Creativity IDEA~Autumn’s “Walk on the Beach”

I dream of walking along the beach, collecting as many different shells that catch my eye! So many in various shapes, sizes, and colors! It’s hard to limit how many I pick-up…Where did they come from? Were they ever in another country, washing in from another part of the world? Is the blue beach glass from a broken bottle thrown from a ship in Iceland?…..

First Colors of Autumn #1, © 2009 Joni Beach.

It’s Autumn around here and the trees with so many different shapes of leaves, are ablaze with many wonderful colors! As I take a walk at this time of year, I find myself picking-up and collecting fall leaves in a similar manner to collecting seashells…How many different shapes/types of leaves can I find? How many sizes? And of course, the colors vary from deep reds to bright yellows! On my porch table, I lay out my daily “finds” beside last years shells from beach! 

First Colors of Autumn, #2. © 2009 Joni Beach.
First Colors of Autumn, #2. © 2009 Joni Beach.

To boost your Creativity take your own Autumn “walk on the beach”!

Change & Transitions

I have heard the saying that The only thing that doesn’t change in Life, is that Life changes. So maybe that is why we enjoy an old toy, a familiar favorite book, or a family heirloom. Perhaps they feel more lasting and unchangeable?

With the changing of the seasons, we are reminded that nothing really stays the same, but is dynamic, changing, and constantly in transition. It seems like summer has barely arrived, but the other day I saw the first colors of change…Autumn’s first colors!

Autumn’s First Colors!

Gradually the days and nights have been cooler here in the mountains, and in a few weeks the fall season will arrive for sure.

Whether we are ready or not, schools have begun, sweaters are taken off the shelves, and tree leaves will turn colors and fall to the earth. We will rake leaves, adjust, make the necessary changes, try to be flexible, and make the needed transition from summer to fall.

How many times do we repeat this cycle during our lifetimes? Not just from one season to the next, but from one time of life to the next? Growing up and leaving home for college? Going from being a couple to having a baby? Or, in our careers going from one job to another type of work? As an artist, working in one technique or style and changing to explore self-expression in a new medium?

So, when Life changes for us, we make the needed adjustments,

try to be flexible, and meet the challenges of each new season

as we have learned with the coming of Autumn’s first colors.

Autumn Transitions

The chilly air, the change in the colors of the sunlight, as well as all the trees’ leaves, signals that summer has ended and autumn has arrived in the mountainsides that surrounds us here.

I Love the Color of Flowers!
I Love the Color of Flowers!

Summertime had its own pace, with plans all its own….I’m just now getting caught-up, organized and back to a regular routine. But, it gave me time to gather new ideas & experiences..for inspiration and renewal!

My art quilt,  A Different Perspective, was exhibited in June at the Sacred Threads 2015 Exhibit in Herndon, VA (outside of Washington D.C.)   This exhibit focuses on art quilts of artists “who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey”.

The art quilts had themes of joy, spirituality, peace/brotherhood, inspiration, grief, or healing. My piece was part of the category of Inspiration.

 *Here is the link to a wonderful video that walks you through this year’s exhibit! Sacred Threads 2015

It was exciting to have this work accepted and shown in this venue.  Enjoy!  🙂