Featuring Anna Wiancko-Chasman
As Fall deepens, the days darken and leaves color, the hearth beckons and thoughts turn inward. Dampness moves us into our homes and into our dreams.
But I do love summer. It brings play and sunshine, long busy days and starlit campfires. Birdsong and flowers fill the senses. As an artist, inspiration is all around me, under the brilliant blue skies and vermilion sunsets or while walking mountain meadows and rocky trails. The delight of the natural world calls.
Though the days are long and sunny, for me it is hard to be inside and miss anything. Taking to my studio is something I do only when all the outside chores are done and I’m satiated with natural beauty. And summer joys of family, friends and barbecues, paddling on a lake, beach combing and garage sales……
So I must command the muse to be still and wait.
But now, in Fall, she rejoices in the cool dark drippy days. It is the season to create without the distraction of the ever exciting and changing plethora of birds to watch, deer and wildflowers to photograph, vegetables to water, and weeds to continually conquer. For me, Fall and Winter are the renewed opportunity to be in my studio, conflict and guilt free. I greet my space like an old friend, getting lost among saved summer sketches and photographs, paints, clay, metal scraps and driftwood collected on sandy beaches. I apologize to misplaced and forgotten projects, half started, like partially opened gifts. Others, less successful, are simply a reminder that summer art making can be hurried and disjointed.
Anna’s Nature Notes continue here.
Anna is offering her Creating with Clay classes. Visit TreeSong’s website for details.