50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Seasons (of Life and Nature)

Oil painting “Generational Tree” by artist Natalie Buske Thomas

Seasons

“Seasons (of life and nature)” is the current collection, for 2022: New art is added as Natalie finishes each piece. Subscribe to Natalie’s blog to receive notifications of new paintings on the very day she finishes them. Scroll down to see the menu of finished paintings and the progress made on this collection to date.

Paintings in this collection celebrate seasons of life (metaphorical, representational, or inspired-by-real-life scenes about milestones, rites of passage, and shared human experiences of love, aging, family, and beyond) as well as seasons of nature (literal scenes depicting autumn, summer, fall, and winter). Natalie’s art is produced as free videosprints for sale, fashion and books. Links to art in the collection are on this page and will be updated as each new painting is finished. “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Seasons” (book four in the “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by” series) is scheduled to be published in November 2022. Previous finished collections in the “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by” series: Nature (2021), Christian Faith (2020), and Savannah, Georgia (2019).

List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the upcoming hardcover book:

  1. Spring and Summer
    1.1  page 6-7
    1.2 page 8-11
    1.3 page 12-13
    1.4 page 14-15
    1.5 page 16-17
    1.6 page 18-19
    1.7 page 20-21
    1.8 page 22-23
    1.9 page 24-25
    1.10 page 26-27
  2. Weddings and Babies
    2.1 page 30-31
    2.2 page 32-33
    2.3 page 34-35
    2.4 page 36-37
    2.5 page 38-39
    2.6 page 40-41
    2.7 page 42-43
    2.8 page 44-45
  3. Autumn and Harvest
    3.1 “Autumn Leaves” page 48-49
    3.2 “Pumpkin Carving” page 50-51
    3.3 “Pumpkin Latte” page 52-53
    3.4 “Apple Orchard” page 54-55
    3.5 “Campfire” page 56-57
    3.6 “Thanksgiving” page 58-59
  4. Changes and Milestones
    4.1 page 62-63
    4.2 page 64-65
    4.3 page 66-67
    4.4 page 68-69
    4.5 page 70-71
    4.6 page 72-73
    4.7 page 74-77
    4.8 “Generational Tree” page 78-79 
  5. Winter and Bereavement
    5.1 page 82-83
    5.2 page 84-85
    5.3 page 86-87
    5.4 page 88-89
    5.5 page 90-91
    5.6 page 92-93
    5.7 page 94-95
    5.8 page 96-97
    5.9 page 98-99
  6. Celebrations and Holidays
    6.1 page 102-103
    6.2 page 104-105
    6.3  page 106-107
    6.4  page 108-109
    6.5  page 110-111
    6.6 page 112-113
    6.7 page 114-115
    6.8 page 116-117
    6.9 page 118-119

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As Summer Leaves Us

Watch this “Flower Angel” painting come to life in 2 minutes (time lapse)

You might remember that I shared this oil painting when I finished it at the beginning of May, while the promise of spring was still unfolding. And now here we are approaching the end of August and summer is soon ending. The time has gone by quickly, yet slowly… as time often does.

As summer leaves us I remember how grateful I was to see flowers and feel the sun upon my face when spring first came to us. Now that the heat and insects have made outdoor experiences unpleasant, and the flowers are mostly gone, I suppose we’re feeling ready for the change of seasons. But whether we are committed to it or not, autumn is near – at least it is in my part of the world.

With so much uncertainty, it is comforting to remember the sameness of seasons. Every year we experience twelve months, fifty-two weeks, and twenty four hours in each of those 365 days. Time passes, both quickly and slowly, and when it does we can look back with certainty that the time we spent is now in the past. Given all that we’ve been through since this time last year, we may be relieved to see the seasons slip forward.

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Letting Go

Watch this Angel Releasing Dove painting come to life in 2 minutes (time lapse), using broken pieces of shells I found on the beach, and a tiny “dove” from inside a sand dollar I also found there, at Tybee Island, Georgia.

There are times when we must let go, and let our hearts say, “Go in Peace”. This may be a spiritual letting go, a time of grief, or a physical letting go. It’s back to school time for many families and those of us who are facing this transitional time may be feeling more anxiety than usual. After deferring college or other situations, we may have expected a better situation for this year, only to find that the situation has escalated.

Letting go is difficult under ordinary circumstances, but when we are pushed harder than anticipated, it can be more challenging to reach spiritual acceptance of the change of seasons. School is just one obvious example, as it affects so many of us at around the same time every year. But all of us are touched by the change of seasons, as we see summer end and the passage of time has brought new things into our lives that may have been expected or wanted, or may be unexpected or unwanted. Either way, change is difficult.

Even good and happy changes bring a strong degree of stress. It may help to imagine our spiritual self as this angel, and the dove may represent the peaceful outcome of letting go, accepting that life is changing. If the change involves another person, we may wish blessings and a glorious, happy, prosperous, hope-filled flight into the unknown. May we rely on the strength of our love for others to see them through to the other side, if they have passed, or to see them into the future if they are launching into new experiences.

Perhaps the process of letting go is about ourselves. When life changes for others, it impacts us. Even if no one in our personal circle has a major life event, the seasons still pass. Time itself brings changes that cause us to reflect upon our lives and adjust to our new self. As we see July slipping into August, we may feel the change of seasons closing in. We may not have control over time, and future events, but we always have a spiritual choice about how we respond to change.

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