Autumn Tree Motif #1


It’s the early part of Autumn, and the first of the leaves are starting to change color. Soon, the greens will turn to orange, red, and more yellow. Leaf peepers have started to awaken, and begun packing granola and bottles of water for their migration to New England.

small crab


This little fella is a generic crab. I was going to post what kind of crab it was, but I am not sure. So now I am thinking I’d like to do a small series of crabs, as a search brought up quite a few different ones, which shouldn’t have surprised me. but it did. I especially like the Yeti crab, great name and cool looking. This could be fun. And also a good name, but a little scary in this picture; the mitten crab.

Map Paintings

A few years ago, while walking about in a town not too far from me, we came across a grocery bag filled with maps. We grabbed it without knowing what we would do with it. The first thing, was we expanded upon the map in the living room. The scale was pretty similar, so it was like putting two puzzle pieces together, but having to really force them to fit. Years would pass, and I started drawing octopus tentacles on things. They were OK, but lacking something. The fateful rainy day had me open the closet door in search of a raincoat, and under the coats – the maps – which was perfect. Fun short run. Then I found this website … and the pieces here are pretty fun. I had not thought about a layering technique. Something to think about.

Rachel Ann AustinMap paintings