Late autumn always has me feeling nostalgic…calling a friends, going for a long drive… It also makes me want to hole up in my studio and create… While most people get a surge of energy come spring, I’ve always felt much more inspired in the fall. I spent my high school years in the Connecticut woods and I remember spending long melancholy afternoons looking out the windows at the fallen leaves. It was glorious when they first started changing with their brilliant reds and golds, but it only lasted a few short weeks.Then everything would turn gray, brown and flat. The air would smel cold and wet. It might sound depressing but I loved how it made me feel like turning inwards, sort of a meditative quality that made everything still and time slow down. It’s getting hard to capture that living here in sunny California’s but sometimes there are moments when the light is just right that and I can catch a glimpse of those old days in New England. It’s all about the trees in November…. and the golden hour of fall so much more subtle here in California that you almost miss it, going from a seemingly endless summer and straight into the holidays. But this year I wanted to slow it down, to be more mindful of the change.