Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Changes (Seasonal, etc.)

This is me: I love the seasons. And I love the changes that come with each season. Through the years, I have learned this about myself: I like change.

Now, hubby always raises his hand when he hears me say that. “I hope you don’t want changes in ALL areas!” Obviously, there are many things that I DO NOT want to change. I also love stability and the familiar. But I like change more than most people do, I believe. 

Some say, “I will never move again.” Having just finished a very difficult and complicated move (in so many ways, not just physical and not just emotional), this might be a logical time for me to say that I will never move again. But even now, I don’t feel that way. While I don’t like all the work involved, and the emotional “tearing apart,” there are many things about moving (changing houses, changing towns, changing states…) that I do like.

Back to the topic at hand, I love seasonal changes (would probably not be thrilled to live where there are no seasonal changes), and always, through the years, no matter my location, my favorite season is fall. Maybe it’s the colors (my favorite), the trees, the leaves, the fragrance from the kitchen (baking with pumpkin or apples—and always, cinnamon), the need for sweatshirts, sweaters and boots…and lattes…and snuggling. This year, as a St Louis Cardinals fan, I’m loving the coming of baseball post-season.

Since I started watercolor painting a couple of years ago, another thing I love about fall is the seasonal art subjects. It makes painting even more fun. Actually, from September through December, it’s a time when I’m drawn to painting seasonal subjects more than any other time.

The mushroom was an easy one, following a tutorial by Maria Raczynska.

Possibly another reason why I have these positive feelings about the autumn time of the year would relate to the fact that most of my life has included “Back to School,” (as a student for 16 years, and then as a teacher for many years). I would still look forward to buying new school supplies (is that why I love buying new art supplies especially in the fall?)… hmmmmm…

I’m thinking of some Scripture verses that cause us to be thankful that some things never change. And then there are other verses that mention good things about change. I suppose it’s part of how we are made, to embrace both!

“I the Lord do not change.” - Malachai 3:6a

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” - Hebrews 13:8

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” - James 1:17

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19

“To everything there is a season…” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a right time for everything.

#seasons #change #watercolor #fallwatercolor #autumnpumpkin #singlemushroom #watercolorpractice


Pastor Mark said...

Love it... and as you know we are alike in this as in many things.

Barbara said...

Yes, I do know that we both love change! Thanks for commenting!