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!

Minervaville, Afternoon Clouds

"Minervaville, Afternoon Clouds", oil, 8 x 10", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Afternoon Clouds”, oil, 8 x 10″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Late afternoon clouds over the pecan grove on Minervaville Road. The fields have been recently cut, the hay baled and moved off, leaving behind a stubble of grass that takes a little while to green up again.

This was this weekend’s workshop demo from the Structure & Surface Workshop that I teach twice a year. This class is an introduction to creating strong compositions that give your paintings a firm foundation.

Be sure to check back on my website next Friday for the 2015 workshop schedule.

Minervaville, Late Summer Afternoon

"Minervaville, Late Summer Afternoon", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Late Summer Afternoon”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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There’s a period in September that is the space between summer and fall, when the air get a little clearer, the temperatures drop (just a little bit, after all this is the Deep South), and the leaves start having a slight colorful tinge.

These transition times are some of the most interesting to paint since they are completely unpredictable. Saturday afternoon, the day I painted this, was just a little bit cooler with a breeze, some sun and even a little bit of rain. So that meant that there was a different kind of light in every direction.

Liminal moments! I love them!!

Minervaville, Late Summer Evening

"Minervaville, Late Summer Evening", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Late Summer Evening”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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There is still color in the landscape just after the sun goes down. Reflected light, especially when there are clouds, can still give a good deal of definition to the forms of trees, road and field. The subtleties of the colors and lower contrast can be just as challenging and satisfying as the high drama of late afternoon.