Holding On

I appreciate the last vestiges of autumn: curled beech leaves in barren woods; uneaten grapes still hanging from tangled vines; oak leaves that refuse to fall. They hold on until the bitter end. And why not? Why not go for one last day of warm sunshine; one final chance at glorious existence before letting go. Wouldn’t you?

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9 thoughts on “Holding On

  1. Thanks, Jean,
    I picked out some fallen oak leaves 2 weeks ago, all crisp and curled, right before the rain came. I knew that was my last chance to have a look at those special curled shapes that are there only in the fall. The leaves are sitting on my dresser waiting for a quiet period for me to study and sketch. Soon white and blue and gray will take over the land and I’ll be glad to find a reason to mix up some warm browns.

    • So true, Peggy! I sketched these outside — it was pretty cold, so I guess that kept my pen moving– and then painted inside. I do love the curled leaf shapes, and if you miss them, they’re gone for another year. Hope you find the time to paint yours!

  2. Me too – the last rose and those roes hips that hold until through bitter winter days, the final, dangling golden leaves in a wood thick with dark branches…and your oak leaves, beautifully rendered. I have to say – I think I already said it – I really like to see the tools gathered around the finished painting – it draws me in even more, makes me think I could do that. 🙂

    • Oh, I’m glad you liked seeing the painting supplies. I did that because I’m traveling this week and didn’t have access to a scanner, so just took a photo instead. I also find it helpful to see what tools people use. Glad you’re seeing some last vestiges of autumn where you are, too.

    • Thanks Carolyn. I started this one with the leaf coming diagonally across the page, and then the leaves on either side. After adding the leaf on the left, it still needed a little something, so I included the small leaf at the top. Text last as usual. I wanted to leave this fairly stark, as per the season. Is it looking barren there, too?

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