Welcome to my "Four seasons" painting series where I'm going to let nature be our art teacher. I'll be painting and drawing trees, leaves, foliage and other things found in nature as they appear in each season. There is so much we can learn from each season, and I think each one gives us on the plate just the perfect thing we can focus on. Like there is no better time to study the bare bones, the structure of trees than winter, there is no other time to paint blossom of spring sakuras.
But I start with my favourite season, and one I find the most inspiring, Autumn. I'd like to show you that this season is your perfect teacher in colour and its magic powers. It is the time when the most surreal colour combinations become the norm, when the old and worn out colours take on a special kind of vibrance and when contrary to the deterioration slowly going on behind the scenes, nature puts on its best brightest and loudest fireworks display. I learn so much from Autumn every time it visits us, and I'd love to share it with you.
We will use a very limited palette to mix those amazing Autumn colours, and then go on to paint lonely trees, groups of trees, and a small landscape, using not only brushes but some tools found in nature, all the while staying very loose and playful. After four mini studies, it'll be your turn to go visit professor Autumn.
Choose any part of the landscape dear to you, this could be something local or a place you lived in in the past. If you've never lived in a place where Autumn happens, you can just paint from photos, there are plenty online. If you're doing it for real, go on a walk, take some pictures. The goal isn't really to paint a particular scene that you see but rather, after you've marinated in autumn juices, make a kind of a synthesis of a few images. The colors are already surreal, so why not push it further? I'd love to see your paintings or mini painting if that works better for you, in the project gallery!