Here is a new autumn mini titled: “Ducks on the Water” (a tiny 2.75 x 3.5 inches in size). This little painting is of the Big Qualicum River area on Vancouver Island. Seagulls, ducks and seals frequent these waters, and I watched one very determined seal catch his lunch!
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons in which to paint the landscape. Like spring, the fall season here on the west coast is colourful and full of energy. Leaves are changing, storms are brewing and the landscape is busily preparing for a winter nap.
I painted this little miniature several years ago, featuring some old train tracks running through the small town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, still a lovely place to visit.
Here are two new minis of the mid island area: Nanaimo River and the train tracks near Transfer beach in Ladysmith, both dressed in autumn colours. I was fortunate to be on Vancouver Island on a gorgeous fall day and visited these beautiful places with camera on hand and leaves still on the trees! It’s great to paint these little guys with all that lovely colour.
For me, chilly October days in the Pacific Northwest means pumpkin time is here! Bring out the pumpkin pie, pumpkin drinks and pumpkin carving. I love Jack-O-Lantern season, marking the last vestiges of autumn and a time of eerie transformation as the landscape sheds it’s former glory and prepares for a well deserved winter rest.
I hope you will add your own artistic flair to this mischievous duo, happy colouring!
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant
For me, autumn comes comes with crisp morning air, golden afternoons and cozy evenings. And not infrequently, if you live on the west coast, a generous downpour of rain. It’s my favourite time of year, puddles and all, and my gumboots and camera are never far from hand.
Unexpected inspiration for the above painting came as I was on my way to somewhere else and I now stop to visit this little marshland whenever I pass by. Onward to new autumn adventures!