The weather was ideal for the annual Autumnal family portrait of my brother, sis-in-law, and nephew. This years request was for water in the background. That was easy to find, back home. Alas, lots of people were enjoying the weather there too. With a polite word and clever framing, we were able to situate ourselves on a small dock we ended up sharing with a family fishing. The additional challenge was to pull focus back from a five year old boy watching others with worms and bugs. He’s such a boy!
The rain and dark skies that Hurricane Sandy had brought, have lifted and the sun is indeed shining on this Autumn Toronto morning. Seeing that beautiful morning sun shine through the golden leaves was lovely. Add in the bluest of skies, and well, it is called for a photo to be taken. In addition, I’ve always wondered what kind of tree this is. Its not a maple…but damn…what is? Any arborists out there?
With one art show down, it is nice to get some of the surfaces of my place back. Rather then being surrounded by drying paintings, I thought I would tidy up and add some colour. The blush of a the hydrangeas from the garden was perfect. Surrounding yourself with touches of nature is indeed grounding…and apparently inspiring for random still life studies!
On my way back from the art supply shop yesterday, I stopped into a local cafe for an Americano fix, when I was hit my the fragrant smell of homemade soup. The weather outside was grey and drizzly, with a chill in the air that reminds you that summer is almost done. Walking through the door the smell of such warmth, of mushrooms simmering, coconut milk infusing, herbs enhancing…it was an intoxicating comfort. I had to order a small bowl…and then seeing it in it’s perfect setting, I had to document it!
I then went to the market to pick up ingredients for sweet potato soup, where I also found the first crop of Honey Crisp apples. Love those! Good things truly do grow in Ontario!