Vine Maple & Birches

Watercolor on paper, this is a smallish painting, about 9.5" x 13".  My studio is a separate building from our home on l.24 acres on the north coast of California.  In the yard there are three paper birches not quite evenly spaced and between the two closest is a vine maple.  Vine maple grow wild amongst the redwoods up here and when they turn in the fall, they are bright yellow and gold, but this one is a maverick.  It turns orange and yellow, and all shades in between. In the spring and summer, it's hardly noticeable, but late August and September it begins to show off.  I sat one lovely, sunny day outside and did a pen, ink and watercolor painting of the event.  I also got a sunburned neck. Next time I'll wear a hat.

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About Susan Harper

Hmm, bio:  Let's see.  I've lived a considerable time, so it's hard to know where to begin.  I'm originally from San Francisco, married, raised four kids, have 8 grand kids, still married to the same sweet baboo living on the North West coast of California near Humboldt State U.  I've done some kind of art work all my life, but didn't start to paint until late 2007.  Artists often comment on how hard watercolor is, so I thought, "What the heck. How about I take the challenge".  And whaddya know!  Who woulda  thunk it?  I took to watercolor like a duck takes to, uh, water.  So, as a senior citizen  I'm just beginning a new career. To tell you the truth, I never set out to sell any paintings, just to learn.  That all happened in spite of me.  Now I often don't have anything to put up for sale, because I do commission work and it's gone before it's painted.  I'm hoping to get some inventory built up, but my style of painting requires a good deal of time.