This is a mixed media work created with watercolor pencils (Raffine) applied over a digital photo print on drawing paper, modified with washes using Aquastroke water brushes, and then re-applying texture with the watercolor pencils. I like their rich colors and pigment lay-down even when not softened with water.


Remembering the seeds
planted with so much hope
while snow still lingered
in shadows around lakes
on top of the mesa,
we gather the last sweet
ears of corn, and acorn
squash, a firm red onion,
and a couple of ostentatious
peppers into a basket
for the table. The field
is dull with withered vines
and, this afternoon,
the boys will start chopping
aspen logs for the fireplace.
There’s time to rest
now, as the sun busies
itself elsewhere, but it’s
hard to cut these last
offerings of summer
into a dish for dinner.
If only they would
keep a little longer.


poem, autumn, harvest, colored pencil, digital photograph, colorful, rich, vegetables, still life


  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. . . love the atmosphere in this painting. Diffused. Equisite.

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago


  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateover 3 years ago

  • Thank you : )

    – bluerabbit

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Excellent! Congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks, Elizabeth.

    – bluerabbit

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! Congratulations on your feature January 6th, 2011

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful mixed media still life! Very creative use of different mediums. Congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks, Angie!

    – bluerabbit

  • Kay Hale
    Kay Haleover 3 years ago

    lovely colors and composition

  • Thanks, Kay!

    – bluerabbit

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    ♣*Work Featured in
    Best in Show Forum
    Painters Univere Group’s HomePage – February 19th, 2011


  • Thanks, Mary : )

    – bluerabbit

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

    Love your technique and image.

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