November 23rd, 2013
A few weeks ago I collected these colorful leaves during one of my walks around the neighborhood. I was enamored by the assortment of shapes and sizes and the beautiful shades ranging from rust to crimson with spots of sunshine – so warm and alive.
Holding this extra-large leaf made me feel somewhat small. It was a good reminder that within this large world I am only a very small part…life is about so much more – outside of myself and my own little world.
Okay, on to making some leaves. I began by splitting open a paper grocery bag, flattening it out and then I painted the inside part of the bag with shades of autumn.
Then I used the real leaves that I collected as templates by tracing around each leaf and cutting out the shapes with scissors. After this I crumpled the leaves up and then flattened them back out to create a more natural texture. Here’s what they look like placed along my mantle.
I like how this bright spot of red pops amongst the the other items on the mantle.
I also like how the colors of the leaves compliment the star artwork (I made these awhile ago with string and tacks on painted canvas).
Here’s a close-up of the crumpled up texture. With so much color, I didn’t want to add busy embellishments.
But a week later I changed my mind and added just a touch to one of the leaves.
These words came to me while I was thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday and what it means to me. It’s a simple thought, but it can be deep and wide…as I sit in silence and focus on each and every blessing. Then I can feel my throat tighten and an urge to swallow the lumps…as I take it all in. The power of gratitude is immense…
…it makes me want to give, what I have already received…and then some. I like how “thanks” goes hand in hand with “giving”, making it complete. “Thanksgiving” is not only my favorite holiday, it’s also one of my favorite words.