Autumn Reverie

10/25/2009 04:00:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 11 Comments »
Autumn is my very favorite season.  It's such a treat for all of my senses.  The muted, subtle color changes of some of the leaves, and the bright, gaudy colors of some of the others dazzle my eyes and make me want to draw and paint them.  The scent of apple cider, the smell of burning leaves, and the wonderful aromas of fall dishes like stew and hot, creamy soups, and fruit pies,  put me in the mood for cooking and baking.  The sound of dry leaves blowing when the cold, autumn winds come through, and the crunch the leaves make when you walk through them makes me smile and drag my feet as I walk.  I love the cozy feel of sweaters and quilts.  We've started having fires in the fireplace, and I love the ritual of laying the logs and kindling ahead of time so that when it gets dark (or sometimes even in the afternoon), all we have to do is light a match.  I find watching the flames mesmerizing and soothing.   Sometimes we eat dinner by the fire - I really love it when we do that.
I love the respite from the feeling that I should be doing some kind of work in the garden.  Never mind that I haven't done any fall clean-up and there's many dead plants that should come out.  It doesn't matter.  For some reason, it doesn't bother me like it does in the spring and summer when the gardens need attention.  Autumn is for hunkering down, reading books, drawing, baking, writing, and listening to music.  Autumn outside is for taking walks and snapping photos of the fast-fading beauty of the season.  So, lean back, have a nice cup of tea or maybe some hot cider, and enjoy the most beautiful season of the year!


11 comments:

bettyfromtexas said...

This is simply glorious!! A beautiful homage to the season!

Tammy said...

My favorite season also! Are you sure you didn't take a picture of fabric or something? This is amazing!

Alex said...

A stunning transfer of the season into the canvas! I really like the lines, very detailed and very carefully placed lines. The red is warm, and uniform, and the negative spaces are nicely placed, just enough not to make the whole drawing overcrowded.
:) You did another awesome one Nancy. Thanks again for your birthday wish, and I am glad you love the blueberry cake ^^

trish said...

This is very nice! You really have to see the bigger image to appreciate the detail on the work. I love it!

Susan Hosken said...

you mentioned something about a give away. I love such surprises. I've only just recently discovered that quite a few americans have give aways. How kind and such fun for the recipient
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Dan Kent said...

Leaves they are, but look closer beyond the rich colors and texture of the piece, and I see very stylized shapes, and striped leaves too! This is a very pretty piece1

Michi Michaelson, Orange County, CA said...

BEAUTIFUL piece, Nancy! It just makes me sigh thinking about the pretty fall season even though we don't have one in Southern California!!! LOL!!!!!! I LOVE your piece!!!!

Lynn said...

I love the colors in this piece.
Beautiful!

Phyllis said...

I am so glad I read the comments and clicked on your scan - the larger version is absolutely stunning. How I would LOVE to find this fabulous design on a silk pillow - with braid? or maybe tassels? It's so textural, so rich wow :)

Ramona Davidson said...

Outstanding. Lots of beautiful pieces to this picture.

Kelly said...

This is a beautiful painting. I love all of the textures. It would make an amazing wallpaper design.