'Choices'-Autumn Devon Hedgerow flower painting
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Size: 51x76cm (20'x30')
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
About this painting: As Summer falls into AutumnI continue to wander the Devon lanes, sheltered by tall, tangles hedgerows from every side. Summers heat has faded & the verdant growth changes to rusts & golds, autumnal shades & jewel berries. The colours warm my thoughts, lift my sprits & focus my mind on the time ahead.
We thought it would be over by now, life returned to what we had been used to before Corona changed our lives, shrunk our worlds & limited our options. But as we transition into Autumn another lockdown looms & the news is every more glum.
As I look at the everchanging growth in the hedgerows, i see that I can see it in a number of ways. I could see autumn as an end of summer, or as a fruitful, abundant time when Nature brings forth gifts of fruits & berries. Splendorous colours, rich & warm as it's big finale before Winter. It's a time when the wildlife gathers & stores, feathers nests & makes things cosy for the months ahead. It'snot an ending of abundance, but a beginning of the time to nurture & reat.
I can choose to see both the season & all that is going on around me in a positive way. What is happening in the world is something i have no control over whatsoever. If I cant control it, there is no point is worrying or stressing about it a that wont change anything. So i can let go of those thoughts & focus on the things that I can change & control. I can choose to take this time as an opportunity to nurture myself, to gather my own resources, just as Nature does, to create a winter which feels safe & warm. I can make the most of having those closest to me & find ways of appreciating each other.
I cant change the world around me, but I can choose to look at what I do have & treasure it.
'Choices' is a warm, misty painting, created in translucent layers of paint with the layers of the hedgerows growth coming through. It sits beautifully in a range of room decor colour schemes & ads warmth, calm & quiet.