- (obsolete) One leaf at a time; leaf by leaf.
The title of this post is taken from a note I made one morning in Bath. I had copied a few lines of a poem down, and the word leafmeal enchanted me. Around me, autumn was slowly unfurling. Some trees raced eagerly ahead, adorned in golden hues, where others were just shyly turning.
Early autumn was a motley, uneven dance. I loved every moment of it. And I tried again and again to sketch the lovely colours and shapes of the season.
Two loyal companions on this trip were my sketchbooks. A wonderful Stillman & Bern BETA series journal, and a watercolour landscape Moleskine. They have travelled across six countries with me, and made it home again. It’s a record of moments and memories that sparks a different sort of reminiscence than my photos.
I am collecting my favourite travel sketches into an A5 book – 28 pages of sketches, notes and scrawlings. I’ll be sharing more of my travel sketchbooks through the year on this blog, amongst other things, but other pieces will be kept a secret treat just for Leafmeal.
Want a look inside my sketchbooks? The artbook is currently available for preorder, with delivery in April. Buy it below, or check out the ‘store’ link in my header. I’ll be signing all the preorder volumes, and adding a bonus print for the first 25 preorders!
And if you’re wondering about the poem that I copied down that day, it was Spring and Fall by Gerard Manly Hopkins
. . . Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie . . .