Sunday, November 30, 2008

This is my finished November piece. It will be joined to the bottom of the September and October pieces, essentially completing the fall season. It is the most representational of my 3 pieces so far, which has gotten mixed reactions from people. Some like it best of the 3, some like it the least. I'm in the latter group. I had fun practicing (not making perfect yet by any means) satin stitch, and placing the leaves. My inspiration was the view out of our breakfast room window, looking at a 22 year old crab apple tree. The window frames it like that, with the trunk off center, which I really like. My husband also built me a compost bin for leaves, which will break down into little bits and enrich my gardens next summer.

November is a bleak month, but we've had some unusually sunny days, which makes it much more tolerable. The short days are really hard, but at least it's only 21 days to the winter solstice. (but who's counting?) I try to remember to live in the present, not the past or the future. I think the journal project has helped me be more aware of the joys in each day, even the little ones.


7 comments:

heidibeads said...

I like it! I like the idea of looking out the window and seeing the tree there with the leaves falling. It is kind of bleak this time of year and it show but that is what you where going for. Well done!

Sabine said...

I can't really decide which of the three pieces I like best. They are all aesthetically pleasing, but having said that I will elect the November piece as my favourite, because it has a story-telling sort of quality.

Sabine

pam T said...

oh, I really like this one! Love the colors, especially...

Marty S said...

Another great piece. What is most interesting to me is the way the rows of beads showing the ground keep changing directions. Very cool!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

abeadlady said...

Margaret, you have captured my feelings about November exactly. It is not a good month for me either. Your beading is improving by leaps and bounds. Yay for you.
Arline

Robin said...

I like it AND your other two as well... They're so different. I love the way you did the ground on this one... not solid, but lines suggesting the contours of the land! The tree branches are also very nicely done. Like Sabine, I enjoy the story-quality of this piece. Great work!!! I think you're very wise to be in the moment and leave the Solstice to arrive when it will. At the same time, I understand the bleakness... Hugs, Robin A.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Margaret, I think this page is beautiful.. Your first 2 are also very nice but this is a real picture & I love how you have made the 'tree' & how it overhangs the distant view..