Gleason Falls in Autumn
12" x 16"
oil paint on canvas
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The autumn scene was also inspired by a John Leavitt photograph from New England.
The intense yellows and fiery reds of the hardwoods contrast to the cool foliage, the shadows and the tumbling water.
It's also an intimate scene - no sky is visible, the upstream view is closed in, and even the water is blocked and contained on the left side. It is a personal experience.
I also enjoyed working out of the shade and shadows on both the right and the left sides.
This painting is more intense than most of my work. The chroma or color saturation is more pronounced. Yet there are also a good deal of muted, grey or halftones in the painting. It's somewhat in the tradition of a Currier & Ives print.
I also tried to paint what I actually see rather than what I think I should see in this view.