Time to Paint the Leaves--Again
Each year at this time I find myself painting leaves and wondering why I am so drawn to this subject. What is it that compels me to capture them on canvas or on paper. Even as I look around my house and notice that leaves seem to be integrated into my decor, I still question why I want to paint them every year. Well obviously I really like leaves.
But is there another reason why I year after year I paint the leaves? Aside from their interesting shapes and glorious fall colors is there another reason why?
"Falling Leaves" watercolor
"Fall Fantasy" hand-painted silk
"Up with the Birds" watercolor
The Last Transition
And then there is always the last transition--from life to death. For me leaves represent that transition as they turn colors, then fall to the ground and slowly decay leaving a delicate network of lines to hold together the last little bits of leaf.
Painting the leaves is just another way to remind myself of how fragile this life is, and sometimes how short it can be. Painting the leaves is a reminder that nothing lasts forever. We are here for a while and then fade away and become part of the earth.
But even in that transition there is a beauty. Just like the leaves, a delicate network of lines holds us together until the final release.
But until that time I'll just keep painting the leaves!
"Fall Leaves" food coloring (yup!) and metallic paint