Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autumn Gold

Back to the drawing board for an artist means catching up on advances in digital imaging, even if one would rather stay focused on traditional brush and paint work. So many things are possible now that once looked like magic, or at least  the sole proprietorship of boffins and computer geeks. So I am back to school in a way, online and learning new things that first confound and then delight.
In addition to my illustration work I teach classes in watercolour painting. The picture above is modified from one of my recent lessons - with borrowed leaves from another lesson!

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,-
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band...
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky..."
 -George Cooper, "October's Party"