"Autumn Along Jordan Creek"
8.5X12" - color pencil drawing - art work © Bruce A. Morrison
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Autumn was different here this year. We had early, but not complete leaf drop. Poor color, mostly brown due to the warm and dry weather. Then by the last week of October, what was left around here did turn color. Never been colors to this extent, this late...not that I can remember any way. Now the leaves are passing and dropping.
I'm not sure I'm ready for this! The bare landscape I mean...well, also the cold weather. It does keep me inside and working though, maybe that's a good thing.
I just finished another color pencil piece, this one a little larger than usual for me. I was discussing work time with someone on color pencil pieces like this yesterday and they asked me how long this piece was taking. I'm not on the clock so much except in my head and I just guessed 7-9 weeks. Well, I was off some, it took 6 instead. It just seemed so long!
"Autumn Along Jordan Creek" is from the "neighborhood" again. This scene is actually about 4 miles southwest of the studio. Jordan creek is very small in stature and eventually runs into the Waterman about 4-5 miles from this spot. Its the kind of creek you could jump across in spots when you were a kid, and maybe just get your shoes muddy in trying to do so. Its also the kind of creek you could still enjoy exploring, wading and catching frogs. Its a cool little creek.
They weren't doing so the day I stopped by, but the small stunted Ash trees are assuredly the preferred shade for the local grazing herd of cattle during the hot oppressive days of summer. In fact I took shelter in shade much like this and waded little creeks like this for hot summer afternoon relief many, many years ago and that's the kind of artwork I like to spend long hours on. Hey, its a tough job but somebody has gotta do it!
Come by the studio some time this winter when you long for some cooling shade and a wade down the creek!