Here's just a sample of Fall's beauty from the North Carolina mountains. My college minister, Cherrie, spread these gorgeous, enormous leaves on her windshield after a recent hike. (Thanks for letting me borrow the photo, Cherrie!)
Another simple pleasure that I enjoy especially at this time of year is the work of artists who use Fall as their muse.
It's not easy for an artist to capture the explosive color displays and ephemeral beauty of Autumn. I gathered a small sampling of the work of these creative people here for you to enjoy, too. So, grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a moment for yourself to enjoy the essence of Fall before the cold winter winds drive it away.
Here is a quick sampling of artists who find their muse in Fall.
J E N N I F E R C A V A N
I have followed Jennifer's work for years. Her specialty is oil pastel, which has an unrivaled hue and luster. Jennifer lives in one my favorite places in the world: Angelfire, New Mexico.
You can see more of her outstanding landscapes on her website or her Facebook page.
"Sweet Dreams" by Jennifer Cavan
S U S A N G I L C H R I S T
Can you imagine how much patience you need to draw on paper with a miniature crow quill dip pen and a bottle of ink? Susan Gilchrist painstakingly paints each little wrinkle of a dying leaf in her recent pen and ink fall leaf pieces.
Her work captures the essence of the end stages of a life cycle. You can find more of her fascinating images of leaves on her Facebook page.
Susan Gilchrist, pen and ink
E M I L Y A A R T S E N
I will leave you with a Fall poem by Emily Aartsen ©.