Monday, September 12, 2011

"Harvest Time", 12x16, oil on canvas panel by Maryanne Jacobsen


"Harvest Time", 12x16, oil on canvas panel by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Lord, it is time.
The summer was very big.
Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose.
Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days,
press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetness into the heavenly wine."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

It is harvest time in many of the world's most productive vineyards. I used the reference photo below from a Tuscan vineyard to create my painting, which won an honorable merit award at an exhibit at The Venice Art Center :

From the photo, it appeared to be a "cool temperature" sort of day, overcast, with soft shadows , diffused light and lots of grays. In the underpainting, I used permanent rose for my lights and ultramarine blue for my shadows to keep the light temperature cool. The monitor cannot capture the subtle lavenders and violets sufficiently in this piece and I held on to it for a long time because I enjoyed it and did not want to sell it. I have finally decided to sell it, so if you are looking for a painting with lush impasto and shades of lavender and magenta, here it is!

Please contact me at if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

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Karen Bruson said...

Gorgeous colors!

Angela said...

Love the purple.