Saturday, March 13, 2021

September

I spent July through December working on the painting below, titled September

Compositions with an abundance of leaves are among my most complex and take a lot of time to paint. The placement and color of each leaf, the flow they generate together with the branches and trunks, are always a challenge. 


September
2020, oil on linen, 34" x 22"
Private collection, Florida

The color organization puts cool greens and a blue sky in the upper part of the painting, and warm reds and browns in the lower. In a way opposite of what I did in another recent painting, Subway Interior, where the warm colors are on top and the cool below.


Subway Interior
2020, oil on linen, 26" x 15"

Below are my two largest leaf paintings. Each took a year or more to complete. 


In the Garden
2006-2007, oil on linen, 62" x 72"
Private collection, New York


Woman with Autumn Leaves
1992-1994, oil on linen, 36" x 72"
Private collection, California


Meanwhile, during the last two months I've been working on a painting of a woman playing with a cat and developing drawings - including a large one of an audience at a theatrical performance.



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