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A Hint of Autumn

August 24th, 2013

A Hint of Autumn

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The air has a slight nip to it lately, just a whiff of autumn to come. It reminds me of August in the mountains. Today as I went for a walk, I noticed a tree (a very small one, just a sapling) had changed color to all orange-y yellow. Already!

It's not September yet, but Mother Nature is beginning to prepare for a winter's sleep. The birds, their young ones fledged, are flocking together before the long flight South. Fortunately, it will be a few weeks before they begin their journey.

This year, for the first time, it occurred to me that the trees here in New England have very little time during the year to grow. Their leaves barely begin to come out and turn green before they change and fall. So little time to soak up the sunlight! Or is it just that I'm getting older therefore the time seems to fly by faster? (Strongly suspecting that might be the case).

At any rate, fall is on the way. And this has inspired me to list a few autumn landscape prints. Fall Reflections is of a pond in the middle of a hayfield just down the road from my studio. I am always entranced by the stand of trees around it in September when they put on their autumn colors.

- You can see how I painted this scene here: Fall Reflections Landscape painting demonstration
- Check out the autumn landscape prints in my Fine Art Prints Shop. There are only a few, but the cool weather is making me want to paint more!



painting Fall Reflections watercolor

The Last Hydrangea

August 24th, 2013

The Last Hydrangea

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Summer flies by too fast! My gardens have been blooming with beautiful Annabelle "Hills of Snow" hydrangeas this July - they are one of my very favorite flowers and I ALWAYS do one or two paintings of them while they are in bloom.

This year, I kept looking at their pure white loveliness as I went about my garden work, thinking of how I'd like to catch the sunlight on them in watercolor. But time slipped away, I was busy with custom orders and before I knew it, all the blooms had turned green (meaning they were spent for the most part).

All except one.

So, early in the morning, I went out and cut that last one and brought it inside and put it into a vase. Sad to cut it, but it would make a beautiful addition to my botanical illustration series. Botanical paintings ought to be done from the live plant and because they can take all day and into the night, it is usually useful to bring them into the studio.

This one did take all day (and into the night) to complete, but I kept at it before the flower totally wilted. The result was worth it, I think!

Artist Janet Zeh with botanical watercolor painting

Click the button below if you'd like to see how I did this hydrangea botanical painting

Hydrangea Botanical Fine Art Print for sale in my Fine Art Print Shop