I finished painting this oil-on-linen landscape (actually a riverscape) on the first day of autumn, and it struck me as an idealized vision of the perfect autumn day. I wanted to capture the glow of the atmosphere in the late afternoon when the light is bright on the trees (in this case birches and swamp maples) and yet the shadows are deep because of the lateness of the day and the fact that, by the equinox, the angle of the sun is declining. After several years of painting abstracts and non-objective paintings, it feels like a real joy to paint a scene that's just simply beautiful and pleasing, with no pretensions. For me, that's a kind of dream as well. This painting is oil on linen, a square format (18x18 inches or 46x46 cm), signed and dated in verso; it is clear-coated with artist-grade varnish to protect against dust and abrasion. The frame is somewhat ornate, made of wood and painted in gold-leaf offset by a black ban that rolls back again to gold (see image). It ships with a digitally-registered Certificate of Authenticity.
stretched linen canvas, oil paint
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