Autumn Spirit

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Autumn is my favorite season. I like the cooler temperatures, the ever-changing and unsettled sky, and the changing colors of the leaves. There’s something else I like about it. I like the bittersweet feeling it gives me. This goes back to my childhood when I’d be outside in the woods, or trudging through a bog, or sitting by a cool river. I’d be by myself, alone with my thoughts, not a care in the world. These are great memories that are mixed with some melancholy. There’s always a strange part of me that wants to stay there in child land. I know one reason I paint the way I do is because of my childlike nature. I will never let this go, it’s a big part of who I am, is how I see the world, and it gives me a raw nature that comes out in my art.

I called this painting, Autumn Spirit, and I’m very proud of it. It really talks of the moodiness of Autumn. The storms threaten, the winds pick up, the birds flee, and Father Sky shifts around. Yes, Fall is splendid, Mother Earth and Father Sky show their magic spectacle and a shadowy figure is like a passing spirit.

I gaze at Autumn with a loving eye mixed with a little bit of longing, longing for my days as a naive little boy, alone in his wonderful world.

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