Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I know that everybody feels that way about autumn (how could they not?), but even still, simply looking out my windows sends me into little giddy waves of excitement. Here are a few of my favorite artistic representations of autumn.
I adore the way the trees seem to reach toward the unseen sky.
This image puts me in mind of Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.
“And how does dear, dear Norland look?” cried Marianne.
“Dear, dear Norland,” said Elinor, “probably looks much as it always does at this time of year. The woods and walks thickly covered with dead leaves.”
“Oh!” cried Marianne, “with what transporting sensations have I formerly seen them fall! How have I delighted, as I walked, to see them driven in showers about me by the wind! What feelings have they, the season, the air altogether inspired! Now there is no one to regard them. They are seen only as a nuisance, swept hastily off, and driven as much as possible from the sight.”
“It is not every one,” said Elinor, “who has your passion for dead leaves.” Chapter 16
I enjoy imagining what might be waiting around the corner in this image. Most likely another brightly-decked pathway, but maybe…a tiger, or something equally exciting.
Autumn leafs over water–such a thing eludes description!
I love it when the sun is setting on an autumn sky. It is as if the sun catches the world on fire, showering the world with vibrant shades of orange, and liberal splashes of yellows and browns.
Perhaps this painting is faintly too chilly for the current temperature–but it’s charming nonetheless.
In the wake of this glorious season, I’ve been compiling an ever-growing list of autumnal activities to indulge in. Here is what I’ve collected thus far:
1) Carve one pumpkin, and paint one! I’ve never painted a pumpkin before. Wish me luck!
2) Make pumpkin-y sweets! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin waffles, pancakes, cookies and pie! Yum. I do rather adore pumpkin.
3) Bake Halloween-esque treats (Ghostly oreo truffles http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/army-of-ghosts-super-easy-cake-pops.html , pretzel bones http://www.pinterest.com/pin/224194887673181783/ , etc,–creepy sweets sound fun!)
4) Ding-dong-ditch people, pumpkin-style! (Buy a pumpkin trick-or-treat bucket, fill it with sweets and ding-dong-ditch somebody!)
5) Read creepy, entrancing scary stories! Dracula, Portrait of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, etc,.
6) Watch spooky movies!
That’s all I’ve got thus far, but it is certainly enough to keep me hopping for the time being.