". Arranged Words: Red, Orange, and Gold

13 Oct 2020

Red, Orange, and Gold


Hi everyone,

Weeping Willow Pond and not a turtle in sight. 
They must already be in their winter quarters.

Less than a week later--a lot of leaf fall. Here I am ready to kick my way through the autumn leaves. When I was a child, I loved to do just that. So in the spirit of keeping those memories alive, I still kick my way through the leaves now and then.

Now that it has cooled down, I have the urge to knit. Not sure what yet. Espace Tricot has a lovely free hat pattern on Raverly. Do I need another hat? Probably not, but it would make a nice gift.

I am not sure what these wildflowers are. Maybe Asters bleached out from the sun?
The tree to the right reminds me of an Ent from "The Lord of the Rings.       


         Flowering Moms thrive in cool weather.


                                                 There always seems to be plenty of Crab Apples. 
                                          
On the weekend, we took a drive along The Parkway. I left my camera at home, but I won't forget the beauty anytime soon. Autumn, it seems, still has splendid tales to tell of red, orange, and gold.

                                                                     Blue skies.

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From the Easel...
                  “Sentinel”                          
   Unison Pastels on UART 400 sanded paper.                                                                                                    

Although planning a painting has its place, I often prefer to dive into the deep end. In other works, take my chances with intuitive painting. For this pastel, I did an underpainting with FW acrylic Ink. Colour: Purple Lake. You can catch glimpses of it here and there. Uart holds pastel well, but it tends to curl, and no matter what I do it will usually curl a little. When I took this picture, I forgot to tape it flat, so that slight curl cut off a bit of the tree.

Recently, I bought Canson Mi-Teintes Touch 320gm paper. While made for pastel, I heard that it can be used for mixed media, including watercolour, ink, gouache, and pastel. I am anxious to give it a try.

'Til next time...

Cultivate Your Dreams

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71 comments:

  1. Dixie - I am with you. I love shuffling through leaves, and the aroma that arises when it happens. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful autumn photos with everyone at Mosaic Monday!

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Oh yes. I love the smell of the leaves too.
      Thank you.

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  2. Your picture is beautiful. Your leaves are falling a bit more quickly than ours but Autumn is certainly here and I too am feeling knitting weather approaching :)

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    1. I’ll be checking my stash today. Will probably have to order yarn. Oh good.
      Thank you, Janine.

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  3. Such lovely autumnal colours! What a beautiful pastel piece you have created.

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    1. Autumn has been brilliant this year. So enjoyable.
      Thank you.

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  4. Your weeping willow pond and the crabapple photos are beautiful along with your lovely pastel. There are wild asters that have white flowers, and I think that's what you took a photo of. Love your autumn post.

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    1. I thought the name was fitting. So many beautiful weeping willows out that way.
      I now know, thanks to a lovely reader, that they are white wood asters. Very pretty.
      Thank you, Yvonne.

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  5. Anonymous2:11 pm

    Fallen Autumn leaves. OMG it brings back childhood memories of diving into leaves on the side of the road and burying myself. Of course that was in the day when few cars were on the road. Today it would be quite hazardous. Your painting is beautiful. Your movement is greatly improving. Thanks again, Dixie. Love, Joannie

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    1. “Those were the says, my friend.”
      Thank you, Joannie.

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  6. It seems, Dixie, your intuitive painting is the way to go. Your landscape is a vision in pastel loveliness. It has an ethereal quality sense about it....so lovely. Isn't kicking through autumn leaves the best thing?? Your Autumn is pulling out all the stops in gifting you glorious hues....so magical.

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    1. Anything to do with nature is right up my alley. I do agree. A good kick through the leaves makes for a fun day.
      Specular autumn showing this year for sure. I am going to hang onto it as long as possible. :)
      Thank you very much, Kim.

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  7. I love weeping willow - they are such lovely trees. I don't see them as often in North Carolina as when we lived in Pennsylvania.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-fungus-is-among-us-mushrooms.html

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    1. They are lovely trees. I love to watch the branches sway in the wind.
      Thank you.

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  8. Oh, there's so much fall goodness in this post. Loving all the colors and I can almost hear you shushing in the leaves. Wonderful pastel also. Enjoy!

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    1. Good to “see” you, Lorraine.
      Thank you.
      Enjoy autumn.

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  9. Love the gorgeous fall colours!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  10. When I walked this week, I shuffled through the leaves, but hadn't done that in ages. Funny you comment on that since I'd forgotten how I use to do that when a kid.
    Thanks so much for the mention of a knit hat pattern. I've been wanting to make something on a smaller scale than what I'd been working on so am going to check that out.

    Enjoy the photos. And your painting is great. Such talent to paint.

