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Friday, January 15, 2016

Golden October Landscape

Golden October, 12 x 9" Oil on Linen Panel
©2016 Helen Read
Ready to frame
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Beautiful October - blue skies, golden foliage against the darker greens waiting to change colors - the garments of summer soon to be shed.   Here in the midwest, the colors are spectacular.
This painting captures the mystery of the dark shadows and the bright spotlight of the sunshine.
It is looking for its new home, perhaps it can brighten a spot in yours!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Little by little...

My work on this continues.  There's still more to do after some drying time, but I am nearing the final strokes ... I think!  

Meanwhile, I'm inundated with grading - it's finals week at work.  Then prep for a new semester!  I hope to put the finishing touches on this landscape this week!  I hope! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

A season behind!

Ah... Caught on the horns of a dilemma!  I took some great reference pictures and got a start on some fall foliage landscapes before it was winter... But with the busyness of the fall, they sat unfinished -- so I'm a season behind, but working on some things that truly caught my attention!  So - finish these or work in the snow??  Maybe some snowy landscapes will come in the spring! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Autumn at Herrick Lake - final painting of 2015

Autumn at Herrick Lake, 10 x 8" oil on canvas
©2015 Helen Read 

Oil on linen panel


Its been awhile in it's completion... but here is the last painting of 2015,  Autumn at Herrick Lake.
This one started out as a monochromatic study and then, I've glazed in the layers of color, trying to create that sense of depth in the water ... being able to see a little below the surface.  Light and color reflected back.  The colors are challenging to portray - colorful but not too garish.  I tried to create a subtle glow at the top of the trees, showing the light filtering through the warmer colors.

It's ready to frame and hang!  I'd love to send it to its new home! 
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