I love this weeks theme. Fall is my favorite season.
The inspiration for these pumpkin and acorn earrings came from the bountiful scattering of acorns everywhere on the college campus where I work. If I could draw or paint it would be to capture all the variations of gold,red,brown and pale greens of the season.
Harvest brings to mind the days past of harvesting the winter corn, stripping tobacco and carving pumpkins. I am pretty much a city girl these days but I love to collect a few walnuts, break off the husk and store them to dry for Christmas cookies. Childhood scents remembered; the dank sweet smell of leaves as I jumped and rolled in the newly raked piles of leaves.
I think of moment frozen in time; my Mom and the other ladies from the church stirring large cauldrons of cinnamon spiced apple butter, the backdrop of the brilliant blue sky framing the giant oaks and maples. It was in the late Fifties and early Sixties; I can still see the ladies stirring the cauldrons with large wooden paddles. Multi colored gingham aprons wrapped over their dresses, fanning the smoke and heat away from their faces as the wind blew around the wood fires. Talking and chatting as us kids played tag in the churchyard.