I primarily do digital paintings, but lately I've been wanting to do something handmade. This contest seemed like the perfect challenge, especially since I love the autumn theme.
One of my memories of autumn are of going to Apple Hill, an area up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas filled with ranches and farms. When I was younger, one of the main reasons we went was to pick out pumpkins at one of the several pumpkin patches, although now I go for the scenery and the amazing bounty of fruits, vegetables and baked goods. At almost every ranch are massive crates of dozens of varieties of apples, the smell of fresh apple pie and apple cider in the air. Something that really stuck with me, though, were the beautiful vistas overlooking the farms, orchards and vineyards on the hills, with the Sierra Nevadas rising up in the distance. My grandparents and I used to do the 10k walk through the hills in the fall that took you along several farms and vineyards and let you really appreciate the scenery. This scene doesn't depict one specific location; instead I tried to capture a feel of the atmosphere, which ended up being a lot harder than I thought it would be considering I'm not used to working this way. X)
I didn't have a shoebox on hand, so the box was constructed to the dimensions specified out of thick illustration board and painted on the outside to look like an apple crate (though that doesn't show up well here). The interior pieces are cut from cardstock and colored with chalk pastels and colored pencils.