River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

Autumn Leaves

I was inspired to create this particular work by beautiful autumn scenery in Riding Mountain Park. While walking the trails in the Park, I can’t resist taking photographs, turning a short walk into an afternoon of visual adventure.

"Autumn Leaves" is an oil pastel sgraffito. While in Italy and at a workshop, I became captivated by this art form and am exploring this technique. Back in my studio, I design my image, transfer it onto paper, block in vibrant colors of oil pastel - the first layer. I then add a top coat of dark color, gently mark my image back in and start scraping away the dark top coat. I love the creaminess and the smell of the oil pastel while working with it and the whole process of “revealing” the image in the undercoat, the transformation from dark to light.

Oil Pastel on acid-free 90 lb paper, 8" x 11", matted to fit an 11x14" frame.

Price: $165 (with mat only), $195 (with mat and frame), plus taxes and shipping.