Dancing The Wheel Into August – Drawing Inspiration

Sunflower Feature 

© Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved.
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Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: 
Handgezeichnete Sonnenblume mit roten Innenblättern, gelben Außenblättern, braunem Zentrum, grünem Stil, einem roten Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten im Zentrum, einer braun-gelben Biene von links unten kommend, einem rot-lila-braunem Schmetterlink von rechts oben kommend und einer braunen Schnecke mit roten Punkten rechts auf einem Außenblatt sitzend.
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Hand-drawn sunflower with red inner petals, yellow outer petals, a brown centre, a green stem, a re ladybird with black dots in the centre, a brown and yellow bee coming from the lower left, a red-lilac-brown butterfly coming from the upper right and a brown snail with red dots sitting on an outer petal on the right.

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Chickweed Seperator C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichneter Teiler im Stil einer hellgrünen Vogelmieren-Ranke mit drei kleinen weißen Blüten. - Hand-drawn separator reminiscent of a light green chickweed vine with three small white flowers.

This past Sunday, the Celtic Wheel of the Year moved into Autumn with the Lughnasadh festival, also known to some as Lammas, and indeed I often spot the first signs of Autumn at this time. The wild plums here in the block are full of ripe yellow fruit and, like the aspen-trees, are turning their first yellow leaves.

Of course, the Celtic Early Autumn also has its sunny moments. While rudbeckia, echinacea and early genera of the helenium species are now letting their last blossoms shine in many gardens and parks, most sunflower varieties are now starting to stretch their beautiful blossoms towards the sun – or, on rather grey Autumn days, to act as sun themselves.



However, in keeping with the date, the first Autumn winds blew around our house – and I mean Autumn winds with that special quality when the sky closes in and the air cools down and it becomes really cosy inside because of the special light. In contrast to summer winds, where you tend to wait for them to pass before you go outside again, and extreme weather conditions, which are rather frightening and threatening, Autumn winds invite us to make ourselves comfortable indoors.

Thus, for example, I have put my Summer inspirations, which I collect every year in July into drawings. The result is a few doodles that now decorate this blog, among other things.



Besides the annual dance around the Wheel of the Year, there has been a lot to cope with in the last few years. This has taken its toll on strength. With Autumn, the quieter season is slowly making its appearance. Even though there is still a lot to do at the beginning – after all, the harvest is now being brought in – it gradually becomes quieter and there is space for stillness

This, by the way, applies not only in agriculture but also in a figurative sense.

The other day I watched an episode of The Joy Of Painting with Bob Ross. There the painter explained that you first apply a dark colour to the canvas so that the lighter colours you apply later can shine better against this background. – Perhaps it is the same with the dark season; perhaps it holds the chance that we can better recognise our own light.

Maybe this insight can even be applied to the darker phases of life in general. That would be encouraging, because at the moment we are all experiencing, I think, not exactly easy times.



The robin’s morning song also begins in the dark, just before sunrise, and it is almost as if these pretty and brave animals sing the day into the light in the morning and cover it with song in the evening.

One robin often sits in the nearby plum-tree in the courtyard and delights us with its song all day long – time and time again.

The other morning, the robin’s song was particularly audible and I was allowed to record it from the balcony.


Chickweed Seperator C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichneter Teiler im Stil einer hellgrünen Vogelmieren-Ranke mit drei kleinen weißen Blüten. - Hand-drawn separator reminiscent of a light green chickweed vine with three small white flowers.


Aspen Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichneter Teiler im Stil eines braunen Espen-Zweiges mit grünen sowie zwei gelben Blättern und einer braunen Schnecke. - Hand-drawn separator reminiscent of a brown aspen branch with green as well as two yellow leaves and a brown snail.

What helps you to remain light and light-hearted even in dark, difficult times?

Are You ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi