'I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.'
- Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables
Without a doubt, autumn is my favourite season. I'm always ready for it after the summer, which often feels a little intense to me. Although there are many joyous aspects to summertime, I don't like too much heat (blame my Geordie roots) and I find the stifling summer nights that we sometimes get in London just too much. It feels like a sigh of relief when I start to sense autumn approaching.
It's also a time of year when I tend to feel most creatively inspired. So much more than at the start of a new calendar year, I see the start of autumn as a time of new beginnings. Having been a teacher for fourteen years, perhaps this is no surprise. New stationery, anyone? Autumn's musings seem to be more slow-paced, reflective and thoughtful. My notebook becomes filled with questions, trains of thought, sketches and kernels of ideas that may or may not lead to something bigger.
Visually, autumn is, of course, nothing short of stunning. There are so many details to examine, from the intricacy of a pine cone (those of you who know me will know how much I love them!) to glossy scarlet rosehips and the ever-changing hues of the deciduous leaves in between.
This autumn, I encourage you to take a wander outdoors - anywhere with a good amount of trees - and soak in autumn. Even better if you can take a sketchbook with you and try a few drawings as you perch somewhere, preferably wrapped up in cosy woollens, perhaps with a flask of tea if you're well-organised.
Gather some natural objects, such as fallen sycamore keys, leaves of different colours, acorns or pine cones and bring them home to study, draw or paint. I guarantee you will feel soothed and invigorated after spending some time walking in woods and examining autumn's treasures. Your drawings don't have to be shown to anyone else; they don't have to be 'good' (more on that later!). Their purpose is to allow you to look closer and wonder.
'I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature,
than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.'
- John Ruskin
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my Autumn Art Set has everything
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