As November draws to a close I reflected on my bias with the month. A time of gray and cold or as Thomas Hood wrote in his poem “No”:
No sun–no moon!
No morn–no noon–
No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day–
No sky–no earthly view–
No distance looking blue …
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
(to read the poem in its entirety click HERE)
During these past few weeks I reread this poem in my head, especially as I walked through a park with the dog I care for. She kept her nose to the ground where a carpet of fallen leaves contrasted the gray of the day with bright reds, yellows and oranges. This natural collage ignited the idea of a work with leaves spread upon the ground, an autumnal carpet helping to warm my chilled feelings towards November.
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