Goodbye Summer… Hello Fall :-)


To celebrate the end of summer, I’ve included a sketch I did almost 12 years ago (where does the time go?) while at my favorite Michigan lake with one of my best friends.  Looking at it reminds me of long swims, picnics at the beach, and summertime.  I recently gave the picture to my friend as a gift.  The best memories are shared 🙂

Fall officially begins Tuesday, September 23.  What do you plan to do on the last days of summer?  Or have you already welcomed the fall weather that’s slowly creeping in?  I’m personally hoping for one more swim!  But I have to admit, my husband and I have also already been to the cider mill three times!  I guess I love summer and fall.  Now winter, especially Michigan winter, that’s another story…

 

Summer Solstice Celebration

mixed media on yupo paper

 

Deep Sea Wishes

We went to the sea

you and me.

We went to drop petals

letting go

watching our pasts float away…

 

We made wishes

half-hearted–

After all, we didn’t really know what we wanted.

 

Then we sacrificed our legs

slipping into the sea

flipping our tails–

Mermaids at last.

 

© 2013 Angie Kidd all rights reserved

It’s the season for lighthouses!

watercolor and watercolor pencil

I’ve been a fan of lighthouses since high school. Curiously, it wasn’t a real one that first caught my eye. I was on a college visit to Bowling Green with my mom. We walked into a Thomas Kinkade gallery, whose work I was unfamiliar with at the time… and there it was.  A lighthouse like I’d never seen before. Kinkade is known as the “painter of light” and anyone can see why.

I felt the light somewhere deep in my soul and it has stayed there ever since. At one point, I even thought I wanted to move to Maine and live in a lighthouse. That is, until I realized all the work it takes to actually run one.  If you’re looking for a good lighthouse story to read with children, try Toni Buzzeo’s Lighthouse ChristmasCynthia Rylant also has a charming series of early chapter books called The Lighthouse Family.  I like the sound of that, don’t you?  And finally, for independent readers, try the regional tale, A Pocketful of Passage by Loraine Campbell.

So what is it about lighthouses that draws us to them?  Perhaps it’s because we’re all on a journey at sea in a storm looking for safety.  Looking for a light.  Something to suggest hope.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

Some of my favorite lighthouses are in Michigan scattered along the Great Lakes.  My husband and I have seen quite a few of them, but our favorite is Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort, MI.  It’s a real beauty.  We almost got married there, but the lighthouse was under renovation at the time.

After my accident, I was searching for a little hope and found it in Petoskey, MI.  There’s a great little lighthouse there, which I was lucky enough to sketch.  I think that was a beginning.  Or perhaps life coming full circle.

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”  — Anne Lamott

So my dear readers, search for a light if you must, but also think about being one.

My new mantra is: I don’t have a leader, I have a center.

colored pencils and oil pastels