‘Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree …’ Emily Bronte.

21 Mar

Stories from my Sketchbook . . .

Before I moved back to the coast about 13 years ago I lived for many years in Armidale, up high on the Northern Tablelands.  Armidale is a beautiful place, and unlike much of the rest of Australia, it also has four distinct seasons.  My favourite season has always been the autumn and I especially loved those Armidale autumns.  The nights would be getting cooler and the early mornings would often be foggy, but when the fog burnt off the days were bright and sunny and still quite warm . . .

. . . and the city itself was gorgeous—everywhere you looked there were corridors of trees all dressed in the most magnificent autumn colours . . .

(I realise I might sound a little nostalgic here but I would like to point out that I am very happy living here in the Camden Haven and I am not remembering Armidale entirely through ‘autumn-coloured’ glasses.  Armidale autumns were gorgeous, that’s true—but the winters were downright vicious.  It was those long . . . long . . .  long . . . icy winters that eventually drove me away and back to more temperate climes . . . )


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10 responses to “‘Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree …’ Emily Bronte.

  1. stevetalbot51

    March 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    You might have to do a blog on “stain removal” 🙂


  2. stevetalbot51

    March 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Great painting Sal – I zoomed it up to 250% to see all the squiggly line detail – must have taken you quite a while!


    • sallyinthehaven

      March 23, 2017 at 7:24 am

      I worked on it on and off over a couple of days. I like doing the ‘detail’ work, I find it quite meditative. (although I realised yesterday that I managed to get gel biro marks on the front of every tee shirt I had been wearing while working on this sketch . . . ooops . . .)

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  3. Joneen Troup

    March 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Beautiful sketch Sally

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    • sallyinthehaven

      March 23, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Jon. 🙂


  4. S. A. Young

    March 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Gorgeous, Sally! (and I’m with you on “vicious winters” – they will eventually drive me out of Boston, too.)


    • sallyinthehaven

      March 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

      I always think those lovely cold, crisp (even snowy) winter scenes look stunning – but they should be kept for chocolate box tops. Living and working through them is a whole different thing . . .

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  5. Judy

    March 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful Sal and autumnal…one of my favourite words🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  6. C. C. Cedras

    March 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful watercolor!!! 😍


    • sallyinthehaven

      March 21, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Thank you! 🙂



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