Posts Tagged 'November'

Painting seasonal emotions

Several people I know, who live in the far north, talk about darkness, and how gloomy things are. I’m currently enjoying early evenings, taking time to play with paint.

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Much of the time, that’s with electronic help (photos I took while on a walk, earlier in the day), because a location is either too crowded with people or the weather is uncooperative [rainy, or very cold] for perching on a park bench and sketching. I’m exploring new media (water-soluble wax crayons), and not worrying too much about how loose the images are. I’m going for the mood.

Washington, DC can be beautiful, with blue skies that make up for the crowds. I was in a shopping street filled with Louis Vuitton and other products I can’t afford, gawping at the windows displays….  watching college students pose in front of a backdrop of whimsical umbrellas. How tempting to snap a photo, then play with my tools.

So, how do you save yourself from the bad mood monsters? Is it art, or crafts? Making music, or going to a concert? Coding a new website or reading a great, cozy book? If you’re in Australia or somewhere in a heat wave, do you find yourself struggling with seasonal moods? For me, right now, I’m letting watercolors break up the gloom, playing with shadows, collecting leaves for practice painting, and trying not to dip my brush in the mint tea.

 

November sort of snuck up on me

It’s been a weird month. One day, it was October. The next, it seemed like election day was biting my heels. I can’t tell if I’m overwhelmed by the extreme weather, the media, or work/life stress. There must have been a great deal of chaos as I realize: it’s almost Thanksgiving, and different family members are contacting me to see if I can show up for a meal. (I know, there are worse things.)
Meanwhile, major highways have electronic signs that tell FEMA convoys how to take the toll roads, and I’ve been passed by NJ Transit buses (a state transit system for New Jersey) as I drive in a more southern state in the USA. The one bus I saw was outside of the Washington DC suburbs, and had the destination of “Trenton” on its front. It’s possible that the bus is servicing stations AMTRAK can’t get to, or transporting people to help in the areas hit hard by hurricane Sandy.
So, the world seems a bit out of sorts. Although I’m a bit out of sorts, I have knitting content to show off when there’s a sunny day for photos.

Autumn Offers Her Beautiful Face

… and the sun shines through the last few of the leaves on the trees, like stained glass.

Birch leaves

Birch leaves

We took one more walk around the neighborhood, before the autumn chill knocks all the leaves onto streets and lawns. The streets are paved with gold and they still sleep under an overarching canopy of oranges, red, and russets. The fig leaves are turning slowly turning yellow, then dropping off the trees. And while its leaves are turning from green to red and orange, the forsythia is sporting yellow blooms.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, filled with beautiful gardens to gaze at and birds to watch (including yellow chickadees and black crows). May we all have such beautiful days ahead of us, filled with that bittersweet hope that changing seasons bring. And yes — there’s a lot of raking in my future too.


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