Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I attempt to capture autumn

... and learn that I really can't spell today. It took me four tries at 'attempt' before I broke down and used spellcheck. Pathetic.

 I've been feeling desperately crafty the last few days, but have found nothing of worth to unleash my torrent of creativity. Which means I go bumping about the house at high velocity unable to sit down to any one task. ADHD? Perhaps. I think it might also have something to do with the gorgeous weather too -- which has again changed drastically since my last post. Yesterday and the day before were in the 90s {crazy stuff} but today is balmy and filled with sun. Autumn's crisp air has arrived. Break out the teacups, cider, and scarves! And watercolors, as it turns out.
I found this fireball of a tree out in the pasture and knew I'd found my outlet. I don't believe I did it much justice, it had such rich color. Lots of yellow, but some reds and oranges, too. I used as much pigment as possible on these little concepts, but the yellow ocher(sp?) was rather grainy. A result of using ancient colors.
I really like painting small. The itty-bitty gems of color, and the delicate feel of the whole piece. I'm easily daunted by large canvasses and sketch pads. I also like being slightly vague when it comes to drawing or painting, not really being one with the patience to put hours of detail into a single work. I love simple and uncomplicated.
I also love spot-painting{for lack of a better word}. Just little blots here and there to make an image. This little bouquet is about an inch long. Granted, its not very fall-ish, which is the theme for this post, but.... I like it too much not to share :)

I darted out late one morning, camera in hand, on a mission from Mum to capture the lovely of Fall before everything dried up and died. Autumn is so sort here, you literally have to get out and take photos the moment the trees turn. So.....

I'm blessed to have this for my backyard. What more could a kid  growing up {or a snap-happy photographer} ask for?

The sky is so unbelievably blue in the fall. It has something to do with the way the sun's rays bounce off the atmosphere, but I'd rather think of it as summer's way of saying goodbye. 
This season is far too short and beautiful. My days are filled with learning, reading & writing, bareback riding, music, thoughtful walks.
  I wish this would last forever.



  1. Oh I adore your paintings! They are lovely! And those pictures are gorgeous, too. I would love to experience a fall. :)

  2. Sigh, I wish I could paint :)
    Nice pictures, I like the last one the best!

  3. Beautiful Colour!

    And what a beautiful country you live in!!

  4. Oh, my goodness, you live in a beautiful place!!! I especially like the rocks-close up and the last picture. :)
    By the way, I've been wondering... do you pronounce Celtic 'Seltik' or 'Keltik'? Might be a weird question, but I've always pronounced it the second way and almost everyone I know says it's the other way. :P

  5. Your paintings are so pretty. As are your photos. :)

  6. Thank you gals! You made my day :)

    Charli Rae: I've gotten this question a few times, and actually, both ways are correct. However there is a BIG difference between them; 'Seltik' would be referring to Boston's pro basketball team.
    Celtic with a hard c is the proper pronunciation when referring to the the Irish-Scottish race, of which I am descended.
    So...yeah. With a hard c. Long enough definition for you? hehe!


  7. Your paintings are BEAUTIFUL!!!! And I absolutly love your photographs.


  8. Hello!
    You do a wonderful job with painting! (or is that water color?). I think you did an excellent job of capturing fall! :)

    I just wanted to let you know that I having a photography contest at my blog here:
    Just in case you wanted to check it out. I think you do some lovely photography and I'd love to see you enter! :)