THE PASSING OF SUMMER Summer leaves without so much as a goodbye. Overnight there is a soulful change that is intuitively understood. Instinctively, like an animal I want to raise my head to the changing air. Taking deep inhalations of clean, cool air, I know without asking, Summer has passed. I start to get nostalgic for hearty foods and family gatherings. Mornings are reluctant to part with the heavy blanket of night. Think atmospheric clouds draw across the sky. Even the warmer days, are just that, warmer; but sadly they no longer belong to Summer. Colour begins to recede to yellow and red, a symbolic burning of the leaves, before they tumble to the ground and dance across the pathways. Soon a winters landscape will be drawn of browns, greys and washed out blues, but before we get there join me and embrace this amazing seasonal transformation.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year to find inspiration, not just in the amazing colours that transform our landscape. But also in the circle of renewal. Every flower fades to reveal its seed heads, many of which endure the entire winter. Their paper like structures remind us that even flowers don't really die, they simply surrender themselves to the process of renewal. The ever enduring circle of life, death and transformation. Autumn is, in my option, the strongest of all our earthly seasons, it reveals patterns, shows us endurance through decay and renewal. It's a fascinating time of year and I'm certainly looking forward to getting outdoors to enrich my own portfolio this season with some landscape and still life studies. I'll be sharing new work here, on my ART BLOG across the remainder of the year as well as revealing a new creative project I'm working on called Invoking a Beautiful Life.