Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Abstract Autumn Leaves

Abstract Autumn Leaves, painting by Jan Blencowe

Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Title: Autumn Leaves

Media: acrylic, on 3/4" panel
Size: 14 in X 11 in (35.6 cm X 27.9 cm)

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Working with a palette knife is definitely a way to loosen up and experiment. It's been very refreshing to do this. I felt my usual subjects were leaving me feeling a little stale, but now I have a new direction and can approach my work with renewed excitement. I have panels ordered and will continue with palette knife landscapes in both an abstract and semi-abstract style. My larger landscapes that are impressionist and onalist in style will also benefit from an infusion of texture and some richer color.

I am a very seasonal person, always have been even as a child. I love each season of the year. I like thinking about time in terms of natural rhythms like the cycle of the moon and the turning of the seasons, the ebb and flow of the tides. I like to celebrate each season savoring it's special elements. As a gardener this makes perfect sense and as a landscape painter it makes sense also. I paint whatever season I'm in whether I'm painting outdoors or in the studio. I find it difficult to paint a summer scene in winter or an autumn landscape in spring. Not that I don't sometimes do that but it is more likely that I will paint to the seasons.

Speaking of savoring the seasons I made apple butter today in the crock pot using apples we picked at the orchard. We had a pumpkin cinnamon cake after dinner and I have a whole host of autumn scented candles and the appropriate autumned themed candle holders. I even have pumpkin scented bubble bath and shower gel LOL. Today I'm wearing an orange sweater and a beautiful handmade wool felt chrysanthemum pin. The list of "autumn things" goes on for me ....specials teas and knick knacks that come out for autumn, and a dried autumn flower arrangement in a large vase that stands on the floor in my dining room, and books of autumn poetry. As a child I had a small table in my room and I would always set up a display for each holiday marking off time through the year as holidays came and went. So I guess it's no surprise that I also celebrate the seasons with paintings. Inspiration comes from many places for me including the calendar, the weather, holidays and seasons.

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