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Fall. — Color it in…One Piece at a Time

on September 22, 2013

I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I would love to be able to have the talent to pick up a pen and draw what I see or what I imagine. It would make my life so much easier because I have so many stories. Stories that are just waiting for an illustrator.

But I’ve never been an artist. At least not in the traditional sense.

Give me a pen. A journal. Some paint. A canvas. Some material. A sewing machine. Some magazines and scissors.

Then give me some TIME.

And then see what I can make happen.


In college, I was given an assignment. To this day, it is one of my all-time favorite projects.

The goal was to learn about color.

Not just learn about color, but really get inside color. Create color. Play with color. Make your own color.

I started with one of my favorite photographs.

fall photo picmonkey

A tree in New York City. In Central Park. In front of the Dakota Building. Where John Lennon once lived.

Then, I had to create a collage. One piece at a time. Cut out pictures and colors from magazines to re-create this image.

three fall pictures picmonkey

In a new way. Create a new image. Full of color. One tiny piece at a time.

Try it a few different ways. See what works and what doesn’t.

fall collage picmonkey

Then, I had to use only six acrylic paint colors to recreate this image.

Red. Yellow. Blue. Green. White. Black.

To mix. And try. And try again. And start over. And mix again.

To make every other color in life.

And then paint it. Recreate the same image in a brand new way.

Recreate it to see what you get.

fall painting picmonkey

It might just be my own personal masterpiece. Maybe no one else sees it.

But, I framed it and hung it on my wall along with the original photograph and the collage I created.

Because the process of getting there, was just as important to me as the final product.

It is and always has been a tribute to my favorite season.


Fall is a turning.

Fall is an opportunity.

Fall is another trip around this side of the Sun.

Fall is the colors.

Fall is golds and yellows and faded greens. Fall is oranges and maroons.

Fall is cool evenings and the possibility of campfires on the weekends.

Fall is sleeping with the windows open.

Fall is hearing the echo of the High School football game announcements of tackles and touchdowns, as I sit on the back porch with a glass of Cabernet.

Fall is the return of my favorite sweatshirts and jeans.

Fall is the chance to try again.

Fall is trying something new.

Fall is preparing.

Fall is practicing.

And fall never expects perfection.

It just wants you to really get in there…and play with its color.

Let’s All, Go. Do that.


19 responses to “Fall. — Color it in…One Piece at a Time

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  2. Lead Our Lives says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I love the images and the unfolding story. Loved this!

    • MommyVerbs says:

      Thank you. These used to hang in our living room in our old house. When we moved, I never hung them up. I am so thankful that I was able to find them so quickly this morning. Now, I’m looking for a few nails and a hammer. These are going back up on the wall today. In celebration of the process that is Fall. 🙂

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  4. alienorajt says:

    Racing towards Winter, Fall is the gentle cascade of coloured flesh from the world’s bones – and I LOVE your post! Hope I’ve made a decent stab at the challenge! Alienora

  5. genext13 says:

    Submarine-y – The picture takes on a very Yellow Submarine-y look with your touches. Beautiful.

    • MommyVerbs says:

      THANK YOU! I will take that compliment and add it to my list of favorites ever. It is abstract for sure, but I totally dig the Yellow Submarine reference. Crazy…I just talked about the Yellow Submarine in the previous post. Did you see that one? Or is this just a crazy coincidence?!

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  7. I wish I could write music – the lyrics are sometimes there, and even the tune…but it’s stuck in my head (and probably should stay there). I love your variations – they are all beautiful.

  8. Nerdy Woman says:

    Wow. You really created something beautiful! You should display them proudly.

  9. Jan says:

    I love fall too. I remember this project and the product. You are a gifted artist…you paint with words. 🙂

  10. Beverly S says:

    “But I’ve never been an artist. At least not in the traditional sense.” Rubbish, I say! Anyone who creates is an artist. Writing is most definitely an art. You are an artist who paints with words. And you do it very well, thank you very much 😀

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