I just returned from a trip to the States. We saw all of our kids even though they live all over the country. We stayed mostly on the East Coast and the children came to see us in various places. We did a lot of driving. Nothing like a road trip to see a slice of Americana. Big cities to “tree bathing” in the mountains of West Virginia. Waze has added so much beauty to our travels. It used to be we drove just from one highway to another. Now, Waze, takes you by way of a more scenic route in its effort to get you to your destination quicker. You get more of the local flavor. I was fascinated by the variety and uniqueness of rural mailboxes. Many reflected their owner’s unique personality.
“If there’s one thing that will stop people from achieving their goals, it’s a wall. However, as I see it, without a wall there’s no place to build a door.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Doors and doorways have always fascinated me. I take pictures of them all the time. Doors can be very unique. They are different wherever I go. Even within a certain neighborhood, there is always variety. Doors can be made of wood, glass, metal or a combination of materials. Doors are the first opportunity to make a first impression.
You can smell it in the air. Autumn is here.The days are getting shorter. It is sweater weather. Leaves are turning colors and will eventually fall off the trees. I love the fall color palette. Especially the variegated patterns in each leaf. The reds are so brilliant and the yellows so rich. I painted this picture from leaves I saw in Lakewood, New Jersey while taking a brisk walk around the lake. As the leaves fall of the trees they blanket the ground. Home owners rake them into the street in piles ripe for running through. I live in Israel where seasonal change isn’t so significant. Where I really noticed it the most is in the United States. When I visit family, as I am now, I see how everyone and everything has changed. This fall it is exceptionally beautiful. Today I even swooshed through the leaves in the street. It was so much fun and reminded me of my youth. Experiencing changes in nature makes me more aware of the concept of change in general. Sometimes change is instantaneous like death. Other times change is gradual like growing older. Change is an integral part of growth.
Perhaps we have memories from our youth about pumpkins. Pumpkin picking in the field, Jack O’lanterns and hayrides. When I reflect on hayrides, I think and smell the straw and pumpkins that lined the wagons.
In thinking about what to write about for my first blog and entrance into the world of social media, I thought about two areas of my life that “just dive in” applies. The first relates to my own creative process. I am a mixed media artist. I use grayscale photography, paint and fabric on canvas. My style is unique and labor intensive. I have a studio is in my home so I can pop down whenever I want. Now back to my creative process. I have my idea, composition and I loosely choose my colors and fabrics (more on my creative process in future blogs). Paints are ready and then I freeze when I look at this white canvas, something is stopping me. So from years of experience, I take a deep breath, say a little prayer and JUST DIVE IN. I put a colored mark somewhere. That breaks the surface tension like letting the air out of a balloon. And then I am off!
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