Autumn Splendor

Gregg Johnson
Original Artwork
Watercolor
7.5 W x 21 H inches

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Artwork Description

Alberta is blessed with year round beauty and color both on the prairies and in the mountains, but the foothills often have the most stunning color, and I make a point every year of heading for those areas to photograph this rich display of autumn color—birches, white poplar, trembling aspens— and marvel at the intense yellows and oranges and the many shades in between, even bordering on reds and pinks. And I’ve painted them on location and from my photo references, and I’ve never tired of trying to capture the beauty of their simple, elegant, white and ochre trunks gilded with shadows and reflected lights and finally smothered by clouds of leaves of dancing leaves.

Nature said it all when she dressed the stately aspen for her fall fashion show.