and I can finally show you my new Autumn Fairy & Crows painting, which is available in on eBay right now. It was a real pleasure working on this canvas, assembling the skirt with an assortment of leftover bits of paper, painting the multicolored leaves flying everywhere and even outside on the black sides. I am very, very happy with the results, the colors are different from the ones I use and I think the autumn feel to it works well. I have been very busy the past few days finishing my HUGE commissioned painting while dealing with a mild constant fever caused by the flu. I have a few more paintings finished but could not list or show them earlier since my adorable mischevious cat Mykey threw my camera on the floor and killed it. I just got a new one today, no, not a cat, but a camera. I finished this fairy painting today and almost added a few snow flurries to the background to give it a flavor-of-the-day touch. We woke up with an inch of snow this morning and cold, humid and damp much below frost temperature. BRRR! It always amazes me how fast the weather changes here, from steamy hot to arctic frigor. You can be optimistic when autumn arrives with warm rays of sun and cobalt blue skies and think, What if winter did not show up this year? But, a few days or cool rain with good bursts of wind will make your hopes go down the drain ... So, it is time for us, creatures of the North, to put away gardening tools, pool gear, hamacs and suntan lotion and take the hand-knitted caps, scarves and gloves out of the closet, install the riveted snow-tires on the car and crank up those full-spectrum-light lamps in my studio. TIME TO WORK ! Now, I can spend full days guiltless of not doing outside chores because it is so beautiful outside. I can work in my studio from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. dedicated solely to drawing, glueing, painting and creating! This is why, despite everything, I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR !