Friday, October 02, 2015

Embracing the new when seasons change

It's early here on this cloudy and cool Friday morning. The changing leaves dance in the breeze, eagerly waiting for the first Autumn raindrops to fall. Occasionally, feelings of excitement well up inside. As I sit here sipping on my hot cuppa I begin to ask myself why Autumn captures my heart as much as it does. This late season promises many things such as [more] tea, scarves, hot water bottles, the smell in air, the gentle touch of the Autumn breeze - the list could go on! However, the one thing that stirs my heart the most is the symbolism of life ending and beginning.

Most of the time, we think of Autumn as the season that represents the end of summer. The leaves slowly die and fall to the ground. Grass that was once green, caressing the bottoms of our feet, dries and brown. The snow comes and blankets everything with it's white coat of magical wonder. Autumn -  it's also the beginning of new life. It's a time of year where we learn to let go of the past and begin to focus on the future; a new year. How much more joy would we find life if we approached Autumn as a time to renew our hearts, letting go of the old and embracing change?

Autumn excites me! Life slows down and with it, a unique opportunity to embrace something new in the palm of our hands.

With that said, enjoy day 1 of my Inktober2015 contribution. If you've not heard of this, individuals are challenged to sketch something in pen every day for the month of October. I'm looking forward to all of the new illustrations that will come to life from this.
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  1. beautiful warm cuddly sketch and I agree, let go of old and embrace the new,,

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  2. oh my gosh, this is just adorable Alexandra!

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  3. Loving your sketch, makes me feel warm and cozy!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Cozy is my middle name, I believe. :D

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  4. Alexandra, I absolutely adore your squirrel and your writing makes me feel so cozy I want to start a fire...in the fireplace, of course. LOL I wish I could pump out a drawing a day. I have such a difficult time getting one done in 4 days. Blessings. :-)

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    1. hahaha Thanks, Tracy. It's been SO incredibly chilly here. Probably the wrong day to wear flipflops, even with sweatpants, sweatshirt and scarf. :D Drawing something 1x a day is a lot easier than you think. hee Happy Friday!

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  5. This is so precious! It inspires me to get out my drawing tools and do some sketching. Fall is definitely here. We are having torrential rains and temperature in the 50s F.

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    1. Awwww, thanks so much, Faye. Sketching the past few days have been refreshing after painting so much. It's been raining all afternoon and evening here. :)

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  6. He is so cute. I love the way he is snuggled up in his scarf. Autumn is my favourite season. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comment.

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    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for popping by my cozy spot. :)

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  7. I am from England and certainly there is nothing as tingly and exciting as that smell of what is it? of rotting leaves with that delicious cold nip in the air. Here on E Coast everything looks much prettier with the red maple leaves that twirl in the air.....but we still have those darn tornadoes! So I think Fall in UK is better....and winter in UK is worse it is so damp and dreadful! I love your squirrel he is all wrapped up against the elements. x

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    1. Hello! Yes, my hubby is from London and he agrees with you! Thank you for stopping by to say hello. Mr. Squirrel is oh so cozy at the moment. Hee :)

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  8. Autumn is my favourite season too, as you might have gathered from my last blog post. Thanks for stopping by. My daughter is taking part in Inktober. I must share some of her pictures, perhaps on Wednesday. Your squirrel looks very cosy.

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    1. Yes, you should definitely share her inktobers! I'd love to see them. Happy weekend! :)

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  9. What a delightful little squirrel! You gotto love those Starbucks cups - must be why he is holding one;-) I love Autumn... it come for me with a sense of reprieve - slowing down and recollecting myself... almost like the trees losing leaves, there is a beauty in losing excess, exposing structure, returning to simplicity...

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    1. Hee Hee I LOVE what you've said here about losing excess and such, returning to simplicity. You got it! :)

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  10. Love this adorable cozy squirrel! He is ready for the changing season too I see.

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    1. Awww...thank you very much, Ginger. :)

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  11. great drawing :) your cup just reminded me I've never had anything from Starbucks so have no idea why people go nuts this time of year for everything pumpkin there lol

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! You'll have to pop in to Starbucks at least once. ;)

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  12. Oh what a sweet and darling illustration. Such thoughtful and charming thoughts too.

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  13. I'm a little confused because it is fall here, but we're having some of the best weather than all summer! Autumn is my favourite month so I have no problem embracing its wonder. Your words are thought provoking and beautiful... and as for your cute illustration. He's adorable.
    I think I'd love to have a go at the Inktober challenge ;D
    Thank you for the inspiration

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    1. Hi Neesie, maybe you're confused as hubby and I are in America. He's from London and we return when we can to see his family still living there. We were last there during Christmas just 2 years ago and it was so lovely! Anyway, thank you for popping in! Hope you're having a lovely weekend. :) xx

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  14. autumn as a season of new beginnings - I like the idea and also it's almost scarf-wearing & hot drinks season, so that's something to look forward to.

    cute drawing, love the scarf. hope you have a lovely october.

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    1. Isn't it great to look at it from that perspective, isn't it? Thank you for popping in to say hello. Hope you're having a lovely weekend. :)

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