Sunday, August 31, 2008

Summer's End:



This morning I finally managed to paint. The image came into focus when I took my coffee out to the edge of the late garden and took a little time to admire the beauty of things going to seed, the hyper-transient wild morning glories, and the amazing variety of insects stalking about, whirring from one stalk to another, grooming their elegant antennae, etc. I'm not sure the title for this is Summer's End, but that will do for now. Secret Commonwealth fans will recognize the connection to a scene in The Changeling & the Bear.

This painting was preceded by some odd drawings...

12 comments:

Pig and Peaches said...

'Tis a gift to be so talented!
I dearly love the mood this gives. I, too, walked through the late summer indescribable morning glow... this would be what I would want to express, if I could...

Dan Dutton said...

Oh you do, in so many ways! I'm just glad to get the brush to work again.

William said...

Nice! I like the dark outline style.

Dan Dutton said...

Thanks! ~ I did a few other pieces with this black-outline style, back in the late 70s / early 80s.

Nancy said...

Fabulous! I thought it looked like an "unfinished painting" when I saw it last month, and I was so right. I'm inspired.

Dan Dutton said...

Thanks Nancy! I had to do this one in two sessions since I just can't seem to find long stretches of time to paint (daily!) like I used to. As it turned out, the long gap between starting and finishing allowed me to do some nice things with the colors.

Cathy said...

Beautiful, Dan! I love the burnished/faded/gone to seed colors.

So wonderful to see you painting.

Apifera Farm said...

autumn brings us out.

Dan Dutton said...

The seed pod is popping open! (I am SO relieved... but only for a moment, then my muse says where's the next one dude?)

Pig and Peaches said...

All in your head, dear lad, Theo said!

Apifera Farm said...

I find my painting comes in intense periods, maybe 3 days straight, then i break, and often the daily life distractions keep me away much longer than when I was in my 40's or earlier. But perhaps the intense times also bring more focused work.
And when isn't painting, or feels they are in a non-paint zone, perhaps this is a needed respite from it, for reasons we don't know. Maybe the universe or fennel gods know something - like in 3 months you will be asked to paint a ginat map of Paris, requiring overnite travel to and through to the city of your dreams, which in turn require you to store up energy.

Dan Dutton said...

I like the deport to map Paris immediately idea...

And I know there are very good reasons for the long fallow period (and goodness knows it's not as tho nothing is going on, creatively - plenty of songwriting, & writing generally...) - I'm just antsy when I'm not painting.

Maturity (hah!) may have something to do with it - I KNEW I needed to draw EVERY day in my 20s & 30s - these days a lot gets done in my head & saves paper.