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Composition No. 11 – Autumn descends

A couple of weeks ago, a forage amongst the undergrowth and autumn tones of London’s Wandsworth Common inspired a whole series of photographs which celebrated the tangible transformation which accompanies the onset of Autumn. While the weather since that gorgeous sunny weekend has been something of a damp squid (and therefore far from ideal in which to appreciate the ruby hues of Autumn), the inspiration of those initially sun-drenched reflections on the season prompted to me to once again take out my gouache paint box, and create the 11th of my “compositions” series: Autumn descends.

Composition No. 11: Autumn Descends (2013 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, gouache on paper)

Composition No. 11: Autumn Descends (2013 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, gouache on paper)

Against a backdrop of leaves which turn gradually from summery green, through golden tones until they become a rich autumnal red at the foot of the painting – Autumn in full descent – a group of those delightful forest mushrooms which had prompted me to go out foraging in London’s parks grow whimsically in the undergrowth, each angled playfully one way or another, differing in heights, in shapes and sizes, just like the plethora of mushrooms I found here in London.

Looking out of the window now onto a wet and windy London, I can see that Autumn truly has descended. But it’s not all gloom – Autumn is a time of rich colour and seasonal transformation like none other, something which I hope my latest painting portrays.

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  1. maru clavier #

    I really like your gouache work!
    In this you can actually see the colors descending, as leaves falling, and the little white fellows are perfect witnesses for the flow of colors.

    October 23, 2013
    • 🙂 Yipee! I’m glad you like it – I wasn’t so sure about this one, not least because my back was hurting so much when I was painting it that I just rushed it off and posted it. But now I’ve had time to reflect, I rather like it too 🙂 Have a great weekend

      October 25, 2013
      • maru clavier #

        Have a great weekend you too, without back pain. I have plenty of work for this particular one, but I hope it will flow.
        By the way, the white fellows in this piece reminded me the norms.

        October 25, 2013
      • Haha, I suppose the Norms are subliminally in the back of my mind at all times. Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

        October 29, 2013

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