Overnight winds have pulled many of the leaves off the trees and beaten the vine leaves repeatedly against the bricks. Many are now on the lawn. It won’t be long before November’s bareness sets in. But not yet. There’s still time for one last look at October’s stunning palette of colours.
I’ve taken squares of colour from the photo of vines above to create a palette of hues representational of this time of year.
In art theory, red and green are considered opposite one another on the colour wheel. These are known as complementary colours.
Some of the vine reds appear purplish and there is also some yellow present. Purple and yellow is another complementary combination, as is the combination of orange and blue.
Whether it’s a light or bright blue, October’s sky contrasts beautifully with orange tinged leaves. Their warm and fiery hue manages to balance the crisp coolness of the clear blue sky, making autumn seem less chilling.
When unmuted complementary colours are placed next to each other in a painting, the line between them may appear to vibrate. Despite the mutedness of some of October’s colours, the juxtaposition of pairs of complementary leaf and sky colours in the landscape still produces a visually vibrant liveliness that exudes warmth and excitement. No wonder this time of year can inspire so much awe among onlookers.