Who Turned Fauvist Painters Loose at the Creek?

High sun on low water

High sun on low water

We walked through the forest down to the creek in glaring sunlight and, yowie, it looks like Les Fauves have been there, painting over parts of our fall creek scenery. We spooked ’em, they must have dropped loaded brushes and palettes full of paint into the water before vanishing from plein air into thin air. All the great colorists throughout history; Matisse, Derain, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Gauguin, to name a few.

Easy drifting

Easy drifting

Kidding! A big sunsmack did this, on the magic reflecting creek at low water. Roaring rays packing color. All increments and permutations are contained in raw sunlight. Those riffles in the foliage and water, those shifting shadows, the clattering dry leaves? Only a light breeze, and frogs. No one, no ghosts, are here.

Some of us are still up there

Calming sparkle

Working together at the house, Bud the Editing Cat’s got something to say, “Those wild beasts are out there, I hear them and smell them. Just because you have sub-feline sensing mechanisms doesn’t mean the woods aren’t full of beasts.”

Currently colorful

Currently colorful

“You don’t understand, I mean painters …”

Rapids exit

Rapids exit

“Panthers?”

In the southeast US ‘painters’ and ‘panthers’ are old terms for mountain lions. The big cats are now generally thought to be absent here.

You wouldn't believe how blue the sky is today

You wouldn’t believe how blue the sky is today

“Well, never mind. Umm, when did you learn French?”

Gathering in the shallows

Gathering in the shallows

Blink blink purrrr. His usual answer.

Splashy pathway

Splashy pathway

We were just leaving

We were just leaves-ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“And what do you know about panthers? They were around before your time.”

Upstream densities

Upstream densities

You are here

You are here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blink blink purrrr.

Bud seems to be an all-knowing old soul.

Leaf jam du jour

Leaf jam du jour

Stony creekbed below

Stony creek bed below

The hues are quieter around Leaf Jam Island.

Jewel tones run in seams

Jewel tones run in seams

Did ghost painters flee to the opposite bank?

Did ghost painters flee to the opposite bank?

Radiance waiting to be caught

Radiance waiting to be caught

Looking sideways from center

Looking sideways from center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the spectrum leaves!

What the spectrum leaves!

There is no photo editing on the creek and forest pictures, but I did enhance Bud’s pic. As chief editor of both word and photo editing, he wasn’t too pleased. During the process he meowed, “Whoa! Such a lead foot on the color pedal! Trying to get back to the 60s, are ya?”

Water circling

Water circling

“Well I made sure you still look like an earth-toned chocolate panther with green eyes. And yeah, maybe I am. Just how do you know about the 60s? You were a kitten in 2001.”

Just for fun

Just for fun

Blink blink purrrr.

Where Bud and I sit, edit, and discuss, autumn seeps slowly into the trees standing just outside the house in the gold October light:

Gold light added to slow fall

Wild Canopy

“And how could I see a mouse move through that mess of color? That’s just not realistic. It’s chromatic dissonance.”

Autumn's stroll

Autumn’s stroll

“How do you know? You have two-color vision! It’s my understanding everything’s there in the photos, a recorded impression of a tonal continuum. You don’t see it until you play with brights, darks, color, and saturation in photo editing.” I try to explain.

Bud, erudite Editing Cat

Bud, erudite Editing Cat

“Dang, girl, I know all that. Let’s get back to reality. I still say there’s something or someone out there.”

“Just purr, Buddy.” This time I’m the one going blink blink.

For more on color in nature and cats, check out this post:

https://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/black-cats-in-sun-and-shade-a-painters-eye-view/

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73 Responses to Who Turned Fauvist Painters Loose at the Creek?

  1. angela1313 says:

    Beautiful all round, pictures, words and top notch feline editing. Purrrrr. Made my day stuck indoors from the cold.

