Colors of November

The colors of the landscape are subtle… but with swatches of warm colors, and that’s a combination I like in November. I have to wear blaze orange every time I go outdoors so that I can be fully visible to the deer hunters who are out in the woods with me. Blaze orange is not subtle, but then I don’t have to look at myself. I can appreciate the colors more, now that most of the brilliant autumn leaves have fallen from the trees.

It’s a bittersweet time. Snow could arrive any day, and summer is just a memory. The winter might be long, even VERY long given that I will be one of the many trying to stay away from the Covid19 virus by sticking close to home. But if subtle colors are soothing to the soul, that’s what I’ve got to work with, and that’s what I’ll explore.

It’s a time of year when I can get out the tubes of paint that don’t otherwise seem to fit with the typical colors in my palette. I can just experiment and have fun. Maybe the painting will come out, maybe not! Doesn’t matter too much, just keep exploring. Here’s an example from this past week when I painted in my driveway.

The colors here are quinacridone red, Naples yellow, titanium white, transparent earth yellow, phthalo blue, and green earth.

Colors! Soon there will be a lot of white, and I’ll be painting snow. The trick is to paint snow without using a lot of white, and if white, then not straight from the tube. I must mix it with a little of some other color.

But that’s another blog post. For today, these luscious warm colors fill me with a sense of anticipation that winter will be lovely. For the most part.

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