When I began writing this blog post, the challenges of the coronavirus had not begun here…so now it has even more meaning!
If you’ve followed my blog, you know its focus has been on “Using Creativity in Everyday Life“. At no other time in my life has flexibility, creative solutions, and novel ways of doing things been so quickly necessary for all people, collectively, worldwide.
I hope this post will offer some encouragement to everyone’s day…
This time of year, when I’m tired of gray winter days (or “stay at home” guidelines!)…during this time of great change…it seems that Nature begins giving hints of brighter days ahead!
The first peek of flowers…
A pop of amazing color when I glance out my studio window…
Now that more is being accomplished in the studio, I have some “in progress” photos to share with you…
The week’s textile doodle—This design was quickly created, using scraps from the last Fractured Fish art quilts, by free-hand cutting the design and gluing it in place. These colorful Sea Images have been one of my most popular designs!
It must be the pops of abstract color reminds people of the beauty they’ve experienced snorkeling in the tropics or spending time at the beach!
Creating a “doodle” is a perfect time to try a new technique ~ such as a unique finish for raw edges. Here I glued small bits of fabric along the front, then wrapping them to the back, gluing, and adding free-motion quilting to blend into the design lines.
This was a free-form way of working that I enjoyed! A textile artist who has worked in this technique is Susan Carlson….You might like to check out her creations Here!
*Every week I plan to create a textile doodle as a way to experiment and try-out new ideas & techniques. Some of these will be made available in my on-line Shop! This textile doodle has already found a home, but check back often~ It will be a great way to begin collecting some unique Textile Art! 🙂
The Art Quilt that is in progress, I have been calling “Field of Flowers at Toledo, since that is the actual location which inspired this piece!
But while creating the image, I remembered how it felt to stand at the edge of the field of wildflowers and see the old Spanish buildings of Toledo in the distance, as Ancient Breezes were blowing past me, whispering the stories of the past…So interesting, so special to experience being in this intriguing place!
Threadpainting the leaves and leaving raw-edges added more dimension…
See this finished New art quilt, Ancient Breezes, in the next “Studio NewsNotes“coming this week!
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Sometimes on gray, Winter days, the idea of Spring feels very faraway…And then, during a walk last week on a warm, sunny day, I stumbled onto this “pop of color“!
A wonderful, unexpected surprise!! So Nature provided a sneak peak of the colorful displays that are being planned beneath the surface!! I’m reminded that in Life, though I may not love the “Winter times“, perhaps they are necessary, in order to have the time for preparation, inspirations, and finally renewal…
So, this week is off to a good start here in the studio….with a burst of encouragement…knowing that tomorrow another ice storm is headed our way…but more confident that Spring is just under the surface and for me to just continue in the same manner~~here in the studio & in my Life! 🙂
I’d love for you to share with us in the Comments below!
*Does your inspiration vary in the Winter time, or change with the seasons? What have you found that helps you continue with your art, work, or Life’s creative activities during these times?