Autumn Leaves Near Home by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

October 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Autumn Leaves Near Home

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When I was a young boy, there would come a day every fall where my grandfather would meet me outside. I passed his house daily as I walked home from school where he would often meet me. He would let me know that he wanted me to come by the next weekend because the leaves were about to fall.

So when the weekend came, my grandfather, always the artist would take the time to teach me about leaves. He taught me as an artist in the gentle manner that grandfathers teach without lecturing. He talked about the colors of the leaves and how they blew in the winds off of Narragansett Bay. He told me to look at the light and how it made the leaves shine. He talked about the deep rich colors as opposed to the more pale hues. Then he would have me pick some of my favorite leaves.

After the lesson as my grandmother would prepare us lunch, we would go to Grandpa's study. There, he would work his magic of science mixed with art to preserve my leaves for school projects.

Years later, my grandparents had sold their home and moved into an apartment. But when I was in college, Grandpa (then in his 90s) still held to his lesson of leaves. He would go out and find some leaves from near his old home, preserve them, wrap them in onion paper. He would place them in a sturdy envelope and send the leaves to me at school. And the note would always say, "The leaves before they fall, from our home. I always remember our Saturdays."

Autumn Leaves In Yellow, Orange, and Green

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Autumn Leaves With Shadows Cast

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Reds Cast Before Greens And Yellow

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Shadows And Movement In The Wind

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