Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love watching the trees change color. Its natures grand finally like firework display of dazzling colors from greens to darker greens, browns, yellows, oranges to reds. Its a season of celebration and harvesting. The leaves eventually and leave a blanket of color that slowly breaks down enriching the earth for next’s years cycle of birth.
The goddess of Autumn is Demeter she is goddess of harvest within Greek mythology. Demeter resided over barley and the harvest, she was also associated with the poppy. Here I have depicted her with faerie like features, she is greeting her faerie friend who lovingly dances around her casting out love and appreciation of earthly fruits.
The golden colors change into oranges and reds and you can feel the warmth the colors glow. All around you, you start to here the forest sing with the russell of the leaves from the gentle wind. You can feel the cold coming in, but your face is touched by the warmth of the setting sun. You open your eyes and see your faerie friend dancing around you singing. You glance around and see natures bloom of wild mushrooms and fungi, fruit for the forest animals and forest folk. You spot a long lost friend the Red Squirrel who is gathering for the winter, flicking his bushy tail he moves off busy harvesting as he go’s.
I want to thank John at Ophrys photography for kindly letting me use his wonderful Red Squirrel photo. His site is so worth checking out, he is an amazing photographer, don’t just take my word go and have a look at his site here.
Today we see less and less of our old friend the Red Squirrel but thanks to many charities the Red Squirrel can be found in some parts of the UK still, today you will find them roaming in parts of Scottish Highlands, Anglesey in Wales and the Isle of Wight. A great site to look at for information on helping protect the Red Squirrel is RSST the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. Here you will find projects that are set up help to reintroduced the Red Squirrel back into certain areas in the UK. The Lizard in Cornwall is one of them. There is plenty we can do by helping out the Red Squirrel from becoming a friend or donating there are also other options as well, like volunteer work and spreading the word. As my business grows its my plan to become a friend, but to start I want to help spread the word. At present I already plant one tree for every painting I create and over the coming months I fully intend to do more. Maybe organizing competitions and prize draws to help a charitable cause. So I’m sure you will here more from me over the coming months. A special thanks goes out to Helen at the RSST for her help in telling me what I can do to help.