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  2. Deziz World says:

    Well you be lookin’ quite gawjus. And those are some very purretty fotos. But what happened to da big cats? We’ve still got ’em here. Let me tell ya’ they hang out in da woods behind our ‘pawrtment, and sometimes they even come up and peek in windows or knock on doors beggin’ fur food. Big hugs to all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you Dezi and Raena! As for big cats, really big cats like panthers, someone says they see one around here every now and then. We’re not sure but there will be more about that if I ever get my book out, LOL. Best regards!

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      • Deziz World says:

        Humans keep encroachin’ on their territory. Dat’s why we have some who come up to da ‘pawrtments. Ya’ know, we moned into their house, not da other way ’round. Mommy says as long as we stay inside, they can’t and won’t hurt us, and they stay hidden in da woods durin’ da day.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Raena

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      • We have big cats around here. I have been around a few. Not intentionally of course! In a few states. Creepy feeling, especially when you can hear them walking close by and in the dark! One I could see…he seemed to take a bit too much interest in me for my taste…( no pun intended. .lol )

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        • Catwoods says:

          Yikes, that is scary, and I’m sure you know what experts advise if you encounter the big cats, making yourself appear bigger, backing away slowly, etc. We have fortunately heard of no encounters for many years around here. Bud and I are mainly shooting the breeze, and his imagination runs wild. What he hears outside is more likely to be possums, raccoons, and deer.

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  3. Claudia says:

    Absolutely gorgeous colors! I love each one as much as the one before. You have quite an eye — the heartening colors of nature.

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  4. veg4life says:

    Just gorgeous😍

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  5. Cathy says:

    As always I love seeing your beautiful photos Leah. Bee Branch is such a special place. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Cate says:

    Loved the colors, the reverie on the painters and especially this turn of phrase:” … plein air into thin air. ” A pleasure to read and look at. Thank you!

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  7. chattykerry says:

    Beautiful photographs – I love the fall light. Happy Thanksgiving, Leah!

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  8. Pazlo says:

    Lovely pics, such great colors and surreal effects, reflected in moving waters.

    There are still panthers in Florida. Their existence is quite threatened, but a number of organizations are working hard to help them maintain a foothold in their natural territory. Let’s hope we don’t lose another beautiful species during our time.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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  9. Catwoods says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Pazlo, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos! Yep, Bud and I know Florida Panthers are there alright, and Bud knows Florida is not so far . . . We too are hoping they can hang on.

    Happy Thanksgiving in return!
    Peace always

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  10. rumpydog says:

    I love these photos. You have quite the eye.

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  11. elmediat says:

    Impressionist Panthers paw lingering light in pools of of photographic remembrances that purr ripples amongst the leaves. Lovely compositions in this sequence. Delightful post. 🙂

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  12. Beautiful pictures and here’s a Blink blink and Purr Purr for that colorful Bud painting 🙂 Pawkisses for a Loving Day 🙂 ❤

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  13. Joe Bradshaw says:

    Reblogged this on Iamforchange's Blog and commented:
    One of the most prolific artists of all time nature! These stunning images were captured by another prolific artist our dear friend Catwoods. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images with us Cat!

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  14. Charles Huss says:

    Those are some pretty pictures.

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  15. Great post and *wonderful* images!! 😀

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  16. RMW says:

    Bud’s portrait glows in the dark! Intrigued by the idea of panthers wandering the paths. Lovely fauvist photo/paintings.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you for your kind words, RMW. I enjoy the thought of panthers although I don’t think they are really out there. However, Bud does actually know more than I do about what may be prowling around outside!

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  17. The one picture called Rapids exit reminds me vaguely of Monet’s “Water Lilies”.
    I love your story 🙂 It was so cute.
    Cats are cute and funny creatures. You never know what they will do next. So, they always keep you on your toes! And make you smile and love them.

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  18. Wow, this is a beautiful post.Excellent photographs Hugs. Barbara

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  19. chattykerry says:

    Merry Christmas, Leah!

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  20. You have a good eye to see the beauty, and a steady hand to capture it in the photos!

