Shades of Autumn

I love the colors of fall.  I look at my wonderful fruit trees with their mass of color, and I can’t help dreaming of the day when they’ll be larger, more grand, with a profusion of cadmium red, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and touches of cadmium yellow light!

Did your mother teach you these colors when you were five years old?

I have these memories of driving down the highway, of course fighting in the back seat with my sister about the imaginary line being crossed… or forever being thirsty and needing a drink… or begging to stop at the next roadside place to buy a pair of moccasins.  And my mom would tell us to look at the scenery, and she’d start describing the many colors in the clouds, or help us look for magenta in the tree trunks.

This morning my pear trees were especially gorgeous.  “Ahhhh… alizarin crimson”, thought I.  So happy I can paint with words, and so happy these words are part of my vocabulary.


11 Responses to “Shades of Autumn”

  1. Donna Gill says:

    I could read your mom in these words before I clicked onto the article 🙂 God blessed you to be born to a loving artist.

  2. Sandy says:

    I am most certainly blessed!

  3. Marcea Clive says:

    Love your color matching.

  4. Lawanda Calton says:

    How wonderful to remember the childhood days of you and sister, Kim! The artistry you both display is far better than anything I have put on canvas! I’m so proud of my girls! And the grandchildren are artists, too! How lucky can I be?

  5. Sandy says:

    Oh Mama.. how sweet. You’ve made me cry!

  6. Kim says:

    You are an artist with words!

  7. joyce says:

    I thought only the daughter of an artist would know these names for the colors most kids simply call red, yellow, green…what a wonderful talent to be passed on..I always admire anyone who can paint…

  8. Betty W. says:

    It’s an extraordinary part of your legacy to see the world in these colors. Thanks, once again, for sharing it with us. Fall is my favorite season, too, and I was driving around Portales today noticing all the different colors…albeit with a much smaller vocabulary than you used!

  9. Robin Green says:

    Great post, Sandy.

  10. Katie says:

    What a wonderful post! And I love the picture, too!

  11. Cheryl Black says:

    How special! I didn’t learn these color names until I married Rudy and the names don’t always conjure up the correct shade in my mind’s eye. My mom dabbled in art…mainly using it to illustrate things for her children’s Bible classes (I can still picture her 7 days of creation done in pastels) but we didn’t get the “color vocabulary”. Love the post…showing your mom’s creativity in more things than just art!:))

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