Sunday, September 21, 2008

Turning

November
colored pencil on pastel board
12 x 6 inches
©2008 Ann Thompson Nemcosky


Lately the air has a touch of crispness and leaves are beginning to turn. Tomorrow marks the Autumn Equinox. Fall officially begins. This year the change of season finds me dragging my feet. I don't know why. Autumn has been my favorite time of year for as long as I remember. I enjoy the cooler days, bright blue skies and the explosion of color. Autumn festivals, apples and pumpkins, big pots of homemade soup and getting out the sweaters and warm comforters. It has always marked a time of beginning for me. The start of things.

Then there is November. November is much quieter and unassuming. A time for turning inward, indoors and bundling up against the chill. It wasn't until I began studying painting in college that I really paid attention to the colors of the seasons. November has all my favorite colors. Muted blue skies, ochres and russets to contrast purple branches and deep warm pines. This scene is from a photo I snapped while at a nearby farm last November. I have been meaning to do a drawing from this image ever since then. So I started it last weekend and finished up yesterday. Getting myself ready for the changes this turn of the seasons will bring.

18 comments:

Betty said...

Your work is ALWAYS exquisite!1

Rose Welty said...

Ann, this is just lovely...beautiful...says "Ann"...you have really hit your stride with CPs!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

wow. lovely.

Margaret Ann said...

So rich and velvety looking...A comforting and gorgeous piece! :)

Donn said...

WOW! You you never guess it was colored pencil. OUTSTANDING! Beautiful. Frame this one.

freebird said...

It looks wonderful. I have always liked fall too. Why not this year? Is it the economy? The election? Do we just feel a bad winter coming on? And I have to laugh at myself for this one as I now live in Arizona but we do get cold and windy where I live but not like Minnesota or Illinois where I have lived also. I don't know but your picture looks so much nicer than I am feeling right now.

Luba said...

Ann, this is beautiful! Definitely says fall. The mountains in the distance add a nice touch to this lovely view.

Kari Gibson said...

This is just gorgeous! I found your blog via the VSD and have spent a happy half-hour looking through your posts.

I will be coming back!

Oh, and I agree, this Autumn (fall) does feel a bit strange, for us over in the UK I think it is because we have had a disappointing summer and besides the leaves are still too green just yet.

And, oh, why can't I just leave a short, consise comment in anyone's blogs?

Monette Satterfield said...

Gorgeous work! I use CP some but nowhere near the way you do. You've got the touch for it.

Fall is my season. My birthday fall on the equinox in some years and it has always felt "right" to me.

Belinda Lindhardt said...

Yes this is just lovely Ann :)

Spinneretta said...

I know what you mean- autumn has always been my favourite too-- beacause thats when my birthday is ;)-- and this year it is just- anticlimatic.
This is such a pretty picture- I love the way you handle CPs :)

Emmy Cheeseburger said...

Wow. That is truely magnificent. When I looked at it, I was completely speechless. It really is beautiful!

Jennifer Lawson said...

Wow, so beautiful. I love the shadow from the tree across the grass. I am one of the few people who also loves November. The brilliant leaves and all the fuss is gone. What is left are these subtle quiet colors. I always talk up November and get the usual "are you crazy" looks. This year I will miss it for tropical Bali.

Teresa Mallen said...

A stunning piece! Beautiful colours and lovely warmth.

I love October and November. I especially love November skies. Here the weather in November is often elemental, cold, wet and windy - ideal for interesting clouds and colours.

Terri said...

Great job! Your work is always wonderful. I hope homeschooling is going well for you for you. I tagged you on my blog if you want to play along.

susan said...

Ann, I love looking through your blog--it is soft and soothing. You do wonderful work

The Victorious place said...

I love your work. It is so beautiful. I will be sure to visit often. I put you on my blog to follow.
I can only hope to aspire to be this good.

Kathleen said...

I am envious you have the perfect touch - outstanding

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