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Into the Fall

 Autumn Still life
watercolor painted on Strathmore paper
11" X 15"/ 27.9 X 38.1cm.

Now that we put our clocks back an hour I am more in autumn mode. That means shorter days, but there is something cozy about fall as well. I welcome slowing down a bit after the busy days of  summer.

 I bought the squash and pumpkin for Halloween decor. I love to bake and will use the pulp for pies and other baked goods typical of this period.  This pumpkin is a different variety than the one's we use in the U.S. for Halloween. They sell them by the slice or whole at the market and it has a delicious flavor for anyone who enjoys eating pumpkin. 

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and find fruits and vegetables are always providing me with inspiration. Not only do I take many reference photos at my local market, I like the "kitchen counter feel" to things I bring home. I set up this composition on my kitchen counter with the hope of transforming it into a painting that could express the flavors of this season.

Your comments are always appreciated. Thank you for stopping by!


Very inviting presentation to buy a slice of pumpkin.I hope to use it as reference for a future painting.

Comments

  1. Lovely composition with the cyclamens Celia. Beautifully painted. I am guessing that is a butternut squash. We grow those in the garden. Lovely flavour which we eat all year round here in the UK. Enjoy yours!!!

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    1. Thank you Laura, I appreciate your feedback! How lucky you are to grow your own!

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  2. Lovely composition and color in this, Celia!!! Isn't it funny how the veggies and fruits at this time of year actually have the colors of autumn in them. I'm not overly fond of eating pumpkin but do make butternut squash soup a lot. You shaded every part of this so well. Nice job!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Joan! The soup idea sounds delicious!

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  3. Although I've never been a fan of autumn, autumn colors, you've captured this little setup so well.. and yes the other would be an outstanding painting .I need to get busy ...
    BJ

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment, I'm so happy you stopped by BJ!

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  4. A beautifully painted still life Celia, colours are gorgeous

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  5. This is a lovely painting Celia! I particularly love what you've done with the cyclamen. You've got great depth and shadows in the leaves. The petals and stalks are also fantastic and very cyclamenish! I enjoyed reading about your enjoyment of Autumn and hearing how you enjoy cooking. I hope things are nice and cosy over there for you now as the days get shorter. I got up late this morning and it's almost too warm already to open everything up to let the fresh air in!

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    1. Hi Wendy, thank you for the kind feedback. I always have trouble with leaves and it is comforting to know that you like them. Enjoy your warm weather!! :-)

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  6. These lovely flowers have to be cyclamens, right? Gorgeous painting Celia and quite colorful. I like the setup also at the market. It is a great time of the year for planning and cooking recipes.. I love having the house full of delicious aromas. Hugs

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    1. Correct Helen, it's a cyclamen. Thank you for your nice comment!

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  7. beautiful Celia, how wonderful to buy just a sllice of pumpkin.. and it would make a great painting too. love,Diana

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  8. Autumn is such an inspiring time of year. A very nice painting Celia, I especially like how you've married the warm and cool colors in this piece. Well done!

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    1. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in your area. Thank you for noticing the colors!

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  9. Hello Celia!
    I love the autumn! I love, love, love your fall scene! The colors and the composition are outstanding! Adding the red flowers and the blue background both help to make the orange fruit jump off the canvas. Makes the orange so much brighter and livelier! Bravo!
    Bring on the fall! Then bring on the winter. I love them both!
    Great art here Celia!
    Thanks for posting for all to enjoy!
    Your art friend!
    Michael

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    1. I'm happy you are back Michael! Thank you for encouraging feedback! It is a wonderful time of year. Hugs

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  10. Ciao Celia, ma che bella natura morta dai colori autunnali, una composizione davvero eccellente. Devo dire che i tuoi ciclamini sono così belli che io li vedo come un "quadro nel quadro". Buona settimana!

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    1. Ciao Tito, sicuramente avrò un'ottima settimana dopo aver ricevuto questi bellissimi complimenti! Grazie di cuore!

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  11. Celia - gorgeous painting and those colors are truly autumn ones. I have never seen pumpkin sold in slices. Looks wonderful though. I think I will stop by your kitchen because I am sure there is something delicious baking. Take care friend and have a great day.

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  12. It is convenient if you don't want to lug a whole pumpkin home like I did. If anyone is baking something delicious is you, Debbie, I plan on trying your recipe today.
    Thank you for your sweet comment!

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  13. Celia, this is a beautiful painting!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and for the visit!

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  14. Your kitchen counter style is wonderful for the foods and flowers that you portray. It gives them a comforting, settled feeling, rather than a contrived set up. I like your fall colors very much. And I've never seen pumpkin presented by the slice that way! It's beautiful too!

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