And the sun is really clear. I can’t say it’s intense. But it’s definitely shining with purpose. And everything just seems much more yellow. Not just golden, but all sorts of yellow. Plants that might normally turn brassy gold are almost neon bright.Ones that are usually amber are more like saffron.
Brown lichens are mustardy against greenish-grey bluestone.
And faded barn reds are cerise with veins of sunflower yellow.
Maybe I’m imagining it. But even my Golden Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium ‘Aureum’), that reverted to green years ago, has sent up lemony-lime foliage among the fading daylily leaves… which are surprisingly sunny this year.
Overall, everything seems more cheerful, even with the regular untidiness of fall. The grass greens seem so much more citrusy. So the blue greens are frostier. And the dark, dark greens are more black. It’s like someone adjusted the Technicolor.
And there’s so much activity. From the wind and leaves, of course. But there are also tons of birds in the yard. Wrens, finches, sparrows, chickadees, small downy woodpeckers and large jays and cardinals, all taking advantage of the bits and pieces of plant stuff drying around them.
The past few days have reminded me of three British artists I really like.
Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton share a lot in common in their work, and I suspect, in their interests. They are obviously interested in the natural world. But they are also inspired by early British Modernism and interwar and postwar decorative design.
|Long Live Weeds by Mark Hearld|
|Larch by Angie Lewin|
|Corner field, Stillington by Emily Sutton|
They live and have studied in northern Britain: Mark in Glasgow and York; Angie in northern Norfolk and Emily in Edinburgh and York. They predominately work on paper: wood-block prints, lithographs, linocuts, silkscreens, watercolors and collages. But they also experiment with fabric. All have designed fabrics for St. Jude’s, a gallery that has branched into hand-printed textiles.
|Nature Table by Angie Lewin|
|Doveflight by Mark Hearld|
And it seems like they are all drawn to palettes with lots of yellows, browns and blues.
|Stony Track by Angie Lewin|
|Pisanello's Hare by Mark Hearld|
|Night Horseman by Emily Sutton|
And birds. Lots of birds. And feathers.
Their art always seem so kinetic to me. Like the wind is perpetually blowing.
|Grainfield by Angie Lewin|
|The Quince Tree by Mark Hearld|
Even Emily’s still-lifes are full of activity.
|Still Life by Emily Sutton|
So, capture this beautifully tawny fall in your memory, and let Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton help.