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Fall has been just spectacular in the Berkshires. In the leaf-peeping industry, bus tours to the New England area always try to come during the two traditional peak weeks (second and third week in October), when most of the trees have turned their vibrant colors and the trees are still full with leaves.   This year, the entire month of October was peak viewing!  The moderate temperatures kept the leaves in the yellow-orange color spectrum with an occasional fire red tree tossed in for a surprise.  Week after week, the leaves refused to fall off and I kept on taking picture after picture of beautiful trees.  I selected a variety of leaves for my art class to use when we did leaf rubbings with crayons and then the children filled each leaf in with watercolors.  My son collected (ok I collected most of them!) over ten black and rust brown woolie bears for a school project, created a habitat, and faithfully fed them apples and dandelion leaves and soaked white cotton balls with water so that they could drink. In this spirit of fall, I created my second treasure box from a recycled cigar box.  I kept it simple at first with a golden orange maple leaf on the top with a dark brown border.  If you look closely, you will see a woolie bear on the front right of the box.  Inside, I continued the fall colors with four more leaves in a pile. I imagine someone using this treasure box to keep those mementos that help us remember the passing of the seasons.

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My beautiful pumpkin

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I have been fighting the flu for a few days and it seems the flu is winning, so I thought some Vitamin D from the sun might help me out a bit. Luckily it is a beautiful fall day with the sun shining and I decide to sit on my front lawn to soak in some rays.  I notice the pumpkin I just purchased sitting by the front step and think what a great time to do a quick sketch of my pumpkin and get some sun at the same time.  Pumpkins are such great shapes, the lines from the pumpkin stem radiate out and holds the pumpkin like legs of a spider.  It reminds me for a second of Louise Bourgeois spider sculptures.  I grab my sketch book and some Stabilo markers I have not used before. The pumpkin is sitting by my miniature weeping bridal veil tree so it is mostly in shadow, although the sun is able to make it around the leaves and fall in bright yellow oval shapes on the pumpkin. I added the brown swirls because I love the energy they bring to the pumpkin! Happy Fall!