Sienna Glimpse is about the many subdued colors which autumn brings to the fields, crops, grasses, and bushes. They are stored in my mind and heart; but what pleasure I derive from seeing them in person when autumn brings them back to me once again. Many of the subtle nuances in this painting can be seen only (or much better, at least) in person, such as the slight appearance of a dark, warm purple. Yes, it’s really there, and is one of my favorite parts of this piece.
And it wouldn’t be autumn without the fireworks of the blazing trees of reds, yellows and golds. Those will undoubtedly make an appearance on my palette soon, for we are now approaching peak season here in the middle of Michigan!
The name, “Poetry and Balance,” has a dual meaning. In the first meaning, “poetry” refers to the small wheel, which is elegant, expressive, and feminine to me; while the large wheel has a center rod which almost looks like it’s teetering, and trying to keep its “balance.” The second meaning encompasses the whole concept of antique bicycles which are so beautiful, but not easy to ride.
I left my first cycling painting as is (and I still love it), but I just had to explore a version with lots of textural layers as I had originally intended. Both of them look great in my dining room, so maybe I’ll trade them out … until one or both get grabbed up!
Sometimes I’ll have a photo I love for the longest time and never paint it. I’ll keep telling myself, “It works in the photo, but you’ll never make that work as a painting.” Lately I’ve been taking those risky photos and just going for it. This is one of them, and I can’t put into words how happy this one made me feel when it was done. I was hoping to catch the feeling of that strange hazy lighting, where everything was grayed out, except for the occasional sharp lights catching a few of the edges.
This scene pulled me in because of the strong contrast between the shaded buildings and the sunlit ones. I also love the groupings of slim birch trees that are dotted throughout Monroe Center and Rosa Parks Circle. I suggested the trees ever-so-subtly in this very abstract piece.