Patches of Fall

pleinair_falltree_oct15Once again the backlit leaves of fall have seduced me into painting facing directly into the sun. Curse you, beautiful, golden, high-chroma leaves! Curse you and all the retina damage you’ve wrought!

But all that aside, I think I’ve discovered why fall seems to come and go so quickly in Texas – it’s because none of the trees turn yellow all at once. They do it like this tree, in points and patches, forming a sort of yellow mange. Then they lose their leaves all at once and it’s winter. Still, they are trying, the poor things. It’s not their fault we never get a real freeze until December. Which, by the way, is a great thing for an outdoor painter.

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