"Compass Plant, Fall" Watercolor on Offer

   On offer, this  large watercolor  of the compass plant in fall is beautifully and professionally framed and ready to hang. I found the specimen on a walk in the fall right at the northern edge of Illinois, on a prairie. The leaves were so dried and stiff in the fall, yet so lyrical that I had to paint them. It took me days but it was worth it. The painting is 29" X 30" framed.  The painting is in a burnt red and antique gold frame. The double mats are lovely fall sage colors. The watercolor paper is archival and under glass. The painting is signed.   Additional background about the compass plant:    The common name compass plant was inspired by the "compass orientation"of its leaves. The large leaves are held vertically with the tips pointing north or south and the upper and lower surfaces of the blades facing east or west. A newly emerging leaf grows in a random direction, but within two or three weeks it twists on its petiole clockwise or counterclockwise into a vertical position.   Studies indicate that the sun's position in the early morning hours influences the twisting orientation. This orientation reduces the amount of solar radiation hitting the leaf surface. Vertical leaves facing east-west have higher water use efficiency than horizontal or north-south-facing blades.   Early settlers on the great plains could make their way in the dark by feeling the leaves.   

 

On offer, this large watercolor of the compass plant in fall is beautifully and professionally framed and ready to hang. I found the specimen on a walk in the fall right at the northern edge of Illinois, on a prairie. The leaves were so dried and stiff in the fall, yet so lyrical that I had to paint them. It took me days but it was worth it. The painting is 29" X 30" framed.

The painting is in a burnt red and antique gold frame. The double mats are lovely fall sage colors. The watercolor paper is archival and under glass. The painting is signed.

Additional background about the compass plant: 

The common name compass plant was inspired by the "compass orientation"of its leaves. The large leaves are held vertically with the tips pointing north or south and the upper and lower surfaces of the blades facing east or west. A newly emerging leaf grows in a random direction, but within two or three weeks it twists on its petiole clockwise or counterclockwise into a vertical position. 

Studies indicate that the sun's position in the early morning hours influences the twisting orientation. This orientation reduces the amount of solar radiation hitting the leaf surface. Vertical leaves facing east-west have higher water use efficiency than horizontal or north-south-facing blades. 

Early settlers on the great plains could make their way in the dark by feeling the leaves.

 

"East Fall Blue Ridge Gliding" on Tour

C. Twomey oil
East Fall Blue Ridge Gliding
Can't get enough of the Blue Ridge mountains, especially in the fall. The Earlysville, VA area is in the foothills, not far from Skyline Drive. 

This 8 X 10" oil painting will be available for sale on the Arts Rivanna Tour this Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Additional information available here:

"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Auction Ending Soon!

"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Twomey Painting Auction

The Dailypaintworks Auction for the following painting ends soon! Take a moment to bid on this original oil painting:

East Fall Blue Ridge 2

I perched along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park looking to the west, towards theShenandoah Valley. Had my paints, easel and an outrageously gorgeous day to capture the fall colors. I loved the layers of mountains dissipating in the distance. And the colors! The blues next to the oranges - irresistible. This took longer than expected, I think because I didn't want the day to end.

Original oil, 6 X 4" on archival linen board, unframed.

This is how the painting would look, framed:

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"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Twomey Painting Auction

The Dailypaintworks Auction for the following painting begins Saturday, March 22. Thank you for your interest.
East Fall Blue Ridge 2


I perched along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park looking to the west, towards the Shenandoah Valley. Had my paints, easel and an outrageously gorgeous day to capture the fall colors. I loved the layers of mountains dissipating in the distance. And the colors! The blues next to the oranges - irresistible. This took longer than expected, I think because I didn't want the day to end.

Original oil, 6 X 4" on archival linen board, unframed.

This is how the painting would look, framed:

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Fall Farm Entrance and the Yellow Gate

Commissioned Oil Painting

Just finished this commission. What a joy it was to paint. You get the last vestiges of fall in the bright orange maple leaves and bare branches. I had to do the right hand background three times before I was happy with it. Another lesson in "Less is More."

It's hard to imagine living in a place so beautiful, so ready to pull you in. This is an 8" X 10" on linen panel in a floater frame. The recipient was "Touched and delighted." Thank you!