Thursday, October 7, 2021

Autumnal Watercolors

Early Autumn Watercolor by Julie Windhorst


Readings from John O'Donohue
"Summertime grows into autumn. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year; seeds sown in the spring, nurtured by the summer, now yield their fruit in autumn. It is harvest, the homecoming of the seeds' long and lonely journey through darkness and silence under the earth's surface. Harvest is one of the great feasts of the year. It was a very important time in Celtic culture. The fertility of the earth yielded its fruitfulness. Correspondingly, when it is autumn in your life, the things that happened in the past, or the experiences that were sown in the clay of your heart, almost unknown to you, now yield their fruit. Autumntime in a person's life can be time of great gathering. It is a time for harvesting the fruits of your experiences. . . .

"Within the harvest circle, you are able to gather lost moments and experiences, bring them together, and hold them as one."

from Anam Cara:
A Book of Celtic Wisdom
, 166 - 67


"Change arrives in nature when time has ripened. There are no jagged transitions or crude discontinuities. This accounts for the sureness with which one season succeeds another. It is as though they were moving forward in a rhythm set from within a continuum.

"To change is one of the great dreams of every heart – to change the limitations, the sameness, the banality, or the pain....

"At any time you can ask yourself: At which threshold am I now standing? At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter? What is preventing me from crossing my next threshold? What gift would enable me to do it?"

from To Bless the Space Between Us:
A Book of Blessings
, 47 - 48

Julie's technique: Tracing the Leaves

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