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A Fall Day on the Lake

Happy Fall! I love this time of the year, don’t you? A Fall day on the Lake is the best because all the tourists have left for the season and the lake is quiet.

Last weekend we took the boat out for the final time this year and it was a delightfully beautiful day. I brought my fishing pole and my mini plein air box of pastels, plus provisions to BBQ burgers for lunch on the beach. The temps were in the mid 60’s and there was no wind. The water was like glass.

Fall scene on the lake

Many local fisherman were out catching fish like crazy. We talked to a fisherman who caught a 24 lb. fish! I was lucky too and caught a nice sized trout with my first cast! (My husband always takes the hooks out for me. That’s a pic of him holding my fish.) We debated whether to keep it for dinner or throw him back. We decided to set him free. : )

Trout

As we were trolling, I was watching the shoreline and saw a large white animal walking along. I thought at first it was a huge white dog and was just about to say “Look at that weird looking white dog!” but then I realized it wasn’t a dog at all, it was a huge Mountain Goat! Here’s a little video:

How cool is that? Normally the goats are way up in the mountains, but this guy decided to hang out at lake level to our absolute delight!

We picked a spot on the beach to have lunch and afterwards I did a small pastel of the scene. I wanted to say something about the fall colors and the reflections in the calm lake. There was no one else around and the fish were jumping all around us. I may add some fish rings to the piece before deciding its absolutely finished. I didn’t get too fussy with details and so the painting is very soft and loose.

A Fall Day in the Lake pastel
A Fall Day on the Lake

(The watermark is not on the painting.)


A Fall Day on the Lake was painted on brown Pastelmat paper and is approx. 7″x5.5″ in size. I used Terry Ludwigs’ Landscape set of pastels. I think it’s finished, what do you think? Should I add fish rings and splashes, maybe some birds, or call it done?

I think since plein air season is now over, I’m going to work on still life paintings in pastel. My year of pastel focus is almost up. I have really loved exploring this medium and have liked it so much I will continue on and see where it takes me. I’ve found my medium now I just need to find my subject!

Just a last reminder, the Extravaganza end of the year sale will end Oct. 31. If you don’t wish to make an art investment at this time but like my work, check out my other store where I use my art and digital illustrations to create cool stuff.

Thanks for stopping in! Much Love to all! ~ Rhonda

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How to Decorate for Fall using Art

As promised in the last blog post, here are a few favorite fall paintings and tips on how to decorate for Fall using art. For those who are the DIY types, you can easily purchase art supplies and create your own Fall decor. Acrylic paints are the easiest to use for a quick Fall creation.

In conjunction with fall elements, such as garlands of autumn colored leaves, using art as part of your decor enhances your space. Candles, nuts, dried flowers, satin floral arrangements, and many other Fall-themed items, will enliven any room. Your guests will feel welcomed and cozy with the addition of these decor ideas.

Decorating with Art ~

Pumpkins oil painting

“Pumpkins” oil on canvas is a favorite little painting I created just for use in my Fall decor. At 4″x4″, this small painting is a perfect addition to any tablescape.

How to decorate for Fall using art

Surrounded by a candle, dried corncobs, and chestnuts atop a fall-themed table runner, the “Pumpkins” oil painting makes a bold statement.

Decor Ideas ~

You can see how using small Fall-themed paintings in your decor creates a unique feeling since art can help set the mood for this beautiful season. Mixing store-bought items with original paintings in your decor brings about a quality of richness to your environment because it’s all about texture and color.

One of my favorite decor ideas is to display small paintings with a garland of fall leaves as a backdrop. “Abstract Leaves 2″ is a 4″x4” oil painting on gallery wrapped box canvas. The painting sits on a shelf in the entryway and adds a pop of vibrant color.

Abstract Leaves 2 oil painting
“Abstract Leaves 2”

Here you can see the companion piece to this oil painting sitting to the left on the same shelf:

Abstract Leaves oil painting
“Abstract Leaves”

Fall is all about explosions of color and is my absolute favorite time of the year! I am inspired each season to paint new art works of vibrant color to celebrate the season like this painting:

Autumn Leaves
“Autumn Leaves”
Decorating for fall using art

“Autumn Leaves” 4″x4″ oil painting adorns a dining room side table.

How to decorate for Fall using art

You can see how easily I changed the design of my side table simply by moving the “Autumn Leaves” painting to the opposite side.

Celebrating Nature ~

A colorful celebration of leaves reminds us of the beauty of nature. In this next painting, cool hues of purple and blue are juxtaposed with warm tones. “Colorful Fall Leaves”, a 4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped box canvas, shares the space of the entry way shelf.

