Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Words To Live By

"We can live a peaceful life
 when we can indulge in pleasures 
without becoming a slave to any of them." 


It seems to be a very berry week.  I don't know why I find myself sketching fruit so much lately, but that seems to be where the creative stream takes me.  Maybe it's because it's fall, and in Iowa that means harvest.  Gardens around us a simply dripping in fruit, despite the drought, and just looking at them makes my mouth water.  Blueberries are a favorite in our house right now.

I find autumn in Iowa to be one of the most peaceful experiences I've ever had.  Not that autumn in Australia is chaotic, it's delightful, but it's different.  Here, the colors, the cool breezes, and the fading light all make for such a romantic ambiance.   It get's cold quickly so we start to pull out snuggly sweaters and scarves and the air is full of that smoky leaf smell.

Of course, like most artists, I have a scarf obsession. I kind of collect them, and yes, I wear them too.  I have well over 50 scarves...far too many for one person, but each one is unique and beautiful and I take great care of them.  I wear a different one everyday in autumn, regardless of where I am going.

Another autumn indulgence is warm pumpkin bread with lashings of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.  My waistline doesn't like this one but sometimes my need for home comforts wins.  Pumpkin soup is also a favorite.  Not a popular dish in the US, but a home comfort necessity I bought with me from Australia.  In fact tonight I am making pumpkin soup, fresh corn on the cob, and crusty bread for dinner.

I seem to get a burst of energy in autumn and my creative juices go mad.  I sleep better at night and everything just feels more peaceful and content. But you won't hear an ode to winter from me...oh no!  I'm not a winter girl, not at all and I'll spend the entire winter season finding ways to avoid going out the font door. Denial can be a wonderful friend sometimes.

But for now, I feel like autumn is a gift, and the beautiful autumn days are to be treasured.

Thanks for checking in. xx

(This sketchbook page is done in watercolor, pen & ink)