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.
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.
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