Support the Arts~and Artists

This Christmas consider supporting the arts and small business by buying gifts from a local Artist!

Christmas Art…

Artwork can be:

*Locally (or regionally) made…helps the local economy.


*Handcrafted…has been touched by the designer’s hand.

*An expression with meaning…an individual’s vision and ideas.

*Found at many different places… in art centers, studios, galleries, on-line websites, and arts & craft showsales.


Some Artists’ work to check-out on-line!

*Studio Art Quilts Association…Art quilts by professional quilters and members of the association.

Flame Glow StudioLaura Leva, artist… Unique one-of-a-kind necklace designs made of brightly colored glass stones, sea glass, and iridescent beads.

*On my Right sidebar are several Artists Webrings you might like to explore.


Are you an Artist?

*If you are an artists, feel free to leave your link below in the Comments!  

Please remember to visit local Artists while Christmas shopping!  🙂


In the Studio~Vibrant Color, Silk, & Meditation

Motivation for many textile artists comes from the materials themselves. Not just the visual impact of the colors, but also the tactile experience–the feel when touching the fabric, or its hand. The hand can be anything from smooth and soft to nubby and scratchy.

I had this silk for a while and decided to make some reversible pillows–Cobalt blue on one side…

PillowsSilk 023B

and on the other, turquoise with a simple graphic design of  cobalt blue appliqued stripes.

PillowsSilk 020B

On a trip this past spring I purchased some beautiful, brightly colored, light-as-air sheer silk.  For a Christmas gift I decided to hand-roll the edge of this silk to make a scarf.

Again, the motivation first was the color and softness of the material, but as I slowly took tiny stitches to draw up the raw-edge and turn it in upon itself the act of concentration became meditation. Time slowed…my focus narrowed…and thoughts and ideas swirled in my mind…

Handwork is not my strong-suit for many times I am too impatient for activities this slow and demanding. But this time was different. I found that by using silk, needle and thread, the thoughts, love and images swirling in my mind had time to create quiet, to weave together, and be sewn… into calmness and peace.  

*What are the things or processes in your art, or in life, that provide motivation, meditation, and peace?                   


Summer Daze?

As Summer arrived, many other events that required my attention did also. Though, this week finds me back in the studio with new goals for the rest of the season. Like everyone, I struggle at times to balance work and family, and am sometimes more successful than others.

Summer Green, (c) 2012, Joni Beach.

But, Summer is spent gathering creative inspirations–new sights, sounds, smells, touch sensations, tastes, and experiences.                                                              

What summer activities feed your creative soul and impact your future artistic work?

So far I have been inspired by…

  • planting flowers and garden vegetables…

  • picking wonderful ripe, red strawberries…

  • traveling to other places…

  • spending time with distant family…

  • having impromptu picnics…

  • listening to an informal outdoor music concert

  • sitting in the warm, bright sunshine…

  • eating juicy red watermelon and sweet yellow corn

  • and going barefoot whenever possible! 

I will continue these and other summer activities as long as possible…

In The Pink

My regular schedule just doesn’t seem to work on warm, inspirational summer days

                 or perhaps it is more accurate to say,      

 I’m just in a summer daze?

Pansies’ Blue

Other Interesting Posts:

%d bloggers like this: