If you are signed up to my newsletter you know how much I love autumn. I have a childhood full of gorgeous, east coast fall memories which have left a permanent impression: crisp blue skies; symphonies of magnificently painted trees belting out tunes of golden yellow, pumpkin orange, fire engine reds, and chocolate browns; that slight smell of snow landing on the back of my tongue as I drank in the fresh fall air; bonfire smoke catching in my hair as I watched my father clear the dry underbrush; biting into crisp seasonal apples. I could go on and on and on. Honestly, I have been holding myself back in my newsletters when all I seem to want to talk about is this beautiful season the northern hemisphere is rotating into.
For the first time in well over 2 decades I am here in Eastern Canada to relive those special moments, barely able to tear my gaze away from the view out my studio window where the trees cushioned around the rooftops and steeples are donning their fall wardrobe. I may be in the heart of a crowded city, but I barely feel it on days like these.
I let Thanksgiving, the Canadian version, slip by without much public acknowledgement even though it was always there in my thoughts. The past couple of months have been incredibly busy as I opened and stocked my Etsy shop – Atelier Art Postal – and got one last plein air painting trip in before winter makes travel difficult. More about that trip in another post. =)
In many ways this is the perfect time for me to open up shop. Inspiration abounds and I have been happily listing new piece after new piece. When I am not illustrating for the shop I am elbows deep in marketing tutorials, Etsy SEO research, or chatting with fellow artists, or you!, on Instagram and Facebook. In short, I am busy, happy, and grateful.
Which brings me to the giveaway!
I would like to show a bit of gratitude to you, my favourite digital tribe, by giving away a set of 5 autumn postcards. A collection that does not yet exist in my shop. All you have to do, other than be your regular awesome selves, is to leave a comment at the end of this post sharing your most treasured autumn details by the end of Sunday, October 22nd. That is it! So, if you have been feeling hesitant about leaving a comment so far, now is the time to bite the bullet and give it a whirl.
One lucky reader will be chosen randomly. Really. All the names of those who comment will be thrown in a hat, and an impartial volunteer will reach in a hand to pull out the name of the winner.
These are the postcards:
My first postcard listed, a pumpkin painted while visiting Montreal’s Botanical Gardens.
I love chipmunks. Especially chipmunks stuffing their cheeks getting ready for winter.
I always seem to have a chestnut or two in my pockets these days.
‘Anne of Green Gables’ is one of my favourite stories. I listened to it on audio book recently and yup! Still a favourite.
Art Nouveau has been a longtime quiet fascination of mine.
Please don’t be shy, leave a comment below and tell me about the things which make you smile this time of year. If this is your first time leaving a comment at regenevieve.com your contribution will not show up immediately, I have to approve first timers. Nothing personal, it is just a measure taken to keep spammers out of the way.
Happy Autumn, folks! =)