Awesomely Autumn

Fence and Autumn Tree Watercolor Card

It is awesomely Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and I can’t remember the last time I have enjoyed this season so much!

Is it a more beautiful than ever one this year?  

It seems to be peaking a bit later or lasting a bit longer this year…

The sky seems bluer…

the sun warmer and brighter…

the air fresher…

the colors more vibrant.

Or has it always been like this and I am just learning to appreciate it?

Charlie and I try to talk a walk every day, and there is a beautiful yard we walk by that has this fence that has often attracted me and I have photographed before.  The colors of the trees around it yesterday were so amazing! They inspired me to come back and paint late afternoon.

I have been struggling with my watercolor painting lately… I keep thinking that I should be doing much better at this point, but then I don’t do it as much as I would like.

This little painting just felt good to do.  I was relaxed and just took a half hour to unwind and enjoy.  It is surely not a work of art, but it is a work of heART, and I’m okay with that.

Some wise artist friends have been offering great advice, and I am learning that sometimes trying too hard or not just enjoying what we are doing can stifle our creativity.  I am trying to worry less about what the end result will be and let the art speak for itself, so this is what I ended up with.

My “Mom 2,” Carole, has been an inspiration to me in the journey to learn to love Fall.  She chooses a special tree each day to appreciate, and has influenced me think about it too.

This was my tree yesterday, and I am going to send her this card to let her know how much I appreciate and think of her.

Hope you are having an awesomely amazing Autumn (or Spring for those in the Southern Hemi!).  Happy Weekend!

Cheers & Hugs,

Don’t fence me in

broken rope wire on fence post

Don’t fence me in…
Don’t make me stay inside “the lines.”

I must break free
to really be me.

True love… true freedom…  true creativity… true thoughts… true peace
can only be achieved when they are chosen.

Let me choose.
Don’t fence me in.

On my way home yesterday afternoon, I took a different route.  I was looking at the sights of the tall grass along side the road and stopped to take a photo.  When I was done, I caught sight of this fence post with its broken wire rope on the other side of the road, and it kind of took my breath away.  All I could think was, “Don’t fence me in,” and I took this shot.

Cheers & Hugs,

The Road to a Friend’s House is Never Long…


looking down our driveway to the road



the fence across the street from our driveway



the path of the power line along the country road



along the country road to our house



private lanes on country roads



country road … take me home…. to the place… I belong



Mikey walking to his buddy Halo’s house on the path through the woods