I Was Feeling Adventurous {New Paintings}

I thought I’d share what’s been going on in the studio lately. I feel like I’ve been so busy painting and doing other artsy things that I haven’t had much time to document anything. So I apologize about the ghost town over here. If you’re ever wondering what in the world I’m up to, hop over to my Instagram page because I’m always posting over there.

I have three new paintings this fall, and each of them are quite different:

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“Portrait of Autumn” {12×24 oil, $950}

Portrait of Autumn takes a turn toward more vibrant color and deeper darks than my more recent paintings have gone. I was inspired by this textured and aged table as the backdrop for a fall themed painting. It was truly an enjoyable painting to complete. Of course I had to get my new obsession in – feathers – and pair them up with my pears and sticks.

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“Dark Flight” {8×8 oil, $495}

Next is by far the most unique piece I’ve ever painted – Dark Flight. I have been enjoying the work of Michael Klein lately, and decided that I had to try a dark painting. Well, I really enjoyed finding different colors of black for the background -veering into browns and then blues with the scratchy background was especially fun. I brought some softness in with the… yeah, the feathers, again (you can plan the intervention now cause I have no intentions of ceasing to paint or collect feathers).

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“Keys to My Heart” {5×7 oil, $190}

The last and definitely the smallest, is my itty bitty key painting. Oh, yes, the skeleton keys that I can’t get enough of and I decided to make them the focus in Keys to My Heart. It’s the first in a series of suspended keys with varying themes of unlocking positive emotions and freedom from negative thoughts. It’s all still brewing in my mind. This painting is now available until January at the Arnot Art Museum along with 8 other paintings. Stop by to see the Holiday Art Market featuring a handful of our local artists.

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Taughannock Falls, NY

This weekend, it seemed that everyone had the bright idea to be outside. Fall was making it’s presence known on this wonderfully warm autumn day.
We saw tons of professional photographers, and even one plein air painter enjoying the inspiring falls. Enjoy the view, we sure did! See more images on my website.

Into the Woods . . .

As winter approaches, we enjoyed autumn’s fleeting fireworks display.

Red Solo ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Laugh ©Rebecca FinchMy husband and I take turns each week planning a little date. Only real rule is that we will devote some time to spend together to focus on us. And if we don’t get a babysitter for the little man, then we focus on our family and having fun together.

This week was actually my week to plan, but Ben was the one with the stellar idea so he went again this week. He took us to Tanglewood Nature Center where we enjoyed a little collection of various animals on display. It was fun showing Landon the snakes and fish, but I was most mesmerized by a case filled with bees busily working on making honey. It was just sitting there in the middle of the room  and we almost missed it. So now I must research the whole bee thing.

Park Grounds ©Rebecca Finch

After our trip through the displays, we walked one of the many trails surrounding the property and enjoyed the fall grandure that comes but once a year and doesn’t last nearly long enough.~

Flaming Tree ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree II ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree III ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Smirk ©Rebecca FinchLandon really seemed to enjoy the ride – the very bumpy ride over leaves, branches, logs, and deep mud. Everything is an adventure and he was taking it all in.

Ben and I seriously have a thing for Birch trees. We love the contrast between the white trunk and the black branches. Add the fall factor and we are practically drooling. . . well at least I am.

Bright Birch I ©Rebecca FinchBright Birch II ©Rebecca Finch

Splash ©Rebecca Finch

Orange Flames ©Rebecca Finch

HawTHORN I ©Rebecca Finch

This is NOT a tree that you want to fall into. We couldn’t believe the thorns. They were both disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

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Autumn Berries ©Rebecca Finch

Trail Markers I ©Rebecca FinchAlong the path there were markers nailed to the trees to distinguish between the various trails. It seemed that they had been there for quite some time by the looks of how the trees were growing over them. Near the end there was a marker that was all but 1/4 ” swallowed up.

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Trail Marker Humor ©Rebecca Finch Trail marker humor. Har, har.

Crayola Fluorescents II ©Rebecca Finch

Spotted Leaves I ©Rebecca FinchWe enjoyed taking in the vibrant colors in the leaves. From the bright solid red to the spotted variations of red, green and everything in between, we enjoy pointing things out for each other to enjoy.

Enjoying Simple Things II ©Rebecca Finch

Enjoying Simple Things III ©Rebecca Finch

Welcomed Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

Crayola Fluorescents ©Rebecca Finch

Smooth Trunk ©Rebecca Finch

Well all of the walking that Ben and I did must have really worn Landon out because he fell asleep even as the trail was still quite bumpy for him. Such a sweet little babe. (collective, “awwww”)

Solitude for Dreaming ©Rebecca FinchThis seemed to be a perfect spot for some quality time with your honey. If it hadn’t been at the end of our journey or so chilly we might have stopped for a spell.

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Leaf Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

We had a wonderful time walking, chatting, pointing out God’s beautiful creation, watching Landon experience new things, breathing in that particular autumn fragrance while getting a little exercise at the same time.

Here’s a challenge for you to stop the busy pace, and do something leisurely and explorative to beautify your life. It’s a choice.

Pennypacker Park

They said it was going to be sunny and warm.
I believed them, and was not disappointed.

In an effort to take advantage of the fleeting days of autumn (and thus the fleeting days of bearable weather), the Pennypacker Park on the Cooper River became my studio, today. My arrival was later than intended, and with only 3 hours to paint, it became clear that a rushed pace would be mine for the afternoon.

After parking, with camera in hand, I took my ritual walk about to assess the landscape and decide the best location for the painting. After narrowing down the spot, I returned to the car for the necessities.

Pennypacker Park ©Rebecca Finch 2006

Apparently the rain from last week was a little overwhelming for the soil as much of the area where I wanted to set up resembled a swamp. I found a slushy island to set up camp where my bag,( poor bag, there was nowhere else for it to go than on the ground), became soaked through on the bottom – along with my camera and business cards. No harm done, though.

During one of my breaks, I took a few photographs. This will definitely be a park that I will want to come back to in the springtime.

I became inspired by the leaves. What a beautiful way to die.

 

The sun passes through the leaves as though they are stained glass. The Master Artisan created living stained glass. Something we humans can only attempt to imitate.

 

Canadian Geese apparently have a popular hangout. Aside from their personalities, they are really beautiful birds. I wonder how much longer they’ll be around before flying to warmer places.