From a late Fall garden, earthbound gourds evoke a beauty and sadness that marks the end of the growing season. Ironically they display their organic shapes as if primordial beginnings were their ultimate goal.
I try to pay attention to what's at hand and to find a quality that belongs just to that subject. Organic gourds. The colors of maple syrup, gingerbread, mahogany and boiled tea. It all signifies the earth is solid and strong and has a resilient sense of itself.
The painting is on hand-made Royal Watercolor Society paper, made in England. The paper's gratifying texture and absorbency make an ideal surface for applying the wet-into-wet washes.