ART PALETTE: Art in the autumn

It’s almost fall and the Art Palette is back after a summer break. Today’s painting, Autumn Theme, is our first landscape and celebrates early autumn.

The Jane Bradley acrylic painting Autumn Theme depicts a scene of the Kettle River painted last fall.

It’s almost fall and the Art Palette is back after a summer break.

In the spring months, Art Palette featured the delightful artwork of two seven-year-olds, Zoe and Anna, a sports painting by Jane Bradley – on display at the Grand Forks International baseball tournament this weekend – an article that discussed art in tragic times and featured a portrait by Nora Curiston, two segments of an interview with Richard Reid featuring abstract art, a humorous piece by Jena Davies, celebrating the joys of support for an artist and the making of clay masks by Sherlee Rezansoff.

Today’s painting, Autumn Theme, is our first landscape and celebrates early autumn.

It is a view of the Kettle River from Gilpin Road painted last fall.  Much as we may hope our late-arriving summer will continue for as long as possible, the days are now noticeably shorter.  With not enough light for photosynthesis, the trees will begin to rest.

Apparently small amounts of yellow and orange have been in the leaves all along, but can’t be seen in the summer because they are covered by the green chlorophyll. Soon all those lovely colours will be visible all through the valley.

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all,” American author Stanley Horowitz said.

A very wonderful time to paint landscapes in this beautiful valley.

Our next column on Sept. 14 will be about stained glass artwork by Debbie Ens, including information about upcoming workshops (for more information contact Debbie at Copy Cat Printing at 250 442 5828).

The following column will be by Nora Curiston, talking about conceptual art and upcoming columns will feature portraiture and examples of sketches from the Grand Forks Drawing Group (contact number 250-442-3668).

We will also have two more segments from the interview by Dave Soroka with Richard Reid.

Then it will be winter, with perhaps an etching as suggested by the Stanley Horowitz quote. Happy autumn!

If you would like to talk about your art or comment on what you see here or would like to see here, we can be reached at ArtPalette@hotmail.com, editor@grandforksgazette.ca or janebrad@telus.net.