Monday, September 26, 2011

Afternoon Light of Autumn

8"x10" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival panel

Back to the same site at Harkness Park, where I painted "Butterfly Song" just a month ago back in August. Now the purple Joe-Pye weeds have almost gone by, they've turned a bit brownish purple. I chose to catch the view from a slightly different angle on this day - as I really liked the afternoon shadow shapes along the left side walls of the barns. Hurricane Irene really did some weird damage to the foliage on most of the trees. Many have browned out and are dropping leaves rather than turning color. Even the evergreens have browned out on the side facing south, where salt-spray comes off the ocean. I'm really curious as to whether we'll get much more color at all this fall here on the shoreline?!

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Blogger Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Lovely, lively strokes! You managed to convey a beautiful scene despite Irene's devastation! We got a lot of that same damage here in RI - the salt wind burned the plants on the farms, too.

September 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Kelley! Yes, that storm did a number on us all, (thank goodness it wasn't any worse). But it has been weird seeing a lot of leaves just turn brown & black & dropping off- there's lots that just look stripped bare already! I hated hearing about the farms that lost a lot of corn (it had been so good this year, too).

Well, sort of like year's gonna be better!

September 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM  

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