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This is but a smudge of alizarin crimson, a blotch of prussian blue, and a scumbling of halloween orange with the moon lifted out and shadowed with a mixture of the three previously mentioned colors, painted on gessoed paper.  It was just a “tiny” demo I did for my class. I really liked the color in this and the texture of the support from the gessoed paper and thought I’d share it with you. Sometimes we learn something new without even trying too hard.   🙂


  1. i LOVE it.

  2. Leslie, this is really cool. I love the texture from the gessoed paper! I took a long break from painting because I was so focused on my photography, but I started painting again last week. I’m definitely going to try this as I get warmed up again. I always learn something from you Leslie. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa Wields Words
    • Posted November 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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    This is simple and stunning!

  3. I really love the softness of this, Leslie.


  4. This is the effective simplicity Picasso accomplished with the hand of flowers! The colors and bleeding are stunning.

  5. love the colors, looks like painting on gesso allows for better lifting. 🙂

    • You can lift anything off a gessoed surface. If you can’t get it all with a brush, you can cut a Mr. Clean eraser the size you need and lift with that. it gets it even cleaner. Thank you, Louise! 🙂

  6. Just beautiful in its simplicity! Just beautiful!

    • Ha! Thank you, Alex. I have never posted anything so small or so quickly painted in all the time I have had this blog. But this little thing had me mesmerised.

  7. Smudge, blotch, scumbling? Why didn’t you tell me? Now I finally know how to paint. I thought that was how I was supposed to put on my make-up!

    You are full of delightful surprises. Thanks for this fun, Leslie, especially when it gives us this great end product.

    • I just held the original up to my computer screen and this is the actual size of this little blurb. We work so hard creating and composing and right under our noses, an effortless beauty shows itself. I love that about life! Thank you, Amy!

  8. This is beautiful in it’s simplicity, the colors are stunning and telling of the harvest. Very cool Leslie

    • I wasn’t even thinking when I created this little painting, Ryan. Honest! Thank you!

  9. I always learn something new when I come to visit you here. Shine on, Shine on Harvest Moon, up in the sky…..

    Ok, I won’t sing anymore. Love your simple yet elegant image of the moon. I can feel the briskness in the air and the bright full moon above.

    • I thought of that song, too, Carol. …and “I see the moon. The moon sees me.” 🙂 Thank you!

  10. It may be but a smudge for you Leslie.. 😀 . but to me it stirs my imagination to come up with all sorts of scenarios… the one out in front by a mile…is a Galaxy unfolding, birthing almost … so much colour in The Vastness of the Universe… and ’tis captured here by your good-self… I shall continue to stare and see what else emerges… totally mesmerising. xPenx

    • You are right, Pen. It does look like something is emerging in the swirls of orange. Thank you!

  11. That texture is do die for. And anything with crimson is okay with me.

    • They say Alizarin Crimson is a fugitive color. I like it, though, and have not had too much trouble with it, Roni. Have you? Thank you for the visit and the comment.

      • NEVER. I use it all the time. I like to mix it with almost anything because it’s so dominant. It creates muddy colors if you use to much but I like red in layer and throughout. The way you used it is nice.

      • Thank you, Roni! 🙂

  12. There is a lovely splash of colour
    to this one Leslie and I rather like it
    my wonderful friend 🙂

    Have a wicked rest of evening now 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  13. Beautiful.

  14. I’ve always been curious….you mention Halloween Orange a lot. Who makes that color?

  15. Scumbling – is that a technical term?! Haha. You are right – the colors are absolutely beautiful. Isn’t amazing when something so small can work so right?!

    • I think it is! 🙂 I know, when I first read about it, I could not achieve some of the effects others did when they scumbled and have always admired their ability to move their brush in such a way to produce movement or scumble a couple colors together. I like the term, too! Makes the process of painting sound so much easier. Sort of like bumbling my way through. Ha! Thank you, Kathleen. Fun discussion.

        • artimagica
        • Posted November 18, 2011 at 7:59 am
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        Thanks for the link. Now that I’ve learned something new I’ll have to try it out!

      • 🙂 You have probably been doing it all along, Kathleen…….just didn’t give it a name.

  16. I’m getting an early start to wish you a very, very Happy Thanksgiving.

    My best to you and your family.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Deb xx

  17. I didn’t make it half way through the first sentence without learning two new words: alizarin and scumble.

    • I’m loving every minute of introducing a new word to a “Word Wizard”, Steve. 🙂 Have a great day!

  18. Ooooo, very cool! Your blog always entertains with fun stuff to try. How fun!!

    • I have never posted a little ditty such as this. It haunted me, so had to share! Thank you! 🙂

  19. You make it seem so effortless–a smudge here, a blotch there. Believe me, if I tried to smudge and blotch that is exactly what it would look like! Lol!!

    Your harvest moon is beautiful and a bit mysterious too.

    • I’m still laughing at myself that an image can come to life so effortlessly, Gayle. Believe me. This usually does not happen. 🙂 Thank you!

  20. It’s wonderful!! Wasn’t it last weekend that we had a harvest moon? I seem to remember seeing this image over the San Francisco Bay last Saturday while driving to my sister’s. The colors are sooo beautiful!

    • It was fairly recent, for sure. I remember seeing it, Amber. Isn’t it fun? You were miles and miles from where I was and we both saw the same moon. Thank you!

  21. Leslie,

    The colors are luminous, the intensity not at all lost by the creaminess of the paint over the gessoed surface. It’s a lovely little demo. Once again I’m encouraged to try something new. I wish I had more time!!! 😦 Thank you!

    • I wish I did too, Nanina! have more time, that is….. Thank you for the visit and comment! 🙂

  22. Lovely Leslie.

  23. dear leslie,

    the artwork has a touch of nostalgia for me, silent but overpowering 🙂

    • Then you must have seen a moon like this before, Marvin! I always think of each view of a harvest moon as a gift. Thank you for visiting and for your comment!

  24. mmm – this is evocative – perhaps when we work too hard on our paintings we hide the emotions under the technique

    • Very well put, I think, Stephen. I view you as one of the masters of spontaneity in your work and have long admired your paintings for just that reason. Thank you!

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