Caroline Henry Art Blog
The Pumpkin Patch at Honey Lake was filled with bright, beautiful pumpkins casting deep shadows. I wanted to show these three pumpkins as the stars of the piece, but I also wanted to show the field in which they grew without diluting the power of the close-up pumpkins. The resulting composition was something of a tromp l'oeil piece as if the main image were on a separate sheet floated on the larger landscape. I chose sepia rather than black pens as part of a desire to make the background painting recede and move the smaller detail painting forward.
Honey Lake is formed in a large shallow basin in the Eastern Sierra along the route from Reno, Nevada to Susanville, California. During mid to late summer the lake bed may be entirely dry. With fall rains it begins to fill again, adds snow and ice in winter, and is at its greatest depth with run-off and snow melt in spring. It is good farm land for strawberries, pumpkins, and a few other crops in an area which is mostly grazing land, national forest, and barren desert. You could not ask for better light for a painting than a crisp fall day or better inspiration that the agricultural abundance in a contrasting landscape.