Back at the Old Place I created a doodle to illustrate a bit of doggerel I wrote called "An Autumn Prayer."

Here is the drawing:

Tucked among the many of what I thought were unreasonably judgmental comments, was one from Jeanne Sathre suggesting that I might want to make this the inspiration for one of my wood carving creations. I liked this and filed it away while I worked on other things.

The little drawing got a second life when Rosigami included it in an art project where she gathered up doodle submissions from OS members and incorporated them into a beautiful composition. 

In recent days I have been laid up after having some minor foot surgery. This put me behind schedule on my leaf raking chores as I could only stare out the window and watch Mother Nature's detritus pile up in the yard.

So I went to hacking on some scraps of pine and cedar, splashed on some acrylic paint, and "Seasons of Suburban Man" is the result. Thanks to Rosi and JL for the inspiration. You can see other examples of my work at my new website,

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Comment by Mary Lois Adshead on December 7, 2015 at 8:45am

An inspirational piece of sculpture! Congrats! Now don't forget to post your Frank Sinatra story in time for his birthday Saturday.

Comment by Zanelle on December 7, 2015 at 9:50am

What fun!!  There is lots of emotion in that colorful little piece.  Nice to see you here.  I too, want to hear about the old and new place.  

Comment by marilyn sands on December 7, 2015 at 9:53am

Let's be "Frank" about all this, didn't have FOOT surgery - you got "Piles"!  R&L

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 7, 2015 at 9:54am

R&L ;-D

Comment by Gerald Andersen on December 7, 2015 at 11:26am
Zanelle, Foolish: I should have been more clear. The old place is Open Salon, and no we did not sell our house. After 130 showings, 4 broken contracts, a bidding war where all three bidders dropped out, we are emotionally exhausted and have taken the house off the market. We'll see how we feel in the spring.
Mary Lois: I am pleased you remembered that story and, yes, I plans to run it as Weekend Fiction.
Marilyn: you always get to the bottom of things.
jmac: Thanks
Comment by Rosigami on December 7, 2015 at 11:40am

Hi Gerald! you know, I look at that little Leaf Man drawing every day, since the doodle Project hangs on my art studio wall, and it never fails to make me smile. 
As did this post! I am heading over to take a look at your website right after this. 
I hope your recovery is fast and easy. 

Comment by nerd cred on December 7, 2015 at 11:43am

YOu might be a little comforted to hear about an article I read somewhere in which some kind of scientists said it'd better to leave the leaves on the ground over the winter for some reason.

So better?

Love the carving - and the ones on your site, too.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 7, 2015 at 9:24pm

Great sculpture

Comment by koshersalaami on December 7, 2015 at 9:24pm

recover quickly

Comment by Gerald Andersen on December 8, 2015 at 3:28am
Rosi: thanks for visiting my web page. FYI, I put it together myself on a great site called that another artist told me about. Very easy for us non-techie types.
Nerd: thanks for going over to the site. I read that too, but I have too many leaves for that to work here.
Foolish: it feels so good not to have the house "show ready" every time we go out.
Kosh: Thanks


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