The artist’s life / 3

Notes from the studio / October



“… Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow! …” – Robert Frost

Every year the month of October presents me with the most beautiful kind of celestial blue I can think of. Transferred to music, it would be the kind of Miles Davis “Kind of blue”, an in-between summer and winter sort of blue, a crispy, cobalt sort of deep blue that will be here for a day or two. Do you have it in your mind’s eye?

So every year it is a blessing to take the dogs for a walk under these October skies at the end of the day in the twilight, while we go over the harvested farm fields at the back of my house. Wondering, marveling… I love this season. Change is in the air while nature seems to hold its breath and slows down through misty mornings and starry nights.

So every year I’m trying to get this October Blue into one of my paintings. And every year I fail miserably. I don’t think it can be done. But I’ll try anyway. Because it is there.


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