The psychologist Abraham Maslow used to write about "Peak Experiences" (http://www.timlebon.com/PeakExperiences.html). There is no better way to increase the probability of having a peak experience than by taking a vigorous hike up a mountain on a sunny fall day! I had a chance to hike up Saddleback in Rangeley one morning this week and I can report that in the western mountains of Maine the colors this year are spectacular. It was definitely a peak experience!
Last fall I did some paintings of river rocks. On one of the paintings I laid some real leaves on the painting and then took a photo of the composite. I really liked the result and I have since used the image on my trivets, placemats and coasters.
So today I went back and took a look at some of my other fall paintings. Here's a few examples of a watercolor painting of a bed of leaves ....photographed with one or more "real" leaves laying on top of the painting. Finding the real leaves sort of reminds me of the "Where's Waldo" books! Just click on the images below for a closer view.
If you have a chance to take a "leaf peeking" drive up to the White Mountains this Columbus Day weekend please stop by the Castleberry Fall Craft Fair in Lincoln, NH! Hope to see you there! (http://www.castleberryfairs.com/index.php)
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