Painting of the Week - Autumnflight

[singlepic id=118 w=460 h=320 float=] Things have gotten off to  slow start this week between the holiday, the must-see inauguration, and a class I've been taking, so I've posted a painting I finished last week. Autumnflight was a fun piece to paint, another one that came together quickly. I especially enjoy working out glowing colored light effects through the frosty white backsides of the leaves. 

I'm hoping to do another painting in the next few days. I've got several new ideas but no canvases left, so I may do a pastel study as I make some new oil surfaces. As I start to think about going back to pastel, I realize that in future I may have a tough time choosing which medium to use for each new piece. I'm not much of one for making decisions. 

When I first started working in oils again, I did a pastel study for each painting, to help me learn to think in a new medium. A few months ago I stopped doing that and have gone straight to oil. But once I start working in pastel again I'm sure I won't be able to resist doing a few pastel images in oil as well.