In San Jose California, where I live, it’s always like this: warm, almost hot, at the start of November. And then just like that one day, the trees are gorgeous colors and the air is crisp. A couple of days later the cold rain and wind arrive and all the leaves fall off the trees. From summer to rainy winter with the barest hint of glorious fall colors.
I didn’t get out on a hike during that brief colorful period, so all my sketches are urban fall colors. This one is in the parking lot outside Trader Joe’s. Color first, and then some line work in water-soluble graphite pencil.
I started out wanting to do some people-sketching at my local coffee shop, but when I looked up and all I saw were these colors.
What followed is a bunch of quick little color vignettes until the light faded.
Fresh, wet, delicious colors at full intensity on paper.
I can never resist that.