"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer's End

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
24x36 oil

   Well, it seems that our endless summer isn't quite so endless.  Our family went on vacation in Florida the final week of August into September and came home to Iowa to find that Autumn had arrived.  I'm not going to lie - this always makes me feel a bit sad.  I am starting my twenty fourth year of homeschooling my five children (down to the last one!) and even though I love teaching them, love learning with them, and encouraging them to love learning, the end of summer and beginning of Fall and the start of a whole new school year, always feels a little bittersweet to me.
     I did see it coming though, and have been trying to get every last delicious taste of warm sun, and free time to paint, as I can.  I stayed up late many of these last few summer nights, working on the fourth painting in my "Wild Things" series.  I finished up "Nothing Gold Can Stay" just in time to kiss summer days good-bye.
     This fourth painting took a little different turn than the first three .  The colors became more vivid, the background called for more tones than the simplistic ones of the previous three.  It all started with one of the last "art in a vase" bouquets that I had been working on this past summer (these can be seen on my Instagram page).  I found myself cutting Black-eyed-Susans, Trumpet Vine, and Honeysuckle with the first few berries on the branch.  Everyone of them, a sign of the end of one season and the beginning of a new one; a signal that soon the intense greens we had seen all summer would be replaced with shades of brown.  But each of these, right now,  were so brilliant in their own colors -like Summer's last hurrah.
      I can't help but think of Robert Frost's poem:
Nature’s first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf’s a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay. 
    (Can't you just hear Ponyboy, now!)
   Now before you think I am all down in the dumps about saying good-bye to Summer - know that I adore Autumn!  I have big plans for new projects for this upcoming season- some upcoming art sales that I am participating in at local venues, and a holiday open studio sale.  Every season has it's glory!  


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