Autumn Sail — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Autumn Sail, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve:

Anyone who spends any time at all outside knows that not all days are sunny and warm — what we term “perfect.” And while one does not want to go recreationally sailing on a stormy, wet, blustery day, when we avoid the water because there are a few clouds in the sky, and the sun isn’t blazing overhead, this means that we’ll miss a beauty of a different kind.

Autumn Sail inspirational original oil painting of sailboat on Columbia River Gorge by Steve Henderson licensed prints at Great Big Canvas iCanvasART and Framed Canvas Art

There is a time and a season for everything, and every season has its own unique beauty. Autumn Sail, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art.

Autumn Sail catches us on just such a day: it is late in the season, and the trees are in full bloom with their final color for the year. The air is brisk, and though some rain gently falls, now and then it stops while the sun emerges from its clouds and pours golden light over the landscape — the oranges, reds, corals, yellows, and bronze of autumn literally shout, reminding us that every season — not just the warm summery ones — is beautiful in its own way.

So it is with life. Some days are sunny, warm, calm and perfect, and we feel as if we could stay there forever. But time never stops, and circumstances were made to change, and without any effort on our part we find ourselves on a cool, grey day with a bit of a brisk breeze, and we think,

“I wish it were warm and summery and calm again.”

Wishing autumn were summer won’t make it happen. But just because it is autumn does not mean that we cannot sail, and when we open our eyes to the unique landscape of fall, we see color and form that doesn’t exist in July. Though the sunlight may be less, we appreciate it more, and when we stop wishing that it were a different time and a different place, and accept that we are in THIS particular time and place, we can look for, and appreciate, the beauty around us.

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Autumn Sail is available as an original oil painting, 20 x 24 on canvas, with the frame included in its purchase.

Autumn Sail is also available as a licensed, open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art.

As always, feel free to contact Steve Henderson Fine Artdirectly by e-mailing with your questions and comments about Steve’s original oil and watercolor paintings or licensed open edition prints.

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She writes about life, art, and the art of life.
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