Shed, Early Fall

"Shed, Early Fall", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Shed, Early Fall”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Since it’s fall, most of the greens are warm without the blue undertones of summer. But despite another very grey day or maybe because of it, the grass in the pasture appears a rich green graduating to an almost turquoise blue at the distant edge.

The color of the sky is much more interesting when it’s reflected on the roof of the small run-in shed on the far side, just on the edge of the woods.

 

Fall Sunset, Minervaville

"Fall Sunset, Minervaville", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Sunset, Minervaville”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The moment after the sun has dropped leaves the landscape in deep shadow with low contrast in value and hue, so much so that the sky seems to be a blaze of color.

That color seems even more intense in the fall when the air is clearer and the light has shifted.

This one was done from a photo since we’ve had nothing but grey skies and drizzle all week. I sat down and sorted through photos of the area that I’d taken last year at the same time to find something with that blue stuff in it.

Fall Rain Over Cotton Fields

"Fall Rain Over Cotton Fields", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Rain Over Cotton Fields”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Cotton fields at this time of year are a mass of rich green leaves and pale lavender and white blooms, colors that are at odds with the fading greens in the rest of the landscape.

Today they looked particularly rich against the looming purples and blues of the storm clouds passing through.

Fall Sunset

"Fall Sunset", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Sunset”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall. Both the sky and the land are taking on the colors of the season. This sunset has both.

Happy Fall!

Minervaville, Fall Light and Clouds

"Minervaville, Fall Light and Clouds", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Fall Light and Clouds”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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We’re heading into my very favorite time of year, fall, the season that is on the edge between summer and winter.

Spring is my second favorite with it’s transitions from the dormancy of winter to the full flowering of a Southern spring. But fall calls to my soul on a deep level. It’s a liminial space of gathering and preparing that nurtures creativity.

The shorn corn fields on Minervaville are put to bed and waiting for the next season. Of course just down the road are the cotton fields that are still green and in flower so in true Southern fashion we’ve got the fecund and the dead sitting next to each other. Now that’s a line for a novel!

Weston Fields, Late Summer

"Weston Fields, Late Summer", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Weston Fields, Late Summer”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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There’s a blue haze in late summer/early fall that gets between the tree line and your line of sight, especially when there’s been a good bit of rain. Backlighting sets the edges of the clouds alight in the upper part of the sky. The heat and the haze are supposed to give way in the middle of the week to fall temps. Can’t wait!