Today’s prompt was an easy one to choose, since my favorite weather is coming up next and occurs in mid-autumn. I didn’t have much time to paint today, so this is a super quick 15 minute sketch of some fall leaves. I love it when the leaves begin to burst into amazing colors against a deep blue sky. And, I also love the chill in the air that blows away the humid heat of summer. That first day, when I have to reach for a jacket in order to go outside, is a fabulous transition. It means hot cocoa won’t be far behind, the fireplace will get some use again, and snuggles will return. Despite the colder temperatures, it just feels like a time of year that’s about enjoying time at home with the people you love. The days get a bit shorter to be sure, but it’s also a time to nest and relax a bit more. And best of all, it leads right into my favorite holiday season, and so very soon, my inner child will be thrilled beyond belief, awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus and presents under the tree.
As a kid, this time of year also meant heading back to school. As a rather geeky kid, I loved going back to school in the fall and got really excited to pick out my school supplies for the year. There was that list of required items, of course, but I always got to pick a special pencil or notebook as well. I remember one year, I got a pen that glowed in the dark. Obviously, schools themselves are rather brightly lit, so my glowing pen wasn’t quite as impressive as I’d hoped it would be. But just knowing that it possessed a little bit of magic was enough to make me happy. And it was a pen that was unique to me, or at least the only of its kind in my little classroom, so that was enough to make it special. My little doodles in the margins of my notebook that year seemed to be way cooler, even though it was just normal ink inside. I think this is how I still feel today with art supplies that I buy. A particular pen or brush holds more than its technical features. There’s sometimes a strong bond that’s impossible to justify, but I just know it’s my favorite.
I have a limited edition Lamy pen I bought in Paris that I have tucked away and haven’t even used yet. It was just so shiny, green and lovely, sitting there in the window of a shop. I had to take it home with me. The two pens I use most are the ones that Philippe bought for me, as they just seem a bit more special somehow. My little silver Lamy pen was a Christmas present, and goes with me everywhere, even though I rarely have time to sketch, except when I’m at home. It’s just a comforting companion. As we head into another fall and holiday season, I’m not quite sure yet what I’ll ask for this year. I, of course, have everything I need, but that’s not the point. As the cool breeze arrives, it brings with it the permission to want just a little bit more. And in the end, that’s why this has always been my favorite weather.
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