Autumn Leaves like a Hardigree Painting

But do people living in Toledo
Know that their name hasn’t travelled very well?
And does anybody in Ohio
Dream of that Spanish citadel?
–Elvis Costello

I never expected to miss Toledo. After all this is Ohio we’re talking about, not Spain. And in the winter, hell no I don’t (well maybe a little romp in the snow but not snow for four straight months until it’s black & crispy at the side of the road.) But come fall, I yearn for the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Feet clad in boots the color of Turkish tobacco. For red, orange & yellow leaves be-dotting all the trees — and sweaters to match. Which is why I love this painting by Carolina Hardigree. For a southern girl, she sure managed to capture this Yank’s Autumnal nostalgia.

sycamore

In Austin fall happens in a flash. Blink and you’ll miss it. The leaves change overnight and drop just as fast. So imagine my delight when, about a week and 1/2 ago, I awoke to Hardigree’s painting in real life unfolding. My bathroom window looking onto my back yard might as well have been a canvas full of Hardigree’s dreamy evocative brush strokes. Oh it was lovely!

I have loved this Hardigree painting since I first saw it propped up in her bedroom half-done. Normally her paintings have to do with the spiritual link between human & animal but in “Sycamore” the tree is the star. The tree is the girl and the girl is the tree.

That sweater! I want its creamy goodness nestled in my nostrils.

And I could use it. Brr. It’s cold out. It snowed last night.Ah, the wonder of weather. Austin: Home of the weirdest weather ever.

I love you Carolina Hardigree!

I love you Austin!

I love you leaves. I love you snowflakes.

I miss you Toledo. It’s true. Sometimes I do.

One Response to “Autumn Leaves like a Hardigree Painting”

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