Studio Check-In #9: Fall Themed Art in the Works

Since I started Fairy Tree Studios a couple of years ago, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few commissions each year, many of them coming in the fall and around holiday time. I’m happy to say that this year I have been offered (and accepted!) a generous commission from a dear friend who’s agreed to wait until January for me to get started, which means that, at least for right now, I finally have some time to work on some seasonal themed art, which I am especially excited about. As I’ve gotten older and don’t have the academic calendar influencing my preferences, I enjoy fall more and more. Yes, I am one of those people who enjoys all things pumpkin, but I also love apple cider/pie/fritters (pretty much any baked good, really) and the fact that I can start getting out my jackets, boots, and cozy sweaters again.

So I mentioned in a previous post that we made it to the apple orchard earlier this month, where I took photos; I’ve already gotten started with paintings from those.

Here’s a close-up of the first painting after one session…
… and here’s where I got to after a second (shorter) session.

The light/color differences between the two photos are thanks to me taking the them in two different lighting conditions; the paper is actually a slight off-white (or “natural white”). I still need to give the leaves some more detail and dimension, but I’m fairly happy with how the apples are looking so far.

Here’s the other painting I started, from a different reference photo. These are both on 10″ x 13″ Arches watercolor paper.

I’m also working on some ideas for a fall-themed “Paint it Yourself” kit for my Etsy shop. One of the four images will most likely feature apples, but I also sketched out some possible ideas for a pumpkin image. They’re pretty rough, but here they are:

I might paint some of these myself, if I find the time.

And finally, this isn’t really fall-themed, but I figured I’d share the train drawing I’ve started this month from one of my IRM trip photos. It’s not much to see yet, but I think it’s far enough along that you can tell what it is, haha.

I started this on regular drawing paper; once the drawing part is done, I’ll transfer it to watercolor paper using a light board.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. I’m still thinking of more fall images to draw and/or paint; what are some of your favorite fall things?

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