Last week at the top of the oak tree next to our house, I spotted a cluster of bright red leaves. Ah! My heart did a little happy dance. Fall is here! The days are cooler, the nights are positively crisp, and the entire palette of the world shifts to deeper, more moody colors.
David and I walk to the Farmers Market every Saturday morning. I load up on heirloom tomatoes and honey crisp apples. Of course, I always buy a bouquet! I'm drying the flower heads so I'll have my own cutting garden next year. Zinnias are my favorites.
I find this season to be very stimulating to my creativity. The change of temperature alone is freeing. The July of 2010 was the hottest on record for the Washington, D.C., area. When we made our yearly pilgrimage to Kiawah Island, the temperatures soared to the three digit mark when you added in the humidity. I spent most of this summer indoors.
To salute fall, I carved a new cork stamp this morning in the shape of an apple. I used a champagne cork, because it's bigger than a wine cork. After I stamp the image, I use watercolor paint to add dimension. The result is pictured below. I have a bit of work to do to get it to be perfect, but so far, I like what I have done.
To read more about how to make a cork stamp, go to my blog.
I'm curious. What's your favorite part of fall? Tell me and I'll send you a bookmark that features my cork apple images.