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There is no use clinging onto the last memories of summer but to accept the fact that Fall is here and trudge on.  My better-half is always moaning about how everything seems to be dying around him.  He hates the miserable cold and dampness.  But, it sure beats the 5 months of snow if we were to live back east.  What he fails to see is nature hibernating and regrouping for spring.

This is my favourite season.  When I wake up and open my eyes, I see before me a live canvas and it changes every day.  Aside from the joys of seeing fall fruits and vegetables gracing the supermarket shelves, baking pies and putting my garden to sleep, a brisk walk is what I always enjoy.  Along the way, I pay extra attention to the colours around me.

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Someone left their old Chinese chamber pot in the front yard. I am sure they are using it for planting.  It’s interesting how it almost blend in with the fallen leaves.

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I often find ideas for my paintings from what I see on my walks.  One would never stop to think how a pile of gravel can be interesting.  But, look again at the pinks, mauves, greys and blues.  The colours all work so nicely together,  not battling for attention.

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And then this burst of burgundy red barberry with its crimson berries delivers a great punch.

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The lime green leaves on this sedum proudly shows off its clusters of red flowers.  One wonder who is complimenting who?

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And then there is this.  A Hosta plant riddled with holes, evidence some slugs have definitely feasted themselves well and showing signs of water-damaged may look rather uninteresting to most people.  But, I like to cancel those out and just concentrate on the colours.  Try and imagine the green, yellow umber, brown and white on an ensemble of clothing.  Maybe, the knee-length skirt I am thinking of is of the green.  A yellow umber blazer worn over a white top and a pair of nice leather boots and handbag, and a necklace of emerald greens, oranges and browns .  Well, see?  Has this little exercise not made it interesting already?  And if you’re thinking what does this have to do with clothes?  Well, I, too can easily apply it to what I would like to paint on my canvas, once I find the right inspiration.

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