“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus. Happy 1st Day of Autumn! Bear ~ Watercolor and Signo Uniball pen.

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Cynthia Maniglia ~ “Beary Fall” ~ available in my Society6 shop

Autumn’s Yellow Mums

Autumn’s Yellow Mums in Newtown, PA ~ Micron black fine ink pen and watercolor

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and
autumn is a mosaic of them all.” ~ Stanley Horowitz.

A little postcard-sized page I did in my sketchbook
on the flight from Philadelphia to Tampa yesterday.

Updated Autumn Harvest designs

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Fall colors, “Autumn Harvest” – available on Spoonflower

I always loved fall’s prettier colors – the yellows, oranges, purples, and – of course – magentas. So I played around with my Affinity Designer program using Spoonflower’s September weekly prompt ~ “Autumn Harvest.” I created a digital design, using paint brushes in the Affinity Designer program. (How do you like my Indian corn? When I was growing up, my parents always hung a bunch of ornamental corn by the front door, and there were always pumpkins, too, when autumn came to town.)

Above is the “Up North” traditional fall color palette for this design. Originally, I created it  with lots of pinks and purples, which I thought was unusual but didn’t really get the corn and pumpkins to stand out enough and I wanted more contrast … more warmth. Below, you can see the original with the pink background. I’ve decided to call it “Down South” Autumn Harvest …

Original design with pinks and purples

Continuing to push the envelope, here’s another colorway which I am calling “Tropical” Autumn Harvest, and I think I like it the very best!


"Tropical" Autumn Havest.jpgAnd here it is in watercolor, a version I did before creating the digital designs. I left out the cherries, the apples, the slice of pie in the lower right, and pear in the digital version. There was only so much I could “paint” with my mouse!

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Soft Autumnal Colors

Have you ever seen vintage textile pattern templates? They have a faded, beige-y look to them. Here, I tried to create a vintage look in soft autumnal colors using watercolor, along with copper and gold metallic markers. Hope you enjoy looking at this! Thanks for checking it out …

Vintage Textile Pattern - Cynthia Maniglia
Vintage Textile Pattern – Cynthia Maniglia

Last Fall

Inspired by my walk this afternoon, I’m calling this watercolor with black ink accents “Last Fall.” This will be my last fall living in PA. Trying to soak it all in as much as possible before I leave. Techniques used in this piece: staining and scrumbling.

“Last Fall” ~ watercolor and Pigma Micron 08 archival black ink by C. Maniglia

The fox in the pumpkin patch

Fox and Pumpkins - C. Maniglia
Fox and Pumpkins – C. Maniglia

Markers and gold ink | Cynthia Maniglia. This week, the Colour Collective on Twitter is doing a challenge for the color Apricot, with everyone posting on Friday, and this is what I came up with for the challenge. Here’s this week’s color (Apricot), measured as R237 G130 B16 or H31 S87 B50 digitally …CSEayAcWsAA7VPVI’m not much of an illustrator or inventor of characters, but I think my little fox is kind of cute. I like his tail! Well, back to packing. I’ve got lots of wall art that has to get bubble-wrapped. Bye for now!