It starts with the slightest whisper of a cool breeze in the mornings and late afternoons. The leaves are beginning to change colors ever so slightly and my thoughts begin to turn inward as my morning walks are becoming a little faster in speed. Autumn has arrived.
October is my favorite month. It takes me back to when I was a teenager riding my bike as falling leaves swirled around me. There was a crispness in the air as vibrant colors intermingled with colors that were softer and more subdued. I didn't have any particular place to go. I was just riding and enjoying being there at that moment.
This is the time of year I always begin re-evaluating my direction as an artist. It's a slow process because I want to look deep within and ask myself hard questions while being honest with myself for answers. I also start with one thing at a time so I don't get overwhelmed. It's all part of the process of reflecting, resting, recharging, and the return to following my heart, my dream.
The only thing an artist wants to do is to create the art that they want to create. It's how we truly communicate and express ourselves to the world. I know that, for me, it's important that what I create is honest. It has to feel like it is coming from my very core, my heart. If I don't believe in it, how can anyone else?
As the days grow shorter and nights become more dominant, a quiet space opens. This time allows me to recognize the things that are working toward accomplishing my dream. I also determine what is not working in my best interests and let them go. This is how I can determine projects that have been calling to me and need to be brought to fruition.
I embrace this time of year with my full cup of coffee or tea, fuzzy slippers, and a cozy blanket as I sit down to reflect, rest, recharge and prepare to return to the dream.
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