Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brilliant Hues and Vibrant colors

Today I read that the combination of warm wet spring, typical summer conditions and sunny warm autumn with temperatures above 32F in the cool evenings is ideal for brilliant foliage colors. And Biology of the plants also plays an important part too in giving the leaves their brilliant hues and striking vibrant colors - carotene in the leaves are responsible for orange and yellow colors and xanthophyll for yellow of leaves. Besides these, there are three other pigments that help the foliage coloration -anthocyanin are responsible for blues, reds and violets; tannins give brown color to the tea, chestnut barks and the fall oak leaves; the flavones are what make the yellow of the sumac, tea and onions. If the cell fluid is acidic we see more reds otherwise it will lean towards blues. What a spectacular show mother nature provides us every year ! And as always I am so grateful that I get to enjoy these displays and marvel how it all comes together.

I tried to capture a bit of that beauty in Glory Days (watercolor 9x11"). I used layering, splattering and wet on wet to duplicate on paper what nature seems to do so effortlessly! I had found the leaves and mushroom in a puddle of water that was reflecting the blue of the sky. My sun glasses also deepen the colors and in the end, the walk I took on that beautiful fall day was not only a feast for the eyes but also nudged me towards trying the combination of colors in my painting. I always bring my special finds home only to find them teaching me again and again that all things change and its their nature.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Change is The Only Constant

I walk for exercise and try to put in 10,000 steps a day on my pedometer. Fall is one of my favorite times to go on long walks and enjoy the various stages of changes the vegetation around seems to show off. I usually come home from my walks with a collection of leaves all sporting different shades of red, yellow, orange and green. The painting above Changes (11x14") in watercolor was a lot of fun to finish as I experimented with my stash of leaves and various techniques.

Speaking of fun, check out this video on fun theory on how fun can change people's behavior. Who knew Fun theory was serious business for some!!
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