The Year’s Crescendo
Autumn for me is the Grand Finale of the year. It’s the last hurrah before life goes silent. A visual crescendo of colors – a butterfly spreading its beautiful wings for such a brief moment. Autumn is life preparing for dormancy, for death – the death that is so necessary for rebirth.
Autumn is the invitation and reminder of going within, for sleeping and dreaming. It’s a call to prepare for the long rest needed for the next growing season. The last burst of energy before winter. Squirrels are gathering their acorns. Animals of all sorts looking for their winter shelter. Life is preparing for slowing down.
The Landscape of Autumn
Fall inspires me. Autumn landscapes reminds me of beautiful quilts. All the leaves falling is the ground pulling up its blanket before the long night of winter.
Autumn is coarse. Its textures are rich in depth. It’s so different from the summer greens that cover the mountains without break. Autumn is seed pods and falling branches, shifts in colors.
Virginia’s Fall is Peak
Autumn is when I first came to Virginia. It was and is so different from my origins in Florida. There, Spring is the peak season, the time of richness in color. Here in Virginia, it’s the Fall.
I love exploring this season in my paintings. Although Spring and Summer figure more prominently, there’s nothing so dramatic as the rich colors and swirling leaves of this time of year.