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Autumn Love {and new art}

geometric kaleidoscope shape in autumn colorsIt’s really only been over the last few years that I’ve developed a deep love for autumn.

In the past, I always viewed it as nothing more than a gateway to winter, a precursor to numb fingers, frosty breath, and begging my car to start in ten below temperatures. But as I’ve gotten older, and began to really appreciate the rhythm of the seasons, I’ve begun to love autumn in its own right. I even love the word “autumn.” There’s something so satisfying about the way it rolls off your tongue.

I’m still a bit more infatuated with September (there’s no other month that has such magical sunlight) but this year October is close at its heels. Once a week I have to get up pretty early before work because of my babysitting situation, and this week I couldn’t help notice how breathtaking autumn sunrise it. You truly have every single color popping across your field of vision. The sun creeping up in a pink, purple and baby blue sky, gold and green grass, rust, maroon, orange and red bursts of color on the trees…it truly made me sad that I had to go to work and not spend the day running around the forest preserve with a camera.

But you know what? I kind of did. I realized that there’s a forest preserve just a few miles away from my job, and I have a camera phone. I went on a nice little photography adventure on my lunch break, driving through the trails and snapping photos along the way. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some of them there. It was a nice little nature retreat in the middle of a busy work day.

There’s so much to be excited about this fall. I’m excited about pumpkin spice lattes, knee-high boots, rainbow trees, Halloween, homemade pot pies, a parade of family and friend’s birthdays, concerts, hockey games, photo shoots in the forest, s’mores around the fire pit, taking on new design projects, and lasagna.

So autumn, even though I’m a bit late to the game, welcome.

Like the design at the top of this post? It’s for sale in my Etsy shop.

thankful {a reason to use yellow and orange markers}

geometric kaleidoscope like shape in autumn colorsFirst of all, I need to confess my stupidity. I spent the whole day without internet yesterday. The wireless icon on my computer was showing a full signal, but I couldn’t get a single website to come up. I tried restarting my computer…no luck. I checked my modem…no lights at all. I tried pressing the power button, unplugging and replugging the cables…nada. I figured the modem went bad (because it’s happened to me TWICE before) and resolved the call Comcast later in the day when I was done running errands. After dinner last night, on a whim, I decided to check and make sure it was actually plugged into the wall. And you know what? It wasn’t.

Dumb, da-dum-dum, DUMMMMMMMMB……

kaleidoscope like shape in autumn colors with protractor, ruler and compassIt’s been an unusually calm morning around here. Kids are content, chasing each other around and getting Fruity Pebbles all over the floor. Oh, and there are DVDs and socks all over my house. My little one is fascinated with both of those things right now. Or rather, fascinated with pulling them off the shelves/out of the laundry basket and then disseminating them across the house. And you know what? I’ve given up. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather have a messy house all day and do ONE massive cleanup at the end of the night, rather than constantly follow her around cleaning up after her. That kid can destroy a house MUCH faster than I can clean it up. I’m sure some of you out there can relate. Anyway, I’ve been lucky enough to get little pockets of time over the last few days to get this drawing finished.

close up of kaleidoscope like shape in autumn colors

I could say that I chose oranges, yellows and browns because I had Thanksgiving on the brain, and I did start working on right after, so that’s not entirely a lie. But the more truthful statement is that I’ve been very conscious lately about using colors I don’t really care for. Yellow, brown and orange? Yeah, probably my least favorite three of the entire spectrum. I’m definitely prefer cool colors and jewel tones. But using nothing but blues, green and purples leads to a marker box full of dried up cool colors and warm colored markers in brand-spanking-new condition. Might as well use them! Besides, I can’t be selfish. Plenty of OTHER people like these colors. If that person is you, I’ll have it available for sale in my Redbubble shop very soon.

kaleidoscope like shape in autumn colors with markers

missing September skies

colorful kaleidoscope like shape in autumn color paletteEvery year I fall in love with autumn (I even love the sound of the word) around mid-September. The love affair usually lasts until mid October, when the temperature plummets, the sky turns gray, and days pass without a glimpse of the sun. In September through, you can still walk around in a hoodie without getting cold, the air is crisp, the trees start exploding with color, and autumn feels kind of fresh and magical. I might have mentioned it before, but there’s nothing like the quality of September sunlight. September skies have a color all their own. There’s a deepness and richness to the blue that you just don’t get any other time of year. I wanted to capture that intensity in the colors I chose here.

October has it’s perks too I guess…Halloween and bonfires and apple pie and pots of chilli simmering in the crock pot, to name a few. But still…I’m kind of longing for September. It’s my favorite month. Too bad it only comes around once a year.