|A loosener exercise from last Autumn|
But it’s also the special atmosphere that excites the senses… well no, excites is the wrong word as it is all so mellow and relaxed, as if Nature has done her work for this year and is breathing a long sigh of relief and settling down for a long snooze.
And it’s the special light, of course. Low sun sending shafts of warm light through hedges and wooded areas and trees throwing long shadows across russet coloured undergrowth.
I took a walk along the short stretch of the Grantham canal near our home and saw the fruits and flowers in the hedges. I have countless photos of tangled hedges with hawthorn, sloe, blackberries, elder berries. This time I was taken by the bindweed flowers which are not welcome in our garden but which shine out like white stars in the hedges.
I put some of what I saw into a composition of leaves, flowers and fruits. I masked out the flowers and some stalks, then mixed up loads of the autumn colours that I love and went in with a first wash of yellows, reds, pinks and browns