Autumn Inspiration

 It all started with a Fall colors challenge from Staci, a member of our City-o-Clay group. “Look out your windows, go outside and let the bright colors of Fall inspire you to make something”.

Oh fine, swell … I live in Florida, it’s GREEN, Staci. The temptation to go spray paint the palms in shades of yellow and red so I could get in the Fall mood was immediately squashed when the hubs got wind of that stroke of genius. Oh well, back to browsing the web for lovely Fall pictures …drag out some picture books …

Then, today  a package arrived from my dear friend, Peabody, from Washington state where they have real Fall foliage. In the package …

Colorful thoughtfulness An explosion of brilliant color to inspire. All retrieved from the yard of a thoughtful friend that took the time to  go out,  hand pick some prime leaves, put them in a box and mail them to me for inspiration. The thought itself is as lovely as the leaves themselves. If that won’t brighten your day you might as well go back to bed and pull the covers over your head.

I grabbed some colors

Clay colorsLeft to right …gold, burnt umber, brown, pearl green, copper. cadmium red, neon yellow.

And made some stuff

Cat tail / pendant

and played with color.


Thank you for a bright and beautiful day dear Peabody!

Speaking of Fall … from a native Floridian’s point of view

Florida is lovely in the Fall which is why folks from up north migrate here during the winter months. I suspect that not having to shovel snow is one of the main reasons for that.

I decided to head out to the backyard and take a few photos to show some of the other reasons Florida is so fine in the Fall.

 Orchid        Croton         Orchid 2


wicked tree 

 Above is my most favorite tree in the neighborhood

. . .  perfect for