that I use a lot, but I’ll keep it on my palette for now. These “dirty” yellows mix well with blues to produce natural subdued greens. Lots of Keith Jarrett helped this painting along too.

On a walk a week later, fall color was barely present, the leaves on the ground were quite dead and brown, and the park seemed reluctantly prepped for winter. I’m getting my long walks in now, looking for secret pockets of light, shadow and color (I can find them…) until snow comes. And it will.

December 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 21″

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