Fallen Acrylic on collaged text on canvas, 6"x6"

Fallen, Acrylic painting of sad person raking leaves, gray and brown, Leah Palmer PreissDo you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? I do, & at this time of year, though I love the colorful turning leaves & the crisp weather, I always begin to feel anxious & guarded, knowing the gray days & long nights are coming.

This painting was inspired by a song that perfectly evokes that feeling, “Rake” by Optiganally Yours. (I’ve just added archival prints to my Etsy shop.)

I love the wildly twisted Arabesque shapes & subtle muted colors of dead leaves, even though they make me sad. The text in the background comes from a vintage Russian algebra book. Not sure why this seemed right for the subject, but it did!

By the way, I’ve experimented with several methods to help stave off the SAD. The most effective seems to be a daily walk outdoors, no matter the weather, no matter how short. If I miss a day or two the gloom comes rolling in.

11 thoughts on “Fallen Acrylic on collaged text on canvas, 6"x6"

    1. Leah Post author

      That’s a magnificent invention, Artisjokken! No wonder your spirits are always bright. I wish I could Winter in Artichokistan!

  1. Tom Sarmo

    While I don’t suffer from SAD, I know many who do, and this painting speaks volumes. The color, the expression, the symbolism of the leaf, the craftsmanship–all inspiring and spot on. But that is true of all your works.

    1. Leah Post author

      Thank you so much, Ces. Sorry to hear that you have SAD as well. At least the days are getting longer now!


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