Color of Light

Daly Glacier, 24x20, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

There are many reasons why I love this time of the year – delicious freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, gorgeous transformation of the foliage, my home and studio all nice and cozy in anticipation of colder months. 

But one thing that tops it all is the change in color of the sunlight as the earth slants just so for the sun rays to get that amazing pink-gold glow. Last weekend my garden looked as if every single leaf was gilded with gold. True, we get less of the sunlight overall, but what we get is just drop dead gorgeous.

That is a gift of shorter days – every hike and walk in the nature is saturated with warm radiant colors that lend beautifully to the creative inspiration.  Hopefully some of that gets into our art!

Looking at my work, I realize that I tend to add and remove pigments on my palette,  following cyclical changes in the nature. Here are some of the seasonal colors that I seem to use more at certain times of the year:

Winter – Raw Umber, Payne’s Grey, Diox Violet

Mountain High, Mt. Seymour (detail), acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Spring  – Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue, Sap Green

Rock Formations, Gabriola Island (detail), acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Summer – Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green

Golden Sunset, Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, (detail), acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Fall -  Yellow Ocher, Red Oxide, Green Gold

Daly Glacier featured above (detail), acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


I captured the Daly Glacier scene with the Takakkaw Fals below it, on an early September hike along the Iceline Trail in the Yoho National Park. It’s on the British Columbia's side of Canadian Rockies and I am sure that it’s absolutely stunning at any time of the year, but in September those warm sunlit colors shine like jewels. 

As I write this, it’s raining outside and the world looks gray with just a few sparks of turning foliage. I feel lucky to have the brilliant fall palette captured in paintings and sketches on my walls.

The creative process is the most amazing mystery for me - I don't know where art comes from, but I am grateful to be granted access to its source.

I wish everyone many fair days with a beautiful fall sunshine!