Behind the Scenes~Artists Working in a Series

Many times artists will create several works of art, or a series, related to the same subject or theme. This can be the result of their creative process, where an artist experiments with different materials…explores one idea in several ways, or tries out many ways to design one idea…or takes one concept and builds upon it, revising it as they work. So, there are many ways to create in the studio with no one “right” method…

Some artists work on one piece or series at a time, while others may have many projects and series being developed and created at the same time…working on several at various stages of the design process. So, it can look like this!  🙂

I currently work on a few different series, which I’d like to introduce to you one at a time. Today’s series is called, “Child’s Play”…Because for children their play is actually their work…the way they learn, develop, and understand the world around them!

In “Playtime Games” (2012), the games of children are depicted~~Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, sparkling marbles, decorated flip-flops, the swirls of a turning top! For from the lessons learned in playing these games, they learn the lessons of life. 

“Playtime Games”, Rayon, beads, and clothespins on cotton, ©2012 Joni Beach

In “Meow, Mr. Whiskers”, saying hello in cat language is a specialty of children who know their pets well. Not only is he a cat, he is a friend who just happens to love to play with a ball of fabric yarn. And, from this they learn to better communicate and interact with other living beings…including people!

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, rayon on cotton, 7 1/4″ x 10″, © 2013 Joni Beach.

In this series, I have fun exploring ways children learn, grow, and develop through fun and games, colors and crayons, animals and bugs, friends and family, and other wild, wonderful, awe-inspiring things, using brightly colored, quirky prints, vivid colored threads, and fun found objects!

Stay tuned for more…! 🙂

(These designs are Available Now as wonderful, Open Edition Art Prints in the Art Shop.) 

 

New Year, New Art, New Exhibit!

There is nothing like the feeling that we are getting a chance to begin something anew! Just like when we were children, the beginning of the school year held a promise (or at least the possibility!) of a change in positive ways. So with the New Year, I am posting new art pieces, as I am preparing for my first solo art exhibit in February!  Hope you will enjoy viewing these and please visit my website Art Gallery to see the new pieces as they are finished!

One series is Child’s Play~based on the idea that for children their play is actually their work.  The first piece iPlaytime Games, which you can view in the Art Gallery.

The new second piece of this series is titled ~~Meow, Mr. Whiskers!

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, rayon on cotton, 7 1/4" x 10", © 2013 Joni Beach.
Meow, Mr. Whiskers, rayon on cotton, 7 1/4″ x 10″, © 2013 Joni Beach.

Children love many things, but the family pet can become more than just an animal, and become a friend….While they learn about animals, children also learn  about relationships and caring for others besides themselves. Sometimes they even talk to their pets in their own language! ~ Meow, Mr. Whiskers!