The Changing Seasons – November 2020

I know, I know – I’m late for Changing Seasons party! Sorry!

As always, it’s hosted by my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch – do yourself a favor and visit her fabulous blog if you haven’t already.

This month’s theme is quite easy to detect: it’s trees and leaves.

November started really beautiful this year: relatively warm and dry, and what’s even more rare – we got to enjoy all those pretty autumn colors.

Normally when the seasons turn from summer to winter, autumn is about two seconds long.

The trees turn brown from one day to the other, and on the next all their leaves have fallen to the ground.

But not so this year! No, this time the trees showed off all their pretty colors, and were even still green while the ground was covered in different tones of yellow, orange and brown.

It was a real feast, and I enjoyed several lovely walks in parks.

Naturally all those beautiful trees inspired me for this year’s Christmas cards production.

A couple of YouTubes videos made me try out a new technique where you kind of blob the watercolor on the paper and then using a (reusable) straw blow it into different directions.

I wasn’t sure if my experiment worked, so asked my friends on Instagram if the Christmas tree theme was recognizable which they assured me it was. So if you want to blame anyone for your ugly Christmas card this year, you can blame them. πŸ˜‰

And nature inspired me on another project as well, this time I chose ginkgo leaves from my own little tree, press-dried them and then coated them with acrylic gold paint.

I think the paint did a great job at enhancing the little grooves of the leaf’s structure, don’t you agree?

And since it was so warm at the beginning of November I made good use of the weather and visited our cute panda bear babies again.

Not quite sure though if I should feel offended by this giraffe’s reaction…

I think some of you might already have met my new “dog”? He’s very easy to care for since he’s made of popcorn!

And no, normally I don’t play with food, but it was a movie night, and the movie was kind of boring, so…

And last but not least my monthly overview, inspired by my friend A Wonderful Sheep:

In case you’re wondering: yes, I had my hair cut off on the 8th. And no, I still haven’t managed to get a photo taken of me with my new hairdo. πŸ˜‰ Maybe next time. πŸ˜‰

And even better than making my own doodle calendar this month was, that I have inspired another blogger to do the same!! Please visit Ashley over at A Different View and have a look for yourself!

And this was it!

Hope you had a lovely November, and am wishing you an even more beautiful December and holiday season!

Take care!

For rules and guidelines to The Changing Seasons please take a closer look at Su’s post.

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

55 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – November 2020

  1. I love your Christmas card designs; a wonderful way to capture the beauty of you autumn. Your tree photos are truly lovely; quite ethereal and magical.

    I was wondering about the β€œouch” day too; hope it wasn’t too serious and your eye is feeling better now.

    Wishing you a safe and creative December xx

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    1. Thanks a lot, Su! I already miss the colorful trees – they’re all bare by now! But at least the bare branches make for some nice contrast with the setting sun. πŸ˜‰

      The eye’s much better now, I was lucky to have had a medical ointment I could apply to it, and it took only a few days.

      Wishing you a beautiful and creative December! xxx

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  2. Your November was especially beautiful. It was pretty here as well. Maybe the trees are trying to make up for us being shut inside or maybe they are happier because there isn’t as much exhaust fumes for them to breathe. Your calendar is so sweet and fun to look at. Now, going backwards, I understand the popcorn art better. What a fun idea. Hang in there, I see light at the end of the tunnel.

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    1. Thank you, Marlene! I’d like to think that the trees were making up for us this way, but actually I know that around here at least more people rely on getting around with their cars instead of using public transportation systems out of fear to catch the virus.
      But on the other hand more people were taking walks in parks ever since this started so maybe that’s what caused this abundance of beauty?

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  3. The park walks under those trees…..gorgeous! I love your Ginko leaves and in gold too….precious! Thanks, Sarah for adding a link to my blog, the daily doodle was a joy to do! I’m sure to do it again! 😘

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  4. It looks like a joyful November, Sarah, despite everything. I was enchanted by your trees. Don’t you just love the light sparkling off the trees. Some of your photos ae reminiscent of stained glass windows. I love the update on the baby pandas too.
    Your art diary is really fabulous. I enjoyed peeking into your day. I hope you have a lovely December, Sarah, and that you and your family keep well and warm.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tracy! For me trees are just so beautiful, majestic, kind – they give us so much and we give them so little. We really should take more care of them. The light shining through the autumn leaves did indeed remind me of stained glass windows, it was just so beautiful. And maybe even more so knowing that it would last only for a little while.
      Wishing you and your family a lovely December too, one that isn’t too hot and gives you plenty of time to work on your mosaics. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Colorado also has 2min autumns πŸ˜› They also have 2min springs now that I think about it. As usual, love your photos, and doodles, still wondering what will happen to those gingko baloba leaves – are they too delicate as Christmas ornaments?

    And day after haircut??? Chains??? Oh, Sarah….

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    1. Hehe! The chains were just for my bike, Lani. πŸ˜‰ But you’re right, it might have been a little confusing to draw them just after the haircut! πŸ˜‰
      Same here with Spring as well, we really only have two seasons, summer and winter. So it’s extra nice when a third one does come around for a change.
      I’ve glued a couple of ginkgo leaves on Christmas cards, which was actually more difficult than expected because you can’t put the glue on the leaf as it would rip too easily. And when you put it on the cards it kinds of spreads anywhere! LOL! So just two of these cards and the rest are fluttering about my desk. πŸ˜€

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  6. Sarah, your photos of trees are absolutely outstanding! You captured the quality of autumn, and I the way you created portraits of individual trees and of family units. My favorite tree is the ginkgo, loved ever since I was a very little kid. I collect them whenever I can (we can’t grow them in our yard, the ground is akin to concrete) but am wondering what you plan to do with the gold painted ones? They are lovely all decked out in gold. And I do love your painted November calendar pages. You have been busy in November – can’t wait to see how your December fairs in your paints. BTW – do you like your hair short? Stay healthy, friend.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Shari!
      I’m so glad to hear you like ginkgo too – you’re going to love your Hanukka card this year. πŸ˜‰ (assuming that it will make it of course!)
      Yes, I do like my hair short – it’s much less trouble this way and I think it suit me. πŸ™‚
      Stay healthy and safe, dear friend! ❀

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  7. I love your creative Christmas tree cards, Sarah, but even better are those gingko leaves. Those are beautiful, as is the autumn colors. And of course, your calendars are amazing. Have a happy creative holiday season, my friend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana! I think the trees were trying to make up for all the stress and anxiety, gifting us with their precious beauty. Hope all is well with you and your family? Need to catch up with you soon! Happy holiday season,my friend! ❀

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      1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Diana. It’s the same here, the virus isn’t going anywhere for a long time, and we just need to find ways how to cope with that. Reading sounds like the perfect way to me. Stay safe! ❀

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  8. It looks as though you had a very good November, Sarah! The park walks have gorgeous color, and panda and giraffe are irresistible. I love your ginko leaves project! What do you plan to do with them?

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    1. Thanks very much, Liz! Part of the golden leaves has already been used to decorate a couple of Christmas cards, as to the other half – no idea! 😁 But it’s nice to look at them and sometimes that’s enough. 😊

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