Painting - Oil
September is a season of bounteous harvest – in our gardens, in the farmers’ fields, in our yards – and the artwork, September, celebrates this harvest of plenty with a still life of flowers and fruit.
Black-eyed Susans glow gold against their dark centers, and Echinacea adds a hint of pink to the yellows and oranges. Set within an old-fashioned green glass mason jar, the arrangement of flowers is a celebration of the country life, and what we can find when we walk through the fields and gather what we may.
In many places of the country, wild fruit grows on trees that were once part of a bustling homestead, but as time went by and the home was abandoned, soon nothing but the trees are left as a reminder that someone used to live here. In an afternoon, one can jump on the bicycle for an enjoyable jaunt on back country roads, traveling from tree to tree and gathering a harvest of rich, sweet fruit that has not been sprayed, and often hearkens back to a variety that one cannot even find anymore.
September, the artwork, invites the viewer to bring the bounty of fall into their home – the bouquet of flowers does not need to – and indeed won’t – look like something that comes from a professional florist, because it doesn’t. Part of the charm of the country walk, or bicycle ride, in autumn is gathering the natural flowers that are growing, frequently forgotten in places that people pass by without stopping to enjoy.
Nowadays, with so many home interior shows on TV and the Internet, one can be tempted to spend a lot of money to make one’s house look like it is a simple country place – but the irony is that it doesn’t cost that much to find and enjoy the simple, natural things that nature provides for free, or that true second hand stores supply just as an ordinary part of their business – the glass mason jars, the colored vases, the colorful cloth.
Bring the beauty of the country into your home and life with September.
Featured in 28 Fine Art America groups.
November 29th, 2017
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