"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot, Letter to Miss Lewis, Oct. 1, 1841
from George Eliot's Life, as Related in Her Letters and Journals - Volume 1
I love this quote about fall from George Eliot. It perfectly captures the crisp cozy harmony of an autumn day, perfect for staying in my studio, drinking tea and painting pumpkins like these ones. I've also turned this watercolor galaxy pumpkin illustration into a mug!