October

Inspirational October is full of promise with the colors, smells and feeling in the air. I search for inspiration in nature as do so many other artists and writers. One particular pairing I’ve wanted to do is Autumn and the American poet Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). Robert Frost’s words from his poem October and my own surroundings outside my window gave me the spark to create this mixed media piece.

October - mixed media
Mixed media piece October. An homage to a poem by Robert Frost of the same name.

October is a mixed media piece using acrylic paints, Sharpie pen, torn paper and construction paper. The bright red, orange and gold background is reminiscent of Autumns colors. A black crow flies from a bare tree. On the bottom of the piece are two leaves fallen over a paper that includes a piece of the Robert Frost poem October which you will find directly below. I hope you enjoy the Autumn season and appreciate change.

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

If you enjoy this mixed media piece I have created blank greeting cards to sell in my Lasgalen Arts store on Zazzle.com.

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Two Pumpkins

Two pumpkins sit on my granite doorstep surrounded by green ivy and fallen leaves. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Just as in Spring, Autumn is colorful and brings great change. Brisk but sunny days are my favorite, when you can stand outside in the cool air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. The smell of Fall is a pleasant moist decay of things. When the sun warms up the leaves the odor is even more pronounced.

My bird feeders become hubs for different species of song birds. The chickadees, yellow finches, purple finches and house finches and titmice now have company. Blue birds, hairy woodpeckers and migrating gross beaks and an occasional warbler now visit. Buddy, the dog particularity enjoys chasing the chipmunks and squirrels as they scurry and collect all the acorns and seeds in the yard. Like the rodents, Buddy’s job is never done.

Two pumpkins sits on a doorstep.
Two orange pumpkins sit on a granite step surrounded by green ivy, pine needles and dried leaves.

The environment inside is different also. Being in the kitchen now not only creates comfort foods but extra warmth too. The oven is alive with baked goods passing in and out of its’ door more frequently. Dare I say everyone in the house starts thinking about the holidays. The expectations are not only for the gatherings of friends and family, but of the holiday foods to be cooked, served up and eaten.

I’ve added the Holga image of the two pumpkins today because Autumn is in full swing. The vignetting around the image is produced by the camera. If you are not familiar with Holga cameras and their unpredictable outcomes I have written a short explanation on the Pear Tree post.

 

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