This painting is my first try with a gesso panel. It's very slick. Now I know what that means. I thought I was ice-skating. You'll just have to trust me that it looks more sophisticated in person, not so garish.
I took my painting for a walk, since I often get a better photo at home than studio . I ran into an artist-neighbor-friend who always asks me if I’ve been to the galleries with my work. I insist that I’ll be studying for a while first. She said, “You’re ripe and ready, like that apple.”
I picked these privet branches in my yard. Privet offers small white flowers in spring with a wonderful aroma. If you prune at the wrong time, you and the bees can’t enjoy them. In the fall, if any flowers were allowed to develop, small dark berries will form in tiny clusters. Privet leaves turn a great variety of colors. The leaves and berries are among autumn's visual pleasures that must be enjoyed up close. But don't nibble. They're toxic to humans.