We don’t get a lot of autumn here in Australia. In fact, we don’t get any at all. People living on the other side of the ocean are used to the change of seasons. You can’t surprise anyone with yellows leaves or snow )) Here leaves only get yellow when it’s getting too hot 🙂 People of high latitudes, you don’t know how lucky you are! )) Most of you dream of spen Christmas holidays in Australia. But clear sky and blue sea can get boring, too. As for me, I’m fed up with all that! )) I would give all the sun of Australia for just one real October day, with rain, puddles and mist! Strange, hah? A girl from the South – and suddenly so incredibly in love with autumn. It all started after I took a trip to Prague… Fasten your seat belts, we’re taking off!

The right time, the right place

If you’ve never been to Prague, you definitely should! This is a marvelous city with fantastic views that will haunt you in your dreams long after you return 🙂 I couldn’t get enough of its old cobbled streets, fanciful facades and cornices, cozy coffee houses and all the funny small shops lurking in blind alleys… I spend hours wandering around the city at will, without any roadmap, and taking in its amazing atmosphere. Leaves on the trees were glowing yellow and red, so intense and warm that they almost seemed to emit light. And although it was drizzling almost all the time, I felt so cozy and nice under my umbrella… The wet pavement was sparkling under my feet and fallen leaves were floating in the puddles, so lightly and graciously that they seemed to be hovering in the sky mirrored in the water surface… Of course, I took a lot of pictures, but the camera just couldn’t contain all that magic. Those fascinating moments remained in my memory slowly fading away… Until I saw this painting!

Nostalgia in oil

Look at this lovely nature painting here. It’s called ‘Blues of Falling Leaves.’ I really like this name, it’s so romantic and musical 🙂 The author is Leonid Afremov. I never heard of him before, but now he is one of my favorite artists! There are several things I like most about this canvas:

  1. The leaves. They are everywhere! On the trees, on the ground, in the puddles… The colors are so bright and spectacular!
  2. The sky. The white mist makes it almost non-existent, as if the entire scenery was hanging the middle of nowhere! Gives the picture a bit surreal look.
  3. And finally, the girl 🙂 He silhouette is so in tune with the landscape. It seems to be made out of fallen leaves… I imagine that it’s me 🙂

Nature and painting go so well together 🙂 I now have this small masterpiece on my wall. It reminds me of the amazing October days I spent in Prague and gives me my share of autumn amidst the eternal Australian summer 🙂