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    1. Oh good. I am glad you enjoyed your leaf shuffle. The Leaf Shuffle...could be a dance. :)
      I just saw plain hat pattern that is also free. Made with mohair.
      Thank you!

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  11. ...those are white wood asters, Eurybia divaricata (formerly Aster divaricatus). I've been kicking leaves for about 70 years now, why stop!

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    1. Above and beyond. The latin name too. Simply marvellous.
      Thank you, Tom!

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  12. The painting is lovely! You are so talented! And I love the flowers...they make the prettiest mosaics!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lavender Dreamer. Btw, great name!

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  13. My grandmother had a weeping willow in front of her house. It was so large it blocked the house from the road. She liked it that way. - Margy

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    1. They definitely grow large enough for that.
      Thank you for visiting.

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  14. Autumn certainly has its perks with colors and sounds! The painting is stunning :)

    Your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week is greatly appreciated!!

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  15. Beautiful pictures ! I used to paint too until the lockdown in March, now our class is closed and I prefer to take pictures. I have no inspiration for painting in the moment !

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    1. I’m glad you are enjoying taking pictures.
      So much fun to get out there with a camera.
      Enjoy.

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  16. I love all your photos and the pastel artwork is lovely! I do hope you start knitting and please do share what you knit. I'm thinking of learning how to knit my self. This could turn out good or very bad. LOL If you have a tutorial video please share it. :D Happy PPF and have a lovely weekend. I love your post. Very lovely.

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  17. Lovely photos and a really beautiful pastel landscape. I have some Unison pastels, but haven't really had a proper play with them so this is lovely inspiration to be brave once I'm done with moving house to a new country and have more time to play. (Oh, and I really hope they're not "crap apples"!! Happy PPF!
    Alison x

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    1. Faux pas fixed. Many thanks. :)
      I love how the Unison pastels layer. And the colours are lovely.
      Thank you, Alison.

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  18. Beautiful fall post and painting!

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  19. Lovely photos and picture

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  20. Dixie these nature photos are just wonderful. I agree, with art I have a general idea and the dive right in. You did a fantastic job. I love the way you brought the sky color into the land. Enjoy your day.

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    1. So much fun to just dive in as you say. Gives me a feeling of much appreciated freedom.
      Thank you.

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  21. WOW!!!Luv your pastel art. It looks like a photo.
    Happy PPF. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much💛love

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    1. Thank you, Gillena.
      And thank you for your return visit.
      Enjoy the weekend.

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  22. The pictures are beautiful. I also have the urge to knit whenever the weather gets cooler, haha. I love the softness and the sweet colours of your painting. Very delicate. Have a great weekend kicking leaves ;-)

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    1. I will be out there soon kicking through the leaves. :)
      Many thanks.

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  23. beautiful fall photos and painting. happy PPF!

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  24. Hi Dixie :) I love that you did an underpainting, your pastel is just beautiful! I love the fall photos and the mums are so pretty too! :)

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    1. Still experimenting with underpainting. Fun to see what happens with the ink and alcohol.
      Thank you, Rain.

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  25. The colours in your Sentinel painting is so pretty! Kicking through the leaves is so much fun! I still find myself doing that too. The Weeping Willow pond is beautiful, I love Weeping Willows and mums!

    -Soma

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    1. Thank you, Soma.
      Wonderful leaf kicking day today. Can’t wait to get out there.

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  26. Beautiful landscape pastel painting! I love your photos too...especially the apples.

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    1. The apples are so pretty.
      Thank you, June.

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  27. beautiful nature shots and I love your soft "Sentinel"
    Take care!

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    1. So much beauty to see and enjoy out there just now.
      Thank you.

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  28. Beautiful autumn impressions <3

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  29. This is just gorgeous! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  30. The painting is beautiful ... Autumn is absolutely gorgeous in your area as your photos show. I still like to kick leaves!

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    1. Leaf kicking does smarten up a day. :)
      Thank you, Sallie.

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  31. Ooops, I thought at first that when you said you drove them Parkway you meant the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then I went back and read your “About Me” page. We’ve never been in your part of Canada. I hope I got my comment corrected before I sent it, but I’m not sure. Sorry! I enjoyed reading your backstory.

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    1. Oh the Blue Ridge Parkway must be wonderful! I'd love to visit your area.
      Thank you, Sallie.

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  32. Lovely chrysanthemums.It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening here http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2020/10/garden-affair-coral-jasmine.html

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  33. beautiful white flowers and views...
    lovely painting

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  34. Hello,

    I love the weeping willow scene, it is so pretty. The mums are pretty too.
    Beautiful photos and your painting is lovely. Have a happy day!

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Dixie