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  21. ^ says:

    What beautiful photographs, Leah! My gosh, your camera is an art box capturing nature in all its glory. Really, so beautiful. And of course Bud — he always looks handsome. 😺 Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! (Sending an email soon.) 😉

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much, you are very kind; I’m just fortunate to have scenes there in front of me for the taking! Budster is very happy that you think he’s handsome! Wishing you all happiness in the New Year! No worries on email, I don’t answer things quickly myself and it should always be when and if the right time occurs. I’ll soon be mostly vanishing to work on the book. (But I may do one more creek post here first.)

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  22. Chandra Lynn says:

    The pics are so beautiful and “otherworldy.” And they do remind me of Fauvist paintings!

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  23. Thanks for the, like, on, That Apprehensive Blue Jay, at Elm Drive Images.

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  24. Wow, so much beauty in a sudden shaft of sunlight. Makes me realise what a transitory thing existence is. A continuum of transition, if that makes any sense. Bud rocks!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you and we’re glad you enjoyed our post! I think your description of existence is spot on! Being mostly in one place, I get to watch the light change everything hourly, daily, seasonally. I’m about to post some pictures taken at the creek 11 days after these, in slightly lower light.
      I’m really enjoying seeing all of your work on your site, especially when I get to view the landscapes and the way you reveal them through art.

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      • Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to seeing your photographs. You work reminds me of Monet who would paint the same place many times over, capturing the fleeting changes wrought by the light.

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        • Catwoods says:

          Thank you Rosie, I love Monet! I was a painter and mixed media artist but I now have a neuropathic condition that interferes with that. So I take pictures … I don’t know much about photography so I just have fun with it.

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  25. Definitely looks like a small French painter was hiding in your camera!

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  26. Pingback: Seeing Things in the Creek; Commentary by Bud the Cat | Catwoods Porch Party

  27. Patricia Townsend says:

    I love your work and commentary so much…gotta show Graham Townsend…
    RICH!!!!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Patti, I’m happy you enjoyed my pictures and the kidding around with my kitty! I’d love to know what Graham thinks. These are mostly for fun, I have to do some real work for awhile, then come back to this.

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  28. Roxie loves the photo edit of Bud and wants me to try todo a similar rendition of her. I love every photo and think they would make a marvelous art exhibit. Well done! And a big Meowy Wowwy from Roxie D.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Claremary, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! Hmmm, art exhibit is an interesting idea, for the future, we will think about that. Bud sends Roxie D. many meows in return! I’m a real novice in photo editing, I’m a painter unable to paint due to medical issues and photo stuff is all new to me. I think I did this Bud picture mainly in the curves – and I’m working in an ancient photoshop program, but I think the newer ones do similar stuff – anyway, I did increase the green of his eyes, and his brown fur color, first, and then went off the rails with curves and grabbed the wildest colors that came up. Bud and I would love to see what you come up with when you edit a picture of Roxie D.!

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      • In the December, Christmas blog post, I used an App called Brushstroke. I like this particular App and use it quite a bit. It’s really easy, too.
        Roxie is happy tonight because she got to do the post for this week. She’s an egomaniac of the highest degree and doesn’t try to hide it.

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        • Catwoods says:

          I went back and looked at your Christmas post, wow, really beautiful pictures! Interesting effects from the Brushstroke app. LOL about Roxie, I know about those strong-willed cats … I thought Roxie did very well with her post!

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          • She loves to be recognized for her amazing writing abilities among many other things. I will pass the word to her. I thought you might be interested in the technique for creating these photo effects.

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            • Catwoods says:

              I am indeed interested in the technique, thank you for telling me about it! I will definitely try it when I get back to photo editing. Photos and further posts probably, are on the back burner while Bud and I focus on getting the editing and other labor intensive tasks done on my book, so I can publish it. I have very little energetic time per day due to illness, and Bud, well, as a cat, he has to have frequent sleep breaks, LOL. Bud is very impressed with Roxie’s post, BTW, and is using it to further his case for moving beyond editing and taking over more of the writing in this house.

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