Colorful Fall Leaves oil painting

Hanging Artwork on a wall adds to a Fall-themed decor, as well. “Lil’ Pumpkins” oil painting can be seen on the gallery wall and is painted in oil on a 6″x6″ panel. The painting is framed in black with a gold liner which makes the pumpkins vibrate with excitement. Click HERE if you’d like “Lil’ Pumpkins to be yours!

Mini pumpkins framed
“Lil Pumpkins”

Aspen trees are the subject of the painting below. The painting is on 8″x10″ canvas and is titled “Aspen Trees in Fall”.

Aspen Trees oil painting
“Aspen Trees in Fall”

How do you decorate for Fall using art? Do you paint your own paintings? Leave a comment below, and let’s chat! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Fall is my favorite time of the year.

Plein Air painting at Whiskey Rock
Welcome Fall:

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Each year brings different weather patterns and fall can last well into November. Often times though Fall is over by mid-October. Last weekend we had snow down to the valley floor and a lot of plants shriveled in the below-freezing temps. It was the first time in 93 years we had snowfall in September!

We had to run a heater in our greenhouse to keep our tomato plants safe since we still have quite a bit of green tomatoes. The plants outside the greenhouse had to be covered. We hoped for the best and I’m happy to say that no plants were lost. The temperatures have been slowly rising and we are now out of frost danger. It looks like we won’t have an Indian Summer with fall lasting to November this year because of the mild summer we had and now with early snow.

Foggy Mornings:

During Fall there will often be fog after it rains. I think the landscape is so beautiful when fog is rolling in. I don’t care for driving in the soupy stuff, but watching it float around over the lake and through the forest is awesome. Here’s a little video I captured of the fog building up in the morning. An hour later we were totally engulfed in white.

 

Fall inspired oil paintings:

The Fall colors during foggy conditions seem more vibrant. It may be due to there not being bright sunlight to wash out the hues. I was inspired to paint this scene of our street during one, particularly foggy day. “Fog in the Forest” is an 11″x14″ oil on canvas and is a part of my personal collection:

Fall is my favorite time of the year

 

This next oil painting, “Leaves on the Driveway”, was inspired by the leaves in our driveway during Fall. It was painted entirely with a palette knife on 4″x4″ gallery wrapped box canvas. I bring this painting out every year as part of my favorite fall decor.

 

Decorating with artwork:

The best thing about small works of art is they can be easily moved. Each year the decor is a little different and this year, “Leaves on the Driveway” is being showcased in the entry on a shelf. Sometimes small art pieces are displayed on the dining room table as a centerpiece along with a vase of flowers. Other times fall-themed paintings are showcased on the fireplace mantle, with a garland of autumn leaves.

 

fall decor ideas


Painting Plein Air:

 

Bridge at Buttonhook

The Bridge at Buttonhook is a 6″x6″ oil on panel. This painting was done in Plein Air last year in October. It was still warm enough to go boating so we packed lunch and enjoyed the warm sunshine and peacefulness of the lake.  The very next day, the temps dropped 20 degrees, the wind arrived, clouds rolled in and snow blanketed the mountain tops. Fall was promptly over!

 

I hope to be able to do some more Fall Plein air work this year before its all said and done, like this one:

Plein air painting during Fall, my favorite time of the year.

Plein Air at Whiskey Rock” is painted in oils on a 5″x7″ canvas.  Whiskey Rock is a point on the lake which has several boat docks and a small campground. Whiskey Rock campground is tucked into a small cove, and is a favorite spot for weekend boat camping. I painted this one from our boat and absolutely loved how it turned out, with the backlit trees and the reflections in the water. The day was calm, and warm but the air was filled with smoke that year from all the surrounding wildfires when “Plein Air at Whiskey Rock” was created.

One day, during the framing of “Plein Air at Whiskey Rock”, I accidentally drilled too deep and poked a hole in the painting. Now I have to repaint “Plein Air at Whiskey Rock“. Geesh!

Is Fall your favorite time of the year or are you more of a summer lover? Do you decorate your space with Fall themes during this time of the year? What is your favorite time of the year? Leave a comment below and lets chat!

I’ll share some more of my favorite fall paintings in the next post. Until we meet again, much love! ~Rhonda

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Decorating for Fall

I love decorating for the fall and I think my miniature oil paintings make great subjects for themes to decorate with. This 4″x4″ oil on canvas titled “Leaves on the Driveway” works well with fall leaves and corn cobs.

 

 

fall decor ideas

 


Here’s a closer view of this little painting:

Leaves on the driveway oil painting

 

It was painted entirely with a palette knife and has great texture and lots of juicy color!  What’s your favorite way to decorate for fall? Do you use fine art as part of your decor? Hit me with some comments and lets strike up a convo!