At this beautiful time of year, my thoughts turn to all things autumnal: cooler temperatures; sleeping under a light down comforter; a warm mug of afternoon tea; fresh pressed apple cider; colorful leaves dripping off the trees; and pumpkins. I love pumpkins! I think it is their rich, orange color [although I also love the blue and multi-colored gourds].
A few years ago, Susan Feller suggested a color project in advance of that year’s Retreat Into the Mountains [WV]. She asked us to choose a color that we like and then illustrate it with a hooked piece. I immediately chose the color orange. Orange is my power color and represents Creative Energy to me. I designed a small piece depicting a pumpkin growing above ground with a taproot [this is where artistic license comes into play, since pumpkins don’t have a taproot] drawing up the molten energy from the center of the Earth. I have this piece hanging in my studio and look at it often.
Now it’s time to choose my next project. There are several in the wings, but I like to focus on one rug at a time, so I think I’ll do the pumpkin design a friend has requested. She emailed me a photo that she took of a stack of pumpkins sitting outside the front door of a beautiful white clapboard New England house. I love to enjoy each and every day of autumn, so a pumpkin design will be perfect. I’ll be discussing the design with her and deciding on what will be included in the rug. Actually, since she has a cat, she has requested a wall hanging. Wise choice.
On a rainy afternoon this past week, I visited a local farm market and took some photos of the pumpkins and gourds, which I have posted below. Of course, while I was there, I had to buy some pumpkin bread baked by the talented Amish woman, who works there. Perfect with that afternoon cup of tea.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the rich autumnal colors all around us.