This sweet little leaf was picked up on my road, a harbinger, for sure, of the ne’er too soon onslaught of vivid botanical color and the excitement that comes along with it in Autumn.  I can hardly wait.

The reds, oranges and golds of fall are all the long wave-length colors so they literally touch us more profoundly, bouncing up against us to stimulate excitement.  In Candace B. Pert’s book “Molecules of Emotion” she describes this chain reaction, bio-chemical process…we can either go along for the ride or close our eyes.

I personally love the ride!  The season makes me feel enlivened and purposeful so I have prepared myself to take advantage of the inspiration it brings.  The studio is tidy, paint tubes are full and the fabric is ready…let’s see what comes out.

Autumn in New Hamphsire cropped

 “Autumn in New Hampshire”.  Painted whole cloth quilt, painted and fused leaf applique, hand appliqued stonework. © Jane Balshaw 2007

2 thoughts on “Harbingers”

    1. You are right Lori…nothing better. Just reread an old 1996 Boston Globe article about how this vivid color is exclusively in New England. Transplant a NE tree elsewhere and the color is never the same. So cool… 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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